When you dock at your port of call you have a few options. You can stay on board; make your own plans at shore or go on an organised excursion.
Every ship offers a huge range of excursions in every port, each one designed to show you the best of what’s on offer in the nearby area. Note that shore excursions are not included in your fare, unless you’re with a luxurious all-inclusive cruise line such as Regent Seven Seas and you do need to book these excursions separately with your Cruise2Click agent or on board (although places are limited, so you may be disappointed).
The nature of the shore excursions available will be dictated by the style of your cruise line. If you go with say Fred.Olsen who welcome an older crowd aboard, you will find walking trips and sightseeing by car in many ports of call. Whereas if you sail with livelier cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean or P&O Cruises, you can go zip-wiring through Caribbean rainforests, swimming with turtles or flight seeing in Alaska.