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Princess Cruises

6/4/2007
Princess Guests Pick Top Shore Excursions

Princess Guests Select

Favorite Shore Excursions

Photo of Princess ship in St. Maarten is shown here.Princess Cruises announced winners for its 2006-2007 cruise season awards for best Caribbean tours. Also named were favorite tour guides in many of the Caribbean ports of call. Results are based on passenger feedback.

The best tours got the most votes in two categories -- large volume tours and smaller, more intimate tours. More than 820 shore excursion options were evaluated.

Rewarding Excellence

The awards both reward tour operators who have delivered consistently excellent tours and provide feedback to future Princess Cruises passengers planning their shore excursions for the next Caribbean season. The winning tours will be notated in next season's shore excursion booklet.

"Local tour operators really represent their destinations in our passengers' eyes, and they are so important to ensuring that Princess' high service levels continue even off the ship," said Steve Nielsen, Princess' vice president of Caribbean and Atlantic shore operations. "We were quite pleasantly surprised by passenger response this season - in many ports it was difficult to choose a winner because so many tours had been highly rated by our passengers."

He also said that the Americas Cup 12-Metre Yacht Regatta tour has now been voted "Shore Excursion of the Season" in St. Maarten for the ninth year in a row."

Tour Guide of the Season award winners receive $100, a letter of commendation, a pin, a plaque, 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.

Winners for the 2006-2007 Cruise Season

ANTIGUA

High Volume Tour: Antigua Five-Star Catamaran with Lunch, Wadadli Cats

Low Volume Tour: Circle Antigua by Sea with Lunch, Tropical Adventures

ARUBA

High Volume Tour: Best of Aruba, Deplam Tours

Low Volume Tour: Aruba See & Sea, Atlantis Adventures

BARBADOS

High Volume Tour: Coast to Coast Scenic Drive, Foster & Ince

Low Volume Tour: Tiami Five-Star Catamaran with Lunch & Turtle Encounter, Tiami Cruises, Ltd.

Tour Guide of the Season: Roger Scandella, Cruise Management

BELIZE

High Volume Tour: Lamanai Mayan Ruins & New River Safari with Lunch, Cruise Solutions Belize

Low Volume Tour: The Lost World Canopy & Rappelling Adventure, Bak-A-Bush Adventure Tours

BONAIRE

High Volume Tour: Best of Bonaire Island Tour, Bonaire Tours

Low Volume Tour: Two-Stop Snorkeling on the Seacow, Bonaire Tours

COZUMEL, MEXICO 

High Volume Tour: Tulum, Lost Civilization of the Mayans, Turismo Aviomar

Low Volume Tour: Cozumel Sail & Snorkel, Fury de Mexico

Tour Guide of the Season: Rene Garcia Bernal, Sanddollar Sports

COSTA MAYA, MEXICO 

High Volume Tour: Kohunlich Mayan Ruins, Tours Del Caribe

Low Volume Tour: Dolphin Swim, Grupo Cacum Tour

Guide of the Season: Diana Reyes, Tours de Caribe

CURACAO

High Volume Tour: Curacao Highlights & Hato Caves, Atlantis Adventures

Low Volume Tour: Ostrich Farm & Aloe Plantation, Fun Bini

DOMINICA

High Volume Tour: Dominica's Favorites, Fun Sun Inc.

Low Volume Tour: Rain Forest Aerial Tram, Rainforest Aerial Tram

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS

High Volume Tour: Island Highlights & Stingray Sandbar Snorkeling, Tour Co-Op

Low Volume Tour: NEW WAVES/Rays & Reef Snorkeling, Resort Sports

Tour Guide of the Season: Nicholas More, Nautilus

GRENADA

High Volume Tour: Grenada Explorer, G.F. Huggins

Low Volume Tour: Hike to Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Grand Anse Aquatics, LTD.

HUATULCO, MEXICO

High Volume Tour: Rural Communities & Traditions, Turismo Marina

Low Volume Tour: Huatulco River Float, Turismo Marina

ISLA MARGARITA

High Volume Tour: Dolphin Encounter, Skylimit Travel Service

Low Volume Tour: Fiesta Party Bus Across the Island, Novel Tours S.A.

LIMON, COSTA RICA 

High Volume Tour: Countryside by Train & Eco-Cruise, Asuaire Travel

Low Volume Tours: Sloth Sanctuary & Canoe Adventure, Swiss Travel Service, and the Crocodile Show, TAM Travel Service

Tour Guide of the Season: Percy Pidera, Swiss Travel

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

High Volume Tour: Countryside Tour with Lunch, World Tours

Low Volume Tour: Montego Bay Canopy Adventure, Chukka Cove

OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

High Volume Tour: Ocho Rios Highlights & Dunn's River Falls, World Tours

Low Volume Tour: Horseback Riding at Chukka Cove Beach, Chukka Cove

Tour Guide of the Season: Deiridre Gayle, World Tours

PANAMA CANAL

High Volume Tour: Highlights of Panama, Aventuras 2000

Low Volume Tour: Authentic Embera Indian Village, Shorex Panama

PUERTO QUETZAL, GUATEMALA

High Volume Tour: Colonial Antigua with Lunch, Kim' Arrin

Low Volume Tour: Filadelfia Coffee Estate & Colonial Antigua with Lunch, Greyline Tours

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD

Tour of the Season: Port of Spain Highlights & Cultural Show, Trinidad & Tobago Sightseeing Tours

PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA 

High Volume Tour: Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls, Swiss Travel Service

Low Volume Tour: The Original Canopy Tour at Mahogany Park, Original Canopy Tour

Tour Guide of the Season: Zelma Alarcon, Swiss Travel

ROATAN, HONDURAS

High Volume Tour: Pirates, Birds & Monkeys of the Caribbean, Tabyana

Low Volume Tour: Canopy Adventure & Tabyana Beach, Tabyana

ST. KITTS

High Volume Tour: St. Kitts Scenic Railway, St. Kitts Railway, LTD.

Low Volume Tour: Nevis Sail Away, Kantours

ST. LUCIA

High Volume Tour: Best of St. Lucia by Land & Sea, Cox & Company Ltd.

Low Volume Tour: St. Lucia Canopy Adventure, Cox & Company Ltd.

ST. MAARTEN

High Volume Tour: St. Maarten 12-Metre Challenge, 12-Metre Enterprises N.V.

Low Volume Tour: Dolphin Discovery Swim in Anguilla with Lunch, Dolphin Discovery Anguilla

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

High Volume Tour: St. John Trunk Bay Beach & Snorkel, Cruiseship Excursions

Low Volume Tour: Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel Adventure, Fun Water Tours Tour Guide of the Season: Joesph Morgan, Fun Water Tours

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

High Volume Tour: Coast to Coast Scenic Drive, Island Adventure Tours

Low Volume Tour: Dolphin Swim, Romney Associates

For information on 2007-2008 shore excursions on a Princess Cruise, talk to your travel agent or visit www.princess.com.


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