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The cruise line will try to sell you excursions at the ports you visit at a high price, sell you extras like portrait photographs, tempt you to gamble in their casino and shop in their stores selling jewellery, watches etc. You can of course choose not to spend any money on things like these. Cruise line often come with the guarantee they will wait for you ...


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Really, your question is, "why do some people like different things to me?" but you've implied that anyone who enjoys this must be some kind of philistine, instead of just having different goals to you. My parents are at an age now where their health doesn't allow them to travel long haul economy without great discomfort, and they find business class travel ...


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A repositioning cruise is a one-way voyage of a ship between two regions. Most people take cruises where the departure and arrival port is the same. This is simple since only a standard return fare to the port is needed. Those cruises usually do a circuit in short segments, stopping almost every day at a different port. Now since there are different low and ...


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The answer is probably no for all practical purposes. In most countries, landing a helicopter on a vessel is a matter of agreement between those responsible for the vessel (e.g. owner and captain), and the aircraft. In addition, there may be flag state requirements on the vessel for manning of the helicopter landing deck with appropriately trained crew and ...


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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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There are significant expectations for tips, for at least a dozen people/roles, with 'recommended daily' amounts. For a seven-day cruise, you are expected to drop around $ 300 in tips (per person), and although can of course ignore that and give nothing (or less), they are pretty good in making you feel obliged, and they often make it cumbersome to even ...


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I am Ship's Agent in Norway. I deal with this all the time. Your 90 days in Schengen start as soon as you are stamped into the zone at your port of entry. It doesn't matter if you are at sea. Just be sure you get stamped out when you leave, or you will have a terrible time if you want to re-enter. The exemptions you may have heard of are only for ...


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I've been on several cruises on two different cruise lines and the rule has always been as follows: you are responsible for getting your own visas (and for knowing which ones you require); the cruise ship staff will check your passport at check-in time (on embarkation day) to make sure you are allowed in all the countries where the ship will stop. You will ...


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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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We get many questions about what counts or not but if you look at things from the other end, namely how this limit is enforced, it's relatively simple to understand how this works: The day you received an entry stamp, the day you received an exit stamp and each day in between count. So the question becomes one of getting a stamp or not. For cruise ships, ...


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I understand your arguments and I even relate to them. You have to think differently though. Many of these ships do daily stops in different cities. They navigate during the night and stop during the day. Now imagine a hotel where you would wake up in a new city every day. Instead of driving or taking a train you could actually go to the pool, have dinner ...


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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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Why? All big vessels are very slow to react to changes in speed, often need 10's of miles to go from cruising speed to no motion left. They are also designed to hold their course steady, which makes them very unresponsive to the rudder, specially on the slow speeds needed for docking. Harbour approaches always have many big ships and often also a lot of ...


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Given that you've tried every reasonable avenue on board, I'd say the answer is: it's impossible. The cruise companies are intentionally trying to make it as difficult as possible for consumers to avoid their sketchy pricing tactics, while making sure not to break European laws about transparent pricing. I would personally consider waking up 30 minutes ...


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Norwegian's visa page has some helpful resources. In general, if you require a visa to enter a country, the cruise line is usually going to require you to hold that visa to board the ship at all; it's not usually an option to say you just won't get off the ship. Note that some Caribbean countries (e.g. Bermuda) have visa exemptions for those holding ...


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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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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 forward an ...


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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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Cruise lines are always quick to state that tips to to the employees, by which we assume that if we tip an extra $50 then the employee will get $50 extra. However this undercover investigation appears to show that this is not the case. The undercover employee is promised $1010 per month (50s mark on the video) and that he would "probably get much more from ...


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As an experienced cruiser, who tips well, I find cruises to be an extra ordinary value. In fact your cruise might cost a bit less than what you actually paid! You could be refunded part of your port fees if the boat leaves a bit early. However, you will likely spend more than that. Deferring to other answers I will give my insights. I prepay my tips and ...


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The answer is yes you can and no you may not. Like another answer states, it is about permission and capabilities. They probably have the capabilities for the sake of emergencies. They don’t allow it for the sake of practicality. Cruise ships contain a lot of guest. A lot of paying guests. A lot of paying guests who don’t own helicopters. Helicopters are ...


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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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Yes, if you visited those countries, you should include them on lists of countries that you've visited. While, as a practical matter, it might be the case that nobody ends up caring either way, it is always better to put the information than to leave it out and potentially get in trouble for failing to include it.


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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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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 certainly ...


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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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In order to board your ship, you will need either a valid passport, or an original/certified birth certificate AND a government-issued photo identification (such as a valid driver’s license). You shouldn't need a passport if this is a closed-loop cruise (departing and returning to the same US port) and your two ports of call are in Mexico and the Cayman ...


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