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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NEW PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
FOR U.S. AND CANADIAN CITIZENS.
Effective June 1, 2009, the
following rules take effect for cruise passengers:
on cruise voyages that begin
and end at the same U.S. port (closed-loop
itineraries) must show proof of citizenship* and
government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s
license). A passport will not be required for
passengers that fall into this category.
*Documents include: Original
or certified copy of birth certificate; Naturalization
papers; Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by
Department of State
All other passengers
and/or itineraries (such as cruises which
begin in one U.S. port and return to a different U.S.
port or any cruise that begins or ends in a foreign
port) will require a passport or other recognized
document. For a list of accepted documents, see www.travel.state.gov.
The good news for a majority
of cruise passengers – American citizens that leave
and return on their cruise from the same U.S. port –
is that the travel document requirements will remain
largely unchanged from how the industry is operating
CLIA continues to encourage
travelers to obtain passports to allow the broadest
travel opportunities. Your clients can visit
obtain information on how to apply at more than 9,000
passport acceptance facilities in the United States.
single parent traveling with a minor child or children
or minor children traveling alone or accompanying
another family other than his/her own
must have additional documentation on all
international flights … please check with your
airline for these requirements and/or any additional
requirements imposed by the country or countries you
plan to visit.
- THIS IS VERY
– INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIRES PROPER
DOCUMENTATION. On almost every flight someone is
denied boarding due to not having proper proof of
citizenship! In many of these situations NO REFUND is
made to the traveler. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIRES
PROPER DOCUMENTATION for personal identification and
proof of citizenship. Determining and providing these
documents is the sole responsibility of the traveler!
If proper documentation is not provided when checking
in for your flight, you WILL be denied
boarding. If proper documentation is not provided when
you arrive at customs and immigration in a
foreign land, you will likely be denied
entry into that country.
and Baggage Security Notice
– Heightened security at airports worldwide results
in longer check-in and security procedures for all
travelers. Please be sure you check-in early. Many
International airports require 100% of all baggage to
be searched – this includes your carry-on luggage
and, at random, your person. It is prudent to travel
light! (Also See “Packing” below).
with your airline at 48 hours prior to departure (both
going and coming). Also, check with your airlines for
the time they want you to check-in (each airline is
different) and what their baggage restrictions are.
your valuables and yourself so
use the “lock-box” at the front desk if you room
doesn’t have its own personal safe (most resorts
do). Lock your doors when you leave the room and when
you go to bed at night … and test the doors
(especially a sliding door to the patio or balcony) to
make SURE it is locked properly and the lock holds
when you tug on it !!! At times we get caught up in
the moment and let our “view of paradise” cloud
what is otherwise good judgment and common sense … DON'T
be aware of your flight times (going and coming). A
lot of couples believe it is ultimately important to
leave on vacation or (most often) a honeymoon, the day
after a big party or wedding … this is fine as long
as the party doesn’t go into the “wee hours” and
the flight doesn’t leave at “dawn-early” … too
many couples spend the first few days of their trip
just recovering from getting there (not a good way to
start the vacation). The same principle holds true for
your return flight (see “Know Your Flights And Your
Your Flights And Your Destination
Flyer Miles and the flights offered by many airlines
are becoming extremely limited and, when available,
may offer few flight and time options. Be aware that
flights departing from a number of Caribbean Islands
early in the morning may require you to depart your
resort prior to “dawn-early”. With check-in
requirements averaging 1 ½ to 2 hours prior to flight
departure, a 1 hour or 1 ½ hour drive to the airport
means that an 8:45 flight time could require you be up
and en route by 5:00 AM. If you wish to use frequent
flyer miles plan as FAR AHEAD as you possibly can …
also be aware of potential holiday blackout periods
when many airlines will NOT accept frequent flyer
miles for travel.
number of Caribbean islands have more than one
airport. Know where you are going to stay and which
airport is the best for your travel plans.
light! One check-in bag and one carry-on bag (that can
easily fit in the overhead compartment above your
seat) is wisest. Your
carry-on bag may be more important than you think
should the rest of your bags “mis-connect” or get
“mis-routed” you could be left without some very
important basic needs to start your vacation. Here are
a few “carry-on” dos and don’ts:
clippers, nail files, manual razors and/or razor
blades, scissors and the like – these should be
placed in your check-in luggage.
pocketknives and such AT HOME (no matter how small).
Liquids or Solids: Fuel, paints, lighters, lighter
containers: Spray cans, butane fuel, scuba tanks,
propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self-inflating rafts.
