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2019 Cruisers' Choice Awards

Get to know the best cruise ships in a variety of categories, based on member review ratings for cruises taken in the last year.

Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Silver Galapagos

1 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member ajonofreo

"It was the best experience ever getting to see the unique wildlife up close & personal and to get to learn so much at same time. The guides were ALL so very knowledgeable & very personable. There were so many amazing things we were privileged to see & experience that we will absolutely recommend this cruise to others."

Member Review: 2thfairrm


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Silver Galapagos Cruise Reviews (24)

Paul Gauguin

2 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Lrorogers

"The shore excursions were awesome -- the best being the underwater walks. We did 2 of them.....beautiful clear water, turquoise in colour, and great friendly shore excursion people."

Member Review: sparck

Viking Star

3 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Sissy712

"Viking always has one included tour for each port. When we took it, it was excellent and a great introduction to the port. Where we chose a specialized excursion, it was always worth the cost."

Member Review: mgthe1st

Viking Sky

4 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member jimchris1547

"The included excursions were enlightening and there were plenty of options to do extra things if you were interested in doing them."

Member Review: jimchris1547

Carnival Valor

5 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member beachy dani

"Our excursion at Cozumel was the Mayan Ball Game with lunch and Mexican folkloric dancing at the Kun Che Mayan Historical Park. It was really terrific for a group with diverse interests. The cooking demonstrations (tortillas, tamales and chocolate), the ball game itself, the Mayan blessing, the tequila tasting and the dancing were all fascinating and the buffet lunch was lovely."

Member Review: thejackson3

L'Austral

6 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member BpfromSAust

"We ventured on Ponant excursions at all ports, and found the organisation, equipment and locations outstanding in all cases."

Member Review: FrednCoral

Seven Seas Mariner

7 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member gsmithffg

"The excursions in Alaska were exceptional. We went whale watching (saw hundreds), and loved watching the dolphins play and the bald eagles who were spotted in the trees by our guide."

Member Review: sassyw

Carnival Splendor

8 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member soexcited08171

"As for excursions, my daughter and I did the trike tour in Cozumel and loved it. Highly recommended. My daughter and wife did the zip-line (non Carnival) in Rotan and raved about it."

Member Review: Mike981

Viking Sea

9 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member lindamichaeladventures

"I had tremendous fun on the shore excursions, which offer many very different experiences. The guides were amazing."

Member Review: SuzannePerreault

Zhao Shang Yi Dun (Viking Sun)

10 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member MaryCThompson1

"The port excursions were uniformly excellent. We loved them all ... Our tour of Dublin afforded us the opportunity to see, hear and sing along with the best single day guide we have ever had."

Member Review: Vern H

Carnival Glory

11 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Sharpet21

"We did the ATV excursion on Puerto Rico and it was great fun! Well worth money, given the time length we time length we drove. Trails provided various experiences. The staff were great!"

Member Review: Balcony Hound

Le Soleal

12 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member jam48

"Tours were well organised and wonderfully instructive."

Member Review: yahoomoo

Carnival Triumph

13 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member MJBHRH

"Both excursions i was on were good and service was extremely good too."

Member Review: Adoby5656

Carnival Breeze

14 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member ILuv2CruiseWithU2

"The excursions were INCREDIBLE!! Snorkeling several times ... The folks managing these trips were knowledgeable, friendly and patient when the need arose."

Member Review: Birdlady1

Silver Shadow

15 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Bobbirich11

"Our excursions were wonderful, got to witness so much wildlife and amazing landscapes."

Member Review: Bobbirich1

Carnival Conquest

16 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member gpower15

"Excursions great and organized."

Member Review: cruiserchey

Carnival Dream

17 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member lezleena

"We enjoyed the ports and excursions very much and felt the value was worth the experience."

Member Review: lezleena dporter

Harmony of the Seas

18 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member JMullen1111

"Highly recommend the Catamaran, snorkel and beach excursion in St Thomas. Had a fantastic time on that."

Member Review: EllenHD

Liberty of the Seas

19 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member FLtoTX

"In Falmouth we did the zip-lining and it was fantastic! I would go back in a heartbeat."

Member Review: justKirbo

Viking Orion

20 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Larrytimko

"Viking included one excursion at each port that we visited in the price and we really enjoyed these trips which usually included a tour of the city we were visiting."

Member Review: Glen Burnie Sailor Girl

Allure of the Seas

21 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member firefighterman

"All of the islands and shore excursions were excellent."

Member Review: Jamiemariea3

Coral Princess

22 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member ChaosCoordinator

"Ports and excursions were excellent. We chose several excursions though Princess and they were well organized ... Very impressed with the cruise and land tour including all transfers."

Member Review: brentlovett

Seven Seas Explorer

23 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member hobbitons

"The excursions in Europe were really well done and totally worth going on - even if you’re not a group-tour kind of person. The tour guides know the history, culture, and geography of the area and it’s a very good learning experience. There wasn’t even one disappointing tour."

Member Review: mzp232

Grandeur of the Seas

24 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Korianto

"The two Shore excursions offered by Royal Carribean that we took were of exceptional quality."

Member Review: Eggp3446

MSC Sinfonia

25 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member ADVentive

"There were plenty of shore excursions to choose from if you wanted to book any - we booked a few & really enjoyed each of them."

Member Review: GPearman

Seven Seas Voyager

26 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member mountainclimber1

"The shore excursions were great ... All of the tour guides were very knowledgeable."

Member Review: Bcarstens

Pacific Princess

27 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Rebel2386

"The highlights for us were the ports of call, that's why we cruise. Jersey, Wales and Dublin were all very good. We saw a lot and were able to get a little taste of local culture, people, sights and foods."

Member Review: mlkdsk

Zuiderdam

28 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member NorthwestNova

"Shore excursions were well run with interesting itineraries."

Member Review: seapointer

Oosterdam

29 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member antoniush

"Our excursions were outstanding. We went to go see the rainforest in Puerto Rico and took tours of almost every other port ... Our last day at Half Moon Cay (Holland America's private island it shares with Carnival) was outstanding. We had such a good time on a tour and then a barbecue that was free to guests."

Member Review: jlwarne

Silver Spirit

30 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Catlover54

"The ports were beautiful and full of fun and exciting excursions suiting every level of activity. Because of our ship's size we could get into most ports without having to tender to shore."

Member Review: bdonner

Westerdam

31 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Whitby1

"The ports we visited were very interesting and the excursions were all great!"

Member Review: sack813

Marella Discovery

32 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member Music-Man

"All ship excursions were very good value ... they were extremely interesting and informative - one of the benefits of a good tour guide."

Member Review: Man Debos

Marella Discovery 2

33 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member cosytoes

"We always booked our excursions through TUI on the cruise ... everything we did added value to our holiiday experience and was unique & great for getting out of the country -- what we wanted to see, do and experience."

Member Review: DanielleLH

Marella Dream

34 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member red dukesy

"We booked a couple of the optional excursions, which were most enjoyable and extremely well organised with our transport on quayside at the allotted time."

Member Review: 54Bettyboop

Marella Explorer

35 of 35 Best Cruise Ships for Shore Excursions

Photo by Cruise Critic member santrah

"We did excursions. One was to Rome - we arrived back to a band playing and staff with trays of ice cold water and the captain and staff saying welcome back madam. I felt like royalty."

Member Review: Liz Yates


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