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Going on a cruise is one of the best ways to get a great vacation for a great value. Cruise fares are per person and are based on double occupancy. Fares usually do not include shore excursions, baggage handling, gratuities, alcoholic beverages that are not part of the regular menu, laundry service or spa treatments. This can vary by cruise line or special offer, and we are sometimes able to offer ship-board credit that can be applied to these expenses. Contact our travel agents to get the best pricing for upcoming cruises, and check out our affiliate partner for great deals on shore excursions here.
There is so much to do on a cruise; you'll be far from bored. There are lots of activities available on board, like rock climbing, ice skating, spa services or relaxing by the pool. Each ship has a variety of bars, lounges, casinos, restaurants and entertainment. The types of activities and performances will vary from ship to ship, so ask your agent for more details. There is something fun for everyone (and that is just what is on the ship)! You will also get the added adventure of exploring many exciting ports of call.
We encourage you to pack motion sickness medication if you think you may need it. Visit your doctor before you cruise and they will be able to inform you of effective preventative medications to combat unwanted symptoms. The ships have stabilizers and advanced weather information to ensure the smoothest travel possible, and you can ask our travel agents to book you in a room that is at the lowest and most centralized section of the vessel to reduce your chances of feeling discomfort. Larger ships tend to have a smoother ride.
Cruise ships are very safe. Congress passed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act in 2010, and if you have questions safety information is readily available to passengers. Cruise ships adhere to very strict security guidelines and practices. If you are concerned you may want to consider travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can cover a variety of situations depending on the policy you're purchasing. To learn more, talk to your travel agent. Ships are equipped with security cameras and have sophisticated security departments to handle any issues that come up on board.
Special arrangements can usually be made aboard if you require diabetic, gluten-free, lactose-free, kosher, vegetarian or vegan meals. Other diets must be requested for approval and, in some cases, may require additional medical documentation. Be sure to let your agent know as soon as you book so they can make arrangements with the cruise line.
We suggests "country club casual," which means casual, comfortable clothes like khakis and collared shirts for men, and cotton tops, blouses and skirts and sundresses for women. Shorts are fine for excursions, and bathing suits and cover-ups for when you are around the pool. On most lines jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and tennis shoes are discouraged after 6 pm in public rooms. Please note that candles and incense, coffee makers, clothes irons, and hot plates are not permitted to be brought aboard.
As simple as it seems: make sure to bring your passport! Most Cruise lines collect your passport and hold it throughout the cruise to expedite customs procedures, but be sure you have it. Be sure to pack personal care essentials, but if you forget something most cruises' ships stock many essentials in their boutiques.
Regulations and requirements for passports and visas vary by destination. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain and have valid travel and health documents for their chosen itinerary. Any guest traveling without the proper documentation will not be allowed to board. Passports must be valid six months from the date of trip completion. Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name or you may be denied boarding. If you have any questions about your particular itinerary we would be happy to help.
Vaccinations and other health requirements vary by destination. It is the guest's responsibility to obtain appropriate health documents. Please consult your healthcare professional for any inoculations you may require, or contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) toll-free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or online at www.cdc.gov/travel.
Recommended onboard clothing is resort or country club casual. For evening dining, elegant casual resort wear is suggested. Some cruises request that jeans, shorts, t-shirts or tennis shoes not be worn at dinner. Shorts and other more relaxed clothing are perfectly acceptable for shore excursions, but be sure to check that there are no clothing restrictions for your time on land (some monasteries and other sites require head coverings or demure dress). Ask your agent if your cruise has any formal nights. Formal dress constitutes suits for men and cocktail dresses for women.
If you need diabetic, gluten-free, lactose-free, kosher, vegetarian or vegan meal accommodations, special arrangements can usually be made. Other diets must be requested for approval and in some cases may require additional medical documentation. Be sure to check with your agent well in advance of your cruise to be sure your needs can be accommodated.
Travel irons cannot be brought aboard due to the fire hazard they can pose. On some cruise lines irons are available in designated laundry facilities; check with your agent if you feel you will need to have access to an iron.
Each cruise ship is equipped with limited medical facilities and staffed by medical personnel. Customary Emergency Room fees and charges do apply for medical services and are dictated by the services performed by the ship's medical staff.
Guests with any medical condition(s) or special needs that may require treatment or attention or accommodation during the voyage, or needing to travel with medical apparatus, including wheelchair's, motorized scooters, oxygen therapy, etc., must advise the cruise line in writing at the time of deposit.
Please note some ports of call may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility and in such cases, may disallow debarkation with a wheelchair or motorized scooter or for any individual with limited mobility. Most cruises will under appropriate circumstances permit its guests to use special equipment such as those noted above, which satisfy the criteria stated in the cruise lineâ€™s Policy Statement. If you have a question about a specific condition, ask your agent.
We strongly recommend that all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes medical protection. Your Cruise Sale travel agent can provide additional information about Cruises' Travel Protection Program, and other travel insurance options when you call or contact us.
Most cruises cannot accept guests who will have entered their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during, the cruise. Guests in earlier stages of pregnancy must obtain a physician's "Fit to Travel" note prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) the pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that the guest is in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The "Fit to Travel" note should be faxed to the attention of Special Services. Your agent can help you with this process.
Yes, wireless internet service is available throughout most ships. Each cruise line has a variety of rates and plans for how much internet minutes cost. Plans average range from 35 cents to $1 per minute. Cruise lines often have lower rates for heavy users that discount the per-minute rate if you purchase a larger number of minutes.
There are usually computers available in internet cafes, libraries or business centers on board. Ask your agent if computers are available on your specific sailing. Wireless internet service is available throughout all ships.
Letters and postcards with the appropriate postage can be mailed. Postage is available on many ships for purchase for a nominal fee. Incoming mail or faxes received by the ship on your behalf will be delivered directly to your stateroom.
Most cruises offer Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) for all GSM mobile phones and GPRS devices when the ship is at sea. You can make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and use other data services when the ship is at sea.
You will be billed by your mobile phone provider and calls or messages will appear as roaming charges on your bill. While using the WMS service, international maritime roaming rates will apply. Please consult your wireless service provider for detailed rates and service zones.
For the comfort and enjoyment of all guests, ships are largely designated as non-smoking; however, there are some areas on the ship where smoking is permitted to accommodate guests who smoke. These "smoking areas" vary on each cruise line and often from ship to ship.
Generally, smoking is permitted outdoors on only one side of the ship. The location of all smoking venues can be found in your cruise materials provided by the cruise line, or by asking your agent. For your safety, smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom or on interior private balconies. You may be charged a cleaning fee if evidence of smoking is found in your stateroom.