TRAVEL
04/02/2012 12:02 pm ET

Travel Website Viator Now Offers Discounts On Cruise Shore Excursions

Travel website Viator, which offers tours and activities around the world, is dipping a toe into the waters of shore excursions, until now a near-monopoly for cruise lines.

Starting Monday, the site promises discounts of up to 60 percent for jungle hikes, winery visits, city tours, snorkeling and other excursions similar to trips offered by cruise lines. (Many of the 500+ trips offer a more modest, 20 to 30 percent discount over cruise line prices.)

Offering excursions has long been difficult for travel companies because ships typically don't spend much time in port -- and if a trip runs long, the cruise line doesn't wait for stragglers.

Aiming to alleviate that concern, Viator promises that its trip-takers will be back in time for departure. The company backs the promise with a "no hassles, no gimmicks" guarantee that will even transport guests to the next port of call if for some reason they're not comfortably back in their staterooms by departure time.

It's not the first website to offer discount shore excursions, reports Budget Travel, which highlights ShoreTrips.com and ShoreExcursionsGroup.com as competitors.

Budget Travel adds that using discount SHOREX10 gets early adopters a 10 percent discount on trips booked by April 30.

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