Overnight shore excursions are not new but are new to Royal Caribbean.

Two-day overnight shore excursions are now a possibility for Royal Caribbean travellers after the line introduced Multi-Day Adventures, where guests can leave the ship with an overnight bag to explore a destination in great detail and return to the ship at the next port of call.

Guests booking these tours will find included in the price any applicable airfares, transport, dining, accommodation for the night and all touring and attraction entry fees throughout. The move follows that of sister-line Celebrity Cruises, which has offered overnight off-ship adventures in many of its ports for some time, including Queenstown (pictured).

At this stage, details of three of Royal Caribbean’s new overnight tours have been released, in South America, Europe and Asia. These include:

  • Tikal and Ceremonial Show – Available on ships berthing in Belize and Honduras in South America. Guests fly from their port to Guatemala for an overnight exploration of ancient Mayan ruins via an expedition into the UNESCO World Heritage Tikal National Park and witnessing a Mayan ceremonial experience. After an overnight stay, guests then fly to the other port of call from where they began, to rejoin their ship.
  • Agrolida Region and Kalakolon – Guests spend their first day visiting the Acropolis, the Parthenon in Athens and other city-based ruins before travelling to the country’s first capital of Nafpolio for the night. The second day sees guests visit the original site of the Ancient Olympic Games before the ship awaits their return.
  • Bangkok – From the port of Laem Chabang, which is nearest to the Thailand capital, guests set off in a motor launch to travel right into the city along the river, visiting iconic temples including Wat Traimit, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace among other sights of interest over two days.

More options for overnight tours are slated to come in the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, although specific details are not currently available. Overnight tours are now available on cruises visiting the ports in question.

Royal Caribbean is now offering overnight shore excursions including to Mayan Ruins.
The ancient Mayan ruins aren’t easily accessible on a cruise unless taken over two days.