Nighttime Shore Excursions
Published: January 2013
By Jane Wooldridge
Cruise lines are increasingly including overnight stays in their itineraries, allowing passengers to explore a city after dark. Three ship concierges give their picks for spending a night on land.
Regent Seven Seas Voyager, Hong Kong
“Don’t miss a dinner of venison, rabbit, and foie gras at chef Alain Ducasse’s Spoon, in the InterContinental hotel. Its location on the Kowloon edge of Victoria Harbour is spectacular. Ask to be seated by eight p.m. to catch the full Symphony of Lights show on the water.” —Conny Hammelmann, executive concierge
Book It: 16-night Pagodas & Palaces cruise, from Singapore to Hong Kong, departing February 11.
Celebrity Millennium, St. Petersburg
“Take in an opera or ballet at the restored 180-year-old Mikhailovsky Theater, which is adorned with gilt, crystals, and murals. It was once frequented by Czar Nicholas II.” —Nancy Ramos, director of shore excursions for Celebrity
Book It: 12-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise, departing May 20.
Azamara Quest, Istanbul
“For inventive seafood (crisp sardines; slow-cooked monkfish), head to Mikla atop the Marmara Pera hotel, where views stretch to Hagia Sophia and across the Bosporus. After dinner, take a walk around the Beyoğlu district, which is buzzing with bars and funky nightclubs.” —Guy Brundrett, concierge
Book It: Nine-night cruise from Mykonos, Greece, to the Black Sea, departing May 25.