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2019 Shore Excursion Offerings

Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2018

A Look at Our 2019 Shore Excursions

Maximize your time at our many amazing ports.

When it comes to cruising, we understand that the journey and the destinations are equally important. That’s why the itineraries we select for our vegan voyages include stops in some of the most heavenly oases. The 2019 cruise with Holistic Holiday at Sea brings you restorative and exciting excursions on the dreamy beaches of Jamaica, Aruba, Colombia, Panama, and Mexico.

And just like the cruise itself, our tour operators design excursions that integrate delicious, plant-based meals and snacks into their offerings– something you will definitely be craving on your sunny days of adventuring to new places!

Pick the perfect excursions, with options ranging from nature and culture tours, to more active and sports-oriented activities, perfect for the thrill seekers aboard.

We look forward to new experiences this March, and to seeing where our port excursions will take us!

Good Food, Great Adventures

Here is the roster of 2019 excursions offering vegan meals and snacks:

“‘Slip and Slide’, Jamaica, Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls” by Chris Ford is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 CC BY-NC 2.0

Tuesday, March 5 | Jamaica

OCHO RIOS & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS WITH VEGAN LUNCH

Visit one of Jamaica’s premiere attractions, the gorgeous Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios. After a drive to the Dunn’s River, your guide will lead you up the naturally terraced river bed as part of a human chain. The climb includes a short pause at the so-called “massage parlour,” where the cascading water offers soothing relief. As an alternative to the climb, there are

safe spots where you can watch others ascend the falls. Next up is a tasty vegan buffet lunch by the sea, after which a sightseeing drive around Ocho Rios rounds off the tour before you return to the ship.

DISCOVER GREEN GROTTO CAVES WITH VEGAN LUNCH

Take a scenic drive through the town of Ocho Rios, which is known for its abundant rainfall, verdant landscapes and rolling hills. Stop at Green Grotto Caves, for a journey into the underground and a delicious vegan lunch.

Thursday, Match 7 | Aruba

TICKET TO PARADISE WITH VEGAN LUNCH

Enjoy a bus tour around Aruba, followed by a ferry ride across the Spanish Lagoon on the remote southern part of the island en route to the private reef island, De Palm Island. De Palm Island offers it all: spectacular coral formations, a large variety of tropical fauna, including friendly blue parrot fish in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy white-sand pocket beaches, snorkeling, a water slide attraction, banana boat ride, zip lining, air-jumping, sunbathing, and a sumptuous, vegan, Caribbean buffet and open bar!

ARUBA BEACH TOUR WITH VEGAN SNACK

Board your open bus to the sights and sounds of Caribbean colors and music and prepare to see the sights that have made Aruba so popular. Enjoy the idyllic beach, relax, soak up the sun, and savor the ocean breeze. Beach chairs are included at the second beach stop. A vegan snack will be provided.

“#cartagena #colombia” by katiebordner is licensed under CC BY 2.0 CC BY 2.0

Friday, March 8 | Colombia

CARTAGENA CITY TOUR & COFFEE TASTING WITH VEGAN SNACK

Explore the city of Cartagena on this guided bus tour, complete with a local folkloric performance and a vegan snack! Guests will visit the Santa Teresa Cluster Hotel for coffee tasting before passengers have free time to explore the old city and then return to the ship.

CARTAGENA BY LAND & SEA WITH VEGAN LUNCH

Your tour begins with a boat ride around Cartagena’s bay in the Sibarita Master boat, where you will enjoy a coffee tasting led by a local expert followed by a rumba (party) on board the cruise with ballerinas, a live band, open bar, and an animator to light up the party. We’ll visit the Old City, a marketplace where you will see palenqueras—local women in traditional dress offering a taste of Cartagena’s typical foods—specially prepared for our group, following vegan guidelines.

Saturday, March 9 |  Panama

TWO OCEAN RAILROAD JOURNEY WITH VEGAN SNACK

Nowhere else in the world can you travel from one ocean to another, crossing the continent of the Americas in only an hour. This is what makes Panama an amazing country. This tour is an exotic cocktail of experiences and history all rolled-up together! A vegan snack and bottled water is included.

Monday, March 11 | Costa Maya, Mexico

JUNGLE BEACH BREAK WITH VEGAN SNACK

Treat yourself to a few hours off the ship to visit one of the most popular beach clubs on the Costa Maya –the perfect spot to relax in style. Resort facilities include an open bar, a beach volleyball area, beach chairs, a beach party area and a chance to go kayaking. A vegan sandwich and fruit is included.

CHACCHOBEN MAYAN RUINS WITH VEGAN LUNCH

A complete tour offering Mayan history and a vegan beach buffet with open bar. After your meal, sunbathe, relax in a hammock, or take a swim in the ocean!

ALL INCLUSIVE BEACH BREAK WITH VEGAN LUNCH

A sure way to fully enjoy your beach day at Costa Maya is by visiting the Private Beach Club, located about 40 minutes from the pier. You will find yourself surrounded by beautiful palm trees and the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. This tour includes snorkeling, a zip line, an open bar and vegan buffet lunch.

Photo by Roberto Nickson (@g) on Unsplash

Tuesday, March 12 | Cozumel, Mexico

TULUM MAYAN RUINS WITH VEGAN LUNCH

Experience the world famous, magnificent ruins of the walled city of Tulum…the only Mayan city built right on the crystal blue Caribbean Sea! A light vegan box lunch is included. Guests will have the option to continue the exploration of the ruins or take a swim at the beach.

AMAZING SECRET RIVER & PLAYA DEL CARMEN WITH VEGAN LUNCH

A unique subterranean experience, this all-day outing heads straight for Río Secreto, an underground world credited to be “Mexico and Central America’s Leading Nature Reserve.” You’ll be taken on a guided tour of these breathtaking caverns, with walking, wading and even swimming along parts of the route. The water is crystal-clear, the rock formations are incredible and the stalagmites and stalactites look like long strands of molten candle wax. Once your guided exploration has come to an end, you’ll be able to enjoy some vegan options from the lunch buffet, as well as a drink. Lastly, you’ll pay a visit to Playa del Carmen and have a chance to do some shopping on Quinta Avenida!

Additional Excursions

Looking for more exploration or relaxation? Check out the entire range of excursion options for each port.

Please note: Excursions offered by MSC Cruises that are not designated as vegan do not offer vegan catering.

Booking Your Excursion

If you are lucky enough to be joining us aboard the March 2019 cruise, visit our Shore Excursions page with everything you need to know about booking excursions, including booking procedures and cancellation policies.

Please note that both shore excursions with and without a vegan lunch or snack are selling out quickly, so reserve your space today!

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