- Cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any
other vacation experience.
Why should I go on a cruise?
Convenience - relaxation ... cruises today equal or surpass some
of the finest all inclusive land based resorts. A cruise
presents a convenient vacation package. No packing or unpacking,
dinner or night club reservations, flight connections. Instead you
sit back and allow yourself to be pampered (or go non-stop.. your
choice), meet new friends, dine like never before, enjoy one great
show after another.
What is included in my ticket price?
The price includes all your meals, your stateroom, use of all of
the facilities, activities on board ship, entertainment and an exciting
voyage to some of the most interesting destinations in the world.
There is no tennis or golf? Ask your ship to make reservations at
the next landbased facility and you may just be able to play in
more different clubs than ever before.
What is not included in my ticket price?
Typically your only extra expense on a cruise will be drinks, optional
shore excursions, internet services, and personal services such
as hairstyling and massage. Tipping to the staff will also be an
How much do I Tip?
This is always a delicate question. Cruise staff in most instances
is expecting you to tip for the services they provide. It is done
at the end of the cruise. Different policies have evolved. Some
cruiselines automatically add US$10 per person per day to your bill
at the end of the cruise and you have the choice to reducing or
increasing the amount based on your experience. Others still have
the old tradition where at the end of the cruise you personally
express your gratitude to the individual that made you vacation
a success. Still other cruise lines have a 'tipping not required
policy' which means that the amount of the tip and to whom is strictly
at your discretion. In some cases the agency includes tipping in
the price. As to the amount you can count on US$10 per person per
day divided among the cabin steward, the waiter and busboy
Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?
There are cruises to fit every budget. You know before you leave
on your vacation how much you are going to spend.
How long are cruises?
Cruises range from 2 days to 3 months. The most popular are the
7 and 10 day cruises.
Where can I go?
The question is where do you want to go. Cruises visit over 1800
ports world wide and practically any destination is accessible by
water. If there is one place that you always wanted to see and it
is not accessible by water book a cruise that either offers a shore
excursion to that destination or book extra nights before or after
the cruise. Talk to a cruise professional.
Are all ships fairly similar?
No! Ships range from small intimate yacht like vessels with fewer
than 100 guests to megaships with more than 3000 fellow travelers.
Enjoy atmospheres ranging from casual to formal or you can even
travel on sail assisted ships. There are ships with virtual golf
driving ranges, ice rinks, rock climbing walls, paddle tennis and
Are there different types of cruises?
You have luxury cruises which even keep the in-room refrigerator
stocked with drinks and specialize in unique destinations or large
contemporary ships which offer a huge array of recreational facilities.
Soft adventure cruises, cultural enrichment cruises, destination
cruise, enrichment lectures on board, cooking classes, computer
classes, art appreciation classes and auctions are all part of the
modern cruise experience.
Are there different classes of service?
The old days of first ... etc. class are gone. With the exception
of one cruise line todays cruise ships are 'one class'. Regardless
of the category of cabin you book you will receive the same courteous
service, menus and participate in the same entertainment. On some
ships, if you book a suite, you will receive the services of a butler
and have some special lounges on your floor.
Are kids welcome on board?
Most cruise lines welcome children and provide special programing
for them in their own clubs and video arcades on board. Some even
have special shore excursion just for children. Our clients have
been generally enthused about the programs offered for children
on board. Some ships provide baby sitting services for an extra
What is there to do at night?
Dancing, live entertainment, night clubs, feature films, casinos,
karaoke or simply enjoying conversation with new found friends in
a friendly piano bar.
Are there medical services on board?
Virtually every cruise ship has medical facilities and health care
professionals on staff to handle almost any emergency. But there
is a cost to using the services. So discuss your insurance coverage
with you travel professional before you go in the cruise.
Are there laundry facilities on board?
Almost all ships have laundry facilities and many provide dry-cleaning
service for an extra charge.
Is there smoking on board?
Most cruise ships are smoke free with the exception of special rooms
or areas reserved for that purpose.
Will I get sea sick?
Probably not. Popular cruise itineraries travel through some of
the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern
ships, availbility of advanced weather information and effective
preventative medication for the most part elminate the incidence
of motion discomfort.
Can we celebrate special occasions?
Absolutely! Most cruise lines will treat you to a complimentrary
cake and a happy chorus of "Happy whatever .." to honor
the occasion. And your new found friends around the table will happily
join in. Advise your travel agent of the special occasion before
you leave if they forget to ask.
What are the different cabins?
All staterooms are located above the waterline. The major differentiation
is between inside and outside (oceanview). Inside staterooms are
located towards the middle of the ship and therefore are without
windows. They usually have a curtain with lights behind to give
the impression of a window. Major disadvantage would be that you
are unable to determine the outside weather before getting out of
the cabin, although closed circuit TV in your stateroom in most
cases makes this now a mute point. Outside staterooms are located
along the outside of the ships hull and in the majority of cases
have windows, some still have portholes. Staterooms with verandahs
have sliding doors to an outside verandah. Junior suites and suites
are usually differentiated by size. Suites can go up to consisting
of several rooms, two bathrooms, walkin closets, butler's pantry
etc with sizes of 1200 sf or more.