If we have convinced you to consider a cruise for your next holiday, the next step
would be to choose a cruiseline and / or destination. At first, picking a cruise
might seem a bit confusing and perhaps even intimidating - there are so many options
to choose from! Here are some more answers to likely questions
There are cruises designed to suit virtually every interest and personal preference.
The choices include: luxury cruises with globetrotting itineraries; large, contemporary ships with a fantastic array of recreational facilities; classic vessels evoking the time-honored traditions of cruising; special-interest or exploration cruises specializing in unique destinations with an accent on cultural enrichment.
There are cruise lines that feature soft adventure expeditions to such unusual and rustic frontiers as Antarctica, the Amazon rain forest or African Serengeti. Or discover historical legacies with itineraries to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America and closer home to Vietnam, Hong Kong etc. Or enjoy spectacular scenic cruises to destinations like Alaska, Norwegian Fjords, the Caribbean and Greek Isles. Plus, many cruise lines create special "themes" on-board, with entertainment ranging from jazz festivals and classical music concerts to golf clinics, special wine cruises and murder mysteries at sea!
Not at all. Not only are the destinations covered by cruise liners varied, even the ships are quite different. Cruise ships range from intimate and yacht-like vessels to some that stretch distances longer than three football fields. You can sail with fewer than 100 fellow guests or with more than 2,600. Enjoy atmospheres ranging from casual to formal, contemporary to classic. Enjoy the endless activities offered on a contemporary resort-style cruise, or immerse yourself in the culture of a destination on a special interest cruise. If you like an intimate bed and breakfast, you might want to choose a smaller ship. If you enjoy vacationing at a luxury spa or vineyard, then an intimate yacht-like upscale ship may be for you. If you love large resorts and theme parks, then a large ship with many activities may be your best bet. There is a cruise ship for every type of holiday.
A cruise can be as long or short as you want it to be. Cruise lines offer itineraries to virtually every part of the world and the durations vary from three days to three months. Most of the popular cruises are 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 days in length – a duration which would fit in quite well with most people’s vacation schedules.
Wherever you want! Cruises visit nearly 2,000 ports worldwide and practically every destination accessible by water. Infact, in some places like the Caribbean and Alaska, cruises are the best way to visit these places. In continents like Europe and South America, they are a very hassle-free way of seeing many countries in an entire region - all without packing and unpacking each night.
At each port of call, you can explore on your own or take a guided tour (referred to as shore excursions). All cruise companies offer a range of shore excursions for you to choose from in every single port of call – to suit every budget, pace and interest. In some of the larger places, there may be as many as 20 shore excursions for you to choose from. Search ancient ruins or hunt for shopping bargains. Follow in the footsteps of history or simply walk around the place and soak in the atmosphere.
If you want to do your own thing at the port, then you pay for what you do. There is no cost to simply disembark. If you want to book a shore excursion from the cruise company, there will be a cost to it, which is not included in the price of the cruise. You can pre-book shore excursions before you travel so that you know the final price of your holiday. While these shore excursions are to be booked directly with the cruise company either online or on board the ship, we are happy to advise you on which excursions to take.
Yes, cruise companies offer a variety of accommodation options to suit every budget and taste. From the simple interior cabins and cabins with portholes or windows to balcony or verandah cabins and large spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites, the variety is enormous. Some cruise ships also offer mini or junior suites.
The service standards for all cabins are the same. However, just like hotels, some higher level cabins can get access to additional facilities like butler services, in-room dining etc. But once you’ve left your stateroom and entered the public areas, you’ll find an array of choices and activities open to everyone.
That is what we are here for. Our trained cruise consultants will help you pick the cruise that fits your vacation schedule, requirements and budget. We can make all the arrangements to get you from your doorstep to your ship and back. And also advise you of the latest deals. In addition, we can advise you of airfares, hotels and visas as well. It’s a one-stop-cruise-stop!
Most cruise prices across the world are given in US Dollars. You can pay for your cruise vacation either in Indian Rupees at the prevalent rate of exchange or you can pay by credit card, with no surcharge.
In almost all cases, cruises include accommodation, all your meals, most on-board activities and entertainment and of course, not to mention luxurious, hassle-free transportation from port to port. Certain cruise companies even include alcohol and shore-excursions in their total cost.
Generally, any items of a personal nature will not be included. For example, shopping on board, gambling in the casino, alcohol, spa & beauty treatments etc – these are at an extra cost. Shore excursions at each port of call are also not included in the cost of the cruise. Some ships have fine-dining or specialty restaurants that might either charge for meals or may have a modest surcharge to cover the cost of gratuities for the service staff. Costs such as airfare and visas are typically not included. However, we at CruiseBay can create special Air-Cruise packages for you.
This would depend on the destination/s you visit. For example, on a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise, since most of them start and end in the USA, you only need a US Visa, even if your cruise visits Mexico or Belize. On a Mediterranean or Scandinavian cruise, you will require a Shenghen visa but it needs to be multiple entry. In addition, when on a Scandinavian cruise, you may or may not require a Russian visa if visiting St Petersburg. On a South American cruise, you will require a visa for every country you visit – Brazil, Argentina, Chile but not for Uruguay. Either way, our cruise consultants will be able to advise you correctly depending on the cruise you have chosen.
Pack like you would for any resort. Cruise vacations are casual by day, whether you're on the ship or ashore. In the evening, different ships have different dress codes. As in a hotel, attire is dictated by occasion. At the Captain's Gala, for example, you'll probably want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit, or cocktail dress or sari. Some ships have requested dress codes each evening but more and more are letting passengers choose to be casually-attired the entire cruise if they choose. Some ships have specialty restaurants that might be a bit dressier than the main dining rooms so it’s best to look through the cruise brochures or check with our cruise consultant to find the line that’s right for you. It’s all up to you because there’s a cruise for everyone.