Is cruising affordable?
Absolutely. Flight Centre offers a wide range of cruise options catering to all tastes and budgets. Many cruise prices are quoted as all inclusive and therefore really do provide great value for money.
How do I get to the port to join my ship?
In most instances, the cruise line will offer seat-in-vehicle transfers from the airport to join your ship if your flights arrive and depart on the same day as the cruise. It’s best to pre-book this in advance, as some ports have traffic restrictions, and taxis may not have access to the shipside.
Do I need a valid passport?
Yes. Most cruises dock in foreign countries and therefore to explore these fascinating cities you will require a valid passport.
Can I add additional days to my holiday either side of the cruise?
Absolutely. Your Flight Centre consultant can tailor an entire holiday with the cruise as the centrepiece just for you.
Do cruises cater for passengers with special needs?
Yes. Most cruise lines provide assistance to passengers with special needs. So that the on-board staff can prepare accordingly, when booking your cruise let our consultant know so that they can notify the cruise.
Are there medical facilities on the ship?
Most ships travel with a doctor and registered nurse on board. They will also have reasonable medical facilities to handle emergency situations, though these may be limited on smaller ships.
What will my cabin be like?
Overall cabins blend space-efficiency and comfort. The staff are trained to ensure you enjoy your cruise, so if they can help regarding your cabin, don’t hesitate to ask.
Do cruises accommodate dietary issues?
Yes. When booking your cruise, tell your consultant so that they can inform the cruise line accordingly.
Do I need to tip people on my cruise?
It is customary to tip staff members on the majority of ships. If tips are not included in your cruise price, you will receive an envelope in your cabin on the last day of the cruise, or, as a convenience, some cruise lines will automatically charge it to your cabin. On the other hand, some cruise lines have a no-tipping policy. Ask your travel consultant for guidance.
Can I book at short notice?
If there’s space, then absolutely. Your Flight Centre consultant is happy to assist you to find availability on your first choice of cruise and offer suggestions on other cruises to ensure you have a great cruise holiday.
Are there any enough activities to keep me entertained while at sea?
Absolutely. There are many organised activities to keep holiday-makers entertained. We think the best form of entertainment are the spontaneous variety. So relax, enjoy your holiday and see what presents itself.
How do I get ashore?
Usually the ship will dock at the port and you will leave by the gangway (as you do when you embark). At some ports, however, you will anchor a little way out from the shore and be taken in by tender.
Are kids welcome?
Many cruises not only welcome kids but organise special activities for them. Your consultant will be able to check the kids situation before booking.
How much currency will I need?
Most cruises are all inclusive. However on-shore shopping expeditions and souvenirs are not included. Alcohol is also generally not covered by the cruise cost. It’s hard to give a figure because everyone is different.
Is it easy to make new friends?
We think so. Everyone is in a holiday mode and are therefore comfortable and relaxed. In general cruises are great places to strike up friendships with people of shared interests.
What should I pack?
What you bring depends on the style of cruise. If you’re cruising the South Pacific, then swimming attire is essential, however a cruise through Alaska is more focused on hiking and bush walking.
What are the onboard dress codes?
There are three distinct types of dress code: casual, smart casual and formal.
Suggested guidelines are as follows:
- Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women.
- Smart casual: Jackets for men and dresses and/or dress pants for women.
- Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses or evening gowns for women.
Can I get my laundry done on a cruise?
Most cruise ships offer full laundry and dry cleaning services, which can be billed to your onboard account. Some cruise liners also provide facilities, such as self-service washers, dryers and irons, either complimentary or for a nominal fee, for guests to use.
Are there non-smoking areas?
Yes. Most ships have designated non-smoking areas.
Is seasickness an issue?
It shouldn't be. Cruise liners are substantial boats that are designed to minimise the effects of motion.
Is there a doctor onboard?
Yes. In the unexpected situation that you require medical assistance, a doctor with a fully resourced medical facility will be available to help.
Have more questions? Chat to your consultant to find out everything you need to know.
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