Firearms, ammunition, gunpowder, mace, tear gas or
Hazardous Materials: Dry ice, gasoline powered tools,
wet-cell batteries, camping equipment with fuel,
radioactive materials, poisons, and infectious
common items used everyday in the home or workplace
may seem harmless, however, when transported by air,
they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in
temperature and pressure can cause items to leak,
generate toxic fumes or start a fire.
You must declare your hazardous materials to the
airline, air package carrier, or U.S. Postal Service.
Violators of Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations
(49 CFR Parts 171-180) may be subject to a civil
penalty of up to $ 25,000 for each violation, and in
appropriate cases, a criminal penalty of up to
$500,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 5 years.
are certain exceptions for personal care…
medical needs, sporting equipment, and items to
support physically challenged passengers.
care items: containing hazardous materials (e.g.,
flammable perfume, aerosols) totaling no more than 75
ounces may be carried on board. Contents of each
container may not exceed 16 fluid ounces.
and lighters may only be carried on your person.
However, "strike anywhere" matches, lighters
with flammable liquid reservoirs and lighter fluid are
and ammunition may not be carried by a passenger on an
However, unloaded firearms may be transported in
checked luggage if declared to the agent at check in
and placed in a suitable container. Handguns must be
in a locked container. Boxed small arms ammunition for
personal use may be transported in checked luggage.
Amounts may vary depending on the airline.
ice (4 pounds or less) for packing perishables may be
carried on board an aircraft provided the package is
wheelchairs must be transported in accordance with
airline requirements. The battery may need to be
and Carry On
brush/paste – hair brush/comb
– change of under garments – a “resort casual”
change of clothes (with appropriate footwear) – and
other such items that could become VERY useful should
your bags go to Barbados instead of the Bahamas,
Jericho instead of Jamaica, or Tasmania instead of
Tahiti. You can ALWAYS find toilet articles upon
arrival – but the “bare essentials” to get to
the beach, go to dinner, etc. may be a little more
difficult (and a lot more costly).
and camera equipment
and all personal identification and all documentation
relating to your travel arrangements should be carried
on your person NOT in your carry-on luggage and
NOT IN YOUR CHECK-IN LUGGAGE!!
the rain a tropical island wouldn’t be a tropical
island – while everyone understands the phrase
“poop happens!” not everyone understands that
“rain happens”. Plan ahead !!! Don’t let
rainy days make you (or your vacation) miserable.
Think of things you might like to do (or see) if you
are unfortunate enough to get caught up in a few days
of “liquid sunshine”.
– even if it’s cloudy the UV rays of the sun
WILL burn you! Too many people end up miserable
from sun burns after staying out all day when
it’s cloudy … remember you WILL get burned, so
travelers miss one of the world’s most relished
pastimes … “people watching” … rainy days
are great times to meet people or just sit around
and people watch.
mindset will be the single major determination
to the success of your vacation
(or honeymoon)! Try to remember your vacation is
to “get away from it all” and to spend time
together, as much as it is about the beach, et al.
isn’t always about the money! Most well traveled
vacationers understand “value” versus “cost”
– cheap is not always a good value … just as high
cost doesn’t insure good value.
can be defined “worth as measured in usefulness
or importance” – to get the most out of your
vacation (or honeymoon), your task
is to, first, ask yourself “what do we want” and
then to find out what resort or resorts will provide
you with your wants. THERE
WILL BE TRADE-OFFS, but the fewer the
trade-offs you have the better value you will have for
your vacation. DETERMINE YOUR PASSIONS and then work
through some basic guidelines:
“what we want on this vacation” … it
constantly surprises us how many people haven’t
really made this determination … do you want
“laid back”? … quiet sophistication or an
all-out party atmosphere? … maybe a combination
of the two? … is a GREAT beach the key to your
happiness or is it OUTSTANDING service? … Is
golf, scuba, tennis, water skiing or sightseeing a
primary factor in your travel plans? … or is it
the “chill factor” (as in we just want to
chill-out and veg…)? How about excellent food
and drinks … or a large room with a view? In
MOST instances it will be a combination of many of
the above factors … put them in your order of
importance THEN go to step #2;
your budget … and how long you want to stay on
vacation. More often than not, these two items
will go hand-in-hand because your budget (coupled
to your choices in #1) may not let you stay as
long as you’d like to stay! (or, happily, let
you stay a few extra nights) … or … you may
want to switch a few of your priorities around to
help you find a resort which meets MOST of your
“we wants” and is priced to let you stay
trade-offs may have already begun … and now you
can start determining where the “best value”
may be for your trip … for example:
it worth $500 to $1000 more to have an
you be happy with a few less primary
“wants” for a nicer vacation resort?
“the room” not as important as the other
included offerings or is the room more
important than those inclusions?
consider something very few people think about …
who are you going to be vacationing with?
