do I get for my money?
Your cruise price includes your cabin, all meals (including
the midnight buffet!), entertainment, parties and, of course,
all transportation between all the ports on your itinerary.
On most ships, alcoholic beverages and optional shore excursions
are not included in the basic price.
I feel bored or confined on board?
Never! Think of a cruise ship as a floating resort on par
with any Las Vegas megahotel. On-board activities begin at
dawn and go into the wee hours of the night. The scenery is
constantly changing, and every port is filled with new and
exciting opportunities for exploration.
can I do on a ship?
That depends on the ship, but generally the larger ships will
have the most activities. You may wish to lounge on deck by
the pool with a good book, sign up for exercise or cooking
classes, swim, play bingo or bridge, gamble in the casino,
take in a Broadway-style floor show or a magician's act, enter
a talent show or a putting contest, take a dance class, get
a massage or attend a lecture.
long do cruises last?
Cruise & Travel Connection sells cruises that range from
3-night weekend escapes to 110-night, around-the-world voyages.
airfare included in my cruise price?
Cruise lines usually offer both a cruise-only price and an
AIR/SEA price that includes connecting airfare, transfers
between the airport and ship and baggage handling. In some
instances, only the cruise-only fare is available. The prices
shown on our site are typically cruise-only, but our cruise
counselors will gladly provide an air-inclusive price if requested.
a shore excursion?
That's a term that refers to anything you do off the ship,
in port. At every stop, you'll have the option of exploring
the area on your own or as part of a group with a planned
itinerary. You might hike a tropical rain forest in the Caribbean,
fish for king salmon in Alaska, tour Mayan ruins in the Yucatan
Peninsula of Mexico, or take a sightseeing tour.
all cruise ships the same?
Absolutely not. They range from yacht-like vessels with 100
passengers to towering megaships with huge atriums and a maximum
capacity of over 3,000 people.
I need a passport?
All cruises now require proof of citizenship. Beginning January
1, 2006, all cruise lines will require that you travel with
a passport when sailing to South American or the Caribbean.
The only exception at this time will be those cruises that
sail only to Mexican and Canadian ports beginning January
1, 2007 a passport will be required for these destinations
as well. Visas may also be required on the more exotic itineraries.
Your cruise counselor will advise you on documents you will
need depending on your itinerary.
a cruise suitable for families with kids?
Not just suitable, they're perfect! Large cruise ships are
now designed with kids-only facilities, counselors, daytime
activities and nighttime baby-sitting. Children of all ages
are welcome on most ships. Your cruise counselor can advise
you of the dwindling number of ships that are not kid-friendly.
cruises suitable for single travelers?
Cruising is very popular with single travelers, and cruise
lines go out of their way to make it easy for singles to meet
and mingle with other passengers. Some cruise ships offer
single cabins, and most offer a single supplement rate for
double staterooms. In fact, on select sailings we offer singles
cruises with our own onboard host to organize exclusive singles
cocktail parties, mixers, games, group excursions, single-mingle
dining and more! You'll never have to feel alone on a cruise...
unless that's what you're looking for! Contact our agency
for more information.
cruises really that popular?
You better believe it! More than ten million people will cruise
in the next year, and cruising routinely earns the highest
ratings in customer satisfaction among all vacation categories.
Once you try it, you'll be hooked.