New shore excursion option for cruisers
International Shore Excursions is a new service for travellers that have booked a cruise but not yet settled on shore excursions.
The service lets travel agents and their passengers pre-book a curated collection of experiences, which not only synchronise with major cruise itineraries but help passengers make the most of their time at a destination, rather than signing up for outings through the ship’s tour desk once on board.
It’s also a great way for travellers to save money with the website charging up to 60 per cent less than the cruise companies and, as an additional benefit, it’s the first time agents can earn a healthy commission on shore excursions across an entire cruise itinerary which has traditionally been a cumbersome and time-consuming process to book.
The service is a subsidiary of International Rail – Australia’s international and domestic rail expert – with director Jonathan Hume explaining he partnered with the UK’s leading shore-excursion specialist Cruising Excursions to provide the innovative and reliable booking platform.
“We have set up a simple booking process for agents who can either log in and make bookings or opt for their own branded website to give to customers to book themselves, all earning 10 percent commission on every sale,’’ he says.
“International Shore Excursion specialises in pre-booking excursions in more than 700 destinations around the world and the service guarantee to have guests back at the boat in time for departure.
“We research and hand pick excursions with everyone in mind and to maximise valuable shore time, our Essentials Collection includes the must-see destinations and must-do activities in every place the ship will visit, and we can also organise multi-port packages.
“We cover destinations from Airlie Beach, Abu Dhabi and Anchorage to Zakynthos and Zeebrugge and offer private tours and group excursions that not only take in those bucket-list locations that passengers have been waiting years to see but to some of the more secret sites in the ports they are visiting.’’