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General Questions:

Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?

How long are cruises?

Where can I go?

How do I book a cruise?

Are all ships and cruises fairly similar?

What's an air/sea cruise?

Can I book on short notice?

Do I need a passport?

Can I extend my cruise vacation?

Is motion discomfort a problem?

Can we stay in touch with the outside?

Can I use my hair dryer or shaver on the ship?

Can we celebrate a "special" day?

Do cruise lines accept group bookings?


Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?
Yes! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money. Your fare includes all meals, your cabin, onboard daytime activities, nighttime parties and entertainment. So for once, you'll know what your vacation will end up costing you before you go. (Your only extra expenses will be drinks, optional shore excursions, and personal services such as massage or hairstyling.) You'll be amazed at the value. Back to top.

How long are cruises?
As long or as short as you want. Itineraries can range from as little as three days to as long as three months! Back to top.

Where can I go?
Where do you want to go? Cruises visit practically any destination accessible by water. Back to top.

How do I book a cruise?
Contact us! By letting us know your preferences, we can help you pick the cruise that fits your vacation schedule, tastes and budget; then we make all the arrangements to get you from your doorstep to your cabin and back! Back to top.

Are all ships and cruises fairly similar?
Far from it. Cruise ships can range from under 200 feet to over 1,000 feet. You can sail with anywhere from fewer than 100 fellow passengers to over 2,600. Experience atmospheres ranging from casual to formal, classically simple to ultra-deluxe. You can even choose between traditional propeller-driven craft, sail-assisted cruise ships, or even a paddle-wheel river boat. Back to top.

What's an air/sea cruise?
A fly/cruise or air/sea cruise vacation package includes either free or much reduced airfare along with your cruise ticket. These money-saving options are available from most major North American cities and include transfers between the airport and ship as well as baggage handling. Back to top.

Can I book on short notice?
Even the most popular cruises sometimes have space available because of late cancellations. But, to get exactly the ship, cabin and sailing date you want, you should plan and book early. Most cruise lines also offer early booking discounts for customers who plan ahead. Then, just sit back and anticipate all the fun you're going to have! Back to top.

Do I need a passport?
This depends on the type of cruise and your destination. You'll probably need at least some proof of citizenship. You'll receive complete information on required documents well in advance of your departure, so you'll have plenty of time of make arrangements. Back to top.

Can I extend my cruise vacation?
Your Cruise Depot agent can arrange pre- or post-cruise land packages at the same time you book your cruise. And, in many cases, your airline ticket will include helpful options, such as free stopovers, that enable you to make your own special arrangements. Back to top.

Is motion discomfort a problem?
Not really. The most popular cruise areas boast some of the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, advance availability of accurate weather information, and development of effective preventative medications have, for the most part, eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort. Back to top.

Can we stay in touch with the outside?
Quite easily. Most ships have a daily newsletter with news, headlines, selected stock quotes and sports scores. Staterooms on many ships are even equipped with televisions. While most ships now have telephones in passenger cabins, you can also call someone on shore through the ship's radio operator while at sea. And, you can make phone calls from most ports. In addition, many ships have fax capabilities and newer ships offer Internet access and e-mail capabilities to passengers. Back to top.

Can I use my hair dryer or shaver?
Most ships have 110-volt outlets in the staterooms. But do check with your Cruise Depot agent to be sure. Many ships even feature hair-dryers in your cabin. Back to top.

Can we celebrate a "special" day?
Absolutely! Most cruise lines will even treat you to a complimentary cake and a chorus of Happy Whatever to honor the occasion. Your birthday or anniversary can be more festive with champagne, flowers, canapes, wine or cheese. You can even arrange for a special private party. All you have to do is advise your Cruise Depot agent in advance. Back to top.

Do cruise lines accept group bookings?
Most lines will work with groups often at reduced rates depending on how many people are involved. Policies vary from company to company and sometimes during certain times of the year. Contact your Cruise Depot agent for more details. Back to top.


 

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