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.

Villages of Cinque Terre: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 4 Hours
Moderate Walking 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Thanks to the astonishingly rich artistic legacy of the Renaissance, World Heritage Sites abound in Italy, and have been inscribed throughout the years, including Portovenere, Cinque Terre and the Islands (1997).

Clinging to the Ligurian cliffs on the west coast of Italy are five lovely towns spaced evenly along the water -- Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Today you will see the Cinque Terre (Five Lands), as they are locally known, from the sea.

Depart from the pier by boat, heading northward. You will marvel at an apparent defiance of gravity, as most of the villages look as if they are suspended precariously above the sea. Pastel-colored houses, terraced vineyards and groves alive with the aroma of olive trees blend with the fresh ocean breeze to create a truly magical atmosphere.

Arriving at the village of Vernazza, disembark the vessel and begin a guided walking tour of this 1st-century town. The richness of the architecture here denotes a historically higher standard of living than that of the other villages. Free time is afforded to browse in the local shops or relax in a café (at your own expense).

Re-board your boat and proceed to the next stop, the westernmost village and Cinque Terre's beach town -- Monterosso. The town is divided into two distinct parts -- San Cristoforo Hill and the old maritime village protected by a rocky spur. After your guide points out the highlights of Monterosso, you'll stop to sample a glass of excellent local wine and a small slice of the region's specialty -- delicious focaccia bread. Make good use of some free time to explore on your own before you climb back onto the boat and start the journey back to Portovenere.

Please note: Tour operates weather and sea conditions permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the Vernazza visit may be cancelled. The ferries/boats do not operate in choppy sea conditions; bus and train transportation will be substituted. The train is basic public transport. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/826