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Tempted to Cruise (Things to Know)

The idea of a cruise inspires most of us, but still we are unsure if we are ready for it and how we could proceed. That’s the reason we at cruisemeout provide you all the vital information that you need to know, just a click away. We have the best cruise liners with us as partners to provide our guests the best cruise packages across Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, South Asia and Asia pacific. With newly modernized ships providing variety of choices to guests in entertainment, shopping, dining, spa, kids areas and of course well equipped cabins you will feel the experience of an ultra-luxury hotel in the middle of the ocean.

Please Note : Children under the age of 12 travelling with their parents are free of any charges except taxes, port fees. This also varies from every cruise liner terms and conditions. Kindly provide number of children and age in the enquiry form so we will be able to assist you immediately.

Reasons to Cruise

Dream Come true in one voyage : We at cruisemeout want our customers to see various destinations, they always dreamt about, in a single holiday. The idea of unpacking every time you visit a different destination, is always tiring on holidays. Cursing gets you everything that you wished for, making it a perfect holiday.

Entertainment for kids and Families :From a Variety of dining options to cuisines from around the world, cruise liners offer numerous options to cater every traveller. Entertainment for kids, workshops, movies, romantic diners for couples, night clubs, casinos, etc. There is so much that one can ask for during the voyage.

Unbeatable destinations : The best way to see the world, cruises offer a variety of destinations to be explored during your voyage. Unlimited shopping, excursions is something to look forward to every time you dock in a different city of the world. From Barcelona to Venice to Singapore we at Cruisemeout provide you your dream destinations so that you cherish these memories all your life.

How to Choose Your Cruise

We can understand choosing a cruise might be a little difficult to start with, that’s why we at cruisemeout have got the best of the itineraries for you just a click way. The most important thing that you need to decide is the destination that you are looking for and month of travel, cruisemeout will showcase, a variety of packages and will suggest the best ones, accommodating all your needs.

On-board Activities

On board activities is something we look forward to in every cruise vacation. With various activities across different cruise liners they are surely meant to keep us entertained 24/7 when we are on board. All ships have something to entertain everyone, kids, adults, couples, honeymooners, groups or friends.

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Plays & Shows
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Casinos for the
Night Lifers
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Excursions

It might be South East Asia, Europe or Mediterranean, all itineraries offer various type of excursions during your trip. Adventures, Beach sports, sightseeing across various cultural monuments, culinary escapes we have it all for you. We will never let you miss a thing with multilingual guides at every destination we will suggest you the best. Once you finalise your itinerary our travel expert will send you a list of excursions you can choose from.

Travel Documentation

Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents. A valid passport is required for all cruise sailings (Minimum 6 month’s validity is required by most of the countries) till the end of the cruise.

Please note Indian passport holders are required to take visas in most of the countries, our travel expert will send you the visa requirements for the specific cruise itinerary. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents & visas for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. These appropriate, valid travel documents - passports, visas and certificates - are required for boarding and re-entry into countries that you will be travelling. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country and may be subject to fines.

Please note that while there are visas on arrival for Indians in south east Asia, we recommend that all travellers to apply for multiple entry visas from India before boarding the flight.

Safety & Security

Safety and security on ships is the highest priority and vital part of cruise liner operations. Cruise liners commitment to the safety of the millions of guests and crew that sail on our ships and they strive to maintain those standards every time. The measures ships take in the interest of safety & security are much more, this is only possible with crew’s ongoing assurance to improve in all aspects on cruise ship operations.

At the beginning of every cruise, all guests and crew must complete a drill known as the muster drill to ensure they are familiar with what to do and where to go in the unlikely event of an emergency. To further ensure they are aware of their specific location, we identify it on each of guest’s keys. The location also is prominently noted on the back of every stateroom door.

In addition to the muster drill for our guests, Ship captains, officers and crew conduct weekly, monthly and annual drills on every ship, and complete extensive training, certification and scenarios in preparation for the very unlikely event of an emergency, including training on ship evacuation procedures.

All ships are designed and operated in compliance with the strict requirements of the International Maritime Organization, the UN agency that sets global standards for the safety and operation of cruise ships, codified in the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

FAQs

1. What should I get prepared for cruise vacation?

Please ensure that you bring along the proper travel documents for your cruise.

An international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of sailing with work permit / employment pass / student pass / immigration card is required.

You may also need to obtain visas for certain countries on your cruise itinerary.

2. What's Included in My Cruise Fare?

Just about everything – your accommodation, meals in designated outlets, entertainment, parties, gala dinner, facilities and many onboard activities are all part of the fare.

