Cruise day trips explained

Whenever you take a cruise, there should always be something relaxing, exciting or just interesting to do. For the time that you will be spending on board ship there will usually be entertainments provided and plenty of restaurants and bars to visit, but don’t forget that this is only a small part of any cruise experience.

Shore excursions are what any European cruise vacation has as a major advantage over visiting one single destination as you would be when visiting a hotel. Most cruises will have stopping points along the way and this therefore gives you a great opportunity to visit some of the places and porta that the ship docks at.

Most of these type of shore excursions can be pre-booked when you initially choose your cruise package with your tour operator, don’t forget to make use of their advice too as they will be able to tell you about some of the places and some of the excursions that will be happening along the way so you can make the best informed choice as the which excursions you think you would most like to take.

All of the tour operators and cruise lines will have different itineraries for what the shore excursions might include so you should make sure you read up on all the details so that you know exactly what to expect from your day trips. Take this chance to see if there are any extra costs involved because some excursions may require you to may a bit extra, this might influence your choice of trips if you are on a budget.

Sometimes you will also be able to arrange a shore trip with a local operator based at the destination that you are stopping at, usually someone from the cruise line aboard ship will be a recommend local tours that you can trust and use with confidence.

If you are planning on arranging your own day trips on your cruise it is very important that you make sure you know what time you are expected back aboard ship, usually this is around the 5pm mark, but it is worthwhile checking before you leave for the day. Also make sure you have local currency otherwise you may not be able to get any little extras like coffee or souvenirs.

So there is some good advice on planning a shore excursion for your cruise, making sure you are well prepared is always a good idea and will mean that you can explore the European cities and other destinations that you will be stopping off at and getting the most value and enjoyment from your cruise.