How do I book with an on-line
How can I pay for my
Is Cruising Expensive?
Can I book a cruise on short
What about Cruise
What is an Air/Sea package?
Can I get frequent flier miles
when using an Air/Sea package?
Will I fly on direct
What is air deviation?
Do I have to buy air travel
through the cruise line?
Are all ships and cruises fairly
Do I need a Passport?
Are there different classes of
Will I get bored? Feel
What's there to do in port?
Do I have to participate in the
Do cruise lines welcome families
What is there to do at night?
Is there a charge for the
Is it easy to meet people?
Can singles have fun on a
What should I pack?
Will I need a tuxedo?
Can I use my hair dryer or
What are "different meal
What about fitness and healthy
Can I get a special diet?
Are there "Non-Smoking"
Can we celebrate a "special"
Is cruising right for
What about tipping?
Isn't motion-discomfort a
Are there medical services on
Are there laundry services
It all sounds too good to be true!
When is Hurricane Season?
What about passengers with special
What will my cabin be like?
What if I don't like my
How much money should I take with
Can we stay in touch with the
When will I receive my tickets?
How do I
book with an on-line agency?
Booking a cruise with an on-line agency is just like booking
with any local agent. Salty Dog Cruise and Travel recommends
that you always use a credit card when booking a cruise for
your protection no matter who you book through. We will send
you a written confirmation as soon as the cruise is booked with
the cruise line along with ship and cruise information if
desired. We will also contact you when your final payment is
due. All cruise tickets will be delivered to you via two or
three day priority mail, Airborne, or Federal Express, and
Salty Dog Cruise and Travel will notify you prior to the
How can I pay
for my cruise?
Your cruise will usually be broken down into two payments, a
small deposit of between $100.00 and $300.00 per person is due
to confirm a booking, the balance is due approximately 75 days
before you sail. Salty Dog Cruise and Travel accepts major
credit cards, money orders or certified checks, but we still
recommend credit cards for the most protection for our
clients.. Any bookings made within 60 days of sailing must be
paid for in full at time of booking.
There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the
cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a
cruise offers the best travel value for your money. Your fare
includes all meals, your stateroom, onboard daytime activities,
nighttime parties and entertainment. So for once, you'll know
what your vacation will end up costing you before you go. (Your
only extra expenses will be drinks, optional shore excursions,
and personal services such as massage or hairstyling.)
Can I book a
cruise on short notice?
Even the most popular cruises may have space available because
of late cancellations, but, to cruise on the ship, cabin and
sailing date you want you should plan and book early. (Salty
Dog recommends booking 6-12 months in advance)
Insurance is a good idea for most cruisers, but not all choose
to buy the offered coverage. Most policies will reimburse you
the cost of the cruise if you have to cancel up to the day of
the sailing if you or any of your party has an illness. Some
policies may offer more that others, so visit the Salty Dog
Cruise and Travel Insurance WEB page, or give us a call.
What is an
An Air/Sea package includes your cruise ticket, an airline
ticket and ground transportation needed to get you to the port.
When using this package, the cruise line will, at their
discretion, fly you on either a scheduled airline or a charter
flight. Ground transportation is then provided to take you to
Can I get
frequent flier miles when using an Air/Sea
Frequent flier members may inform the gate agent when checking
in for their flight of their frequent flier number and you will
be credited with the mileage.
Will I fly on
When you book your airfare through the cruise line, you will
normally receive your flight schedule 29 days prior to travel,
and the cruise line always does their best to provide the most
direct and convenient flights from your closest airport. You
can be booked on any airline on any flight schedule that will
affordably get you to your port of embarkation before the ship
sails. This means that if you live near Washington, DC, and the
main carrier, US-Airways, has a direct flight from Washington
to Miami, most likely you would be booked the direct flight. If
the cruise line does not have reserved space on that flight
they could fly you through Atlanta first on Delta.
What is air
An air deviation will allow you to pick your airline and
flights prior to making your final payment. There is usually a
$35 - $50 non-refundable fee (per passenger) and there may be
additional charges if the air fare exceeds the negotiated rates
between the cruise line and the airline. Most cruise passengers
accept the normal cruise line air arrangements without
deviation due to the added cost. Other than during peak travel
periods, you will most likely get a flight you can live with.
Air deviation request need to submitted in writing at least 60
days before your cruise.
Do I have to
buy air travel through the cruise line?
If you can find better airfare rates on your own or have
frequent flyer points then you can certainly purchase your
airfare separately. However, understand that if you have any
flight delays on flights arranged apart from the cruise line,
then you're on your own to catch the ship in the next port of
call if necessary. Note, some insurance plans may protect you
from a missed connection or travel delay claim. You are also
responsible for your transportation from the airport to the
ship and back, but some cruise lines are now offering airport
transfers at an small additional cost for those passengers who
elect to provide their own air. When we book our own air, we
always travel a day early, just to be sure and also we just
enjoy waking up close to the ship on the day of our cruise.
Are all ships and
cruises fairly similar?
