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.

Shurijo Castle & Kokusai Street: A UNESCO Partner Tour


5½ Hours
Moderate Walking 
UNESCO Tour

UNESCO World Heritage

The city of Naha is a showcase for the past and present cultural wonders of Okinawa. En route to Shurijo Castle, you will pass Naminoue Beach, Ryutan Pond, and the Prefectural Government Office, designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa. Built in the late 1300s as the palace of the Ryukyu kings, Shuri was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times over the centuries, but was ultimately obliterated in the battle of Okinawa in 1945. Reconstructed on the original site using photos, official records and memory for reference, it reopened in 1992 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding area also includes other points of historical interest, including the famed Shureimon Gate and the adjacent royal tombs. The castle's hilltop location provides gorgeous views over Naha. Parts of the castle's interior are a modern-style museum, with historic information and artifacts. However, the main hall (the Seiden), is decorated in the original style of the castle, with lavish décor and a striking red color that is unique to Shuri Castle, giving you a taste of the original splendor that surrounded the Ryukyu kings. Before you leave, browse for souvenirs at the Shurijo Castle gift shop.

Other local goods are available on nearby Kokusai Street, in the cosmopolitan heart of Naha. Kokusai has an international flavor and is host to department stores, hotels, restaurants and theaters. Enjoy free time to stroll and explore the Makishi Public Market, located about halfway down Kokusai. See colorful local produce, fresh fish and meats, and many busy food stalls where sweet and savory snacks are cooked on the spot. This lively and bustling 'kitchen of Okinawa' is the perfect place to taste some edible wonders. Next, you will visit Awamori distilled spirits brewery. Awamori is a spirit unique to Okinawa, made from rice and distilled water. Here, you'll learn about the process and concludes your tour with a delicious tasting. A short scenic drive returns you to the pier.

Please note: Photography is permitted on the grounds of Shuri Castle but not in the castle museum. Bring local currency (Yen) for additional purchases.



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Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/972