Cruise Specialists clients, known for being particularly inquisitive about the destinations they’re visiting, are thrilled to find we have an in-house shore excursion department to organize exceptional VIP group tours, in addition to personal, customized shore tours.
In late 2016, Heather Visser, who was instrumental in creating the Cruise Specialists Shore Excursions department, returned to the company after a several-year absence while starting a family. Back at the helm of this exciting department, she jumped right into the sometimes challenging, yet highly-fulfilling task of crafting “dream” tours for our clients.
On Cruise Specialists hosted voyages, there will usually be at least one exclusive group tour – and on hosted World Cruises it is frequently up to about 15; including two to three exclusive overland (multi-day) tours.
Heather looks for opportunities to craft much more than a standard city-orientation coach tour, although that continues to be an appealing option for many. Think evening excursions, special
interest programs, wine-themed experiences, wildlife tours and more.
Requests for private shore tours are also common, anywhere from Bangkok to Beijing, or the Peruvian Amazon to Prague. The experience Heather has on the ground in nearly 80 countries enables her to help Cruise Specialists clients maximize their time and enjoyment of each destination they tour.
Sample Shore Tours by Cruise Specialists
Private Angkor Wat Overland Adventure in deluxe accommodations including a special dinner with Apsara dance performance and a visit to families who have benefited from wells that have been built with Cruise Specialists donations. Three days of private touring in St. Petersburg, including VIP entry to the Hermitage and Peterhof Palace before opening hours.
Deluxe overland to Victoria Falls, staying at the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambezi River and including visits to three countries – Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana, with a safari included at Chobe National Park.
Private luxury overland tour to Machu Picchu, including tour of ancient Cusco and visit to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Pre-Galápagos trip to UNESCO-listed Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city.
“With cruising, you may not have multiple days in a destination, so I try to help people have the best possible experience in whatever time they may have there,” said Heather. “It’s a thrill for me to plan tours for people, because I’m helping them fulfill their travel dreams.”
Talk with a Cruise Specialists Advisor to find the right cruise and excursions for you!