Most Frequently Asked Questions
About Travel Cruises
Are you joining the millions who plan and book their ocean and river cruises online? You won't be surprised to find that there are online resources with answers to all of your vacation travel questions.
The CLIA Cruise
Line International Association is
the premier travel cruise information site online - offering facts,
information and virtual tours of the more famous cruise liners
now sailing to exciting locations worldwide. Below, check out
some of the most frequently asked questions they receive from travelers
interested in a first-time travel cruise package:
Is cruising a good value?
Taking a cruise is a vacation package where you know exactly what
you'll be spending before you go, and there are cruise vacations
to suit every budget. Your cruise fare includes meals, your stateroom,
on-board activities and entertainment, plus transportation from
port to port. Typically, your only extra expenses will be drinks,
specialty restaurants, optional shore excursions, and personal
services such as massage or hairstyling.
"Basically, cruise ships are floating resorts
with all the choices fine resorts have to offer..."
Will I get bored? Feel confined?
It will probably take you two or three days just to discover everything
that's on board. Basically, 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.
If you're more
active, join in exercise or dance classes, and sports contests.
Practice your tennis stroke or golf swing, or take 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 see a feature film, attend
an enrichment lecture by experts, play backgammon or bridge. And
that's just when you're on board...
Do I have
to participate in the activities?
not. Hey, you're on vacation! Do exactly as you please.
lines welcome families with kids?
More and more
cruise vacations are booked by families with children. If your
children enjoy swimming, sports, games, movies, and the adventure
of new places, they'll love a family cruise. You'll find that
children adapt to shipboard life with ease, and you won't have
to wonder what they're up to every minute. The youth counselors
will help keep them busy and entertained. Ships even offer different
types of age-appropriate activities, suitable for toddlers to
teens. Best of all, children often travel at a reduced rate.
On a cruise ship you can play all day,
party all night, or do nothing at all...
have fun on a cruise?
ideal for people traveling alone, because it's so easy to meet
other people. In fact, most ships have parties for singles --
early on, so you can get to know people right away. Many ships
even offer social hosts who can be dance partners or dinner companions.
Most ships also have single cabins as well as single rates for
double staterooms. If you ask them, many cruise lines will even
find you a roommate to share a cabin so you can save on the per person/double occupancy rate.
a charge for entertainment?
a cruise vacation, the entertainment is on the house. There's
no cover, minimum, or charge for an admission ticket. The shows
are live, films first-rate and all included in your cruise fare.
What should I pack?
you would for any resort. Cruise vacations are casual by day,
whether you're on the ship or ashore. In the evening, ships vary
as to dress. As on shore, attire is dictated by occasion. At the
Captain's Gala, for example, you'll probably want to wear something
more formal, such as a dark suit, or cocktail dress; perhaps even
a dinner jacket or gown.
Will I need a tuxedo?
lines now feature a more relaxed and casual approach to dress
throughout the cruise -- while on
others, formal dinners or parties
are part of the fun. But don't buy a tuxedo just for the trip.
Even on the most formal of ships, a dark suit and tie are fine
for the dressiest occasions. Plus, many ships offer tuxedo rental
services. Can I stay in touch with the outside world?
Most ships have a daily newsletter with news, headlines, selected
stock quotes and sports scores. Many staterooms are equipped with
televisions and have satellite or cellular telephones. You can
also call someone on shore through the ship's radio officer while
at sea. In addition, most ships have fax capabilities and many have computer cafes with Internet access for e-mail communication or wifi built in.