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Questions tagged [cruising]

Voyaging on large passenger ships mainly for pleasure rather than for reaching a destination, typically stopping at a variety of interesting ports.

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Evisa for India cruise

I will be on a Celebrity Constellation cruise in February that stops in three ports in India, for a total of four days (overnight in Mumbai on the ship). Is one evisa sufficient for all of this? Other ...
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What is the experience of travelling while working on a cruise ship? [closed]

Something that many people have on their to-do list would be a round-the-world trip. The typical holiday or itinerary for these types of trips tend to be very hectic and expensive. I have ...
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Do you need to have a visa or visa free passport for every port of call when departing on a Carribean cruise?

I'm looking into departing on a cruise from Florida that goes through several Carribean nations. Given that I'm not a US citizen, there are a couple of stops on the itinerary where my passport alone ...
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144hr Chinese Exemption - Cruising Tianjin to Shanghai?

I'm going on a cruise in January next year starting in the UK. I'll attached the part of my itinerary where we go into China, will the exemption be valid as we enter china twice. I've tried to contact ...
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In DS-160 do I put my current job now or the cruiseline I will be working on which the visa is for? [closed]

In the education/working/training section of a DS-160 I don't know whether to put my current employment, which I'm going to hand in my notice for, or the cruiseline I'm going to work for (which is why ...
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Metro areas with the biggest daytime bulge in population? [closed]

Juneau, Alaska has a population of roughly 30,000. During the day, according to a taxi driver I utilized, cruise ships can bring in about 10,000 people. So during the day, the number of people in ...
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Single-entry Schengen visa on cruise that stops outside of the Schengen area

I am embarking on a cruise that has one overnight stop outside the Schengen area. I have applied for a multiple-entry visa but have only been granted a single-entry visa. If I go on an excursion ...
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What does a Vietnamese citizen with a green card need for a closed-loop cruise?

The cruise is to Cozumel and Mahogany Bay out of a port in Florida (sorry I don't know which one). I assume having a green card doesn't actually get them an advantage over residents of Vietnam. I see ...
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Are there any transatlantic cruises between Québec and London, England?

My grandmother loathes airplanes, is unbothered by speed, and prefers cruising. She lives in London, but regularly visits Toronto to see family and friends. She can happily take trains to other ...
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Cruising to Vietnam

I am a US citizen. In November, I will be taking a cruise, which will have multiple stops at Vietnam ports. I have researched a lot on visas and it looks like I need a multiple-entry visa. Can someone ...
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Does the automatic gratuity on cruises actually go towards the salary of cruise employees?

Most cruise lines add an automatic gratuity to each passengers bill. I don't mind tipping if the money actually goes towards the employee, but I absolutely abhor giving businesses extra cash under the ...
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Is there a way to cancel “automatic tipping” on Carnival cruise before the last day?

When you book a Carnival cruise, and check in, it automatically assigns you the "suggested" amount of gratuities. Despite it being "suggested" and "optional", it is applied automatically by default. ...
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Visa requirements for cruising in Vietnam for a UK citizen

A cruise I am taking is stopping at two ports in Vietnam for a day each time. Will I need a visa? Or do the cruise companies organise them?
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How can I find what cruises pass Iceland?

I've seen big cruise ships in the harbors of Iceland when I've been there. Now I'd like take a cruise somewhere from/to Iceland and wonder: what cruise ships stop in Iceland? Where are some resources ...
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Double entry visa to China when visiting on a cruise ship

I am looking at going on a cruise in Asia that will stop in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai (among others). I am Norwegian and need a visa to visit China. From what I understand I can visit Hong Kong ...
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What will I see from an “obstructed view” balcony cabin on the Regal Princess or Royal Princess?

Just looking at the deck plans for these Princess ships, it's hard to tell what the view will be like from what they call an "obstructed view" balcony. Will the view be very much worse than a normal ...
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First time cruise. Arriving in port by plane hours before boarding. What do we do with our luggage?

