Ports of Call
There are a wide variety of cruise itineraries available throughout the world from a three-day cruise to the Bahamas to a 100-day cruise around the World. You can cruise the Mississippi to the Mediterranean. We can match your needs to the cruise itinerary of your dreams.
Cruise vacations are now more popular than ever, partly because of the attractive, all-inclusive pricing. You can get your transportation, accommodations, all meals and every conceivable kind of entertainment...all for one prepaid price. The prices vary depending on the length and type of cruise you desire and the accommodations you select.
Many cruise lines now offer generous discounts and booking incentives. Our cruise specialists will obtain the best value for your departure time
Accommodations on cruise ships, typically called staterooms, can vary in size, appointments, and price. Outside cabins will cost more since they provide a view through an outside window or porthole and many of the new vessels provide an outside verandah with a wonderful view. Our cruise specialists will provide the cabin that best fits your needs and budget.
If you like to eat, then you are in for a treat! You will be offered more food...more often than you could possibly manage to eat. Many ships offer two sittings for each meal particularly dinner; usually, two hours separate each sitting. You can request the sitting that best suits your eating habits when you book your cruise. Cruising is a wonderful place to meet new friends and it usually starts in the Dining Room with your table guests. Ask for a large table so you can meet new people. Tables are usually available for two, four, eight, ten, even twelve, and can be requested when you make your deposit.
The cost of all your meals from breakfast to the midnight buffet is included. However, the cost of cocktails is not included. Most cruise ships allow you to charge the cost to your cabin to settle your bill at the end of the cruise.
If you have special dietary needs (Kosher, low salt, low sugar, etc.), let us know. We will ensure the ship's galley is made aware of your requirements.
What to Wear
Take your bathing suit and casual cruise wear but also be sure you are prepared for all occasions, including the one or more formal attire evenings usually included during your cruise itinerary. And, make sure you pack a sweater for your romantic evenings up on deck. We'll be able to give you more dressing details after you choose your cruise ship and ports of call.
When you first board your ship, you will be given identification that will permit you to get on and off the ship as you wish in port. It also will be used as identification when you sign charges back to your cabin. On most cruises, you are given an account identified by your cabin number that allows you to sign for all charges during the cruise and pay them at the conclusion of the trip. The only costs not prepaid as part of the cruise price are for your drinks, shore excursions and onboard services such as hairdresser, masseuse, manicurist, photographer, etc.
The ship will publish a daily calendar of events, usually placed under your cabin door during the night. This sheet will offer you a schedule of social, recreational and entertainment activities that are taking place all day long. Select the activities you wish to participate in or just sit by the pool and watch!
The cruise line will also offer organized shore excursions in each port of call. These can range from full-day sightseeing tours to an afternoon snorkel and beach barbecue. You usually get a listing of these excursions and their prices with your cruise tickets so you can budget for them before you leave.
You are encouraged to tip those members of the ship's staff who have directly helped you enjoy your cruise experience...your cabin steward, dining room waiter, and busboy. This is usually done during the last evening of the cruise. We suggest utilizing the cruise ship envelopes found in your cabin.
We consider the following amounts appropriate: The average for a cabin steward is $3.00 per person per day, the same for the dining room waiter or steward and $1.00 per person per day for the busboy. Wine stewards or sommeliers and bartenders are tipped 15% of the cost of the wine or drinks you have ordered. You may increase these amounts particularly if you receive extraordinary service.
During the final days of your cruise, the Cruise Director will offer a session to all passengers on debarkation procedures, everything you need to know when you leave the ship. We suggest you attend this usually brief session. It will cover such important subjects as luggage procedures, customs formalities (usually less formal than at airports), and gratuities.