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Excursions booked through the cruise line are often marked up quite a bit due to the fees the tour companies pay to the cruise line. Your best bet is to research the ports you're sailing in to and find a well-reviewed independent company that offers similar excursions, often for much less money. They often have enough experience with the cruise lines to ...


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Going with a cruise line is an exception to the rule that you need a visa. Basically, Russia uses the visa requirement to control the inflow of visitors. But if you are with a cruise line that has ALREADY submitted to Russian controls, you are effectively "controlled." The cruise line will only organize tours/excursions approved by the Russian government, ...


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In fact, Nynäshamn certainly is not the "de facto" port of Stockholm, even for international cruise liners. Quote from the Ports of Stockholm authority web site: The Ports of Stockholm comprise a number of port areas, of which Värtahamnen, Frihamnen and Loudden, as well as Stadsgården and Skeppsbron are the most prominent commercially. [...] ...


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Actually, this is one exception where an organized "shore excursion" works better than venturing out on your own. In other words, you will be better served taking the tour with the cruise line. The cruise line takes care of the paperwork involving the entry visa. We disembarked at St. Petersburg with the cruise company and had the visa taken care of, ...


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Given that the answer I wrote here actually fits this question better, I might as well post it again There are generally two reasons to book your trips through the cruise line: Not missing the ship If you go on an excursion arranged through the cruise line, and they return late, you're guaranteed that the ship won't leave until you return. If you go on ...


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I don't know if cruise ships have safes in the rooms, but they're bound to have somewhere secure. Leave everything you do not absolutely need there when going visiting countries. Take as little money as you need and maybe one bank card. I think the biggest problem in those areas are pickpockets and bag snatchers, so get a money belt or something else where ...


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One of the most obvious is the Norwegian fjords sightseeing cruise.


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When I book tours, I research who the tour is actually with and then go to the company website to check their prices. I have found that when I booked directly with the company that I wanted to do a tour with, they ended up being cheaper than if I went through the cruise line or another tour booking agency. Also, a lot of tours even come with guides so you ...


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Your best choice seems to be Trans-Exim that operates two times a week. The ferry line Ust Luga (Saint Petersburg) - Sassnitz (Germany) - Baltiysk (Kaliningrad) has come instead the previous one (valid from 2001 till 2007) “Saint Petersburg – Kaliningrad – German ports”. The Ust Luga port is located in 150 km from Saint Petersburg. The port Baltiisk is ...


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According to the Wiki page on Nynashamn, sure, Stockholm is a perfectly good port, BUT: Several cruise ships on tours in the Baltic Sea also stay in the harbour, because they are too large to go into Stockholm. However it's important to note that it would appear that's only for the super-large boats. Stockholm is still the main Swedish terminal for ...


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As with airlines, cruise lines each have their own regulations. It appears to be fairly common that pregnancies later than 24 weeks (=6 months, i.e. 3rd trimester) are disallowed, or at least discouraged. This is earlier than for travelling by plane. allthingscruise.com has an extensive list of regulations, though it may be advisable to contact the cruise ...


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Cruising from Stockholm to Turku is a cheap way to see the nice archipelagoes of both cities while also making some distance. Especially the barren outer parts is hard to reach without your own boat. This photo (by jje over at flickr) may give you an idea of the sight (if good weather....).


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It really depends on the kind of traveler that you are...if you prefer sea or land adventures, or fixed costs up front, rather than variable, or prefixed cuisine/activities, as opposed to adventure... That said a cruise from the Pacific Northwest (Seattle/Vancouver) to Alaska would top my cruise destination list. Depending on the season, witnessing the ...


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You DO NOT need a Russian visa if you book for shore excursions through ANY licensed tour operator (absolutely not necessarily through the cruise line). Smaller tour operators offer better services and more personal care. You can have a look at the tour operator Tour De Force or any other - I have been working in the shore excursions industry in St. ...


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From what I have heard/read, people always seem to say that Fall, such as September and onwards, is the best time to cruise (particularly for the Caribbean) for the following reasons: School has started, so there are less family vacations and college kids looking for cruises. The worry of hurricanes puts some people off. Lack of vacations after Labor Day ...


