Culinary Shore Trips for Cruisers

Posted on 07. Sep, 2009 by .


Nobody said it was going to be easy…

If you are an avid cruiser, you are well aware of how ships are growing in size from one year to the next.  The bigger they get, the more people they hold. The more people they hold, the longer the lines are for food service in the buffet, getting into the theater, waiting for a drink, and getting on and off ship while in port.

Carnival Embarking LineOnce you’re off the ship, it’s than another set of lines waiting to get you on and off sightseeing motor coaches. Sort of like herding sheep. Trying to find the right coach for the right tour is yet another challenge. Cruising is not for wimps…

Relief is on the way!

Any cruiser will tell you that shore excursions are an integral part of the cruise experience. They give you a taste of the destinations beyond port attractions and open up a world of possibilities for enjoyment beyond the decks of the ship.  But, as many experienced cruisers will tell you, the excursions offered by the cruise companies are getting stale. Intimate on-shore excursions are in demand – especially for “foodies” looking for new wine and food experiences.

ShoretripslogoThanks to companies like ShoreTrips, you can have a broader range of shore excursions than ever before including culinary adventures.

Founded by former travel agents Barry and Julie Kemp, ShoreTrips offers tours that last just long enough for the average port dockage – with a few key differences.  They offer the same things the ships offer, but offer it in a smaller way with companies that are passionate and with guides that are trained to be ambassadors of where they live.

ShoreTrips’ goals are simple: to provide a unique and authentic experience of each port in an intimate setting – a drastic contrast to the hundred-person shore excursions offered by most major cruise lines.

Graycliff HotelOne of ShoreTrips’ biggest assets is the thoughtfulness of its founders, who’ve devised exciting excursions based on their love of travel and knowledge of the destination. In Nassau, for example, the Kemps found that clients who didn’t want to spend the day at Atlantis had little else to do during their day at port.  So they found a great little hotel called Graycliff, a Relais & Chateaux property that’s within walking distance from the port, and put together a package. For $119 you tour the wine cellar, the third largest in the Caribbean. You then have a multi-course lunch with wine in one of their beautiful dinning rooms. It’s then off to another portion of the building extension that has a cigar rolling factory.

Graycliff RestaurantThese are experiences most cruiser don’t know about. For passengers looking for a more value-added experience, it’s a winning combination. Instead of racing around the island, you have this tour that’s wonderful, relaxing and affordable.

In Costa Maya, every cruise company has a trip to the ruins. But because ShoreTrips doesn’t require its tour operators to accommodate cruise ship-sized groups, it’s able to give clients a more intimate experience of the attraction. They use two locals who live in the village. They go to the village, meet with the villagers and the kids, and learn to make tortillas. They then sit down to lunch with everybody…

Now…that’s the way to experience a destination.

You can book directly online with ShoreTrips. They are but a click away. Tell them I sent you!

Better yet, you can let me book your cruise and take care of your shore excursions all at the same time. Call me, Elaine Johnston, Culinary Cruises & Tours, at 931-484-8228 or Email Me . I make booking your next vacation easy as pie – even if baking a pie is not one of your favorite things…

Thanks for your time. Have a great day!


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