Frequently Asked Questions
How are cruises priced?
Cruise holidays are priced on a per person (pp) basis, and are calculated on the assumption that two passengers will be sharing one cabin. As such, solo travellers may incur a supplement, or additional passengers or children sharing a cabin may do so at a reduced rate. Cruise holiday pricing may include a number of elements including the cruise fare, flight and transfer costs, local port and government taxes and fuel supplements. For a full breakdown of your cruise fare, contact your cruise advisor.
What's included within the price?
What's not included within the price?
Is tipping included?
What are the benefits of booking early?
What are the benefits of booking late?
What is a guarantee cabin?
What is an obstructed view cabin?
What accommodation is available for families?
What is an automatic upgrade?
What type of accommodation is available?
The type of accommodation available will vary by cruise ship and cruise line, and range from a standard inside cabin or stateroom up to ultra-luxury penthouse suite accommodation. Inside (or interior) cabins do not have exterior windows or balconies, outside (or ocean view) cabins will have a porthole or picture window, balcony (or verandah) staterooms will have an accessible private balcony. All accommodation on modern cruise ships will include the choice of twin single beds or double bed plus
- en-suite bathroom facilities with bath or shower
- vanity table with mirror and hair dryer
- multi-channel TV with news, films and cruise information
- personal safe
- refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities
- plenty of wardrobe space!
- Electrical outlets for personal appliances in your cabin will usually be 110 and/or 220 volts (this may vary according to the registry of the cruise line
What accommodation is available for single passengers?
Some cruise lines offer a limited number of single-bed accommodation specifically for solo travellers. In addition, many cruise lines may also offer the full range of staterooms available on a cruise to single passengers at a supplemental rate – this may vary by cruise line, voyage or departure date.
What is the smoking policy?
What is the alcohol policy onboard?
What dining options are available onboard?
How do I pay for goods or services onboard?
What onboard facilities will my cruise ship have?
What is the dress code onboard?
Don't be put off by the image of a traditional, formal cruise holiday – while dressing for dinner is part of the glamour and appeal of a cruise, life onboard is very relaxed and informal during the day. For most cruise ships “resort casual” is the norm - you can dress as you would for any holiday or city break – shorts, t-shirts, sportswear and jeans are all perfectly acceptable throughout the day.
In the evening, the dress code will vary by cruise line but will usually take on one of three forms: Smart casual is exactly that – dress as you would for an evening meal at a restaurant with friends at home – open-collared shirts or polo shirts and trousers or smart denim for men is fine, or casual separates and dresses for ladies. Semi-formal nights would be shirt trousers and casual blazer or suit and tie for men, and stylish dress or equivalent for ladies. Formal nights are the time to really get into the cruising spirit with dinner jackets and tuxedos for men and cocktail dresses for ladies.
While dress codes vary by cruise line, in general around half your evenings on board will be smart casual, and the rest split evenly between formal and semi-formal. But the number one rule to remember is not to worry, it's your holiday – if you don't feel like dressing up for dinner then there are many informal dining options and cruise lines available.