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CRUISE Service Awards Honor Top Local Tour Operators for 14th Year.

Princess Cruises is honoring passengers’ favorite Caribbean and Panama Canal tours with its 14th annual CRUISE service awards. Recognizing the most popular shore excursion experiences and tour guides from the 2012-13 season, the awards are based largely on passenger feedback.

Caribbean Shore Excursion Award / Photo © Princess Cruises

Caribbean Shore Excursion Award / Photo © Princess Cruises

Chosen from the extensive line-up of shore excursions offered on Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises, the awards highlight the important role local tour operators play in each destination as part of a passenger’s overall cruise experience. Winners are determined largely by tour scores and comments made on passenger surveys.

A number of tours have topped the list for several years, and five of them have been passenger favorites for five or more years in a row. One excursion — the Americas Cup 12-Metre Yacht Regatta tour in St. Maarten — has now been voted ‘Shore Excursion of the Season’ for that port for the 14th year in a row.

“Local tour operators play an important part wherever our ships sail,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “So each year we honor the best shore excursion providers who contribute so much to our passengers’ Princess experience in port.”

The CRUISE program is the longest running customer service program in the cruise industry. The Caribbean and Panama Canal awards began in 1999 and cap off a season-long effort to recognize the role that local Caribbean and Panama Canal tour partners play in passengers’ cruise experiences. Tour Guide of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a ship tour and lunch onboard with their family. Operators of the Shore Excursion of the Season receive a plaque and a letter of commendation, a tour of the ship, and lunch onboard for company officials.

The 2012-2013 shore excursion winners are:

ANTIGUA

Stingray, Snorkel, Swim & Scenic Country Drive, Stingray City Antigua Ltd

Catamaran and Lobster Lunch, Scenic Cruise & Swim, Tropical Adventures

ARUBA

4WD Island Tour, Baby Natural Bridge & Arashi Beach, DePalm Tours

Mi Dushi Sail, Snorkel, Antilla Shipwreck & Lunch, Windfeather Charters

BARADOS

Harrison’s Cave & Scenic Drive, Goddards Shipping & Tours

George Washington House, Garrison & Change of Guards, Goddards Shipping & Tours

BELIZE

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, Marimba Music & Lunch, Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Horseback Safari Ride, Bacab Eco-Park & Lunch, Bacab Eco Park

BONAIRE

Glass-Bottom Boat Eco-Cruise & Bonaire Marine Park, Bonaire Destination Services

Mangrove Eco-Cruise by Kayak & Lac Bay, Bonaire Tours

CARTAGENA

Emerald Jewelry Making Class & Diploma, SEICO Limitada

COZUMEL

Passion Island Beach Break, Lunch & Scenic Cruise, Isla Pasión, Cozumel, México

Interactive Dolphin & Manatee Swim & Sea Lion Show, Dolphin Discovery Cozumel

CURACAO

Ostrich Farm, Art Workshop & Scenic Drive, Funbini B.V.

DOMINICA

Wacky Rollers 4WD Safari, Gardens & Titou Gorge, WRAVE Ltd.

Certified Scuba Diving (Two Sites), Dive Dominica Ltd

FUERTE AMADOR

Panama Canal: Today’s Locks System and the Future, Aventuras 2000

Authentic Embera Indian Village, Elite Shore Excursions Foundation

GRAND CAYMAN

Stingray Encounter, Reef, Snorkel, Beach & Lunch, Native Way Watersports

Atlantis Submarine Scenic Adventure, Atlantis Submarines Grand Cayman

GRAND TURK

Horseshoe Reef & Round Cay Snorkel Adventure, Chukka Caribbean Adventures

Dune Buggy Island Adventure Tour, Chukka Caribbean Adventures

GRENADA

Harbor Cruise, Grand Anse & Morne Rouge Beaches, Best of Grenada Ltd.

LIMÓN

Original Canopy Zipline Tour at Veragua Rainforest, OCT Enterprises

Hacienda Tour, Fruit Cultivation, Lunch & Shopping, Swiss Travel Service

OCHO RIOS

Aerial Chairlift, Bobsled, & Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain

River Tubing Eco-Adventure, Chukka Caribbean Adventures

PANAMA CANAL

Panama Canal: Today’s Locks System and the Future, Aventuras 2000

Authentic Embera Indian Village, Elite Shore Excursions Foundation

PUERTO QUETZAL

Filadelphia Coffee Estate & Colonial Antigua with Lunch, Elite Guatemala/Ventura Máxima

PUNTARENAS

Rainforest Aerial Tram, Tarcoles River & Lunch, Elite Shore Excursions Foundation

Coffee Plantation, Botanical Garden & Lunch, Gray Line Costa Rica

ROATAN

Dolphin Encounter & Museum, Anthony’s Key Resort

Certified Scuba Diving (Two Sites), Anthony’s Key Resort

ST. KITTS

Scenic Railway Ride & Circle Island Drive, St. Kitts Scenic Railway, Ltd.

Fairview Great House and Gardens & Panoramic Drive, Kantours

ST. LUCIA

Sulphur Springs, the Pitons, Scenic Cruise & Lunch, Cox & Company Ltd.

Rainforest Aerial Tram & Canopy Zipline Adventure, Elite Shore Excursions Foundation/ DBA Rain Forest Sky Rides St. Lucia

ST. MAARTEN

“America’s Cup 12-Metre” Yacht Race, St. Maarten 12 Metre Enterprises N.V.

Helmet Diving at Sea Trek Underwater Park, Seatrek St. Maarten NV

ST. THOMAS

BOSS Underwater Adventure & Scenic Cruise, Aqua Adventures

Coral World, Sea Lion Swim & Scenic Drive, Coral World Ocean Park


Tour Guides of the Season Winners:

ARUBA – Maria Geerman of DePalm Tours

CARTAGENA – Jose Alonso Villa Olivo of Avia Caribbean Ltda

COZUMEL – Juan Trejo of Caribbean Fun Sun Ltd

CURACAO – Helene Desiree Maas of Funbini B.V.

DOMINICA – Steline Joseph of Wrave

GRAND TURK – Austin Dickenson of Caribbean Tours International

LIMÓN – Ivan Aguilar of Swiss Travel Service

PANAMA CANAL – Arthur Wagner of Elite Shore Excursions Foundation

PUNTARENAS – Olman Vargas Pizarro of Asuaire Travel Service

ST. THOMAS – Captain Tom of Fun Water Tours


More information about Princess Cruises’ land tours and shore excursions is available at princess.com/excursions.

Information source: Princess Cruises

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