Can I afford a cruise?
What do I get for my money?
How long do cruises last?
Is a cruise suitable for families with kids?
Are cruises suitable for single travelers?
Are cruises really that popular?
What is a cruise tour?
How do I book a cruise?
Is airfare included in my cruise price?
How do I pay for my cruise?
Can I put down a deposit?
When will I receive my cruise tickets?
Are there age requirements?
Can I travel when I'm pregnant?
Can the cruise lines change my itinerary after booking?
What if the rate drops after I book?
What if I have to cancel?
Can I use air miles to pay for the air portion of my reservation?
Will my infant be charged the full cruise fare?
What is a cabin category?
What is a cabin guarantee?
What is an upgrade?
What is a shipboard credit?
What are transfers?
What is an Air/Sea package?
What is an air deviation?
Can I access my Vacations To Go confirmation online?
How do I update my email address?
I've moved, how do I update my state or province to view resident specials for where I live?
How do I unsubscribe from or reduce the frequency of the cruise newsletter?
How do I logout of your site?
Will I feel bored or confined onboard?
What can I do on a ship?
What is a Day at Sea?
Where is the best place to stay on a ship?
Will I get seasick?
What's a shore excursion?
Is Internet service available?
Can I use my cell phone on a ship?
Which dining time should I choose?
What is traditional cruise ship dining?
What is open dining?
What is the dress code for dinner?
Do I have to participate in formal night?
Do I need to make reservations for the specialty restaurants?
What if I have special dietary needs?
How much should I tip?
What happens during embarkation?
What happens during disembarkation?
What are the smoking policies onboard?
What should I bring?
How much luggage can I bring?
Will I need a passport?
How long does it take to get a passport?
Will I need a visa?
Are any inoculations required?
Can I bring my own hairdryer?
Can I bring an iron onboard?
Can I bring alcohol/bottled water/sodas onboard?
Is there parking available at the pier? Cost?
How early should I arrive for boarding?
What happens if I miss the ship?
Cruise lines do not make exceptions regarding cancellation charges, so we strongly recommend that passengers secure appropriate cancellation/ trip insurance. Click here for more information on insurance. [top]
Legal permanent residents (non-citizens) of the U.S. need a valid passport and a valid Alien Resident Card to re-enter the U.S. For all other travelers, if your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program with the U.S., the following rules apply by country:
Citizens of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are required to have valid, machine-readable passports and to obtain a travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under the visa waiver program. ESTA is accessible online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for citizens and eligible nationals of visa waiver program countries.
If your country does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program with the U.S., you must provide a valid passport and a valid U.S. visa to enter the U.S. for cruises departing the U.S., and a valid passport and a valid multiple-entry visa to re-enter the U.S. for roundtrip cruises departing the U.S.
Visas and Documentation requirements for all other countries besides the U.S.
All non-US citizens must verify proof of citizenship and visa requirements with the embassy, consulate or immigration office of the countries in their cruise itinerary. [top]
Staterooms located on lower decks in the middle of the ship tend to minimize the feel of movement, and cruise lines price cabins according to their location, like real estate. So, for instance, if your cabin is mid-ship or close to main attractions like pools and restaurants, you'll usually pay more for it. [top]
Casual: Slacks and sport shirt for men (no jeans); slacks and blouse, sundress or pantsuit for women.
Informal: Jacket with or without tie for men; dress or pantsuit for women.
Formal: Dark suit or tuxedo for men; evening gown or cocktail dress for women. [top]