Myanmar Leads Way for World Cruise Shore Excursions; Overall Number of Tours is Up
Today, Cruise Specialists, North America’s leader in arranging world cruise vacations, is providing details on the top five most popular land tours for its guests aboard 2015 world cruises – ranging from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.
Cruise Specialists has also identified the overall top land tours requested by its experienced travelers.
As the 2015 World Cruise season begins in January, Cruise Specialists will have passengers on full world cruises or segments of world cruises across eight distinct luxury and premium cruise lines.
“We see three distinct trends involving our Cruise Specialists world cruise clients as they select shore excursions. They wish to visit new destinations, they desire to experience them in an enhanced fashion – such as VIP seating at a show or a 5-star hotel on our overnight tours – and thanks to positive economic conditions, they are selecting more shore excursions in 2015 than they had in recent years,” said Annie Scrivanich, Senior Vice President, Cruise Specialists.
“A destination that is new to a world cruise itinerary – or that has not appeared for some time – can absolutely inspire a client to choose a world cruise in a particular year, especially if they are one of our repeat world cruisers.” Scrivanich added that Jordan (for Petra), Dubai and Myanmar (Burma) are destinations on select 2015 world cruise itineraries that particularly attracted more passengers.
Top 5 Tours for 2015 World Cruises
Cruise Specialists identified the five most popular shore excursions being selected by its 2015 world cruise clients. Cruise Specialists offers exclusive group tours at each of these destinations:
- Bago, Myanmar (Burma)
A visit to this ancient Mon Capital includes stops at significant World War II landmarks; the incomparable Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha; and the largest monastery in the lower portion of the country.
- Galle, Sri Lanka
Clients enjoy the rich Sri Lankan landscapes and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort.
- Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) – A “Cruise Specialists Cares” Humanitarian Tour
This special “Cruise Specialists Cares” excursion provides support to the craftsmen, artisans and vendors of the Pomelo showroom – a fair trade marketplace for the nation’s budding entrepreneurs. A portion of the tour proceeds are donated to the Pomelo showroom to support its important work.“For approximately five years, we have offered our ‘Cruise Specialists Cares’ tours on a select number of extended-length voyages. Our clients enjoy giving back to the communities they visit – and this tour often also allows travelers to interact more personally with the local community – so this is now one of our top-selling tours each year, in any given destination,” said Scrivanich.
- Muscat, Oman
Guests have the unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial center existing in harmony with its traditional culture.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cruise Specialists clients tour Jumeirah Mosque, shop in the Souk Al Bahar, and rise to the top of the world’s tallest building – the 163-story Burj Khalifa tower.
Overall Top Sellers
Aside from “new” destinations, there are a number of excursions that are perennial favorites.
Popular tour destinations include Iguazu Falls, accessible via overnight tours from Buenos Aires, Argentina, or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; India’s Taj Mahal – also via overnight tours; tours of the Holy Land in Israel, and China’s Great Wall.
Cruise lines have already opened reservations for their 2016 and 2017 World Cruise voyages with actual shore tours to be announced further in the booking process.
Plus, Cruise Specialists offers incentives to guests who reserve certain cruises early, and this also helps ensure best availability in choice of stateroom.
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