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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

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Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
New York, United States

9/11 Memorial and Museum Tour

Tour Code: NYC-012
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Visit the former site of the World Trade Center and browse the poignant exhibits in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum that recount the terrorist attacks in 2001 and 1993.

After departing from the pier, you will travel along the west side of Manhattan and soon arrive at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a moving tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2011. The site also honors the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

Upon entering the 9/11 Memorial Museum, you will spend nearly two hours browsing the exhibits at your own pace. The museum tells the story of 9/11 and the 1993 bombing through multimedia displays, narratives and a collection of artifacts that include photographs, personal effects and expressions of tribute and remembrance. Descending to the exhibition level, you will pass the historic Survivor Stairs, where hundreds escaped with their lives on 9/11. The iconic “Last Column” that survived the devastation is also on display.

At the conclusion of your self-guided tour, your guide will meet you at the escort and walk with you to the 9/11 Memorial, which features two reflecting pools that have thirty-foot waterfalls cascading down their sides. They sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of the 2,982 people who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into the bronze panels at the edge of the pools. You may also view the “Wall of Faces” that features portraits of the victims and honors those who died.

After spending a reflective hour or so at the Memorial, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The sites are wheelchair accessible and therefore; this tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

New York, United States

Central Park & the Met

Tour Code: NYC-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Travel outside of Manhattan's business districts on this relaxed and interesting tour that highlights two well-known New York destinations.

Your tour starts with a narrated scenic drive to the Upper West Side, viewing many homes of celebrities as well as the Lincoln Center. A brief stop is made at the Dakota building, famous for being the place where John Lennon lived and died. From here, it's a short walk through 'Strawberry Fields' the area of Central Park devoted to him. This historic park is over 150 years old, covers an area of 843 acres and plays host to 25 million visitors each year, along with having the distinction of having over 200 movies filmed there.

Re-joining your coach, you will continue on to famous 5th Avenue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums in the world, Founded in 1870, the Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world, featuring over two million works of art. The institution's permanent collection spans a wealth of history that includes everything from a transported Egyptian Temple to a large collection of 19th and 20th century European paintings. Here, you will have approximately 2.5 hours to explore the museum at your leisure. Your tour guide will inform you of any special, temporary exhibits, provide you with a map to help you navigate your way around and ensure you make the best use of your time. For those who would like a bite to eat or some refreshment, the Museum houses several cafés for your convenience.

Following your visit at the Met, you will travel further along 5th Avenue before transferring back to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes moderate walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during the stops. Guests may elect to remain on the coach during the stop at Central Park. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at the Met. There is no photography of any kind allowed at the Museum. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

New York, United States

Chelsea Food & Wine Walking Tour

Tour Code: NYC-011
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

This half-day adventure includes food and wine tastings from specialty food shops and ethnic eateries as well as an off-the-beaten-path glimpse of “Life in Manhattan.”

Departing the pier by motor coach, enjoy a brief sightseeing drive as you make your way to Chelsea Market, an enormous wholesale/retail food complex that takes up an entire city block.

In 1898 it was the original Nabisco Bakery where the Oreo Cookie was created. It now houses 12 of New York City's finest specialty food shops. Begin your walking tour and learn about the history of the site, view original artwork and granite sculptures from local artists. During your walk, you will visit a variety of food stores, where you are invited to sample a wide range of specialties, from tasty Italian delicacies such as Bruschetta and Salami, delicious cupcakes from Eleni`s, the best hot dog in NYC, terrific handmade bread from Amy`s Bread to try with some artisan and farmstead cheeses from Lucy`s Whey and much more!

Next, proceed to the spectacular and dynamic High Line Park, a New York railway formally elevated 30 feet above the city’s west side and built for freight trains hauling dairy products, produce and meats, which has been turned into an amazing public park. A walk along the park offers a look at the unique plant life now inhabiting the former railroad tracks, public art and magnificent views of the city's skyline as well as the Hudson River.

From High Line Park, you will head back to the Chelsea Market where a highly trained and dedicated staff from Chelsea Wine Vault will guide you through a three wine tasting (Red, White and Sparkling Wine). You will then enjoy some free time to explore this unique market independently. Your outing complete, rejoin your coach and return to the cruise ship pier.

Please Note: This tour inlcudes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Warm, layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are recommende. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. The order of sights visited may vary. Participantws must be a minimum of 21 years old in order to participate in the wine tasting. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

New York, United States

Downtown Manhattan & the 9/11 Memorial

Tour Code: NYC-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

Following a scenic boat ride down the Hudson River, you'll walk to the 9/11 Memorial for a poignant tour of the site of the former World Trade Center complex.

Depart from the cruise ship pier and enjoy a brief, but picturesque drive to Pier 79 on the Hudson River. Here, you'll board a water taxi for a 40-minute cruise down the river, during which you'll learn all sorts of fascinating facts about New York City and New York Harbor. Along the way, you'll be treated to a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom and democracy that has towered above the harbor since 1886.

