Cruise Planning Essentials Before You Go
Whether this is your initial reservation with the CruisingLuxury.com or if you are a repeat customer, our goal is to ensure that your vacation exceeds your expectations. Thank you for visiting our site. We look forward to hearing about your cruise holiday when you return. Once again, thank your for allowing us to be a part of this special holiday event.
Things to consider prior to your departure:
Be sure to review your flight schedule prior to embarking on your trip because once you initiate your travel, changes to any flights may not be possible. Any subsequent changes will incur additional payments or you could be required to purchase a new airline ticket at your expense. Your cruise specialist can assist you with seating, frequent flyer numbers and any special meal requests.
Take time to reconfirm your airline reservations and flight departure time 24 hours prior to leaving home. If you find that your flight will be delayed beyond your ship's departure time, please contact our office or the cruise line immediately. If the offices are closed, please contact the ship directly at the number provided with your cruise ticket package.
If you plan on taking valuables on your trip, you can register them with U.S. Customs. Although not a requirement, it will help prevent delays when clearing Customs upon your return. For further information please see the U.S. Customs Services Internet website at http://www.cbp.gov/travel/travel.htm If you are not a U.S. resident, contact your local Customs office.
Dietary Requirements On Board
The cruise lines should accommodate any guests with special dietary requirements. If you have any special needs, please advise your Cruise Specialist and note them on your Guest Information Form sent to the cruise lines.
The cruise lines ask that you to be onboard at least one hour prior to the ship's scheduled departure time. When you arrive at the cruise terminal, you will be asked to show your cruise documents and your passport. We recommend you keep all necessary documents available in your carry-on bag.
Early Embarkation / Late Disembarkation
Some cruise lines offer the option of boarding or leaving their ships prior to or after the scheduled times. Early embarkation and/or late disembarkation must be arranged in advance and a fee may be charged. Please let your Cruise Specialist know if you are interested in this option.
When traveling to countries that require inoculations, written verifications will be necessary. These requirements are subject to change and we recommend that you verify current guidelines with your Cruise Specialist prior to departure. Before taking any trips overseas, it is a good idea to check with your doctor.
Luggage & Airport Transfers
This is the fun one. Transfers, porterage and luggage handling are usually part of most cruise lines Air/Sea Program. If you choose to arrange your own air travel, most lines will let you purchase embarkation and disembarkation transfers to and from the airport.
Many of the airlines have different luggage regulations and restrictions. Because the airlines tend to strictly enforce their luggage policies, upon request, your cruise specialist can check on the specific luggage policy for the air carrier you are using or you may contact the air carrier directly for specific luggage allowance and size information.
It is recommended that you keep your luggage locked to help guarantee its security from the time you leave home until the time you get on ship. U.S. airport screening procedures require that you leave your luggage unlocked for inspection. Please check with your air carrier or Cruise Specialist to verify the policy. We do suggest that you lock your luggag again prior to leaving the airport. You can find the type of locks that TSA allow by going to their website at TSA.gov. Most airports will allow you to check your luggage with the locks in place and then if they need to open it you must open it for inspection and then they allow the luggage to be locked again. Please check with the TSA as rules and regulations seem to change daily and we all need to know the laws.
Your health and safety are our first priority. If you have any existing medical condition that could require the attention of the cruise line, or you require oxygen for medical reasons while on board, we ask for written notification to be sent to the cruise line prior to your cruise.
Most cruise lines are unable to accommodate women beyond their sixth month of pregnancy and will not be responsible or liable for any complications related to pregnancy during th entire duration of the cruise.
It is important that you bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medicine you could need. Prescriptions cannot be refilled on cruise ships, and usually cannot be refilled overseas without a prescription. To prevent delays in clearing Customs, it is also a good idea to travel with a doctor's letter explaining that prescribed medication is required for your health. It is recommended that your medicine remain in its original container with the original drug store label intact. Do not take prescriptions out of their original containers.
Clothing Aboard the Ship
Shipboard attire ranges from casual to formal depending on the ship and itinerary. The dress policy of your particular cruise line will be included with your cruise documents. In general, casual resort wear is appropriate for daytime aboard most ships and consists of standard sports outfits as worn to resorts. Shoes should be flat or low heeled for deck activities and shore excursions that require a lot of walking. Evening attire falls in three categories: casual, informal and formal attire.
On most cruises casual evenings would include a more relaxed attire, such as casual dresses and pantsuits for ladies, and sports shirt and slacks for gentlemen. Ties and jackets are not required and shorts and baseball caps would not be permitted.
Informal Evening Attire
On most cruises informal attire for ladies would be; evening dresses, cocktail dresses or pantsuits, and for gentlemen, we suggest a jacket and slacks; ties are optional.
On most cruises formal attire for ladies would be; evening dresses and gowns of fashionable length for ladies, and a tuxedo, dinner jacket or dark suit and tie for gentlemen. Check your cruise documents or check with your cruise specialist for the appropriate attire for your particular sailing, as the dress guidelines may change on each sailing.
Bring comfortable walking shoes. Check with your Cruise Specialist for special items you might want to pack for your destination and the time of year you are traveling.
Other Items to Pack
We suggest you pack a supply of essential items, since toiletries are often very expensive overseas and sometimes unavailable. Also, be sure to bring plenty of film and batteries for your camera, over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs.
Bring along all required travel documents. Include air and cruise tickets, passports, visa and medical card inoculation verification, where applicable. Please be aware that security measures imposed by overseas governments may change from time to time. It is your responsibility to secure all relevant documentation for your trip, including visas.
Note: Some countries you visit may require that your passport be valid for six months after your return date.
For personal safety, most cruise lines require all guests to provide proper documentation in order to board the vessel. Should you have any questions regarding travel documents, please contact your Cruise Specialist for advice.
On most cruise lines, all U.S. citizens who travel abroad are required to carry a valid passport. In addition to your passport, you should also bring along a current government-issued photo identification card to use at pier and airport security checkpoints.
Visa Requirements vary from country to country. Your cruise line or Cruise Specialist will inform U.S. citizens of specific visa requirements. Visa information may also be obtained through the local embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting. Although it is your responsibility to obtain all necessary visas, your CruisingLuxury.com Specialist is able to assist you in obtaining travel visas. Visas must be obtained regardless of whether you plan to go ashore or remain on board while in ports which require visas. Everyone must be cleared by local Immigration authorities upon arrival in port, regardless of the length of the ship's call.
International guests should contact their embassy for details on passport and visa requirements. Please note that failure to comply with requirements may result in refusal of passage by authorities. If you are refused boarding you stand to loose all monies you have paid for your trip, including airfare, hotels, cruise tickets and other out of pocket costs. We have no liability for travelers that do not know the laws of the US and the countries they may be visiting.