Caribbean Shore Excursions
Disney Cruise Line hand picks shore excursions (Disney Cruise Line calls them Port Adventures) to allow the guest to experience a representative selection of what each port has to offer. Shore excursions can vary by cruise depending on the season and the times the ship will be in port. While there are hundreds of available options, here is a sample of a few Port Adventures that are currently available for Caribbean destinations. Options available for your specific voyage can be found on Disney Cruise Line’s website after booking.
Port Adventures range in price from under $50 to nearly $4,000 apiece. There is an adventure for every budget. There are hundreds of options and combinations available for each cruise. While some Port Adventures require a high level of mobility, there are others that are completely handicap accessible. Most Port Adventures are run by third-party companies, but Disney Cruise Lines makes these experiences great by coordinating with the companies to ensure that the ship’s schedule aligns with the Port Adventures. This way if something goes wrong and you miss a Port Adventure you can get a full refund. Port adventures can be booked online at the time of booking your cruise and anytime after. For questions regarding your Disney Cruise call (800) 951- 3532 or contact your travel agent.
Extreme Getaway Package – This package is a 4-in-1 experience that includes the following: snorkel equipment rental, one-hour bicycle rental, float or tube rental, and Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure.
Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure – Get up close while feeding stingrays from the palm of your hand. Then, put on snorkel equipment and swim out to the lagoon to snorkel near the 60 stingrays there.
Parasailing – See Castaway Cay from the air with 5-7 minutes at 600-1000 feet.
Watercraft Ski Adventure (Available as Single Rider or Double Rider) – After a 15-minute safety orientation, you follow your guide on a WaveRunner while passing the Disney Cruise Line ship and heading out of the lagoon. At two stops (weather permitting), you will learn about the history of the local area before heading back to Boat Beach. Approximately 45 minutes.
Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure – Enjoy the nature of Castaway Cay as you experience the island in the following ways: nearly a 45-minute walk through the rural parts of the island while the guide shares some of the history of the area, an almost hour-long kayak adventure through the tidal zones and native mangroves, and a 30-minute swim on a deserted beach.
Costa Maya, Mexico
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins – This tour begins with a one hour ride on an air conditioned bus while learning about the Costa Maya area. Upon arrival at the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins, the guide will lead you on an approximately 105-minute steady walk of around 0.8 miles. The walk is around an archaeological site and covers mixed walking surfaces including: cobblestones, uneven ground, and uphill to include stairs. The tour of the ruins is followed by the motor coach ride back to the pier.
Mini Jeep Adventure – This adventure begins with a 45-minute ride on an air conditioned bus to the Uvero Beach Club. Once there, you will meet with your bi-lingual guide for your safety instruction and training on how to use your all-terrain vehicle. (Only those 21 and over with a valid driver’s license may drive) Then, you will head out on a 75-minute adventure on the Costa Maya coastline’s primitive trails. After this adventure has come to an end, you will have the opportunity to swim in the ocean or have a light snack (extra charge) for an hour at an exclusive beach club. Another option for this one hour time is a snorkeling trip in the Caribbean waters. (Snorkeling gear is included.) Afterward, enjoy the bus ride back to the pier.
Jungle Beach Break – The Jungle Beach Break starts with a 40-minute ride in an air conditioned bus to the exclusive Uvero Beach Club. Upon reaching the beach club, enjoy the modern facility that includes the following amenities: beach volleyball, soccer pitch, beach chairs, activities staff, kayaks, sand toys, and “noodle” floats. A selection of beverages is included with your adventure. Kids’ activities and salsa lessons are also accessible throughout your stay at the beach club.
Dolphin Swim – The Dolphin Swim is located just a short walk down the pier from the ship. For 30 minutes, you’ll get to interact with the dolphins by touching them, hugging them, and watching their high jumps. Then, you’ll transition to deeper water to swim with the dolphins and let them pull you with their pectoral fins. Photos will be available to purchase at the end of the adventure.