Upon reaching Battery Park, you'll begin walking through Lower Manhattan, passing icons of the Financial District, such as the Wall Street Bull and the New York Stock Exchange. Upon reaching the solemn 9/11 Memorial, you'll have more than an hour to meander through and contemplate this tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The names of the victims are inscribed on bronze panels along the edge of the two memorial reflecting pools, which sit within the footprints of the former Twin Towers. It's a powerful reminder of the events of 9/11; one you'll not soon forget. After the visit, your guide will take you for a short walk to board a coach which will take you back to the Pier.

Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during the visit at the 9/11 Memorial. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing including a light jacket or sweater; sun glasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The water taxi has both an open top deck and enclosed lower deck. You should only bring a limited number of items on tour as no baggage larger than 8"x17"x19" will be permitted onto the 9/11 Memorial and bag storage is not available.

New York, United States

Executive Collection Full Day Car

Tour Code: NYC-C08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

New York, United States

Executive Collection Full Day Van

Tour Code: NYC-V08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 10 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

New York, United States

Executive Collection Half Day Car

Tour Code: NYC-C04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

New York, United States

Executive Collection Half Day Van

Tour Code: NYC-V04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 10 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

New York, United States

Manhattan Highlights

Tour Code: NYC-001
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

This comprehensive half-day tour gives you a great overview of one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world as you pass by many of New York's most famous landmarks.

Once you have boarded your coach at the pier, you can sit back and relax, enjoying an informative narrated tour as you travel along the avenues and streets of New York. Some of the sights you will see are Times Square, known throughout the world as the "great white way." This traditional center of the theater district has 40 theaters, including 22 landmark theaters. You will also drive past Central Park; the famous Radio City Music Hall, home of "Rockettes" and Rockefeller Center. Travel along Fifth Avenue, famous for shopping, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Take in the sight of the striking Empire State Building, Herald Square and the world-famous Macy's.

Continuing on, you'll make your way through Greenwich Village, the traditional refuge of artists with its charming townhouses, jazz clubs and tree-lined streets. From here, it's on through SoHo, gaining its nickname as the area "South of Houston Street." Finally, you will have a chance to view Manhattan's most thriving ethnic neighborhood, Chinatown, as well as the hustle and bustle of Little Italy, both part of New York's remarkable ethnic diversity. Your trek through the city includes a drive by Wall Street and the financial district as well.

During the course of your exploration, two photo stops will be made, one at Battery Park for a glimpse of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, rising majestically in the distance. The second stop at St Paul Chapel. Built in 1766, Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use with a historic cemetery. Features "Unwavering Spirit: Hope and Healing at Ground Zero," an exhibit honoring the voluntary ministry that supported recovery workers immediately following 9/11.

After a truly memorable time spent discovering the most noteworthy sites in this incredible city, your coach will return you to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during the photo stops. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair who are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at both stops. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

New York, United States

New York By Land & Sea

Tour Code: NYC-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

Enjoy the best of the Big Apple on this tour that combines viewing the city by both land and sea.

Travel by coach from the pier, enjoying a scenic drive as you make your way to Lower Manhattan's historic 18th century South Street Seaport. This charming area is replete with historic tall ships, museums, exhibits and restaurants. Upon arrival, you will have approximately 1 hour to explore at your leisure before boarding the 'Zephyr', a state-of-the-art, custom built luxury catamaran that will take you on a 60-minute tour of New York's waterways. From the decks of your touring vessel you will experience unparalleled views of the New York City skyline and the port as your guide provides an informative narration throughout your cruise. Sail under the Brooklyn Bridge and view many of New York's landmarks from the unique vantage point of the water, including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, World Financial Center and the famous boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. See Ellis Island, the famous immigrant gateway to America, and make sure to have your camera ready as the highlight of your cruise will no doubt be as you pass directly in front of the Stature of Liberty.

Arriving back at the South Street Seaport, you will re-join your coach for the leisurely transfer back to the pier, taking in some additional sites along the way.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during the free time at South Street Seaport. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair who are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. The lower deck of the catamaran is wheelchair accessible but to reach the upper deck you must negotiate a stairway. There are 2 enclosed, climate controlled decks as well as 1 open deck. Because the temperature on the water can be much cooler, it is recommended that tour participants bring a light weight jacket or dress in layers. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at the South Street Seaport and on the catamaran. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

New York, United States

New York City Lights & Empire State Building

Tour Code: NYC-007
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Experience the "City That Never Sleeps" after dark, when New York is at its most vibrant, by ascending the Empire State Building and spending free time in energetic Times Square.

Depart from the pier and begin a mesmerizing drive, taking in the kaleidoscope of sights along the way. The whole city will be illuminated from the bright lights of Broadway to the Art Deco-style Chrysler Building to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, whose cables are strung with twinkling white lights. After crossing the East River, you'll stop at historic Fulton Landing, where famed inventor Robert Fulton began a steamboat ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The landing presents New York's illuminated skyline in all its glory.

