Frequently Asked Questions

You may find that this trip exceeds any you have taken so far, and will provide wonderful memories for years to come. Cruise ships accommodate your needs in every aspect, from cabin preference to variety in restaurants and activities. Here are some recommendations for your first cruise vacation:

  • Choose a specific cruise line to narrow down your search and options.
  • Choose the region to which you want to travel and decide on the itinerary that best fits you.
  • Do your research to understand the logistics of your cruise - getting to the port, embarkation, luggage tags and so forth.
  • Get to know your ship’s layout on the cruise line’s website to learn what is available on board.
  • Make sure to find out about shore excursions and reserve them ahead of time.
  • Pack light – but don’t forget to pack elegant clothes for formal dinners. Also, remember to pack sports clothes as ships have a variety of sports activities.
  • Don’t forget a camera to capture those special moments.

As long or short as you want. The Cruise Planner offers itineraries from two days to over 100 days.

Wherever you'd like! Cruises visit practically any destination accessible by water.

Yes. You will need a passport in ports of entry for countries visited and also to enter the port where you originated.

We strongly recommend trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect your investment.

An Air/Sea package includes your cruise ticket, an airline ticket, and ground transportation needed to get to the port.

Cruise lines block space with major airlines such as Delta, Continental, and USAir. The specific airline depends on where you are flying from.

The cruise lines welcome passengers with special needs and work hard to assist them throughout their trip. It is essential that the cruise lines know well in advance if you have any special medical, physical, or other requirements that need to be addressed.

Your dining preference can be requested at time of deposit, although this request is not guaranteed. Almost all meals, including 24-hour room service, are included in the price of your cruise, depending on the ship.

Most ships can accommodate salt-free, low-carbohydrate, Kosher, or other diet preferences. However, this request must be made in advance.

Tipping is a matter of individual preference, and most cruise lines have a suggested rate.

Even the most popular cruises sometimes have space available because of late cancellations. But to get the exact ship, cabin, and sailing date you want, you should plan ahead and book early. Most cruise lines also offer early booking discounts for customers who book ahead.

So much you'll have a hard time choosing! You can go off on your own or take a guided tour, and discover the city’s ruins among many other cultural and culinary activities.

On a cruise, you do what you want to. You can do everything, or lie back and do absolutely nothing. It's your vacation.

Most do, but it depends on the specific cruise line and ship.

All entertainment is included on cruises.

A cruise ship is a great place to make new friends, because everyone's so friendly. The atmosphere is cordial and relaxed – and you'll have all kinds of things in common to talk about with other guests. Don't be surprised if you find yourself making arrangements to meet them aboard another ship next year!

On some cruises, formal dinners or parties are part of the fun. Even on the most formal of ships, a dark suit and tie are fine – and many ships have formal wear available for rent.

Most ships have 110-volt outlets in the staterooms, but check with your Cruise Planner Representatives to be sure.

Virtually all ships have smoking and non-smoking tables and/or sections in the lounges and dining rooms.

Every cruise ship has a fully-equipped medical facility and staff to handle almost any emergency.

Yes. Almost all cruise ships have laundry facilities and a great many provide dry-cleaning services.

Yes. You can arrange pre-or post-cruise land packages at the same time you book your cruise.

Make sure to arrange for shore excursions and specialty restaurants among other activities that can be planned in advance. Also check with your travel specialist if you need visas for the ports you will be visiting during this trip. Find out whether the countries you will visit have any vaccination requirements.

Research the places you will be visiting in advance so you spend less time deciding where to go. Charge your batteries and get ready to have a memorable trip!