Princess Announces Shore Excursions Group Department
Princess Cruises has just introduced a new department dedicated to providing customized shore excursions for groups. The new department is part of the industry-first “Local Connections” program that takes advantage of the strong ties with the company’s port partners. With access to these destination experts and thousands of published tours, the department can cater to a group’s interests with unique excursions developed just for them. The shore excursions team on board will also work closely with the group shore excursions department for seamless organization and execution.
“Getting out to truly experience the magnificent destinations around the world as a group is one of the many ways Princess can introduce guests to the world’s most memorable destinations,” said Bruce Krumrine, Princess Cruises vice president of shore excursions. “Through our Local Connections program, we continue to innovate our tour experiences ashore and our groups team will take full advantage of the suggestions and creativity of those partners that know the destination best.”
The department can accommodate a variety of budgets and works with both small (six to 15 guests) and large (16 guests or more) groups, from family reunions to special interest groups. Private cars, vans, transfers and boats are available by request.
Sample tours include:
A Michelin Restaurant Experience: A Cooking Class at Kokkeriet – One of Copenhagen’s leading gourmet restaurants, Kokkeriet strives not only to serve gastronomy at the highest level but also offers impeccable service. The cuisine is modern European based on the freshest ingredients of the season. Kokkeriet was awarded one Michelin star in 2006 and has kept it ever since. Together with Kokkeriet’s chef, guests learn about the techniques applied for creating Michelin- quality food. The chefs tell guests about the raw materials, their background, and give a personal story of how they managed and formed their career and ended up cooking in one of the best restaurants in Denmark. After the cooking class ends, guests enjoy the meal together with wines matching the menu.
Phillip Island Penguin Tour by Helicopter – Guests enjoy Melbourne’s bayside coastline and the Mornington Peninsula en route to Phillip Island for an evening of natural wonder. With an area of about 45 square miles, Phillip Island is home to seals, koalas and mutton birds, as well as the largest colony of little penguins in existence. Guests tour with a ranger to watch the penguins tumble ashore and waddle up the beach tracks to their burrows. Afterwards, guests savor home-grown ingredients and flavors with a delicious meal at a local restaurant, returning to Melbourne and the ship via a private vehicle.