My wife and I are taking a trip with Carnival Cruise in October. We are traveling from Oklahoma to Louisiana by plane with a layover in Houston, TX. Our plan is to arrive early in New Orleans and go ...
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Best season for Norway fjords cruise?

My spouse and I are planning a trip, probably with the Hurtigruten ferry/cruise line), and thinking about when to go. We'd like a good chance of seeing the aurora, but also enough light hours to see ...
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US Permanent Resident from India on Carnival Carribean cruise, need visa to entering Mexico Ports?

Friend is a citizen of India but is a Permanent resident of US, has Green card. He is taking the Carnival Cruise from Galveston, Texas which will stop at Cozumel Mexico and Progresso Mexico. Would he ...
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Reliable options to get from Rome Ciampino to Civitavecchia?

I'm looking to get to Civitavecchia port from Ciampino for a cruise in September. I know there are public transport options (bus and train), but I have 3 other people to bring and a load of luggage. ...
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What are these small green rocket-shaped objects floating in the Danube?

Recently, I was cruising on the Danube river from Bratislava to Vienna and we were encountering these small green rocket-shaped objects floating in the water roughly after each kilometer. They were ...
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Immigration at Seattle sea port after Alaska cruise? [closed]

My husband (us citizen) and I (Indian on h1b) are taking Alaska cruise from Seattle . It ends in Seattle . Can anyone tell me about immigration at Seattle sea port? Do CBP officials stamp passports ...
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Do we need a Canadian visa for our cruise from Seattle to Alaska?

We are Indian passport holders and have US multiple entry visa. We have booked an Alaska cruise which departs and returns to Seattle, Washington. Do we need Canadian visa, too, to embark on the cruise?...
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Can I board a closed-loop cruise to Alaska with a Canadian port call, with just a US Green card?

I am a US Permanent Resident and I booked a cruise to Alaska. It is a closed loop cruise starting and ending in on Seattle, WA. It has one stop in Canada which is Victoria,Canada I just realized that ...
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Is there a cruise ship from Hong Kong to Taiwan? [duplicate]

I am in Hong Kong. I am wondering if I can find a cruise ship to Taiwan. I noticed there is a cruise ship docked in the harbor but I am not sure where it's heading.
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Cruise Terminal at Malta

We are going on a P&O cruise which starts at Malta / Valletta. We fly to Malta from the UK and our flight will arrive mid morning so we could get to the cruise terminal by lunchtime. The ship ...
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How far in advance should I buy cruise tickets?

My wife and I are planning to go on an Alaskan cruise in September. I've heard that you can find some really good deals by waiting until the last minute to buy tickets because cruise ships will ...
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Canada immigration requirements for Alaska Cruise ship

I plan to take the Alaska cruise ship sometime this summer from Seattle which ports at Victoria BC Canada for few hours (~ 6 to 11 hours). The cruise will return to Seattle port too. Typically I ...
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Do major celebrities who perform on cruises stay on the cruise?

I was on a cruise where a celebrity performed for one night. It was a major celebrity, not the cruise-line's entertainers - I understand they travel with the cruise. The entirety of the cruise was ...
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Cruising Alaska & Canada: do I need visas for both countries?

I'm from Russia. I am planning to cruise Alaska, but the itinerary includes a Canadian port of call. I have obtained US visitors visa so that I can board the ship in Seattle. Do I need a separate ...
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Do you need an Irish visa if you already have a UK visa and will only visit Ireland on-board a cruise ship (without disembarking)?

I am joining my husband (who is currently working on a cruise ship) in June in the port of Liverpool, UK to cruise through Ireland, Schengen, Russia and Channel Islands. I finish the cruise in ...
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Are there budget repositioning cruises from anywhere in East or Southeast Asia to Australia later in 2017? [closed]

Apparently not all repositionings of cruise ships are cruises and not all repositioning cruises are at budget travel prices, by which I mean a comparable price to a flight on a LCC airline. But I ...
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What exactly are “repositioning cruises”?

A day or two ago I was chatting with some other budget travellers on the beach here in Oaxaca, Mexico, and one of them told me he came by sea from Portugual to Panama for a few hundred euros on ...
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Does a Russian need a separate New Zealand visa for a cruise that docks in New Zealand?

