Cruise Experts for Special Occasions
Reservation Requirements and Information
|A 3-4 day cruise requires a deposit of $100.00 - $
200.00 per person within days of reserving a cabin. A 7-day cruise deposit is usually $250.00 per person. The
cruise lines take Visa, Master Charge, and Amex and Discover. Final payment is due
usually 70 days prior to departure. If you are asking about a sailing date within 60 days,
final payment is due immediately. Booking 6 months or more in advance usually qualifies
you for an early booking discount and priority cabin selection.
There are other charges such as port charges and government taxes, and there
are often surcharges for Christmas and New Year sailings. Tipping at the end of the cruise,
shore excursions, gambling and liquor are not included in the cruise package price. All
food, entertainment and most onboard activities are included. Transfers to and from the
airport are usually included with the cruise line air fare. It can also be
purchased separately if you are getting your own air.
Optional cruise insurance, if selected, is $99.00
and up per person for a
7-day cruise and is due before final payment date. Insurance for a 3-day cruise costs
$39.00 and up per person, and a 4-day cruise is $49.00 and up per person. We highly recommend
purchasing this insurance.
You will need proof of citizenship, such as a passport or certified
copy of your birth certificate and a photo ID such as a driver's license. We
also need to know if you have any special medical conditions or dietary requirements.
To place a reservation, we need each cruise passenger's name
as it appears on his/her drivers license and birth certificate. We also need each passenger's birth date and
citizenship. If you are a honeymoon couple, we need the bride's maiden name, and you
need to bring a copy of your marriage certificate along with you on the cruise.
All prices quoted are subject to change until under
Cancellation Penalties vary
among Cruise Lines. Penalties go into effect if you need to cancel
between 60-70 days before the cruise. They get more severe between 29-4 days
and inside of 4 days, you lose everything. Again these are examples and as
soon as you select a cruise, we will show you the exact amounts. This why we
strongly recommend insurance.
Our guidance to those passengers is
that generally, waiters and stateroom stewards receive $3.00 - $ 3.50 per
passenger per day, while assistant waiters receive $2.00-$ 2.50 per
passenger per day. Butlers receive $2 per day. A 15% gratuity is
automatically included on all beverage tabs for your convenience. You may
reward your stateroom steward or stewardess and your dining room waiting
staff with a cash tip.You may also wish to reward your Head Waiter and
Maitre d' Hotel as well if they have performed some special service. During
your cruise, the Cruise Director will give a general Disembarkation Talk
which will include guidance on tipping and answer any questions you may
have. Tipping is usually done the last night of the cruise and envelopes
will be placed in your room.
Tipping may also be pre-paid before your cruise with some cruise lines.
Today's cruise ships feature
the most technologically advanced weather forecasting systems and
equipment available, allowing officers and company officials to
forecast weather-related disturbances in advance. Today's cruise
ships are completely mobile and able to alter, cancel shorten or
extend ship itineraries to keep guests safe in instances of
Ships are able to work around
port closures caused by severe weather conditions. In the event that
ports of embarkation and debarkation are closed, cruise lines can
use nearby alternative ports. In these cases, cruise lines
coordinate provisioning of the ship as well as transporting guests
to and from the original port.
While today's cruise guests
purchase air transportation in a variety of ways, travelers who buy
cruise-line air transportation receive premium protection and
service in comparison with travelers who purchase air separately.
Cruise-line air departments invariably stand by guests, working on
their behalf to make all arrangements, efficiently reschedule
flights and route guests to their ship in instances of travel
disruptions caused by extraordinary weather.
The purchase of travel
insurance, always an important element of any cruise vacation,
assumes additional significance in instances of severe weather.
Airline flight delays, which are covered in policies available from
several providers, are most often the critical factor when guests
experience problems reaching their ship. Guests can purchase
insurance to cover these situations and related expenses.
In the rare instance a cruise
is cancelled due to weather-related circumstances, cruise lines, on
a company-by-company basis, traditionally offer various solutions
that extend to guests the opportunity to enjoy a future cruise
vacation within a reasonable time period and with the guest's
convenience in mind.
Little Travel Humor
airline captain was breaking in a new, blonde stewardess. The
route they were flying had a stay-over in another city, so
upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best
place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.
The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the
day's route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing.
He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up
wondering what happened to her. She answered the phone,
sobbing, and said she couldn't get out of her room. "You
can't get out of your room?" the captain asked, "Why
The stewardess replied, "There are only three doors in
here," she cried,"one is the bathroom, one is the
closet, and one has a sign on it that says, 'Do Not
doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a
Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the
plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of
the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot
grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they had
better jump, and then he bailed out.
Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining. The
doctor grabbed one and said "I'm a doctor, I save lives, so
I must live," and jumped out.
The lawyer then said, "I'm a lawyer and lawyers are the
smartest people in the world. I deserve to live." He also
grabbed a parachute and jumped.
The priest looked at the little boy and said, "My son, I've
lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole
life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in
The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said,
"Not to worry, Father. The 'smartest man in the world' just
took off with my back pack."
couple of drinking buddies, who are airline mechanics are
in a hanger at the San Francisco airport. The runway is
fogged in and they have nothing to do. One of them says to
the other, "Man, have you got anything to
drink?" The second guy says, "Nah, but I hear
you can drink jet fuel, that it will kinda give you a
So they do drink it, get smashed and have a beautiful
time...as only drinking buddies can do. The following
morning, one of them wakes up figuring that his head will
explode if he gets up. Nevertheless, he gets up and is
surprised to find that he feels good; in fact, he feels
great ....no hangover! The phone rings. It's his buddy
asking him how he feels. "I feel great!" he
says. His buddy agrees, saying, "I feel great too!
You don't have a hangover either?" "No," he
replies. "That jet fuel is great stuff...no hangover.
We ought to do this more often." "Yeah, we
could, but there's just one thing." "What's
that?" "Did you fart yet?" "No."
"Well...don't, cause I'm in Phoenix!"
ON THE SUN
Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day.
The Russian said, "We were the first in space!"
The American said, "We were the first on the
moon!" The Blonde said, "So what, we're going to
be the first on the sun!" The Russian and the
American looked at each other and shook their heads.
"You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn
up!" said the Russian. To which the Blonde replied,
"We're not stupid, you know. We're gonna do it at
IT DOES TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST
at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead
chickens at the windshields of airliners, military
jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum
velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent
incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test
the strength of the windshields. British engineers
heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the
windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a
gun was sent to the British engineers.
When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked
as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed
into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to
smithereens, blasted through the control console,
snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded
itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow
shot from a bow.
The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results
of the experiment, along with the designs of the
windshield, and begged the US scientists for
suggestions. NASA responded with a one-line memo:
"Thaw the chicken."