Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
- Overview: This 4x4 tour visits many of the highlights of St. Maarten including several scenic lookouts, Marigot and the beach for a swim or rest. This is a great way to spend your day on St. Maarten.
- Highlights: Enjoy the thrill of driving a 4X4 through St. Maarten. Explore / shop in the French capital of Marigot. Take a refreshing swim at Mullet Bay Beach.
- Notes: Drivers must be 21 years old and have a valid license. There is a maximum of 4 persons per jeep; however families or groups of 3 or less might be grouped in a jeep with others. Vehicles have automatic transmission. Please wear swimsuit underneath your clothing.
Enjoy a unique day at Witenblauw, one of the most beautiful villas on the lap of Lai Baie, where an acre of blooming tropical gardens merge with a majestic white sand beach and panoramic view of the Caribbean sea. The villa's two lovely salt and fresh water pools, two-story waterfall, Jacuzzi, lounge chairs with cusions and hammocks offer a fascinating view of St. Maarten's luxury, where the rich and famous, and you too, can come to be revitalized. A welcome glass of champagne and a chic Italian buffet lunch with unlimited open bar is offered. Pool towels, umbrellas, luxurious bathrooms and fresh water nebuli shower all complete your decadent day in paradise.
OVERVIEW: This tour takes you to the beautiful Orient Beach. Relax in the sun, nap in the shade or swim in the sparkling blue water of the Caribbean's "French Riviera". You'll discover that refreshing drinks and a delicious lunch always taste better at the beach.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy approx 3 ½ hrs at Orient Beach. Relax on your reserved chair and cushion. Complimentary rum or fruit cocktail included. Lunch (choice of 3 entrees) and beverage (beer, wine, soda, or mixed drink) included.
NOTES: The beach is adjacent to Club Orient Naturist Resort therefore some nudity may be observed.
OVERVIEW: SNUBA is a great way for beginners to explore the beautiful underwater world of the Caribbean. Whether you are already a seasoned SNUBA fan or this is your first time, you are sure to enjoy the warm waters, colorful reef fish and sunken wrecks.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a scenic boat cruise to and from the dive site. Take a guided SNUBA tour (maximum depth of 20 feet) of St. Maarten's underwater world. Time to snorkel or relax on the boat. Cruise back with a celebratory rum punch.
NOTES: Not suitable for pregnant women and guests with serious medical conditions or disabilities.
OVERVIEW: This tour is perfect for guests who have other plans for the morning but want to spend the afternoon at the Orient Bay, the island's premier beach destination. The warm sun, cool shade, white sand, and gently rolling surf are waiting.
HIGHLIGHTS: Spend your morning as you wish and the afternoon at the beach at Orient Bay. Your reserved beach lounge and complimentary drink are waiting.
NOTES: Some nudity may be observed.
OVERVIEW: This is your chance to become a crew member of a racing yacht where previous sailing experience is not necessary.
HIGHLIGHTS: Race aboard an authentic America's Cup racing yacht. Expert crew will show you what to do in your crew member's position where you can grind a winch, trim a sail, punch a stop watch, or just sit back and relax. At the end, enjoy the victory rum punch party.
NOTES: If you choose to participate in the actual sailing of the yacht, please be advised that this can be strenuous and you must determine your own limitations.
Dolphins, beach and scenic ferry ride! See both sides of St Maarten as well as spectacular ocean vistas during your one hour ride to Anguilla. One of the most popular Anguillan tourist attractions is swimming with Dolphins. Spend time with the dolphins in their own habitat. The Encounter is designed for all ages and for every member of your family. You will learn the most interesting things about these beautiful and smart animals. They will show you how intelligent and sweet they can be in every activity, from the world famous Dolphin kiss and hugs to dances and songs they will establish a special bond with you!
Dolphins, beach and scenic ferry ride! See both sides of St Maarten as well as spectacular ocean vistas during your one hour ride to Anguilla. Spend time with the Dolphins in their own habitat. The Dolphin Swim Program is perfect for you; you will have the opportunity to be kissed, receive a wet hug and this program includes the belly ride in which you will hold on to the dolphin's fins as he rides backwards across the water. Another fun activity will be the Boogie Push, where the Dolphin will push you across the water surface while you ride a boogie board. You will have so much fun that this will become in the experience of a lifetime!
OVERVIEW: This tour takes you through the beautiful countryside of this two-nation island. At the Butterfly Farm, you'll be surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies and your guide will point out courtship displays and relate facts and stories. You will witness the butterfly life cycle from laying eggs to caterpillar hatching.
HIGHLIGHTS: Scenic ride through the Dutch and French sides of the island. Tour the colorful Butterfly Farm. Explore and shop in the French capital of Marigot and the Dutch capital of Philipsburg.
NOTES: Most shops in Marigot will be closed on Sundays and holidays.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.