North & Central America Excursions

From tropical rainforests to stunning mountain ranges, there is so much to discover in North America and Central America. No matter where you port, Ventre Ashore will help you to explore this continent’s stunning natural beauty, world-famous cities, charming towns, and so much more!

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North & Central America Excursions FAQs

Is Central America a safe place to travel?

Despite what you see in the movies and television shows – Central America is a very safe destination. The tourism centers in Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica are very secure. Tourism is the main source of income so taking a cruise or vacation into these destinations and exploring the area is just as safe as any other city.

What is the best time to visit Central America?

Generally the best time to visit will be between November and April. This is when temperatures are coolest which is actually welcome. Heat and humidity is at its peak during the summer months and the months of August through October see lots of rainfall.

Is Mexico considered North or Central America?

Mexico is a very large and populous country and this question has been a great debate. Although the language and culture of the country has more in common with the countries to its south in Central America – Mexico is considered to be in North America along with Canada and the United States.

Which states get the most tourists?

The state of California usually gets the most tourists, however most would consider the state of Florida to be the #1 destination spot in the United States. Cruise vacations to the Caribbean and Central America often start out of the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Port Canaveral. And with several theme parks located in the Orlando area, many will spend significant time in that city with their families. In addition to Florida and California the state of Hawaii gets lots of visitors from all over the world to explore its incredible scenery and local culture.

When is the peak time to travel to New England and the Canadian Maritimes?

Although its not the warmest time to travel to these destinations, New England the Canadian Maritimes are most popularly visited during the timeframe between August and October. This is primarily due to the colors the fall foliage provides. Cruise vacations starting in places like New York, Boston, Montreal and Quebec will have 7-12 day itineraries full of photographers and general tourists looking for a welcome change in climate after a warm summer.

Who is Venture Ashore?

Venture Ashore by City Experiences delivers amazing shore excursions for your cruise itinerary in over 500 destinations. Owned and privately held by Hornblower Group, the global leader in world-class experiences and transportation, Venture Ashore offers unique small group and affordable private shore excursions dedicated to bringing you the best experiences in port. Our Essential Collection is an award-winning collection of exclusive experiences expertly managed by our seasoned cruise team and local guides. Our customer-centric policies of Don’t Port, Don’t Pay and a Back-to-Ship Guarantee are included with all our excursions, and our industry-leading flexible booking with deposit and 24-hour cancellation ensure you enjoy a seamless and immersive excursion every time.

What is the Essential Collection?

The Essential Collection is the best way to see key sites and highlights in any port destination. Essential Collection tours are personally curated and expertly managed by our seasoned cruise team and local guides. Along with small group experiences, comfortable transportation, and professional local guides sharing their knowledge, guests can be sure that they are getting the best value in shore excursions with the intricate itineraries and value-driven pricing of the Essential Collection.

How can I book?

Venture Ashore offers booking flexibility with easy online booking and white glove customer service available during working hours across the US and UK to ensure our guests have access to our knowledgeable team when needing more information about a tour or to book over the phone. Please call us toll free at: 844 491 4164 or 0800 091 8274.

Can I cancel?

Venture Ashore is proud to offer an industry-leading cancellation policy on all tours at no extra cost. Guests can cancel up to 7 days before the start of their tour for a full excursion refund. For guests looking for extra flexibility and peace of mind, 24-hour cancellation is available through Venture Ashore Ticket Assurance, which can be added to your booking at the time that your initial reservation is made.

Do you offer group shore excursions?

Groups of 12 or more can travel in a private customized shore excursion that is organized and facilitated by a Venture Ashore Group Specialist who will personally oversee the group and provide dedicated complimentary service. Our Specialists are experts at creating amazing custom experiences with a diverse product portfolio to accommodate the interests and budgets of any size group. Visit our Groups page for more information.

What is the Back-to-Ship-Guarantee?

For all excursions that include transportation to and from the cruise port we guarantee to get you back to your ship in time for your cruise ship’s departure. If for any reason beyond our control you are not able to return to your ship in time (road accident, extreme weather delay etc.) we will cover the cost of your transportation to the next port of call and assist in making your arrangements. Please see our terms & conditions for full details.