Go your own way, together

29/09/2019

Our new bespoke group shore experiences give you the chance to create your perfect day ashore in any destination we visit, with expert help from start to finish. 

We know you want to make the most of every moment you spend ashore. That’s why we’ve created bespoke group shore experiences, combining the freedom of doing your own thing with the expertise and security of booking with us.  

Creating your own adventure gives you the choice and flexibility to build your own perfect day in port. The possibilities are virtually endless: why not book a private catamaran for a snorkelling expedition in St Vincent, or hire a car and tour guide for a day of sightseeing in Dubai? If you’re getting married on board, we can help you organise wedding breakfasts ashore – can you think of a better way to celebrate your big day than spending the morning at a farmhouse in Tuscany or a beachfront café in the Caribbean? And if you’re booked on the World Cruise, we can even help you plan once-in-a-lifetime adventures in epic places such as the Taj Mahal. On board, we can also help you arrange additional activities for your group such as spa evenings, photography sessions and shopping experiences. 

Want to know more?

We spoke to P&O Cruises Group and Concierge Executive Emma Crutchley to find out how a bespoke group shore experience could take your holiday to the next level.

Q. Why do you think bespoke group shore experiences are becoming more popular? 

Many of our guests have enjoyed the wonderful ports we visit for a second or even third visit and have already taken the popular shore experiences. The idea of experiencing a destination in your own time, at your own pace, and with who you want is a huge draw. The fact that all the hard work is done for you, at an affordable price, makes it an extremely appealing option. 

Q. What are some of the most popular destinations for group shore experiences? 

The Canary Islands and Atlantic Coast are hugely popular with family groups, especially multigenerational ones that want to spend quality relaxation time together. Short Breaks are popular with groups of friends travelling to mark a milestone birthday or event. World Cruises and Mediterranean itineraries are also popular as guests want to have as much time as possible to explore the highlight cities with a more one-on-one service from a private guide.   

Q. Can you give us a few examples of the kind of experiences groups could enjoy?

From Civitavecchia, you could take a private minivan to Rome with pre-booked entry tickets to all the places you want to see, tailor-made to suit your group needs. You could take a private guided walking tour of Amsterdam, complete with local food tastings. Or from Shanghai, you could visit the Great Wall of China on a private tour with five-star accommodation. The world really is your oyster! 

Q. What kind of groups can book these experiences?

Anyone can book – you just need to be a group of two or more people. The beauty is, you decide who you travel with. 

Q. What are the benefits to guests booking a group shore experience with P&O Cruises rather than planning it themselves? 

You’ll have a personal service from the outset, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that we’ve done all the hard work and that everything has been taken care of for you. On the practical side, you’ll get a full refund if the port is missed, and should the group tour return late back to the port, the ship will wait for you. And of course, there’s the bragging rights – it’s a truly unique adventure that no one at your dinner table will have experienced. 

Q. How do you think a group shore experience could enrich someone’s holiday?

Holidays are all about seeing, feeling and trying something new and immersing yourself in a destination and what it has to offer. These shore experiences give our guests the opportunity to do what is important to them, to tick off their bucket lists, and have a multitude of incredible photos and stories to share and reminisce over, long after they return home. 

 

You can start planning your dream adventure as soon as you’ve confirmed your cruise booking.

Just write to us at group.shore.experiences@pocruises.com. Payment can be made on board, and you can put your on-board spending money towards the cost if you wish.