For passengers who want to set their own pace or those who enjoy a more personalized tour, two new tour options are available. One option is the Grab an iPod and Go walking tours in Amalfi, Athens, Barcelona, Cannes, Capri, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Florence, Lisbon, Monte Carlo, Mykonos, Pisa, Portofino, Rhodes, Rome, and Sorrento. These tours involve a preloaded iPod with a customized map. The other option is Personalized Experiences in Berlin, Florence/Pisa, Naples or Rome feature smaller tour groups and the opportunity for more personal interaction with the tour’s guide.
In addition, Grand Overland tours provide the opportunity to go further away from the port area. This new choice adds a tour to Helsinki, Moscow and St. Petersburg on select Scandinavian sailings. Visitors will tour Helsinki before traveling overnight by train to Moscow, where they will spend a full day and attend a ballet performance. Another overnight train takes them meet back up with their ship in St. Petersburg with time to visit the city’s palaces and museums. Other Grand Overland tours are available to experience Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee as well as the pyramids and antiquities of Egypt. Unusual tours include exploring Stockholm by rooftop (with a safety harness), a treasure hunt in Dubrovnik or the ruins of Herculaneum and a behind-the-scenes look at a Finnish ice breaker.
Since food has become a focal point of cruising, the following tours are available for traveling gourmets:
A Taste of Bornholm, Denmark, home to the popular TV series “New Scandinavian Cooking” takes visitors to Lille Gadegaard Vineyard to sample their sparkling fruit wines; Hallegard, an 80-acre working farm noted for its fine, organic gourmet sausages; and Svaneke, a village brewer that creates Danish beer with top honors.
Bracciano Lake & Pasta Party in Rome, which takes passengers to the quaint lakeside resort of Anguillara, and then a special destination in the Tuscia wine country for a pasta-making demonstration followed by a five-course lunch (three courses of pasta) accompanied by Tuscian wines. In Seville there is an opportunity to learn the secrets of sherry production at an exclusive bodega, with tapas to go with it.
Shore excursions can be reserved in advance online.