Sometimes a great vacation experience is
determined by the people you meet, the interaction
you have and the “comfort level” you have on
that vacation. As an example, a fun-loving,
party-hardy couple with a rather limited budget
may not feel completely at home (and at ease) in a
low-key, quiet and high-end sophisticated
environment … or … the couple wanting to just
get away from it all may not be terribly happy
with a resort catering to the “action set”, or
a resort with a lot of families and children! NOT
ALL RESORTS ARE FOR EVERYBODY … and the last
thing you want to do is to feel “a bit out of
place” when you are on vacation!!!
YOUR VALUE QUOTIENT – take the time to THINK about
your vacation and DETERMINE what is “worthwhile”
and what is of lesser or little importance to you …
THEN look for the resorts that you believe most
closely fit into your measure of importance and worth
with as few trade-offs as possible.
you have a problem – should you not like your room
– if you don’t have good service – if something
seems “amiss” – DON’T just “wait and see”
if it will fix itself --- DON’T BE SHY – let the
person (or people) in charge know immediately that you
are not at ease with your circumstances … and … if
an attempt is not made to rectify the situation
quickly … go to the manager of the resort or the
ship's pursers desk!!! If you tell “someone” about
a dissatisfaction, you may find that “someone” may
or may not be able to, or care to find a remedy for
you … and that is UNACCEPTABLE … At all resorts
the “buck stops” at the General Manager … be
nice, be a bit patient and be realistic … but
DON’T just wait around and do nothing !!
truth of the matter is … every day is not paradise
in paradise. “Stuff happens” and, at times, it’s
unavoidable, however, quite often it can be rectified
easily and quickly (IF you’re talking to the right
what to expect by doing your homework – learn about
your room options, your meal options, your daily
activity options, etc. It doesn’t do you any good to
complain about the menu offerings if you are a
“health enthusiast” staying at Junky
Haven’s Fried Food Resort & Spa !!!
Nor will you get much sympathy at the Cheapside
Cot & Bunk Hostile when
you try to tell someone (actually anyone) that
you really expected “better” and would like to be
upgraded to, at least, a presidential suite !!!
you find yourself in an unsatisfactory or unhappy
situation START WRITING – take notes, write down
times, dates and peoples names (as well as what is
said at the time). If you end up in what you believe
to be “the vacation from hell” you will want
to be able to document your experiences in those
“fire and brimstone” situations.
you have a pre-existing physical condition … let
someone know, before you go.
nowhere does it say your destiny is predetermined at a
resort … and by just accepting something that makes
you uncomfortable and, after your return, complaining
about it, doesn’t do much good at all – don’t by
shy – but DO be realistic – and a bit patient and,
by all means, be gracious!
WHAT TO EXPECT
rely on the pictures and the rhetoric you find in
brochures – remember, a lot of what you see and read
is designed as “sales tools” – designed to make
you WANT to be there (wherever “there” might be)
… so do a little homework.
with knowing yourself. Think about what the #1 thing
is you are looking forward to on your vacation –
then work on #2 & #3 (if you go beyond that you
will know you REALLY, REALLY need to get away
SOONEST). And … it’s not always a matter of
“what you want” it may also be a matter of “what
you don’t want”!
any number of factors in choosing your resort:
does it appear these are “your type of foods”
– check out the menus (if you don’t see any
information about the foods offered you may want
to ask for details).
are you looking for romantic evenings, dancing to
a combo on the verandah? … or … a nightclub
(or two) that will knock your socks off with live
and disco-styled dancing? Are you most interested
in the theme nights and beach parties or the stage
shows and piano bars? Do you want 24-hour parties
or do you want to “party at will” and be able
to escape back to a “quieter and more gentle”
Caribbean hideaway? Make some decisions – and
you will find your resort selection becomes easier
many resorts require a minimum dress code of
“casual elegance” or “resort elegant” in
at least one of their restaurants … which
usually means the women get to where casual, but
stylish eveningwear (tea length and cocktail
dresses, pants suits, et al) and the men wear
slacks (even chinos are OK) and a polo-styled
shirt (sometimes a sports jacket is required over
these casual items for certain restaurants). In
the evening don’t expect to walk into one of the
nicer restaurants in shorts or swimwear – you
are likely not to be seated, you will be unhappy
and the resort will be unhappy having to confront
you with “the rules”. Don’t want to have to
“dress up” – all these resorts always have
other eateries with little or no dress codes.