Continuing on to midtown, you'll drive to the Empire State Building, which soars more than a quarter of a mile above Manhattan. After ascending to the 86th-floor observatory, you'll enjoy an absolutely stunning view of the city. The lights below are truly dazzling, as are the Empire State Building's tower lights, whose colors often change to reflect hues associated with certain holidays, events or even countries that may be newsworthy.

Then it's on to Times Square, the "Crossroads of the World," which may well be New York's most iconic nighttime location. The neon lights, wonderfully crowded streets and palpable energy are truly invigorating, and you'll have approximately an hour to explore on your own. Afterwards, you'll return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking, mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing including a light jacket or sweater; sun glasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Due to the popularity of the Empire State Building, there may be a wait of up to 45 minutes to access the 86th floor observatory. This tour operates in all weather conditions so visibility from observation deck is not guaranteed.

New York, United States

New York, New York!

Tour Code: NYC-003
Tour Length: Full Day (Approximately 7 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

See the very best of Manhattan on this comprehensive full-day tour. Leaving the pier, you will first travel to midtown and Rockefeller Plaza. Home to NBC's Today Show, the Plaza is also the annual location for New York's spectacular Christmas tree and the nostalgic ice-skating rink. Your visit here gives you the opportunity to ascend to the Top of the Rock Observatory and be treated to some fabulous and breathtaking panoramic views of the city from this 70-story high observation platform.

After this exhilarating experience, re-board your motor coach and travel to the Financial District. You will be visiting St Paul Chapel. Built in 1766, Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use with a historic cemetery. Features "Unwavering Spirit: Hope and Healing at Ground Zero," an exhibit honoring the voluntary ministry that supported recovery workers immediately following 9/11.

Following your visit to St Paul Chapel, you will drive to Battery Park where you will catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

Grand Central Terminal is a beautiful Beaux-arts building in midtown Manhattan. First opened in 1913, Grand Central Terminal underwent a massive restoration to restore it to its former glory, and is now both a transportation hub, as well as a destination in itself for visitors to New York City. Here you will have time to sightsee and purchase some luncheon.

Following your break for lunch, enjoy a scenic drive past Central Park, along Fifth Avenue and through Times Square before making your way to Herald Square. This neighborhood remains predominately a shopping district and you will get a chance to pass by the landmark facade of Macy's, the world's largest department store which is famous not just for shopping, but for its parades as well. Other areas you will see today are Madison Square Garden, the world famous arena that hosts sporting events and entertainment shows; Greenwich Village and SoHo, the fashionable area nicknamed for its "South of Houston Street" location; Chinatown; the financial district and Wall Street.

Filled with the sights and sounds of a day spent discovering New York, your coach will drop you back at the pier where your ship awaits.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion during the stops. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair who are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at the stops. Due to the popularity of the Top of the Rock Observatory, there may be up to a 30-minute wait to visit the observation deck and all guests must pass through an airline-style security check before being allowed to embark the elevators. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. Depending on traffic conditions and/or street closures, some of the sights noted may not be accessible.

New York, United States

The Statue of Liberty in-Depth

Tour Code: NYC-010
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

The Statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most renowned images. On this tour you will stand at the base of “Lady Liberty,” delve into the history of this iconic statue with a visit to its museum, and take in the marvelous view from the pedestal’s Observation Deck.

Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a brief transfer to Battery Park, which lies at the Southern tip of Manhattan. Here, you will board the ferry and take in the sites of New York Harbor, including beautiful views of the city, Brooklyn and its famous Bridge, Staten Island, New Jersey and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. You'll disembark your ferry at Liberty Island, location of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which was completed on October 28, 1886. Stand in awe as you look up and see what so many saw as their first sight of a new life in America. From the base to the top of the torch, she is 151 feet high. Officially named “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the exterior structure of the statue is made of copper and the interior support structure is made of steel. For this in-depth tour, you will have access to the interior of the pedestal, where you can view the statue’s interior structure. Enjoy sweeping 360-degree views from the pedestal observation deck and Ft. Wood. During your visit, there will be ample time to explore the museum and Liberty Island before embarking the ferry for the return trip to Battery Park, passing Ellis Island along the way.

During your coach transfer back to the ship, your guide will provide commentary and point out landmarks and points of interest.

Please note: There is moderate walking involved on the tour as well as steps to negotiate; however, much of it can be at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Because the temperature on the water can be much cooler, it is recommended that tour participants bring a light weight jacket or dress in layers. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at each location and on the ferry. Guests must pass through an airline-style security check before being allowed to board the ferry and there may be a wait of 20-30 minutes for the ferry. Food and beverage venues are available at the location. The pedestal observatory platform includes the use of an elevator and a 26-step climb. On Liberty Island, all outdoor walkways are paved and level. Benches are located around the island grounds. Access to the Crown is not included in this tour – ONLY the Pedestal.