Cozumel Beach Break – A 25-minute ride takes you to the Playa Mia Grand Beach and Water Park where you can relax on a beach chair or play in the water. Play in the Buccaneers Bay Swimming Pool, Oasis Island Pool, and/or the Twin Twister Waterslide. The following is included in your adventure: international buffet and domestic open bar, aquatic floating sports center, kayaks, water trampolines, aquatic iceberg, paddle boats, floating mats, water bicycles, ping pong tables, volleyball and soccer courts, and an entertainment team with a kids’ club.
Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park – A 45-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carman, a 15-minute walk, and a 20-minute air conditioned bus ride will bring you to the Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park. Once you arrive, you will enjoy a 30-minute float on an underground river or have a dip in the Caribbean waters. You will also explore the archaeological site, look through a botanical garden, see a wild bird-breeding aviary, and gaze at exhibits at the Museum of Mayan Archaeological Sites. Lunch is included with this tour.
Mayan Frontier Horseback Riding Tour – The trip to the hacienda Santa Emilia is a 25-minute drive in open-air vehicle. After arriving and listening to the safety briefing, it will be time to be assigned a horse. Horses are assigned based on the height, weight, and riding ability of the rider. All equipment is provided, including the mandatory helmet. Ride your horse back through time as you visit the Mayan frontier. Tour replicas of Mayan Ruins on horseback. The trail ride is about 90 minutes long and is followed by a return to the hacienda for a refreshing beverage. While at the hacienda, you have about 30 minutes to visit the working ranch before the return to the pier.
Cozumel Ruins and Beach Tour – Relax in an air conditioned bus for a 35-minute ride to the ruins of San Gervasio. You will have about 60 minutes to explore San Gervasio before boarding the bus for a 40-minute ride around the island on your way to the beach club. Spend 90 minutes of time at the beach club enjoying their many amenities: Hobie Cat sailboats, a swimming pool, water icebergs, paddle boats, kayaks, floating mats, and water bikes.
Eco Park and Snorkel – Board an all-terrain, open-air vehicle for a 35-minute ride to Punta Sur Ecological Park. Once you are at the park, there will be stops at a crocodile-filled lagoon, an ancient Mayan structure, and the Punta Sur Lighthouse and Nautical Museum. After about 90 minutes of exploring, you will arrive at the beach. The beach portion of this tour lasts about 60 minutes with a chance to either soak up the sun on the beach or go on a beginner’s snorkel adventure.
Off Road Adventure to Jade Caverns – Hop in an X-rail off-road dune buggy and travel along jungle trails to the Jade Caverns. At the Jade Caverns, you can swim beneath the stalactite formations.
Salsa & Salsa – After a 30-minute drive, you’ll arrive at a beachfront resort where the “dancing chef instructors” are waiting to teach salsa and salsa. To start with, the “dancing chef instructors” will take you step-by-step through making a few Mexican salsas and margaritas. Next, the dancing chefs will teach you how to dance the salsa in 4 easy steps.
Bamboo Raft Captain for A Day – Enjoy a 25-minute drive through Falmouth on the way to Good Hope Estate. Here, you will learn how to construct a bamboo raft from an authentic Jamaican raft captain. After a Jamaican-inspired lunch, you will launch a bamboo raft and travel down the river. Then, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural pool.
Chukka Horseback Ride and Swim with Dunn’s River Falls and Lunch – This tour begins with a 70-minute drive in an air conditioned bus along the coastline to Dunn’s River Falls. Here you will have the chance to climb the 600-foot falls. Afterward, re-board the bus to continue on to the Chukko Cove Farm where you will eat a Jamaica jerk grill barbeque lunch. After lunch, it is time for the horseback ride to begin.
Dolphin Trek and Dunn’s River Falls – This tour starts out with a one hour drive in an air conditioned vehicle along the coastline to Dunn’s River Falls. You will have an opportunity to climb the 600 foot falls, and afterward, it is a quick ride to Dolphin Cove. The Dolphin Trek portion of this tour, with the Sea Trek Helmet, gives the ability to walk about 15-feet underwater while the dolphins swim around you. After the Dolphin Trek, there is time to experience the other activities that Dolphin Cove has to offer. There is also a Jamaican-style buffet.
Chukka White Water Rafting – The Chukka White Water Rafting trip begins with a 45-minute drive, followed by a 20-minute hike through the rainforest and ends at a waterfall. Here you will board either a 2-person or 4-person raft with your internationally certified guide. This 45-minute trip includes some of the best whitewater rapids in the Caribbean.
Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s River Falls – This tour starts out with a one hour drive in an air conditioned vehicle along the coastline to Dunn’s River Falls. You will have an opportunity to climb the 600 foot falls, and afterward, it is a quick ride to Dolphin Cove. Dolphin Cove is surrounded by tropical jungle and has a variety of animals: a family of bottlenose dolphins, exotic birds, snakes, and iguanas. Interaction with dolphins is not a part of this adventure. You will have almost 3 hours to experience the different things Dolphin Cove has to offer:
- Watch the dolphins play in the Caribbean Sea
- Walk through the lush tropical jungle
- Experience snakes and iguanas
- Feed the lovebirds in the bird aviary
- Visit the touch tank display filled with exotic sea creatures
- Take in a hands-on experience on how to make unique pottery
- Watch the local wood carver bring wood to life
- Visit a replica of Jamaica’s most famous pirate “haunt”
- Watch the humorous shark show
- Watch the stingrays in their lagoon
- Enjoy a Jamaican-style buffet
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Boatswain’s Adventure Marine Park – Tour Cayman Turtle Farm which is home to over 11,000 green sea turtles. These turtles range in size from 6 ounces to 600 pounds. View the hundreds of tropical fish swimming in the 1.3 million gallon Boatswain’s Lagoon. View sharks and other creatures in the Predator Tank or dive into the crystal waters of Breaker’s Lagoon. Lunch from Schooners Bar and Grill is included.
Nautilus Undersea Tour – The Nautilus is a semi-submarine. It floats like a boat but has an underwater view like a submarine. It does not submerge, though. The Nautilus trip lasts about 45 minutes. In the air conditioned underwater observatory, a marine expert will tell about the history of two ill-fated shipwrecks. At Cheeseburger Reef, divers will hand-feed the fish right outside your window, providing a great photo opportunity.
Key West, Florida
Snorkel, Kayak, and Dolphin Watching Adventure – Enjoy a 20 minute boat ride to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge where you will begin your 45 minute kayak adventure. Next, you will spend about 45 minutes snorkeling in shallow waters where you can see tropical marine life. After your snorkeling adventure ends, the boat will take travel to the “Dolphin Playground” where a resident pod of nearly 100 bottlenose dolphins live.
Old Town Trolley or Conch Train Tour – The trolley or train will travel through the streets of Key West. The trolley or train will pass by many different sights, including Earnest Hemingway’s house, Sloppy Joe’s Restaurant, and more.
White Knuckle Thrill Boat – You will get wet! Feel the thrill as the boat makes 360-degree spins, sideways slides, and other tricks for 30 minutes.
Presidents, Pirates, and Pioneers – This is a guided 2-hour walking tour of Key West’s famous and historical sights.
Back to Nature Kayak Tour – This tour begins with a boat ride to the Wildlife Sanctuary followed by a guided 90 minute kayak adventure on “sit-on-top” kayaks. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail on the boat ride back to the dock.
French Riviera Beach Rendezvous – This experience begins with a 30-minute air conditioned ride to Orient Bay, the most famous beach on St. Maarten. Here you will have about four hours of beach time with lunch provided.
Seaworld Explorer ~ Coral Reef Exploration Tour – A 30-minute air conditioned ride will bring you to Grand Case where you will board the Seaworld Explorer. The Seaworld Explorer is a semi-submarine which floats like a boat while providing viewing windows about five feet underwater. During the 45-minute tour, a diver will be alongside the boat to bring a variety of marine life in front of the viewing windows.
Island Drive and Explorer Cruise – This tour begins with a 45-minute narrated drive aboard an air conditioned bus. Your guide will talk about the island’s history and point out places of interest. Once you arrive in Marigot, the capital of the French side of the island, you will have about 60 minutes to explore and shop. Afterward, you will board the “Explorer”, a double-decker boat, to cruise the Simpson Bay Lagoon.
