Top 10 North America Excursions
Northern America and Canada are home to many of the world's most visited places and it is clear why. Breathtaking cities, beautiful harbours and culturally enriched states make a visit here the ultimate holiday. Whether you want to experience the busyness of New York, the sunshine of Miami or the landscapes of Canada, be sure to get your exploring hat on! A range of great shore excursions are available, here are our favourites.
1. Statue of Liberty, New York
One of the most iconic statues in the world, we highly recommend a tour to take a closer look and learn more about this fascinating monument. Once you board your ferry and sail past the amazing skyline of New York City you will arrive at Liberty Island where you will stand right next to the Statue of Liberty. The ferry is free and worthwhile on a nice day, even if you don't get to the statue! Your guide will tell you the history behind the statue as well as walk you around the grounds, pointing out the main points of interest. This tour is great for those that want to get closer to the action, rather than just view the statue from afar.
Visit the Statue of Liberty on: Queen Mary 2
2. Boston Duck Tour, Boston
Boston is one of the America's favourite cities and boasts an array of beautiful sights, interesting history and hosts a variety of events. There is no better way to experience all that Boston has to offer than on a Duck Tour. More than just a city tour, be prepared for a journey like you’ve never had before! As you board the ‘Duck’ you will take a scenic drive around this amazing city, giving you the opportunity to see Boston’s most famous landmarks including Golden-domed State House, Government Centre and Prudential Tower. The real thrill comes when the ‘Duck’ drives right into the Charles River for a breath-taking sail along the amazing Boston skyline. Be prepared for an exciting day of adventure and sightseeing!
Take the Boston Duck Tour on: Explorer of the Seas
3. Everglades Airboat Ride, Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Florida’s Everglades are one of the most fascinating things to see in Florida and we definitely recommend this tour if your cruise stops in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Once you have donned your raincoats and entered the boat, you will begin an adventure of a lifetime. Controlled by an experienced captain the airboat will glide over the everglades and give you the opportunity to see endangered wildlife, including the famous Florida crocodiles. During the ride you will get to hear tales of the history behind this charmed area as well as learn about how the eco-system works.
Visit teh Everglades on: Oasis of the Seas
4. Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando
Many people say a visit to Florida is not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Centre, and we agree. Even if you think you are not interested in Space, this tour is still guaranteed to offer you a fun and enjoyable day. You will have the chance to experience exhibits, displays, real historic memorabilia, shows and a range of bus tours of the spaceport. This tour guarantees a fun day out for the whole family.
Visit Kennedy Space Centre on: Freedom of the Seas
5. Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor
One of the most beautiful national parks in the world and offering some of the most spectacular views of the Maine coastline, this excursion is highly recommended if your cruise stops at Bar Harbor. From leaving the ship's pier you will travel along the 27 mile Park Loop Road that boasts the most amazing coastal, mountain and forest scenery you will ever see. As well as all of the stunning scenery, be sure to keep a look out for the large array of wildlife that live at the park including eagles, deer and birds. To top of this wonderful tour you will get to have a photograph from the highest point on North America's Eastern seaboard, Cadillac Mountain. You will get to see beautiful glaciers carved through the granite cliffs, as well as the forests, lakes and valleys.
Visit Acadia National Park on: Caribbean Princess
6. Bing Pink Bus, Halifax
Halifax is the most visited historic site in Canada and this is not surprising due to its picturesque views, urban feel and variety of visitor attractions. Due to Halifax being the home of so many attractions, we definitely recommend the Big Pink Bus Tour, allowing you to see it all in one day. The bus is an authentic London double decker that has been coloured pink to support breast cancer. Taking you on a journey all around the city it allows you to get off at various locations such as Halifax Citadel and Maritime Museum. You will have the option to complete the whole tour at once or you can get off and on at various points, allowing you to enjoy places that you may want to spend more time at.
Take The Big Pink Bus on: Norwegian Gem
7. Jacques Cartier National Park River Rafting, Quebec
This National Park is an abundance of natural beauty and breathtaking views and there is no better way to experience it than on the river itself. The park lies within the Eastern forest transition eco-region and is surrounded with trees, plants, rivers and wildlife. On this excursion you will take a picturesque journey to the Laurentian Mountains and then to your launching point, where you will board your raft. Your journey down the river will be one you will never forget, as you travel for two and a half hours through spectacular scenery. We recommend this excursion for those wanting to do something adventurous!
Go river rafting on: Norwegian Dawn
8. City Tour, New York
A city tour of New York is a must if your cruise starts or finishes here. As the city is large and home to a huge amount of attractions, the best way to see it all in a limited time is to take an organised city tour. Explore this amazing city from top to bottom onboard a comfortable coach with an expert guide who will narrate every part of the journey. Boasting many of the world’s top tourist attractions such as Times Square, Central Park, Empire State Building and Ground Zero, this is the best way to see it all so do not forget your camera!
Take a New York city tour on: Celebrity Eclipse
9. Hemingway's Home, Key West
The famous Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West for more than ten years, even calling it his home. An educated tour of his house is a true highlight of visiting the Florida Keys. As you stroll around the lush grounds you will be taken back into the life of this incredible writer. You will be able to enter the home to see the rooms in which Hemingway would fall into a state of inspirational thought for his writing. There is also a museum you will be able to visit on completion of the tour.
Visit Hemingway's home on: Grandeur of the Seas
10. Hollywood Homes, Los Angeles
Most people that visit Los Angeles want to see the actual locations of the stars and we think this is an excellent tour to give you a real insight in to this luxurious and enriched place. As you board your air conditioned coach be sure to have your camera ready as you do not know when your guide is going to point something out! Live the celebrity lifestyle as you journey down Sunset Strip to see famous places such as the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Chateau Marmont and The House or Blues. The tour will take you past your favourite celebrities homes including David and Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Tom Cruise, as well as passing the former homes of famous legends including Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
Visit Hollywood Homes on: Crown Princess