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CRUISE TIP OF THE MONTH
TIP # 10
Traveling with 5 or More People? The maximum number of
passengers most cruise ship cabins can accommodate is 4 people. If you need to
get two cabins, consider getting a balcony cabin and have the second cabin be
an interior cabin across the hall. This way the cost will be reduced for the
second cabin (interiors are always cheaper than outside or Veranda cabins). In
addition, the people in the second cabin will be close enough to keep an eye
on (if they are kids) and close enough to take advantage of the balcony.
TIP # 9
PASSPORT REQUIRED- Passport are now required
for all international travel. Passports are required for cruise passengers
disembarking in the US - arriving from the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada,
or Bermuda. Arrivals from all other destinations or disembarking in other
countries requires a passport for re-entry into the US.
If you have any question, need more details or more
information contact the US National Passport Information Center
1-877-487-2778 or visit the State Departments travel website at
TIP # 8
Donít forget that many cruise lines are owned by the same
parent company, and recognize the past passenger discounts and perks of their
sister companies. For example, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, Costa,
Seabourn and Carnival are all owned by Carnival Corporation. If you sailed
with any of these lines, you may be qualified for a past passenger discount on
any of the brands. Royal Caribbean International owns the Celebrity brand as
well as the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Star Groups owns Star Cruises, NCL,
NCL America and Orient Lines. When making a reservation or workings with a
travel agent, ask about past passenger discounts and inform them of your past
cruises Ė you never know.
TIP # 7
UNPLEASANT WEATHER - No
one likes bad weather on their vacation, but you should always be prepared. It
is not unusual for many Caribbean Islands to have a brief passing rain storm.
Be sure to pack a rain poncho or umbrella. The Rain poncho takes very little
space in the suit case and can come in very handy.
TIP # 6
PROTECTING IMPORTANT PAPERS -
It is recommended that you make copies of important documents such as your
passport, credit cards and driver's license. The copies should be taken along
and carried separately. (Do not place these items in checked bags.) Once
onboard the ship, store these items in your cabin's safe. If you loose
the originals, the photocopies will make obtaining replacements and proving
your identity much easier.
TIP # 5
AVOID THE CROWDS - The New York City Passenger Terminal can be
crowded, especially on the weekends, when multiple, large cruise ships can be in
the port. It is best to arrive at the pier 45 minutes to an hour before
boarding starts. The benefits are: 1) sometimes the cruise lines start
boarding earlier 2) the earlier you arrive the more time you can spend on
board 3) the wait should be shorter to board the ship.
TIP # 4
PACK AN EFFECTIVE OVERNIGHT BAG -
If you are flying to your cruise departure point, be sure
to pack at least a change of clothes, medications, toiletries & valuables in
a separate carry-on. There have been instances where the airlines have lost
people's luggage and people have had to wait until the first port of call to
be re-united with their luggage.
TIP # 3
KNOW THE RISK OF BUYING YOUR OWN
AIRFARE - Did you know that when you buy your own airfare for a
cruise, the cruise line has no obligation to get you to the ship should your
flight be cancelled/delayed and you miss the ship? Well it is true. I
recommend that, if you decide to purchase your own airfare, plan on arriving
at your departure port at least 1 day in advance.
TIP # 2
GET FREE INTERNET ACCESS -
Did you know that most public libraries have free (or
reasonable) internet access? Rather than spend big dollars on-board ship,
you can use the library's access to send emails home. (Please note this is
not available in all ports - so check with the information desk on-board
before seeking out the libraries)
TIP # 1
BEST TIME TO GET THE BEST DEALS -
If you are flexible and can travel at any time, you can
usually get the best deals on cruises (and most other vacations), if you
travel the first 2 weeks of December.
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