Prior to arriving at your ship, you will receive notice from your cruise line about all the activities you may optionally elect to do ashore while on your trip. At every stop there will be choices of tours and shore events…some may be only transfers to and from the port center for those who want to explore on their own, but others will be half day and/or full day escorted excursions that are meant to impart some wonderful information about the port visited and hopefully create additional special memories for you to take home. And even further, some of these excursions may take you from the port to a major inland city for the day, and in some cases as an overnight stay. The breadth and wealth of excursions that are being offered by the cruise lines is growing longer and longer.
As more people are cruising these days, the tours you purchase are becoming a major aspect in the experience that starts with the purchase of the cruise itself. And in many cases, your experiences on the shore excursions you select will be the major aspect that determines your full enjoyment of the trip.
Over the years we have come to notice a number of changes in the cruise line offered shore excursions. The first and most obvious is that as the ship sizes have grown, so have the number of people that will be lining up for the tours…and the more the number of buses…all headed in the same directions. Also, the cruise lines have the challenge to create tours that will appeal to the mass audience of their passengers, therefore, the tour may not be family friendly or easily enjoyed for those who move slowly nor those who are on their second or third visit to a particular port and are looking for something new and different to explore.
Westside International Travel Inc. has associations all over the world with an exclusive group of local guides and their companies who are available to custom design an excursion for you or arrange a private car and driver for the time you are in port …allowing you the maximum use of your precious time in port and offering you an expertise the cruise lines can not offer for the individual traveler. Because we know these companies, you can count on their honesty and ability to deliver the services as promised, so you may purchase with confidence and save yourself hours of research and concerns. These arrangements may be made for singles, doubles, families, or groups traveling together.
If you would like a “customized feel”, but still want to visit the same sites that the cruise line offers on their massive scale, we have a wonderful alternative to offer you. We have developed relationships with companies that specialize in shore excursions that have set itineraries. The advantage is tremendous as you will have your own private transportation, and your own private guides. You will move through the port experience smoothly, not having to wait for others and if the occasion arises you will have the flexibility to alter the itinerary according to your energy level and ability to sightsee. This is a marvelous option for families, couples traveling together and groups as well as seniors who would like to see it all, but are hard pressed to maintain the pace of many of the excursions offered by the ships.
The services we offer in this area are another value added benefit for the clients who choose Westside International Travel Inc. as their agent when purchasing a cruise. We do not offer this service to those who are seeking Shore Excursions assistance only. That expertise, and it is invaluable today, is reserved for our clients.
We strongly recommend that you consider this aspect of your cruise vacation when making your selection of travel agency. Just as there are so many ships to choose from, so are there 100’s of shore excursions to choose from. We have personally experienced many of these excursions and can guide you through this part of your reservation process matching the right tour with you desires and abilities and budget.
Remember, we’re the best tool you will ever have to make the right selection for your next cruise vacation. With our assistance the planning process will be informative, thorough, and seamless from initial contact to your return home.
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