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Luxury Cruise Lines with Unique Shore Experiences

Last Updated: April 7, 2024

It is truly an experience traveling on luxury cruise lines! You can expect top-of-the-line service staff, excellent culinary choices, and carefully designed interiors. Many amenities are included in the base fare, from complimentary alcoholic beverages to specialty dining. Traveling on these smaller, more intimate ships allows you the space and comfort to truly relax in peace.

While it’s no secret that your time onboard will be exceptional, luxury cruise lines often go out of their way to provide you with unique experiences onshore. Your time on land will be just as memorable!

Here is a taste of some of the unique experiences you can have while traveling on some of the very best luxury cruise lines.


Change The Way You Sea℠! 

Late nights and overnight stays are a regular occurrence with Azamara, accounting for nearly half of your time at port. With more time to fall in love with your destination, you’re able to immerse yourself completely in your destination without having to rush.

Locales and Landmarks

Visit the local secrets, hidden gems, and signature sights of your destination!

Melbourne, Australia- Take a helicopter ride over the Australian coastline to get an aerial view of the majestic 12 Apostles limestone formations while you explore the rugged shipwreck coast. Afterward, travel to a local winery where you’ll get lunch.

Mykonos, Greece- Tour the Cycladic region of the Aegean Sea! This area is known for its beaches, picturesque villages, delicious food, and pulsing nightlife.

Durban, South America- Take a helicopter flight and catch a picnic lunch on a mountain summit.

Local Immersions

Limited to 26 guests at a time, local immersion excursions allow you the space to ask questions, exchange ideas, and connect with your tour guide and surroundings.

Ancient Wonders

Santorini, Greece- Take a private tour to explore Akrotiri, a bronze-aged city lost to a volcanic eruption in 1450 BC.

Aqaba, Jordan- Visit the red rose desert city, Petra- one of the seven wonders of the modern world and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Cultural Expressions

Berlin, Germany- take an emotionally charged tour of Sachsenhausen Memorial camp, one of the first concentration camps built during World War II.

Osaka, Japan- Travel to Japan’s cultural center, where you’ll experience a Buddhist temple, Shinto shrine, and a traditional Zen Garden.

Local Introductions

Aqaba, Jordan- Experience the Dead Sea!

Lima, Peru- Dine at Casa de Aliaga, Lima’s oldest house. Enjoy the hospitality of the mansion’s heir, followed by a meal.

Exclusive Experiences

For the most exclusive and unique experiences that Azamara has to offer, you can book exclusive experiences.

Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa- Part of the St. Lucia Wetland Park and a UNESCO heritage site, you can explore the Phinda Game Reserve in ways many cannot. Take an evening and morning safari, where you can look for Africa’s big 5- lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. Then, return to your private suite at a luxurious Phinda mountain lodge.

Safaga, Egypt- Travel to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, where you’ll participate in an archaeological journey that explores the ancient wonders of Egypt- including the tomb of King Tutankhamun!

World Events

Experience world events with Azamara!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Take your seat on the grandstands during the Carnaval Samba Parade and experience the colorful floats, costumes, and culture of the Carnaval celebration.

Monte Carlo, Monaco- Attend the Grand Prix de Monaco!


Oceania’s shore excursions are perfect for seasoned travelers who are looking for something different. Curated by destination specialists at over 450 ports around the world, Oceania’s shore excursions are unique, immersive ways to explore the culture of your destination!

Culinary Discovery Tours

Enjoy culinary enrichment onboard- and onshore- with Oceania cruises.

Belfast, Ireland- Participate in a chef-led Causeway Coastal food experience, where you’ll travel along the coast with the ship’s chef and a personal foodie guide.

Malaga, Spain- Accompany the chef in a market foraging excursion, where you’ll gather ingredients for an onboard tapas class that you’ll attend later onboard. Try your hand at crafting Spanish Tapas, which you will enjoy with sangria and sherry.

Wellness Tours

Oceania’s exclusive collection of wellness discovery tours helps you discover new paths to wellness in global destinations!

Adelaide, Australia- Learn the art of spiritual drumming at a center known for promoting the therapeutic effects of drumming on the body and mind. You'll pass numerous Adelaide landmarks on the way back to the pier.

Bangkok, Thailand- Travel to a Buddhist temple, where you’ll meditate with a Buddhist monk.

Rome, Italy- Enjoy the thermal water of Terme Dei Papi, where popes have been spending time for centuries. Experience the healing minerals of the water, including salts, calcium, and magnesium.

Regent Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas is one of the only Luxury Cruise Lines that include shore excursions in their base fare! While sailing with Regent, you have access to over 2,000 free shore excursions across the globe. Amazing opportunities await you in every port of call, and you’re sure to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. The possibilities are endless with Regent Seven Seas!

Isafjordur, Iceland- Take off from a nearby village in a kayak,where you’ll explore the calm Fjord and have the chance to see a whale or seal.

Lautoka, Fiji- After a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony, you’ll take an open-air mud bath amid Fiji’s sleeping giant mountains. You also receive a deep-tissue Fijian Massage.

Mumbai, India- Take a tour to experience the best of Mumbai, beginning on the iconic Marine Drive and going on to admire the views from Malabar Hill, Mumbai’s exclusive neighborhood.

Regent Choice Shore Excursions

Regent Choice Shore Excursions offer unique, unparalleled experiences for a discounted supplementary charge.

Monte Carlo, Monaco- Take a helicopter ride to enjoy the panoramic views of the countryside, arriving at La Bastide de Moustiers, a secluded, world-renowned restaurant and adjoining hotel in the mountains.

Melbourne, Australia- After taking a scenic drive along the city and Port Phillip Bay, you’ll find Australia’s iconic Koalas in a nearby nature park in the company of an expert nature guide.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam- Sample Saigonese organic foods in one of the world’s oldest and largest tea-producing countries, followed by a vegetarian lunch at Hum restaurant- an establishment known for its eco-friendly practices.

Go Local tours

Go off the beaten path and learn about the culture of your destination from the community members themselves!

Bordeaux, France- After traveling through the medieval Bordeaux region, you’ll have a meal with a local family.

Amsterdam, Netherlands- After visiting a local family, you’ll tour a cheese-making facility to see how Edam’s famed cheese is produced.

Helsinki, Finland- Explore the local food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine as you go along. Finish off your day with a stroll at a waterfront park.

Spa and Wellness Tours

Restore and heal your mind and body as you participate in Regent’s wellness tours.

  • Visit Geothermal Wonders in New Zealand
  • Take an outdoor yoga class near the Mediterranean Sea
  • Discover the health benefits of Aloe vera by visiting a farm that grows it in Ibiza, Spain.
  • Practice yoga and meditation at a country estate, being served a vegetarian lunch afterward.

Luxury Cruise Lines are Worth it!

When you choose to book travel with a luxury cruise line, you’re already expecting luxurious interiors, top-notch service, and incredible dining options. When your time on land is given as much importance as your time onboard, that’s what makes your trip truly incredible! No matter how you choose to spend your time at port, these luxury cruise lines are sure to provide some of the most unique shore experiences of all.

*Excursions are subject to change

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