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Head to shore for a give-back experience on your next cruise

Crystal Cruises offers humanitarian, conservation volunteer options for shore excursions

Crystal Cruises on Tuesday rolled out 16 shore excursions for passengers who like to give back on their cruises. Passengers can choose to work at a food bank in British Columbia or learn how to rescue a dolphin in Spain during their trip.

Humanitarian and conservation excursions are free and open to guests and crew under the cruise line's program called "You Care, We Care."

Some of the options include:

--Barcelona, Spain: You can visit the marine rehabilitation center in Prat de Llobregat to learn about the local marine habitat and take part in a 50-minute drill on how to rescue a dolphin stranded on a beach.

--Dubrovnik, Croatia: Visitors go to a shelter for the poor, elderly and ill which has been around since 1347. You may help residents with some gardening or take them on a stroll along the waterfront.

--Santa Barbara: Passengers can pick fruit and other produce while volunteering with Backyard Bounty, which harvests food that would otherwise go unused. The food you collect will be distributed to feed the hungry.

--Puerto Limon, Costa Rica: You can spend time with children and families of SOS Children's Village. Most of the children in this orphanage have been abandoned and are being raised at the orphanage.

Give-back trips are scheduled on more than 20 sailings with Crystal Cruises. All-inclusive cruise fares start at $2,345 per person until April 30. You can find a full list with the "shore excursion finder" on the line's website.

Info: Crystal Cruises, (888) 722-0021

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