Cruise Vacation Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together this list because we've realized that in the beginning stages of planning a cruise, most of our clients have very similar questions
How much does a cruise cost?
It sounds like a simple question, but it’s kind of like asking, “how much does a hotel cost?” Just like hotels, the price of a cruise varies widely based on brand, location, and the time of year. We can't give you an exact number, but we can give you a quote for your vacation preferences.
Do we need a passport?
As a matter of principle, we always recommend sailing with a passport. With that said, there are certain itineraries that let you cruise without a passport.
Are cruises all-inclusive?
With onboard specialty restaurants, paid entertainment options, and extra charges for alcohol and soft drinks, mass-market lines are most definitely not all-inclusive. Many luxury lines, however, are much closer to the “one price covers all” ideal.
Will I get seasick on the cruise ship?
When the weather is mild and the seas are steady, you won’t feel much rocking — especially on large, modern ships.
Will I feel claustrophobic?
We only get claustrophobic on the smallest of oceangoing vessels. Fortunately, ships come in many sizes. Some are as large as shopping malls and comfortably accommodate thousands of people — they’re so large, you might almost forget you’re out on open water. Inside cabins can feel confined, however, so if you anticipate being anxious, book a cabin that has a porthole or balcony.
Will I be able to see everything?
Maybe you could in a small port with the right shore excursion. However, instead of trying to cram all the sights into your brief time in town, choose a few things you're excited about seeing or doing at each destination. Think of the cruise as a tasting platter that can help you determine the places you’ll want to return to for a longer visit.
What is an inside cabin?
Unlike other cabin categories (ocean view, balcony, and suite), inside cabins are located on the interior of the ship, have no window, and are often slightly smaller. On the other hand, they are significantly cheaper, so they can be an ideal choice if you don’t mind small spaces or don’t plan on spending too much time in your cabin.
Do I have to pay the full fare for my baby/child?
Most cruise lines have a minimum age of 6 months as of the sail date, along with a detailed run-down of the amenities lines will provide for babies. There are several kid-friendly cruise lines where babies sail free or for heavily discounted rates (taxes and fees will still apply).
How do I pay for items on the cruise ship?
All purchases on the ship are made using your cruise ID card, which is linked to your onboard account. At the start of the cruise, you’ll have the choice of depositing cash directly into your account or connecting it to a credit/debit card.
What is the minimum age for drinking and gambling?
Most lines will have a drinking age of 21+, but there are exceptions. In Europe, for example, where the drinking age is typically 18, many lines will lower their age accordingly. Other lines will allow passengers 18+ to purchase alcohol with the permission of their guardian. Most lines allow passengers 18+ to gamble but there are some exceptions. We will make sure all information is given before sailing.