Why Choose Aquila?

The Tour Guide Excellence International Certification Program is offered by Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence. Aquila's Center for Cruise Excellence offers training programs in the areas of Tour Operator Excellence, Tour Guide Excellence, and Port Excellence, all designed to help the key players in cruise destinations around the world achieve excellence in their ports, tours, guides and businesses.

  • Aquila is a Canadian tour operator with more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and over 20 years of providing shore excursions to cruise lines and their passengers.
  • Aquila's Tour Guides who have been repeatedly named "Best in the World" by Dream World Cruise Destination magazine.
  • Aquila is highly respected within the cruise industry and is often named as one of the best tour operators in the world by cruise executives.
  • Aquila's clients include Carnival 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, and many more.

Recognizing that Tour Guides are the single most important factor in the guest experience, Aquila.s Center for Cruise Excellence is pleased to offer the Tour Guide Excellence program, through which participants may obtain International Certification in Tour Guide Excellence. The performance of the Tour Guide affects not just the guest experience on a particular tour, but also the reputation of the destination as a whole, as an encounter with a Tour Guide leaves the most lasting impression of a destination. To meet the increasing expectations of the cruise lines, no destination can afford to have guides who are any less than excellent, and this program enables tour operators and destinations to achieve a sustainable level of excellence from their tour guides.


"Aquila is one of the best tour operators that we work with anywhere in the world, and they are excellent models to which other tour operators can aspire."