August 24, 2001
In Alaska, the competition among cruise lines for not just snagging passengers for the voyage itself but also for the add-on land tour, is fierce amongst companies like Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and sister Celebrity. Oddly, though, add-on land tours in other cruise regions -- the Caribbean, South America, New England/Canada, for instance -- are pretty much limited to hotel packages as far as mass market cruise lines are concerned (high end luxury lines are, however, active in creating pre- and post-tours). But Royal Caribbean's announcement today that it will partner with divisions of Abercrombie & Kent, an upscale -- and highly regarded tour packager -- for pre- and post-land tours in European itineraries is a boon for passengers who want to see more of Europe than the typical ports-of-call. The program, which extends to Celebrity's European itineraries as well, will feature land tours in Spain, Italy, Denmark, France, Ireland and England. Package tours will range in length from three to six days and will be offered on some sailings on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas. It will also be available, again, on select cruises, on Celebrity's Millennium, Mercury and Constellation. If interested in this option, make sure you ask before you book.