Mountain Bike Adventure – Board an air conditioned bus for a 30-minute drive to Marigot where you will get your helmet (required), bottle of water, and safety talk about the bicycle and trails. The ride consists of on-road and off-road trails, up a steep hill, and a thrilling downhill adventure. See views of the coastline, and visit the village of Columbier. There will be several rest stops. Your ride will end at the remote cove of Friar’s Bay. You will have about 30 minutes to relax with a complimentary drink and a swim in the ocean.
Under Two Flags Island Tour – St. Maarten is one of the smallest islands to be divided between two separate governments. Southern St. Maarten is Dutch and Northern St. Martin is French. You will board an air conditioned bus to visit these two different worlds. There are a few stops allowing you to explore the island’s different cultures.
Mountain Top Downhill Rainforest Trek – Begin with a 30-minute drive on an air conditioned bus to Loterie Farm, a private nature reserve and historical site. Before boarding a 4×4 open-air safari truck for the drive up “Pic Paradis”, you will hear about the unique property and get a bottle of water for the trip. At the top, you will be able to feel the difference in altitude at 1500 feet. At this point, there is a 360 degree view of St. Maarten. From here, you will begin your 2.5 mile all downhill hike through the rainforest with your guide in the lead. This trek takes about two hours, during which time, your guide will regal you with folklore and history of this unique estate. You will travel ancient trails under 200 year old trees. You may see green monkeys, iguanas, mongoose, or other wildlife during your trek.
Kayak and Snorkeling Adventure – Your adventure will begin with a 30-minute ride to Kim Sha Beach. After your safety briefing, you will kayak along the coastline of Simpson Bay. You will kayak to Pelican Resort where you will leave your kayak and get snorkeling instructions from your guide. After a 5-minute swim to Pelican Rock, you will have about 45 minutes to gaze at the Angelfish, Parrotfish, and reef fish just below the ocean surface. Then, you will paddle back along the Pelican coast.
Historical Philipsburg by Bicycle – Tour Philipsburg by bicycle, stopping at historical points of interested along the way.
Family Fun, Beach, and Nature Walk – An air conditioned bus will take you to Orient Bay Beach on the French side of St. Maarten. When you arrive, guides will introduce you to the activities there and give you an opportunity to take a lesson on the use of the boogie board. Enjoy a light meal and refreshments. There is also an optional guided sightseeing walk.
St. Maarten Discover Scuba Diving – After your short ride to the dive shop, a Certified Open Water Dive Instructor will give a 20-minute safety briefing on scuba diving. Then, you will be assigned to an experienced instructor who will help you with your equipment. The equipment is included in the excursion. Once aboard the dive boat, you will enjoy a 10-minute ride to Little Bay. After completing your three safety skills, you will enjoy a 30-minute underwater adventure during which you may see many different colors and types of coral, fish, and maybe even a stingray.
St. Maarten Snuba – Snuba is the experience of breathing underwater without having to wear the heavy scuba equipment. After arriving at the dive shop, you will get a 15-minute safety briefing and be fitted for your snuba gear. The snuba gear is included with the excursion. You will enjoy a 25-minute snuba adventure where you may see lobster, stingray, Parrotfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Anemones, Tubeworms, and coral. After snuba, you will be given about 30 minutes to snorkel.
St. Maarten Two Tank Dive – After arriving at the dive shop, you will meet with the Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor/Dive Master to get fitted for the scuba equipment. Then, you will board the dive boat for your 15-minute ride to the first dive site. You will receive the briefing during the boat ride. The first dive is 45 minutes, followed by the required surface time before a second 45-minute dive.
St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel – Sail to St. John, snorkel with the turtles, and enjoy fresh bread, fruit, cheese, and champagne on the return trip.
Coral World Ocean Park – This adventure begins with a 25-minute ride to Coral World Ocean Park. After arriving, you will board the Nautilus VI, one of the most advanced semi-submarines. This 45-minute underwater ocean tour will allow you to see marine life out the viewing windows at about eight feet below the ocean surface. After the Nautilus VI, you will have about 90 minutes to explore the Coral World Ocean Park.
Best of St. Thomas Island Tour and Shopping – Tour St. Thomas in an open-air safari bus followed by an optional downtown shopping drop off.
*Note – Port adventures are operated by third party contractors who are not agents of the Disney company nor are they controlled or overseen by the Disney company. All times given are approximate times.