About Shore Excursions


Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.


Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.


Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.


Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.


Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.


Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.


Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).


Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.


Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

The Great Barrier Reef: A UNESCO Partner Tour


Approximately 8 Hours
Moderate Walking 
Discovery Tour

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's most extensive coral reef ecosystem, a globally significant entity inscribed in 1981. Some 2,500 individual reefs and over 900 islands cover an area of 348,000 square kilometers and extend across a latitudinal range of 14 degrees. The Great Barrier Reef includes extensive diversity, stretching from the low water mark along the mainland coast up to 250 kilometers offshore.

Here is your opportunity to visit the world's richest marine habitat--Australia's Great Barrier Reef--a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredibly diverse ecosystem. The reef has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years and covers an area of 138,000 square miles.

Depart Cairns to travel along one of the most scenic drives in Australia – The Great Barrier Reef Drive. You will be joined by an UNESCO guest speaker who will introduce you to the magical world of the Great Barrier Reef. He will travel with you during the approximately 90-minute ride, by high-speed luxury reef boat, to the Outer Reef. During the ride, your guest speaker will discuss the significance of the Great Barrier Reef's enormous size and biodiversit--it is one of the most complex natural ecosystems on earth, and one of the most significant for conservation. Tens of thousands of marine and terrestrial species, many of which are of global conservation significance, make their homes here.You will find your UNESCO guest speaker to be an astonishingly knowledgeable resource, so feel free to enjoy one-on-one discussions with him throughout the day. This journey is unique, as the vessel will anchor at a mooring on the outer reef for your enjoyment alone. Sites have been selected for their superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life. A Marine Biologist will also accompany you throughout the day and you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in this pristine area of the outer reef. A buffet lunch will be served and soft drinks will be available throughout the excursion.

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