3. What’s Not Included In My Cruise Fare?

Optional shore excursions, alternative dining, selected shows / entertainment, items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone calls, facsimile or e-mail services, shop purchases, laundry, beauty treatment, hairdressing and massage services, medical services, port charges, fuel charges, government taxes and fees are not included in the fare.

4. Can my infant child sail with me?

Infant sailing must at least be SIX months old on most cruises (12 months old on select cruises).

5. When can I board the ship?

The boarding time for your ship and sailing date is specified in your Boarding documents. Please do not plan on arriving at the pier prior to the specified time as the ship will not be ready to board guests.

Due to new government regulations requiring cruise lines to submit final departure manifests at least 60 minutes prior to sailing, guests are requested to complete Online Check-in no later than 3 days prior to their cruise. If you do not complete Online Check-in 3 days prior, you will be required to complete this process at the pier at least two hours prior to the published sailing time. Please note: All guests must be checked-in and onboard the ship no later than 90 minutes prior to the published sailing time or you will not be permitted to sail.

6. Can I bring liquor or non-alcoholic beverages (from home or from a port) onboard?

Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, fortified wines or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use on boarding day or while in port. Alcoholic beverages seized on boarding day will not be returned.

Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from Shops on Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Wine may be consumed in any shipboard restaurant, dining venue, or within the guests' stateroom. Wine brought onboard may not be shared for consumption in private group events, and/or in lounges made private for the exclusive use of a group.

Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.

7. What items are not allowed onboard the cruise ship?

Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of our guests and crew are prohibited. The following are examples of items that guests are not allowed to bring onboard. These and other similar items will be confiscated upon being found. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, explosives, and dangerous chemicals will not be returned.

Prohibited items:

  • Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas
  • Sharp Objects, including all knives and scissors. (Note: Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blade length less than 4 inches are allowed.)
  • Illegal Drugs & Substances
  • Candles, Incense, Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, Travel Steamers & Hot Plates. (Items that generate heat or produce an open flame. This includes heating pads, clothing irons, hotplates, candles, incense and any other item that may create a fire hazard. NOTE: The only exception to this policy are curling irons and hair straighteners. Matches and normal lighteners are allowed onboard. however "torch lighters" and novelty lighters that look like guns are not allowed onboard. Torch lighters emit a powerful concentrated flame, and therefore are prohibited.
  • Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, Cricket Bats, Bows & Arrows
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Skateboards & Surfboards
  • Aerial Drones
  • Martial Arts Gear
  • Self-defense Gear, including handcuffs, pepper spray, night sticks.
  • Flammable Liquids and Explosives, including lighter fluid and fireworks.
  • Hookahs & Water Hookah Pipes.
  • HAM Radios
  • Electrical Extension Cords
  • Dangerous Chemicals, including bleach and paint
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Note: Guests are allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from shops onboard will be stored by the ship and delivered to you on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.)
  • Potentially hazardous food and/or food that requires refrigeration
8. Is there a dress code?

Smart casual attire is suitable for most occasions. For your dining pleasure as well as for other guests, elegant casual attire is required during dinner at fine dining restaurants. However, a lounge suit or jacket and tie for men, and an evening dress for ladies, are recommended on gala nights.

9. Will I get bored on a cruise liner?

No chance! Every cruise liner is like a magnificent floating city. Exploring at your leisure, you’ll find elegant shopping piazzas and designer boutique shops displaying everything from connoisseur chocolates to exclusive watches, designer jewellery and duty-free bargains. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in state-of-the-art sports facilities and video gaming virtual worlds. Every meal will offer new gastronomic discoveries, with gourmet restaurants serving authentic specialities from around the world. You could tempt lady luck in a glamorous Las Vegas-style casino or soothe the senses in an exotic spa. Then chill out in refined bistro lounges or raise your pulse and glass in a multi-screen sports bar. There’s a library and Internet café, Broadway-scale theatre and high-tech disco for dancing ‘til dawn. And when you think you’ve discovered it all, you find there’s still more. More than it a takes a voyage to discover. So you’ll just keep wanting to come back for more.

10. What could I do at port?

Exploring world-famous cities and cultures, spectacular monuments of civilisation and unique splendours of nature are amongst the most treasured moments of a cruise. The cruise liner’s expertly-designed excursions offer a range of full-day tours, half-day excursions and short trips that will take you to the heart of the sites that attract you most, from exploring a capital to hiking across glaciers, visiting stately homes or experiencing the thrill of adventure - whether diving in pristine oceans or forging inland on a 4x4 safari to pass a night under the stars in a Bedouin village. What can you do in port? Enjoy the experience of a lifetime!

