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Discover the pleasures of a holiday at sea. Cruising offers great vacation value – the price of your cruise includes accommodation, activities, entertainment, meals and snacks. As you sail from one port of call to the next these floating resorts offer a myriad of onboard amenities. Well appointed accommodation provides you with a rejuvenating place to unpack and unwind. For those times in your life that are special, cruise lines offer an array of celebration experiences. Come aboard to celebrate a birthday, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or family reunion – whatever the occasion, cruise lines will help you create a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. The crew onboard are devoted to one goal – making your voyage extraordinary in every way! On board you can choose to lie back and be pampered or go non-stop. It‘s up to you! Dining aboard a Cruise ship is an experience unto itself. Dine in one of the many restaurants and casual venues or opt to tickle your taste buds in one of the ships specialty dining venues for a nominal fee. Whatever is on the menu there’s a variety of dining options to choose from.
Start your day with a fitness class in the gym, shop in one of the onboard boutiques, have lunch by the pool, participate in one of the enrichment at sea programs, or head to the Spa for a relaxing massage – each day of your voyage is an adventure.
Take advantage of the optional shore excursions available through the cruise line. Explore the beauty of the various regions by touring historic sites, shop till you drop or simply head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! Getting around in the various ports is a breeze whether you take a shore excursion, hop in a taxi or take a local bus to see the sites there is a variety of options to discover each port of call.
Cruise travel tips
Language spoken onboard
English is widely spoken by onboard crew.
Currency and purchases onboard
Most cruise ships sailing the Caribbean use US dollars for onboard purchases unless otherwise noted. All purchases made onboard will be added to your shipboard account. You will receive an itemized bill of all purchases the night before disembarkation. When you provide your credit card in advance, all onboard charges will be charged to your credit card. There is no need to visit the Pursers desk to settle your account if you have left a credit card for all purchases. If paying by cash you must settle your account with the cruise line the evening prior to disembarkation. Those paying by cash or travelers cheques will be required to leave a cash deposit at the beginning of their cruise. Cruise lines accept most major credit cards, have currency exchange and ATM’s onboard which provide US cash unless otherwise noted - refer to the specific Cruise line/ship profile for details. Travellers cheques and most major credit cards are accepted in the various ports of call.
Vacation packing checklist
Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants, swim wear, beach cover, t-shirts are the order of the day at sea and ashore. Low heeled, rubber soled shoes for strolling the deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals are recommended. Smart Casual for evening is the norm. Evening attire is suggested for formal nights (cocktail dresses or gowns for ladies and jackets with tie or tuxedos for men).
Things to know about your Cruise vacation
We suggests the recommendations below while traveling on a cruise to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Check-in Information – Embarkation Day
The ship will board passengers at specific times as outlined in your cruise documents. Please have your Cruise line documentation ready for check-in at the pier. Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your stateroom may not be ready. Most cruise lines require that you provide them with complete and accurate immigration information online prior to sailing. Failure to do so will result in delayed check-in and, possibly, denied boarding. If you do not have online access contact your Travel Agent to assist. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that you can enjoy the ships facilities until your stateroom is available.
Spend time on embarkation day to familiarize yourself with the ship and all the facilities onboard. Easy to read guide books are provided. Check out the dining venues, book a spa treatment, grab a bite to eat or head to the pool for a dip – all before the ship sets sail!
Your friendly onboard crew are available to assist. Please contact the local cruise line representative with any questions or issues that may arise during your cruise.
Accommodation The tap water onboard is purified and therefore it is safe to drink. Bottled water is available for sale on the ship and can be purchased shore side at local stores.
Clients requiring extra care and assistance
Special needs (i.e. wheelchair, dietary, stateroom, airline and/or transfers) for passengers must be requested at time of booking. Cruise ships have limited wheelchair-accessible staterooms for which a medical certificate is required. Special transfer arrangements may incur additional charges. Passengers with special needs must be self sufficient and accompanied by a least one other passenger who assumes full responsibility for their well being at all times. Under certain circumstances, passengers in a wheelchair may be precluded from going ashore due to docking facilities. Reconfirm any dietary requirements with the maitre d’ on embarkation day. Please note that some foreign destinations may not define or provide wheelchair access in the same fashion that we are accustomed to in Canada. In order to ensure that you are properly assisted, we request that you check with your Travel Agent of any and all specific needs that you may have.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Staterooms have safety deposit boxes. Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents. Sunwing Vacations cannot assume liability for loss or damage of valuables left in staterooms. We encourage you to place all valuables in the safety deposit box.
Safety at Sea and in Port
The cruise industry goes to great lengths to ensure that it's passengers are safe at sea. Cruise ships have 24 hour security personnel on board and passengers/crew have photo ID cards to embark and disembark the ship at all times. All cruise ships must meet safety standards set by the International Maritime Organization enforced through the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Ships are regularly inspected when operating from US ports and are subject to US federal and state regulations as well as regular safety inspections by the US Coast Guard. When in port, foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere. Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Accommodation, Government Taxes and Fees
Cruise accommodation, government taxes and fees are included in the total price of your package holiday fare.
Gratuities for onboard staff are paid locally on board and will be added to your shipboard account. Refer to the specific Cruise line/ship profile for details.
