Cruisers' most-popular shore excursions

By MarketWatch

Most cruise lines offer a broad range of shore excursions, a chance for vacationers to see and experience history, culture, and adventure at the ports of call. A recent survey asked travel agents to identify the most popular types of shore excursions they book. The survey, asked 133 Cruise Holidays agents to choose up to three answers from a list of excursion options. These are the most popular shore excursions:

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10. Flight-seeing (from airplane or helicopter)

Percent of agents who booked: 7.8

At left, the Na Pali coast, Kauai, Hawaii.

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9. Cultural events

Percent of agents who booked: 8.5

Cultural excursions include gold panning, watching a performance, visiting a perfumery, etc.

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8. (tie) Culinary or wine experiences

Percent of agents who booked: 14

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8. (tie) 'Day at the beach' excursions primarily for sunning and/or lunch

Percent of agents who booked: 14

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6. Boat rides

Percent of agents who booked: 16.3

Boat rides include whale watching, glacier spotting, or leisure boat cruises or sailing, or dinner cruises.

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5. Reserving a private vehicle and driver and/or private guide

Percent of agents who booked: 27.9

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4. City or historical walking tours

Percent of agents who booked: 31

These types of tours include little or no time inside a vehicle and visit places of worship, museums, historic ruins as well as modern-day cities.

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3. Soft adventure

Percent of agents who booked: 33

Types of "soft adventure" excursions include zip-lining, bicycling, kayaking, rafting, ATV tours, Jeep tours, rock or ice climbing, fishing, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, golfing.

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2. Water activities

Percent of agents who booked: 35.7

Water activities include snorkeling or SCUBA diving.

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1. General sightseeing tours

Percent of agents who booked: 45

These most popular excursions include tours primarily aboard a coach, car or train, with limited walking.

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