Types of pre and post cruise packages

Basic Air / Sea Package

Usually through a travel agent, the passenger will purchase airfare, the airport-to-dock transfers and overnight accommodation. The package can be obtained either from the cruise line itself or it can be arranged independently, component-by-component (e.g., the travel agent will book the flight, transfers, and hotel separately, or the customer books online).

Same-day Pre / Post Cruise Activities

These types of experiences / activities behave the same way as shore excursion tours that occur at a port-of-call, but take place at a homeport. The activities offered and booked depend on how much time the cruise passengers have while in the destination. Some will engage in sightseeing tours, others will explore the destination on their own or seek out the expertise of a Visitor Centre staff to find out what to do. These experiences can be booked by the cruise lines, travel agents or directly with the tourism providers at the cruise ship terminal. Companies who want to offer this type of service to the cruise clientele may need to consider providing luggage storage and airport transfers.

Multi-day Pre / Post Cruise Land Vacations

A pre / post cruise land vacation is usually an all-inclusive land tour before or after a cruise with travel by deluxe motor coach, train or car and accommodation at top hotels. For customers that truly want to experience a destination, this is an ideal way to explore beyond the coast. Many cruise lines directly offer this form of tourism product.

In addition, receptive tour operators work with the cruise lines to offer a wide selection of pre / post cruise packages or offer their packages under a tour operator brand to the customers. For example, Brewster Vacations Canada offers 3-day, 2-night explore Montreal, Vancouver or Victoria packages. Other tour operators such as Canada à la Carte and Discover Canada Tours offer a wide variety of pre and post cruise tour opportunities for visitors. Other examples include a Montréal and Québec City Explorer (4 nights), Pacific Northwest Circle Tour (7 nights), Rockies Tour by Rail (6 nights), just to name a few.

Overview of the Cruise Ship Industry in Canada.