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A world of adventure awaits ashore on a cruise along the coastlines of North America with Celebrity. North American shore excursions embrace everything from gourmet food tasting to winery visits, clifftop hikes, boat trips, guided walks, and kayaking.
In Alaska, you could be flying over the forest canopy on a zipline near Ketchikan one day and sailing up close to the blue-white face of the vast Hubbard Glacier the next. Experience the double thrill of a helicopter flight over forest and mountains to land on a massive glacier, where a team of huskies awaits.
On a Pacific Coast cruise to San Francisco, feast on dim sum in Chinatown, or be guided through the fine wines of the Sonoma Valley on a cellar visit. Monterey is the starting point for the ruggedly beautiful 17 Mile Drive, the road snaking along the contours of cliffs that plunge straight into the pounding surf of the Pacific. In Santa Barbara, explore the whitewashed mission buildings or head into the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley to sample some of California’s finest wines. Catalina Island, meanwhile, is the perfect place for hiking in the highlands through flower-filled meadows and soaking up the atmosphere of scenic Avalon.
Across the border in Ensenada, Mexico, join a workshop to learn about the history of chocolate, or combine a hike in the rugged El Salto Canyon with a craft beer tasting. Mexican Riviera cruises also take you to Mazatlán, where the colorful Old Town invites exploration, as do the beaches of the Golden Zone. From Puerto Vallarta, join a thrilling ATV tour to explore the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, or try your hand at a tequila cocktail-making workshop. Cabo San Lucas, meanwhile, is famed for its glorious beaches, superb whale-watching, and the nearby arty town of Todos Santos.
To explore the world of the Maya, take a cruise to Mexico’s Caribbean coast. From Costa Maya, you could try a traditional healing ritual with a shaman, or visit the ruins of Chacchoben or the impressive pyramid of Kohunlich. Dreamy Cozumel, meanwhile, is the jumping-off point for the walled city of Tulum, as well as superb snorkeling over dazzling coral reefs.
Further north, East Coast excursions could take you to genteel Bermuda, a slice of rural Britain in the North Atlantic. Fringed with pink sand beaches, it offers fine snorkeling over vast coral reefs and spectacular wreck diving. In Charleston, South Carolina, you could take a tour of the only working tea plantation in the United States, or join a local storyteller for a walking tour that will reveal chilling tales of the city’s ghosts. Further north, in Newport, Rhode Island, a guide will reveal the secrets of the lavish mansions for which the town is famed. The gingerbread Victorian cottages of Martha’s Vineyard are perhaps less imposing, but just as significant historically—and just as photogenic.
Bar Harbor, Maine, is the gateway for the wild beauty of Acadia National Park, which you could explore on four wheels, by kayak, on foot, or from the water. In foodie Portland, taste lobster rolls and apple pie, and then cycle the scenic Eastern Promenade Trail along the coast, followed by a hike at Mackworth Island.
Canada’s East Coast ports have a charm of their own. Follow the Fundy Trail Parkway from Saint John, New Brunswick, to explore sea caves, rock-strewn beaches, and towering sandstone cliffs. Delve into literary history in pretty Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island with a visit to the house of Anne of Green Gables, followed by lobster rolls at Fisherman’s Wharf. From Halifax, visit the beautiful and much-photographed lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove. In chic, French-speaking Quebec, join a local expert on a stroll through the UNESCO-listed center, encircled by chunky ramparts dating back to the early 17th century. You’ll uncover the very best of each of these fascinating ports with these North American shore excursions.