Viator, the mega online resource for planning destination travel experiences, no longer has their shore excursion website section aimed specifically at cruise passengers.
You can still book your cruise port shore excursion, but you’ll have to know the time of your ship’s arrival. Also, if your ship can’t make it into port and that stop is canceled, you need to be sure that you can get a refund.
Viator offers over 500 shore excursions in more than 80 of the most popular ports worldwide. On Viator, cruise passengers can locate and book shore excursions with savings up to 60% lower than what is offered by the cruise lines.
Destinations include port around the world; from Juneau to Monaco and even Mykonos.
Before Viator changed their website and eliminated the cruise section, all passengers needed to do is select the cruise line, ship name and departure date.
Viator instantly loaded the cruise ship’s itinerary and excursions that could specifically work for each port of call based on arrival and departure times, and availability.
Whether or not the pandemic was the reason for Viator to remove their very comprehensive shore excursion section, I don’t know. As I mentioned, you can still find and book your shore excursions on Viator. But before you do, compare their prices to your cruise line’s shore excursion price.
If it’s still at a discount and the timing of the shore excursion fits in with your arrival and departure, at least you have a choice. Just be sure to allow at least 2 hours from the time the tour concludes to your “all aboard” ship’s time. You don’t want to get left behind on the pier.
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