Shopping at Sea
Cruise lines offer a variety of gift shops and boutiques offering tax-free and duty-free savings off suggested U.S. retail prices on fragrances, cosmetics, jewelry, gifts, apparel, accessories, souvenirs and liquor.
Special Occasion Celebrations
Cruise lines love to help you celebrate special occasions. Whether you are planning a family reunion, wedding at sea, a birthday, anniversary, renewal of vows or an engagement at sea – all cruise lines offer a variety of celebration packages to make your special occasion a memorable one.
Cruise lines offer a wide variety of optional shore excursions for purchase. These optional ‘tours’ offer you a wonderful opportunity to explore the various ports of call. Tours are typically operated by a local independent company. Full details can be found on the cruise line website. Most excursions can be pre-reserved online before you leave or booked onboard through the ship’s Shore Excursion desk.
Salon / Spas at Sea
On board salon and spa services are bar none! Cruise line spas offer a variety of treatments to relax and rejuvenate. It is recommended to book appointments early to avoid disappointment. Spa and beauty salon services are available for a fee.
Fitness at Sea
Cruise lines offer a variety of activity and exercise programs. From yoga to some of the best exercise equipment there are plenty of options to keep fit while onboard.
Alcohol and Casino
In line with domestic U.S age limits and Cruise Line policies, the Casino, cash prize bingo and horse racing are reserved for guests 21 years and older. Additionally, only those guests 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. Picture ID may be requested.
Mediterranean and Northern Europe – Alcohol Policy
Some cruise lines allow guests 18 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages when sailing on roundtrip European/Mediterranean cruises. Please check with the various cruise lines policies for more information.
Golf at Sea
Many cruise lines offer golf clinics/lessons along with golf related shore excursions. Some ships also have onboard 9 hole putting courses, golf simulators or mini golf. Refer to the specific cruise line information for further details.
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Guests are asked to observe all safety precautions and the smoking policy is subject to change at any time. Smoking policies may vary by cruise line.
Daily newsletters are delivered to your stateroom. This information provides a daily schedule of ship activities and entertainment events. It provides you with details on everything that is happening on the ship for the next day along with shipboard services and hours of operation.
Staying in Touch/Onboard Communication
Most cruise line staterooms have phones that allow direct ship-to-shore dialing. Guests with international cell phones will enjoy coverage at some ports pf call. Families from Canada may reach onboard guests by dialing the applicable cruise line phone number for this purpose (fees are typically charged to the shoreside party). In addition to this, most cruise lines have an Internet Café in which guests can access their email accounts. Fees for this will be applied to your shipboard account. Refer to the specific cruise line information for further details.
Cruise ships offer medical services which are typically staffed by full-time Doctors and nurses (also available 24 hours a day in the event of an emergency). Charges for medical services will be added to your shipboard account and you will be provided an itemized receipt to submit to your insurance company. There are some restrictions for pregnant women cruising which vary by cruise line. All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor's or midwife’s letter stating that the mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and the pregnancy is not high-risk. Cruise lines encourage guests to purchase medical insurance, travel with adequate supplies of medical prescriptions and devices and to disclose pre-existing medical conditions prior to sailing. River cruise vessels do not have Medical facilities onboard. However, medical services can easily be called from shore.
Most cruise line staterooms are equipped with a 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings. Refer to the specific cruise line information for further details.
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Onboard laundry and dry cleaning services are available for a nominal fee on most vessels.
Disembarkation Day / Your Flight Home
Prior to disembarkation your stateroom steward will provide you with a detailed letter containing relevant information regarding your departure from the ship. Typically, once you leave the ship you will need to identify you luggage and proceed to Customs and Immigration. As a friendly reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. For Sunwing flights home please note that seat selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously booked and paid for prior to your departure.
Documents needed on a Cruise
It is your responsibility to determine what documentation is required for travel to your destination including the various ports of call, and for your return to Canada. Mangoworld Travel will assume no responsibility whatsoever for passenger(s) denied carriage by the airline or refused entry into any country. Canadian Citizens can contact Foreign Affairs Canada at http://www.voyage.gc.ca for assistance in obtaining this information. Citizens of other countries should check with the relative Tourist Board or Consular Office of the destination in which they are intending to visit. Mangoworld travel strongly recommends that you carry a valid passport when travelling outside of Canada. Please note that several countries now require that your passport be valid for up to six months after the completion of your travel in order to be accepted by them as a valid travel document.
Cruising with Children
Families love to cruise! Cruise lines offer an array of wonderful activities, entertainment and venues for various age groups. The children’s centres are supervised by trained cruise line staff who keep young cruisers busy! Cruise lines also offer kid friendly menus. The children’s programs have sign in/out policies. A great way to keep in touch with children onboard is to bring along good quality walkie-talkies that have a number of stations. On larger ships, there are some areas where walkie-talkies don't work). Another suggestion is to leave a pad and pen on the desk in your cabin where the parents and child can leave each other notes. Also, give your children a definite time when they have to return to the cabin or meet you at the buffet for lunch, etc. River cruise vessels do not have children’s play areas, etc. and certain age restrictions apply. See cruise lines policies for more information.
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