As the travel season shifts from the south to the north, we're seeing great interest from cruise ship passengers wanting tours of the cities on the Baltic Sea.
(Vocus) March 24, 2010
The summer cruise season in the Baltic Sea should be a busy one if early demand for shore excursions in the region is any indication. According to ToursByLocals customer service specialist, David Young, “As the travel season shifts from the south to the north, we’re seeing great interest from cruise ship passengers wanting tours of the cities on the Baltic Sea.”
Requests coming into the ToursByLocals offices for tours of the Baltic Sea ports of call are currently outnumbering those for more traditional European cruise routes in the Mediterranean.
According to Cruise Baltic, a consortium of 10 Baltic nations representing the region's cruise industry, the number of cruise passengers visiting the Baltic has increased an average of 13% each year since 2000.
ToursByLocals was already a specialist in the major Baltic port of St. Petersburg, offering over 100 different St. Petersburg tours with 16 independent guides in the city and surrounding areas. Now travelers cruising around the Baltic can also book private tours of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Gdansk, and Rostock.
Cruise ship passengers have been a surprise niche market for the rapidly expanding travel company, whose goal is to promote ethical tourism by connecting travelers with independent local guides around the world. Paul Melhus, President of ToursByLocals, initially anticipated demand for the small, private tours would come from independent travelers, rather than those participating in package travel. Melhus now appreciates that “often cruise ship passengers are looking for a more authentic, unique experience – and want to partake in small, personal tours that offer greater flexibility and spontaneity than most shore excursions organized by the cruise line.”
ToursByLocals will continue to recruit local tour guides from the port towns and cities of the Baltic Sea to provide an ever-increasing range of private tours for travelers to this region.
Launched in November 2008, Vancouver based ToursByLocals uses Internet technology to help travelers make a secure connection and transaction with a local guide in any part of the world. ToursByLocals is committed to promoting ethical tourism. By growing a global network of independent local tour guides, ToursByLocals empowers these individuals to be in business for themselves, while giving travelers a more authentic experience of local culture.
Travelers who want to travel in a socially responsible way now have the option of hiring an independent local guide in any of over 65 countries (and growing) through the company's website.