most of the resorts aren’t overly “health
conscious” when it comes to food. The term
“gourmet” in itself conjures up rather
elaborate and sumptuous FEASTS … if you are
really looking for resorts catering to mainly the
highly “health conscious” vacationer has a few
options for you (actually very few) but even at
most of the other “feast conscious” resorts
you will be able to find enough healthy foods to
see you through … just remember … if it
doesn’t specifically state “health foods” et
al … you WILL be somewhat limited in your
and additional expenses –
you need to be comfortable with what IS included
(or not included) at your choice of resorts …
even the most all-inclusive resort can not be
totally all-inclusive for all people! Here are a
resort offers free jet skiing or parasailing (the
liability factor is just too high)
a very few resorts offer horseback riding (again
the liability factor)
skiing, though included at nearly every resort,
may not be possible for that particular resort’s
beach and will require you go (transfers included)
to a sister resort to ski.
diving clinics and lessons do NOT mean “free
scuba diving” – though most of the resorts DO
include free scuba diving, read the fine print to
Sea Fishing is generally NOT included at these
resorts (with the rare exception at one or two
Fijian resorts). Deep Sea Fishing is often
available and often an expensive “option”.
Tours are seldom included at resorts (with the
obvious exception of the Aventura Spa Palace
Resort in Mexico) but are also available at an
is seldom included at resorts (with the exception
of Grand Lido Sans Souci in Ocho Rios, Jamaica)
but is available at an additional cost in most
resort settings in the Caribbean.
shops and spa services generally are
“optional” venues though a few resorts do
offer credits or massage inclusions beginning at
various room categories.
we say the all-inclusive concept means “leave
your wallet at home”, common sense has to
dictate that there WILL be a few things you will
likely want to pay for and/or purchase. ALSO,
“leaving your wallet at home” doesn’t mean
for you to also leave you credit cards at home …
at check-in, many resorts require you to offer a
credit card against “possible additional expense
items” to be used only if you charge gift shop,
spa, laundry to your room … or for phone calls.
before you go … think through what is included-
what you might (or might not) want to do that is
NOT included, etc.
from anything as simple as a sprained toe to
needing a walker or wheel chair … there are a
few resorts that are simply NOT friendly for the
physically impaired – too hilly, no elevators,
no ramps, etc., so be sure to let us know before
you make a final resort selection … or if that
sprained ankle happens just before departure also
let us know – we will notify the resort and make
every effort to be sure you have accommodations
suitable to your needs.
in this case we are talking about ATTITUDE,
ATTITUDE, ATTITUDE … (also see “The
Smart Money” above) … yet another old axiom
(sorry about that) is “knowledge is power” and
in this instance it also means your awareness and
understanding of your vacation is going to go A
LONG, LONG WAY to making your vacation just GREAT!
Though these things don’t happen very often (and
seldom happen in pairs) they DO happen and by
understanding and being prepared for the
“potential” really helps you along:
ARE delayed – sometimes you expect to arrive at
your destination before noon only to get in just
after the OTHER 12:00 (midnight) … not fun, not
good … you’ve lost the better part of a day
… but if you let this make you “miserable”
you are doing yourself an injustice … you still
have nearly ALL your vacation left – don’t let
“miserable” be the first emotion you have on
Flights ARE cancelled – and you have to be
rescheduled on the next available flight - this is
a rarity (and why trip protection plans are so
widely taken) – there isn’t much to say here
except see #a just above.
rains and rains and rains – not good but, unless
attitudinally impaired, also not the worst thing
in life … you are STILL “away from the
maddening crowds” and on vacation … make the
best of it … spend more time together (isn’t
that one of the reasons for this vacation?) …
meet people … people watch … plan ahead for
what you just might want to do on a rainy day!
don’t arrive when you do … or … bags NEVER
arrive (also a rarity) … make sure you have all
the basic essentials in your carry-on bags (see
“Packing” above) and spend a few dollars to
buy some new resort wear ! and then do what you
are supposed to do … VACATION! (again, yet
another reason why trip protection plans are so
resort service, other problems? – DON’T BE SHY
and DON’T PONDER or BROOD over it – do
something about it IMMEDIATELY … go to the
General Manager and explain the issue!
Lastly (and DEFINITELY by far the LEAST) don’t
believe everything you hear from other vacationers
the phrase “the last liar is always the best
liar” can sometimes be applied to the mindset of
a certain caliber of vacationer! NO ONE wants to
admit or say “they paid more” or “they got
less” than someone else … so, some vacationers
are known for their particular style of
“one-upmanship” trying to make YOU just a
little uncomfortable and uneasy and make
THEMSELVES just a little more comfortable and easy
… because (as they will let you know without
even asking) THEY got more and paid less and got
special treatments and on and on and on … right
into “barfidom” … if you’ve done your
homework you can be very comfortable in the
knowledge that YOU got the right deal and
YOU aren’t the ones needing to prove something
to someone else. What to do? Just enjoy the show
… consider it’s an added feature to the
resort’s comedy entertainment schedule.