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May be Sixth Star is what you are looking for. In the referred page you can see what they offer (they literally say "We provide low cost cruises to experts and professionals in a wide range of areas" so these are not 24/7 works, so you can enjoy the rest of the cruise for a low fee). I have not experience with them, but a friend some years ago asked to join ...


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I've been working on cruise ships for three years and I can say that getting a job on a cruise ship is not that hard. First of all let me tell you more on what is it to work on a cruise ship. If you want to be able to get off the ship while you are in port you have to consider one of the following positions: casino dealer/slot attendant/casino cashier ...


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Leave all you valuables on the Cruise ship. Usually there will be a little hotel-style safe in your cabin. Leave your wallet here. Work out the maximum you need for the day for what you are planning + 10 %. When you leave the ship take off your Seapass / Cruise card that identifies you on-board ship. Put it in a secure pocket. You will now just look like a ...


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"Big ships" (e.g. cruise ships), have very specific needs. Your chances of getting a job with one of them soar if you can meet one of those needs. "Recreational sailor" probably doesn't "cut it" in this regard. Sailing ships need professionals. Most ships have computer and internet services. Your best shot may be at an IT role, but there may be more ...


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You have a couple of options, one easier than the other. A site like http://www.findacrew.net/ posts jobs all the time for smaller boats / yachts. These roles are less likely to be IT roles, but you never know. Secondly, cruise ship jobs are almost always through agents like http://www.cruiseshipjob.com/ - it looks easy and simple but it's really hard to ...


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This is less than an answer, but more than a comment… A large percentage of your travel budget will be spent on the cruise itself, given that it includes lodging, food, and transportation. As it appears you don't have your heart set on seeing a particular part of the Caribbean, the next important question is: what is your "cruising style"? I've been on ...


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I've been told by friends who have worked with cruise lines that you can always just try calling on the day, or the night before, and can often get an astonishing deal. (It doesn't always work, though.)


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To answer your follow-up question, your friend is definitely wrong if he meant that the ship is not subject to the local laws and somehow allowed to go everywhere and disembark passengers without visa in each and every country of the world, just because they are not staying for the night. As far as I know, the only situation in which international law would ...


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The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to take many shore tours at all. In connection with a cruise ship, there are three basic types of activities: 1) Shore tours 2) performances (usually musical), plus some shows and talks, which often include slide shows of the land tours and 3) the use of amenities such as the athletic ...


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Well, I can offer a bit of personal experience. Take it with a grain of salt, as I'm no travel professional, but hopefully I can at least help you consider things you might not have considered otherwise. Planning a cruise really depends on what you and your companions enjoy doing. Some people like traveling to cities, some people like traveling to beaches, ...


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First, in general, if you take a shore excursion from the ship then you are protected against getting back late. The ship will wait for you. If you take an independent excursion, the ship will leave without you, you are subject to fines, and it is your problem as to how to get to the next port to rejoin the ship. I have experienced first hand an excursion ...


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Really depends on your definition of "cruise". Here are two things that I have done, that you may be interested in: Alaska State Ferry System from Bellingham, WA to the Southeast AK. This is a 3 day ferry ride along the Inside Passage, a beautiful place. Plentiful whale and porpoise sightings, you are navigating through islands are usually within sight ...


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You can go by public buses to Port of Miami. I can not give you specific details since I do not know from where you will take the bus. Google Maps will offer a great help. Please note if you take a bus you will have to walk from the bus station to the terminal which is a ~10 minutes walk. It is advised to go by car and get dropped off at the terminal. You ...


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Working on a cruise ship is about as different from going on a cruise as it's possible to be. Crew cabins are small, windowless, and typically shared - on some ships they are shared with more crew than there are beds, working and sleeping in shifts. Crew are not allowed in guest areas even on their time off - there are crew bars and such further down in the ...


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There are no "ferries" that travel the route. Ferries are not available for this distance since the minimum distance (bee line) from Hong Kong to Vietnam is 600+ kilometers. You would rather get on board a cruise ship. Here are some cruises departing from various places in Vietnam, this one here for example going from Singapore via Vietnam to Hong Kong. As ...



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