Why Choose Aquila?

With the encouragement of top executives at major cruise lines, Aquila established Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence in 2007, offering workshops and customized training programs in the areas of Tour Operator Excellence, Tour Guide Excellence and Port Excellence.

In 2010, Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence launched its signature online training program, Tour Guide Excellence International Certification. This innovative program provides cruise-specific tour guide training that is both effective and affordable, and establishes a standard for Tour Guides in the cruise industry through international certification. At the request of Tour Operators whose Tour Guides had gone thorough the certification, Aquila developed a coaching and mentoring program for Tour Operator members of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and today many Tour Operators are part of the ACE Tour Operator Designation. Learn more about these programs at www.tourguideexcellence.com or www.cruiseexcellence.com.

Quick Facts on Aquila

  • Aquila is a Canadian tour operator with over 35 years of experience in the travel industry and almost 30 years of providing shore excursions to cruise lines and their passengers.
  • Aquila continues to operate shore excursions as the primary tour operator in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. This keeps us current and relevant, as we share best practices and lessons learned from our “living lab” with tour operators and cruise destinations around the world.
  • Aquila has provided training programs to tour operators and destinations since 2004. Aquila’s Center for Cruise Excellence was founded in 2007.
  • Highly respected within the cruise industry, Aquila is often named as one of the best tour operators in the world by cruise executives.
  • Aquila's clients include Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, TUI, AIDA, MSC, and more.
  • Aquila is passionate about establishing standards and raising the level of excellence in the cruise industry. In line with those efforts, Aquila is the exclusive training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the Cruise Lines.

For more information on Aquila, visit www.aquilatours.com.



"Operators who invest in their team’s training with Programs such as ‘Aquila’s Cruise Excellence Training’ stand to be in a better position when selling their programs to the Cruise Lines."