11. Can a disabled person go on a cruise ship?

Yes. In order to make sure disabled people enjoy a wonderful cruise holiday, all information regarding special requirements must be supplied at the time of booking. Disabled people are required to travel with an accompanying person and their own wheelchair: only a limited number of wheelchairs are available on our ships for emergencies and are only approved for use on board. All our ships have a number of accessible and fully-equipped cabins with no architectural barriers. Priority boarding and disembarkation is provided and there is a special lift in case of emergency.

12. Do I need to get vaccinated before departure?

Vaccinations - when required - may be either compulsory or optional depending on the country of destination. Contact your local health authority for all the information necessary and to be vaccinated. If vaccination is compulsory, we recommend booking it in advance.

13. What are the documents required to go on a cruise?

In addition to the travel documents (cruise ticket, boarding form, baggage tags and flight tickets, if applicable), all Guests must have an identity document valid for foreign travel in all countries included in the itinerary: ID or Passport according to your nationality and destination of the cruise.

We would kindly remind you that it is your responsibility to procure the necessary travel documents in compliance with customs and immigration office requirements. Passengers who do not have the correct travel documents will not be allowed on board and no refund will be made. It is also the Guests' responsibility to produce all the visas necessary for the Countries en route and to check the validity of their travel documents.

14. Can I be reached while I'm on-board?

Thanks to our agreements with various commercial partners, all ships have a satellite service that enables the clients of the main mobile providers to make and receive calls, send and receive texts and to use data services even while at sea. The international roaming service must be enabled on your phone. Tariffs are determined by your operator according to your service plan. Please contact your operator for further information. While navigating along the coast, your mobile phone may connect to a land operator. If this is the case you will receive a text with the relative costs.

On board, phone calls can be made from the satellite telephone cabin and you can also send and receive faxes (Charges as per cruise liner policies).

15. Can I celeberate an occassion on-board?

Celebrating a birthday, wedding anniversary or honeymoon on board is a truly special and unique experience. You can purchase special packages with cakes and other items directly on board.

16. Can I make calls from the ship?

The ship provides GSM connection for mobile phones, which enables you to make calls or send texts using the international roaming service.

The ship is also equipped with a satellite service to make calls directly from your cabin. Calls will be charged to your onboard account. You can also make calls from the shore to the ship, the switchboard will then transfer the call to the person required.

17. Can I surf the internet while on-board and in the cabin?

All ships provide 24-7 internet access thanks to satellite connection. You can connect to our on-board Wi-Fi using your PC, iPad, iPhone and smartphone or using the computers at the Internet Point. Access instruction and costs will be available once on board. Internet access is restricted to a single device at a time and the cost of the service will be charged. You can choose between pay per use or use one of the different prepaid service plans available. Wi-Fi is available in all common areas and cabins.

18. Do cruises provide medical assistance?

All our ships have an infirmary open during the times indicated onboard. Also a 24-hour medical service available on-call.

Guests need to be aware that Over-the-Counter pharmaceuticals are not available for purchasing on board. Medicines are available only by prescription of the ship’s doctor, following a medical consultation. Guests are advised to bring with them all their regular medications.

There is a charge for primary assistance provided by ship doctors and nursing staff. Sea-sickness tablets are available from the Hospitality/Customer Service Office free of charge. Any particular medical need must be reported at the time of booking.

19. Will there be a general emergency drill?

A general emergency drill will take place before departure to familiarise Guests with emergency procedures and to teach them how to wear a life vest and how to reach their assembly station. We would like to point out that attendance is compulsory. You will receive all the necessary instructions after boarding.

20. How does baggage drop-off work during boarding and disembarkation?

During boarding and disembarkation, your luggage is managed by the Cruise liner’s staff thanks to a simple tagging system, so you do not have to move around the ship with your suitcases. Once you hand in your luggage upon boarding, there is no not need to worry about anything else – the Cruise liner’s staff will deliver it to your cabin. Due to security checks carried out on all suitcases, delivery may take up to two hours after departure.

Please tag all your suitcases carefully – The staff is there to help in case of doubt or difficulty.

On the penultimate day, you will be given the baggage tags to be placed on the suitcases, which must be then placed outside your cabin on the last night of the cruise so they can be handled by our staff and you can leave the ship comfortably.

We recommend storing valuables, documents and personal effects in your hand luggage during boarding and disembarkation. Please bear in mind that pushchairs must be carried as hand luggage.