If you're planning a cruise to the Eastern United States and Atlantic Canada region, it's likely that Halifax, Nova Scotia will be one of your ports of call. Halifax is a vibrant and exciting city that new and experienced cruisers will want to explore.
No doubt you're interested in what there is to see and do during your visit to Halifax. Perhaps, you're considering a shore excursion offered by your cruise line. However, is that your best option? For some, it is. Though, it would be wise to consider what local tour operators, such as Anchor Tours, have to offer before making a decision.
Why would you choose a shore excursion with a local tour provider over that of your cruise line? Here are some reasons you will want to consider.
Small Group Sizes
When you arrive in Halifax, you'll be happy to leave the crowds of the cruise ship behind and enjoy your day exploring what the city has to offer.
If you've decided to go on your cruise line's shore excursion, you'll be traveling on a large bus with between 50-80 of your fellow cruise ship passengers. You may be left with the feeling that you haven't left the ship - that your tour experience is just an extension of being on board the ship.
If you're looking to avoid that feeling, local sightseeing tour operators, such as Anchor Tours, specialize in providing small group and private tours of Halifax that will give you the freedom to explore independent of your cruise ship. You're not restricted to the rigid itineraries that large group tours need to adhere to.
If you enjoy meeting interesting people from all over the world, traveling in smaller groups will make it easier for you to interact freely with others, giving you the opportunity to make new friends along the way. For some people, this is one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel.
For families, arranging a private tour with Anchor Tours may be an option worth looking into. It allows families to enjoy themselves together, as they make memories that will last a lifetime.
Another benefit of having a smaller group size is that you'll have more one-on-one time with your tour guide, giving you greater access to them should you wish to ask questions or engage in conversation. You'll gain more of a personal insight as you learn about the way of life, culture, and history of Nova Scotia. You'll feel more connected to this wonderful place that we're proud to call home.
How About A Private Tour?
As you're planning for your visit in Halifax, you might discover certain places that you'll want to see and want to do specific activities that aren't covered by the excursions offered by your cruise line. If that's so, you'll definitely want to look into arranging a private tour for yourself and possibly others that are traveling with you.
A private tour will give you far more flexibility and options on how you enjoy your stay in Halifax. You'll explore at your own pace and spend as much time as you like, at the places you want to see. The only schedule you'll have to follow is your own.
Maybe you'll want to eat at that quaint seafood restaurant you've read about? How about that museum you've heard is a must see? Perhaps, you'll want to visit a local beach to say you've dipped your feet in the Atlantic ocean?
As you can imagine, there are many reasons why you may wish to consider arranging a private tour. If you value the ability to travel independently from others on your cruise ship, this may be your best option.
Supporting The Local Economy
Over the last 10 years, the number of cruise ships visiting Halifax has grown significantly. Thanks to the increasing interest of travelers who have expressed interest in visiting Nova Scotia. As a result, many companies, like Anchor Tours, have come to appreciate the importance of what tourism has become to the people of Nova Scotia.
When you support local tour providers, the money you spend has a direct and immediate impact in the economy of Nova Scotia. Know that you are personally making a difference in the lives of people who rely on tourism to make their living.
In the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the tourism sector, your support of local small businesses is needed now more than ever. That will not be lost on the companies you choose to patronize.
It's More Affordable
If you're considering your cruise line's shore excursions for Halifax, you'll want to do some comparison shopping beforehand to make sure you're not paying too much. It's no secret that the cruise lines make a great deal of profit through the sale of their shore excursions.
Quite often, similar tours offered by local companies like Anchor Tours are less than the cruise lines, even if you're only comparing prices at face value.
The price that your cruise line will will be charging for their excursion will be in United States dollars (USD). Anchor Tours has its prices in Canadian dollars (CAD). When you factor in the exchange rate between currencies, the price difference is even more in favour of arranging your tour locally.
Taking these things into consideration, when you're planning a private tour or booking for a small group, the savings are going to be significant. Depending on circumstances and the number of people you're booking for, you may qualify for special group rates that will allow you to save even more.
You Have Options
As you can see, there are a number of compelling reasons to choose a local sightseeing tour company when planning your shore excursion for your port of call in Halifax. Don't be under the mistaken impression that your cruise line is the only option you have available.
If you're looking for more information or interested in arranging a tour during your stay in Halifax, please contact us at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
Here are a few of our most popular tours. Take a look and see what you think.
Halifax & Lunenburg Tours
Peggy's Cove & Lunenburg Tours
Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Oak Island Tours