I am a Russian citizen. At the moment I have obtained an Australian tourist visa to cruise. Voyage starts from Sydney and ship will be docking at New Zealand ports as well. Do I need a New Zealand ...
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How to communicate that a tip to staff on a cruise ship is additional to those prepaid?

My wife and I will be traveling on Carnival Cruise lines here in a few days. We did the prepaid tips. However I find that two staff members can make a trip extra special. Those would be the waiter ...
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Visa needed to each island on a Cruise? [duplicate]

As a Mongolian citizen planning to travel on a cruise, do I need a visa to each country or island where the cruiseship stops? If I already have a visa to the UK, will that be accepted in any country/...
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In-room TV has a USB port, but the provided remote doesn't have buttons for it. Can I use a universal remote to solve the problem during my next trip? [closed]

The TV looks like this on the 'Brilliance of the Seas' Royal Caribbean International ship: But then the TV says this: And there 's no "enter" on the remote. Would it be wise to bring a universal ...
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When booking a cruise, how can I find a list of all the port fees in advance?

Some cruise sellers say "port fees extra." Sometimes those charges are more than the full retail cost, similar to marketing strategies that advertise a low product price paired with exorbitant "...
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Cruise ship in the Schengen area: Do the days spent at sea count toward the limit for short visits?

I am planning on spending 90 days in Schengen zone countries. I will be taking a cruise between Lisbon and Barcelona. Do the days at sea count against the 90 days allowed for staying in the Schengen ...
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Why is docking a cruise ship in a busy port so challenging? [closed]

While watching a cruise ship on the port, I then saw some smaller ships around the big ship and guessed they were helping the cruise to dock properly but i was not sure. This got me interested in how ...
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Finding the correct Cruise line and trip for my 56-year-old mother [closed]

I would like to send my 56-year-old mother and possibly one of her friends from church(my father passed away when I was in middle school) on a cruise as a Christmas gift. I have never been on a cruise,...
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What can I expect when taking a cruise from the USA to Mexico (and others)?

This is the first time my wife and I have ever taken a cruise, and the process and requirements for this trip are more then a little confusing. We are departing from Tampa FL, traveling to Mexico ...
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Difference between 'as you wish dining' vs 'second seating'

I was looking into getting reserving a cruise and was asked to choose between as you wish dining and second seating. As you wish dining makes it sound like you can eat whenever you want to, whereas ...
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German visiting the US, going on a cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel

My German boyfriend is flying into Tampa (direct from Frankfurt) to visit me. From there, we are taking a cruise from Tampa, to Cozumel, to the Grand Cayman and back to Tampa. Does he need a special ...
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On Expedia, what do the letters mean next to cruise ship rooms and how can you view cruise critics ratings?

I'm trying to book a cruise via Expedia and... well here's a screenshot: What do the letters by the room descriptions mean? What does HH mean? Other letter combinations I'm seeing are H, F, G, DA, ...
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Do shore excursions need to be purchased in advance on cruises?

I'd like to do some shore excursions on a cruise I'm considering. Do the excursions need to be purchased in advance or should they be purchased once you're on the cruise or what? Additionally, I was ...
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Cruising from Canada to Alaska [closed]

We are flying to Canada and staying with friends, but during our stay we are cruising to Alaska and back. Do I need an ESTA?
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what documents needed at airport to arrive in Canada by air and transfer to cruise ship? [closed]

I am a caucasian flying from US to Vancouver, transferring to cruise ship for Alaska. I have a DUI on my record. Do I need anything other than passport since I am not staying in Canada?
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Are there guides when traveling on cruise ships between countries?

I've never been on a cruise ship. Say someone goes on a vacation cruise ship that travels across various countries throughout a 7-day period. When they get to these countries and there are places of ...
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Honeymoon package times?

I heard cruise ships like Royal Caribbean will leave gifts for "honeymoon planned" couples. My question is, do these cruise lines typically give these gifts in the packages (like wine/champagne) upon ...