We often write about new ships and new onboard facilities, but the activities on offer onshore can be just as integral to a fantastic cruise experience. There are so many wonderful ports around our cruise region, in Australia, New Zealand and the isles of the South Pacific. Royal Caribbean is taking advantage of that with a series of new shore excursions which highlight the best of each place.
The new excursions will cover a range of different adventures, from culinary to cultural to adrenaline-inducing. Adam Armstrong, the regional commercial director for Royal Caribbean, says "whether you're looking for action and adventure, history and culture, or a taste of the local flavours in this diverse part of the world, Royal Caribbean shore excursions ensure you make the most of your days onshore. Our new and improved offering means there's something for everyone; whether you're a seasoned traveller or a first timer, we'll take you off the beaten track and show you a new side to a range of Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific destinations."
The new excursions
- "Gone Fishing" in Airlie Beach, a chance to get out on the water and reel in a big one around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
- "Tropical Jet Boating" in Cairns, a ride around the city's waterfront and into the Trinity Inlet. It's not only thrilling but also informative, as the captain offers information about the lovely location.
- "Mt Wellington Descent by Bike" in Hobart is for the adventure seekers and outdoors lovers. The tour takes guests to the top and sends them down on two wheels. This one has great views and a beautiful setting.
- "FIFO Mining Experience" in Port Hedland aims to give visitors a taste of the â"fly-in fly-out" working life so common in the area. It tours Gateway Village and the facility for a fascinating insight.
- "Historical Town Tour" in Port Hedland includes looking around the historic West End, Koombana Lookout, the mining museum, the Dalgety House Museum and more.
- "Pretty Pool Discovery with Tea" in Port Hedland takes participants to the famous Pretty Pool, where they can learn about the mangroves ecosystem and how it supports native flatback turtles. Tea and treats are provided in a local restaurant.
- "Kila Eco Trek" in Suva is an excursion to the pristine rainforest of Kila Eco Adventure Park. It includes lovely scenery, a chance to stretch your legs on dry land and a look at some beautiful flora and fauna.
- "Tamaki Hikoi Maori Volcanic Walking Tour" is not only good exercise but a fascinating look at Auckland's past, led by members of the native Ngati Whatua tribe. Participants will explore Mt Eden and hear about the natural and cultural history of the place, enjoy spectacular views and follow it up with coffee, tea and scones.
- "Glow Worm Caves and Kauri Forest" in the Bay of Islands takes a tour through caverns lit by twinkling glow worms, as well as getting up close to magnificent ancient Kauri trees in the sub-tropical rainforest.
- "Coastal Cuisine Tour" in Tauranga is one for the foodies! It includes tastes of the many varied products of this sunny and fertile region, visiting an artisan bakery, a fish market, a kiwifruit orchard, a manuka honey shop and more.
- "Craft Brewery Tour" in Wellington really needs very little explanation. Beer enthusiasts can tour an array of spots where the finest brews are produced, learning and tasting along the way.
Many of these tours are available only on Royal Caribbean cruises - so get booking!