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Low and central. The center (midships) is least affected by pitching (boat rotating up and down when moving into/with waves), and low floors are least affected by rolling (boat rotating side to side when the waves comes in from the side). Homework reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_motions


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From at least one authority on the topic: Whether clocks stay set on "ship" time or are changed as the vessel moves through time zones depends on the ship, the itinerary, and the time of year so it'll depend on the company you use, and the zone of the ship and where it travels during the tour. Most ships adhere to the time zone they are in and ...


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The benefit really depends on your desires. Second seating (or any other set seating) gives you a set time to eat, a guaranteed place to sit at that time and usually the same waiter throughout the sailing who learns your dining preferences. The As You Wish lets you choose your dining time each day, but like any other restaurant there is no guarantee that ...


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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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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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I have been on cruise twice - once from Boston, MA to Bermuda and once around western Mediterranean, covering Spain, Tunisia, Italy and France. Both times, when booking the cruises, the cruise company provided extra guided tours that could be purchased for extra cost. It's worth noting that in many cases, the ship will berth not in the city that's ...


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This is a very contentious topic on some other boards. However, given the way you ask the question, you should probably choose As You Wish. Up until a few years ago, practically all Main Dining Room service was based on First and Second Seating. You would sit at the same table, same table mates, same wait staff and same time every night. Some people ...


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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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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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From seat61's page "Queen Mary 2, transatlantic ferry...": What's [a westbound] Atlantic crossing like? The QM2's clocks are put back an hour at 2am on five of the seven nights because of the time difference, giving you a welcome extra hour's sleep in this direction What's an eastbound Atlantic crossing like? The QM2's clocks are put ...


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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'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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A bit more searching and I've found Vesselfinder's QM2 page. Getting closer, I've found Crusein Me Ship Tracker, which looks promising... And The Cruse Village has a Live Ship Tracker:


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As you wish dining allows for more flexibility for when you want to eat. The main difference being who you are being served by. Flexible dining (As you wish) allows you to eat as early as the dining room opens, to later in the evening. Depending on different factors, you may prefer one over the other. Here's some pros/cons. Flexible/As You Wish ...


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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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Most cruise companies will allow passengers to embark and disembark at any port they dock at, so if the question is "does such a ticket exist", the answer is yes. However, it might be more expensive than a whole-cruise ticket. For a lot of cruises, buying a ticket direct from the cruise line can prove more expensive than a package of flights and ticket ...


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


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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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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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The answer will vary a bit depending on whether you are simply interested in going from port to port, or if you have specific destinations in mind. RTW by Ocean Liner Many passenger lines have vessels that operate around the world or close to it, on a set itinerary, and a web search for "around the world cruise" will turn up options from Cunard, P&O, ...


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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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I searched for infant in the Carnival FAQs and found the following (in order of relevance to you) Minimum age for sailing is 6 months, with the exceptions of Transatlantic, Hawaii and South American cruises, which are 12 months. Cribs are provided complimentary in staterooms. The onboard nonfree childcare will accept (to a limited extent) children under ...


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I would expect most countries to allow exceptions to their usual immigration procedures in cases of emergency (there may even be some pieces of international legislation about this). Japan does, in Article 17 of its Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act: In the case of disease or any other accident which urgently requires the landing of a ...


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You are actually asking two separate questions: When my cruise ship stops in Victoria, will the Canadian border people let me come into the country for a day visit without a passport? When my cruise ship, which was at least briefly in another country, returns to the USA and I want to get off it (probably in Alaska for some day activities, but very ...


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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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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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An effective way is to roll a towel. Make it into a long cylinder and place it along the outer edge of the bed. For more safety, you can slip it under the sheet with some extra effort. That way it cannot easily be pushed off. You can easily get additional towels for this on the cruise ship if you don't already have enough, so you wont have to pack extra ...


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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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