San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) October 05, 2011
It’s no secret that some of the best travel bargains during the fall can be found on a cruise, as ships in Alaska and Europe reposition to warmer waters like the Caribbean for the winter. To help cruise ship passengers get the most bang for their buck on a fall getaway to sunnier climes, Viator– the leading resource for more than 9,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries – has new discounts on shore excursions in popular Caribbean ports of call.
Viator’s selection of Caribbean shore excursions allows travelers to ditch the masses and customize their itinerary with activities that are more affordable and less crowded than those offered by the ship. "Cruise Port" pages highlight port and destination information including local area maps, customer reviews and suggestions on the best things to see and do with limited time in town:
Ocho Rios Cruise Port
Jamaica offers many land-based shore excursions, ideal for travelers looking to shake off their sea legs. The country is known for much more than its bobsled team – although Viator offers a Bobsled Tour at Mystic Mountain (from $65.99). The Dunn’s River Falls and Beach Horseback Riding Tour (from $74.99), a 40 percent discount off the recommended cruise ship price, visits a waterfall and features horseback riding on the beach. Passengers can save 40 percent off a tour of the Green Grotto Caves, where explorers can see stalagmites, stalactites and a subterranean lake (from $39.99).
St. Lucia Cruise Port
One of the most lush and unspoiled Caribbean islands, St. Lucia is the ideal spot for adventure enthusiasts. Viator’s rainforest aerial tram and zipline canopy tour (from $88.99 – a 30 percent discount off the cruise line offerings) also includes a guided rainforest hike. The entire family will enjoy a more moderate alternative, the aerial tram and rainforest trek (from $74.99 – a 25 percent discount). The Catamaran Day Sail is a relaxing way to explore St. Lucia’s natural beauty with stops at a 19th century coco plantation, the World Heritage-listed Pitons, and Sulphur Springs, the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano (from $104.99 – 25 percent off cruise ship prices).
St. Maarten Cruise Port
St. Maarten is a shoppers’ paradise, but for passengers hunting for more than duty-free savings, there are many activities to enjoy. Travelers save 10 percent on a snorkeling and sightseeing safari, including the opportunity to pilot a two-person inflatable boat (from $84.99). Those who dream of being part of the crew onboard a professional racing yacht can participate in the St. Maarten 12 Metre Challenge (from $104.99). And for those with a thing for Captain Jack Sparrow, a three-hour tall ship swashbuckling adventure, the Pirates Day Cruise, is sure to please (from $78.99).
Roseau Cruise Port
Dominica is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with mountainous hiking trails, remote waterfalls and mysterious boiling lakes. Travelers can tube down one of Dominica’s epic rivers (from $62.99 – a 20 percent savings) or paddle down the Layou River on an ocean kayak adventure (from $78.69). The Half Day Jeep Safari includes a stop at the volcanic Wotten Wavern Sulphur Springs, a swim in a freshwater mountain crater lake, and a hike to a breathtaking waterfall (from $62.99 – 10 percent savings). For a unique and authentic cultural experience, travelers can dig in and learn to cook delicious local Caribbean delicacies in a private home (from $99.99).
Viator’s Caribbean shore excursions are run by tour operators who are pre-screened for value, quality and service and maintain the same, or better, licensing and insurance coverage required by the cruise lines. Additionally, Viator’s “Worry-free Shore Excursions” pledge provides travelers with the added peace of mind that they will return to port in time for their ship’s departure, but if not, Viator will provide transportation to the ship’s next port-of-call.
Viator’s worldwide selection of shore excursions can be accessed through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone and Viator’s mobile site. Travel agents can book any of these shore excursion products through Viator’s Agent Partners, including ARCMarketPlace.com, to earn commission. Travelers can visit the Viator Travel Blog for more inspiration or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter for the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 9,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator – the Latin word for traveler – offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as nearly 300,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, eight local language sites for the European and Japanese markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas. Visit the Viator Travel Blog for more inspiration or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter for the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news.