Some answers for first time cruisers.
- Will I get seasick?
- Will I get bored after a day or so on the ship?
- If I decide on a cruise vacation do I have to pay for it all at once?
- What exactly is included in the cruise price?
- What's not included in the price?
- Do I need a passport?
- What should I pack?
- Do ships have handicap facilities?
- Is cruise cancellation insurance worthwhile?
Q. Will I get seasick?
A. This is one of the most common questions from first time cruisers. It is highly unlikely that you will feel any motion-discomfort. The most popular cruise areas are known to have the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships (some of which are the size of floating cities), keep any kind of motion to almost imperceptible limits. The availability of accurate weather forecasting and the development of effective preventative medication have just about eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort.
Q. Will I get bored after a day or so on the ship?
A. No! There's way too much to do, see, explore, and experience (all day and all night). You'll only get bored if you sit in your stateroom 24 hours a day!
Q. If I decide on a cruise vacation do I have to pay for it all at once?
A. That depends on how close the booking date is to the sailing date. Cruise lines generally require payment in full 60 days prior to sailing. Please be aware that some cruise lines will assess you penalties if you cancel your cruise within 90 days of sailing. The best advice anyone can give a first-time cruiser regarding booking is BOOK EARLY! By booking early you will: generally receive the greatest discount; have the best selection of cabins; be able to secure your cabin choice with as little as a $100-$250 deposit; and be able to choose your dining arrangements without wait listing. What's early? Try to book a year in advance if possible.
Q. What exactly is included in the cruise price?
A. Your cruise price includes: your stateroom, all meals and snacks (including midnight buffets, snack bars, and pizza joints), all daytime shipboard activities, night-time entertainment, seminars, feature films, dance clubs, parties, fitness centers, swimming pools, sporting activities and much more!
Q. What's not included in the price?
A. Things you will need extra money for include: drinks, gambling, massages, spas, hairdressers, tips, shore excursions, in-room babysitting, laundry & dry cleaning, and the duty free shops.
Q. Do I need a passport?
A. This depends on the type of cruise and your destination. You'll typically need some proof of identification and citizenship. WingGate Travel will give you complete information on the documents you will require well in advance of your departure so you'll have plenty of time to make arrangements.
Q. What should I pack?
A. Pack like you would for any resort vacation. Cruises are casual by day, whether you're on the ship or on shore. In the evening, ships vary as to dress, attire is dictated by occasion. For the Captains Gala, for example, you'll probably want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit or cocktail dress; perhaps even a dinner jacket or gown. Men, you don't have to run out and buy a tuxedo, a dark suit and tie are fine for the dressiest occasions.
Q. Do ships have handicap facilities?
A. Most definitely! Ships have special staterooms and facilities so handicap passengers may move about freely.
Q. Is cruise cancellation insurance worthwhile?
A. We highly recommend purchasing insurance. Be sure that you understand the cruise line's cancellation/refund policy once your final payment has been made. To find out more about insurance visit our CSA Travel Protection page.
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