Crown Princess at sea © Princess Cruises
Crown Princess at sea © Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises will offer 20 new shore excursions to guests sailing on Crown Princess, one of its Southampton-based ships for this spring and summer.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ Vice President UK and Europe, said: “We’re continuing to enhance our shore excursions as we recognise how important it is for our guests to have a wide range to choose from. Our new excursions offer something to cover everyone’s taste and budget, from foodies to culture vultures, from those looking to sit back and relax to those who want to stay active.”

Crown Princess will sail to the Mediterranean and northern Europe from May to September 2017 on seven or 14-night cruises. The new excursions are in addition to hundreds already on offer, which encompass all destinations the ship will visit and a wide range of activities.

For holidaymakers heading to the Mediterranean, these include a tour of the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terre in Italy, which houses five villages that cling to the rocky Ligurian cliffs. In Spain, guests can explore medieval Bilbao followed by learning cooking secrets from Michelin-star chef, Daniel Garcia, at his Zortziko restaurant, while in France there will be a full-day visit to Bordeaux, with wine tasting in a French château, sightseeing, a tour of the Médoc wine region and a classic regional lunch, or tour the new interactive wine museum, the City du Vin.

Excursions in Scandinavia and the Baltics include a narrated walking tour of Helsinki in Finland, concluding with a live concert in the Sibelius music centre. In Tallinn, Estonia, there is a tour of the historic old town followed by a visit to a brewery and the chance to sample six local beers. Finally, in Russia, guests can be transported to Moscow by high-speed train before visiting sights including the Kremlin, Cathedral Square and Red Square. A Russian visa is not required for any of Princess Cruises’ shore excursions.

For those visiting the Norwegian Fjords, the new shore excursions will be a ‘king crab’ tour, with giant crabs cooked in a traditional campfire setting in Honningsvåg, while in Trollfjord guests can embark on a boat tour that will head through its narrow entryway and on to steep mountain caverns, which boast the largest sea eagle population in the world. In Bergen there’s a narrated walking tour followed by a visit to a local ice bar for a sub-zero cocktail.

Shore excursions are available to purchase from around 120 days before a cruise.

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