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Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I wear?
Day wear includes shorts, pants, blouses, t-shirts, knit tops or polo shirts. Your attire will depend on that day’s activities. For cooler days or evenings, pack a sweater or lightweight windbreaker. For Alaska cruises, sweaters and raincoats (ponchos are great) are all suggested. Bring a pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes for deck sports and a swimsuit cover-up for cool areas on the ship.

Do I have to wear a tuxedo for formal night?
Depending on the length of your cruise, you may have one or more formal nights. There will be a variety of styles for formal nights. You may see people in tuxedos and long gowns, you may see people in suits and ties and then just dress shirts and slacks and cocktail dresses for the ladies. It is recommended you should dress for this in whatever you consider your dressiest clothes. If you do not wish to dine in the main dining room for formal night, you have other dining options on most ships.

What do I do about money?
Most cruise lines require you to establish an onboard credit account that permits you to charge purchases to your stateroom. You will need to present a credit card, cash or travelers checks to open this account. This can be done at the designated sign-up area onboard the ship, or during the check-in process. In most ports, U.S. currency may be accepted or easily exchanged. It is best to bring cash in small denominations, since it is easier to get change for these bills. It is also advisable to carry a limited amount of cash, since it is irreplaceable if lost. Travelers checks and/or credit cards are also recommended. Exact conversions rates fluctuate on a daily basis.

If I’m on the bottom deck, am I below the water?
All passenger staterooms are located above sea level.

Should I purchase trip insurance?
We recommend protecting your vacation investment by purchasing travel insurance. While you may think there is nothing that could prevent you from departing on your dream vacation, the reality is that life is simply unpredictable. Travel protection provides coverage if you have to cancel due to injury, sickness, or death to you, a traveling companion or family member. However, it does not cover unstable, pre-existing conditions. It will also cover you if you have a medical emergency during your trip, or if your baggage is lost or damaged, among other things.

How much are gratuities on a cruise?
The following guidelines are suggested by the cruise lines: Stateroom attendant – $3.50 per person, per day. Head Waiter – $3.50 per person, per day. Assistant waiters – $1.75 per person, per day. Gratuities for the Headwaiter/Maitre D and other service personnel are at your discretion. For your convenience onboard the ship, a 15% gratuity is automatically included on all beverage tabs. In some cases, the cruise line will automatically add the recommended gratuities to your onboard account. The recommended gratuity is $10.00 per adult per day, $5.00 per child (3-12 years old) and $0.00 for children under 3 years old. If you would prefer to offer gratuities to each staff member personally, you may remove the gratuities from your onboard account by visiting the pursers desk. Suggested guidelines for gratuities may vary based on Stateroom Category.

Are there medical services onboard?
Virtually every cruise ship (except for some smaller vessels operating in coastal waters) has a fully equipped medical facility and staff to handle almost any emergency.

What if I have to cancel?
Cancellation policies vary between cruise lines. When you book your cruise, you will be advised of the cancellation policy applicable to your cruise.