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For value, variety and satisfaction...you haven't lived until you've cruised!

 

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions on Cruising

 

What’s included that makes cruising a great value?

Your cruise fare includes accommodations, meals throughout the day including 4-course dining rooms, 24-hour room service, entertainment, and an endless array of activities, kids crafts and more! Plus, you won’t have to pay for costly airfare, trains, or cabs to get you from one city to the next. When you take everything into consideration you'll discover that you can actually save money by going on a cruise, as opposed to a land-based vacation.

Additional fees may apply for services such as specialty restaurants, shore excursions, laundry, etc.

 

Will I get seasick?

Larger ships are more stable with heavier weight and therefore are less prone to rolling motion. Most ships are so large and well-stabilized that it doesn’t even feel like you’re moving, especially in calmer waters such as Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Caribbean. The middle of the ship tends have less motion, as it is the natural balance point.

If you are prone to sea sickness, consider itineraries with fewer sea days. Port intensive cruises will give you the opportunity to spend more time on land. Consult your physician for a drug or alternative remedy if you’re susceptible to motion sickness.

 

How do gratuities work?  

Suggested daily gratuity amounts are; $12 per person for mini-suites and suites, and $11.50 per passenger in all other staterooms per day (including children). This gratuity will be shared amongst those staff who have helped provide and support your cruise experience, including all waitstaff, stateroom stewards, buffet stewards, and housekeeping staff across the fleet. A 15% gratuity is usually added to bar charges and dining room wine accounts.

 
 
 
What should I wear?

Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants and jogging suits, is the order of the day both at sea and ashore in hotter climates. We recommend you bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions, depending on your destination.

For evening dining, keep with what you would wear to a nice restaurant at home: skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies, pants and open-neck shirts for men. Some Cruises include at least one formal dining night: evening gowns and cocktail dresses for ladies and tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits for men.

 

Are all ships alike?

No, you'll find everything from large ships carrying over 3,500 passengers to smaller, more intimate vessels accommodating just 680. Every vessel in the fleet is designed to give you plenty of room to yourself with spacious decks, comfortably elegant public spaces and inviting balcony staterooms. Yet each also creates wonderful opportunities to socialize with a variety of sensational activities and entertainment to suit your mood. .

 
Is there phone and Internet access?

Mobile phone service is available for use when the ship is at sea, in international waters, and in other areas where such use is permitted. All charges will be conveniently billed to you directly by your mobile device provider.

Your mobile phone provider must have a roaming agreement with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP )or Wireless Maritime Services (WMS). Please contact your provider for more details on rates and availability.

 

Internet access is available on most vessels -- which is available in staterooms and various public areas. Please note that Internet access via satellite is significantly slower than high-speed connections on shore. Multiple internet time packages are available to purchase before, or during your cruise to access the internet at sea.

Will I be bored?

Hardly! Being at sea gives you a feeling of total freedom that no land-based resort can offer. There’s plenty of room and it will probably take you two or three days just to discover everything that’s on board. Plus, you get the added adventure of exploring many exciting ports of call, often a new one every day of the trip!

Cruise ships are floating resorts with all the choices fine resorts have to offer. You can lie back in a lounge chair, breathe in the sea air, soak up the sun, read good books, or watch the ever-changing seascape. Smaller ships focus on the treasures and delights of myriad destinations.

If you’re more active, join in exercise or dance classes, or sports contests. Practice your tennis stroke or golf swing, or take in some fresh air on the jogging deck. Or you can swim, stretch out in the sauna or work out in the gym. You can also watch a feature film, attend an enrichment lecture by experts, or play backgammon and bridge. And that’s just when you’re on board!

 

Is cruising safe?

21.7 million passengers set sail in 2014 on one of CLIA’s 63 member lines. Your safety is their top priority. Onboard medical facilities meet or exceed the standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Onboard medical facilities are staffed by full-time registered doctors and nurses. In addition to twice-daily office hours, they are available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency.

All ships must follow rules and regulations to protect passengers' (and crewmembers') safety while onboard. The Coast Guard conducts quarterly inspections of all ships that operate from U.S. ports, making sure they comply with emergency-response requirements. Ships operate under international rules that regulate everything from fire safety to navigation and maritime security.

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What are the rooms like and how do I choose?

Standard amenities usually include satellite TV, your own bathroom, some rooms include a refrigerator, complimentary room service. The little extras you find in the best hotels — evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.

For every preference and budget, there is a stateroom to match your preference. We highly recommend booking a room with a balcony to get the most of your vacation experience. Inside stateroom with no window, and oceanview staterooms for more budget-conscious travelers are also available.

What is a shore excursion and how do I make reservations?

Exploring ports of call will be one of the highlights of your cruise, and one of the best ways to do this is on a shore excursion. You will find a variety of options available to suit your taste including family friendly options with discounted rates for children.

Excursions offered are carefully selected and provided by reputable tour operators who meet the high standards of your cruise line. Your security and comfort are of paramount importance. Every effort is made to ensure that each tour operates safely.

 

Your cruise line organizes your tours in advance so your time in port is maximized and worry-free. They closely monitor tour departures and returns and we are able to hold the ship in the event your tour is delayed.

 

 

Recommended Destinations For First-Timers

 

Alaska
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