Far from it! Ships range from under 200 feet to over 1,000. You
can sail with anywhere from fewer than 100 fellow passengers to
nearly 3,500. Experience atmospheres ranging from casual to
formal; classically simple to ultra-deluxe.
Do I need a
This depends on the type of cruise and your destination. You'll
probably need, at least, some proof of citizenship, and a
passport will always be accepted.
different classes of service?
Today's cruise ships are "one-class." Everyone on board can use
all of the ship's facilities. The prices of staterooms are
based on size and deck location. Regardless of the category
booked, you will enjoy the same courteous service, menus,
activities and entertainment as everyone else on board.
Will I get bored?
The answer to that NO-WAY!! Cruising gives you a feeling of
freedom few places can offer. There is plenty of room, and it
takes two or three days just to discover what the ship has to
offer on board. Then you are busy making plans of just what to
see and do at the next exciting port. Cruise ships are like
floating resorts, with all the things fine resorts have to
offer. You can relax alone on a lounge chair, breathe in the
sea air, soak up the sun, read good books while watching the
ever changing view. Or you can join in exercise classes, dance
classes, sports contests and other organized deck activities.
You can also practice your tennis strokes, drive golf balls,
shoot skeet or play basketball. You can go for a swim, stretch
out in the sauna or work out in the gym. You can see a feature
movie, attend lectures by renowned experts, play backgammon or
bridge. You could win enough to pay for your cruise by playing
bingo, or trying your luck in the casino. And that's just when
you're on board!
What's there to
do in port?
Too much to describe here!! You will have a hard time choosing
if you should take off on your own, or join a guided tour.
There could be ancient ruins or other great sights to see. Of
course shopping bargains are found everywhere. You can climb a
waterfall or pyramid, play golf or tennis, try the native food
or drinks, learn how to wind-surf, or just sun and swim at some
of the world's finest beaches.
Do I have to
participate in the activities?
On a cruise you do what you want to do. You can do everything.
Or lie back and do absolutely nothing. It's your vacation.
Do cruise lines
welcome families with kids?
Most cruise lines make a special point of providing supervised
activities for youngsters, especially during school holidays.
If your children enjoy swimming, sports, games, movies, and the
adventure of new places, they will love a family cruise. You
will find that kids adapt to shipboard life with ease, and you
won't have to wonder what they are up to every minute. The
cruise staff will help keep them busy and entertained.
What is there to
do at night?
At night, life aboard a cruise ship really turns on. There is
dancing, live entertainment in the nightclubs, discos and
lounges, feature films, and parties with all your new friends.
Most ships have casinos. There are also many special events,
like the Captain's Cocktail Party, Passenger's Talent Night and
the Midnight buffet, and the night can go on as long as you
want even until the spectacular sunrise at sea.
Is there a charge
for the entertainment?
On a cruise vacation, the entertainment is provided as a part
of your cruise.
Is it easy to
A cruise ship is the very best place to make new friends,
because everyone is so friendly. The atmosphere is cordial,
relaxed, and there is so much to talk about. You will probably
find yourself making arrangements to meet some of your new
friends aboard another ship again next year.
Can singles have
fun on a cruise?
Cruising is perfect for people traveling alone, because it is
so easy to meet other people. In fact, most ships have parties
just for singles early in the cruise, so you can start to
interface early. Most ships also have single cabins as well as
single rates for double staterooms. In many cases, the cruise
line may even find you a roommate to share a double if you want
to save some money. Salty Dog will assist you with your
What should I
Pack like you would for any resort. Cruise vacations are casual
by day whether you are on ship or ashore. In the evening, the
attire varies from nice casual to dressy to formal, and is
posted daily on board. For the Captain's Gala, for example, you
will probably want to wear something more formal, such as a
dark suit, or cocktail dress or perhaps even a dinner jacket or
Will I need a
On most cruises, formal dinners or parties are part of the fun.
but don't buy a tux for the trip. Even on the most formal of
ships, a dark suit and tie are fine for the dressiest
occasions. The ship normally has formal ware for rent.
Can I use my
hair dryer or shaver?
Yes, most ships have 110 volt outlets in the staterooms.
"different meal seatings"?
Some ships' dining rooms can accommodate all passengers in one
"seating." But, most ships have two seatings which differ only
by time. To choose, just decide whether you prefer to dine
early or later and request your preference when you book.
fitness and healthy eating?
Just because your cruise ship offers plenty of delicious food
doesn't mean you must return out of shape. You can choose "low
cal" or "fitness" menu selections that are just as tempting as
the regular menu. You can also jog, do aerobics, work out in
the gym, swim, golf, play tennis, and much more.
Can I get a
Most ships provide salt-free, low-carbohydrate, Kosher, or
other diet preferences, however, this request must be made in
advance. So be sure to advise Salty Dog of your requirements
when you book your cruise.
Today, virtually all ships have smoking and non-smoking tables
and/or sections in the dining rooms and lounges. In fact
several cruise lines do not allow smoking in any dining area.
If you want your dining table in a non-smoking area, just tell
Salty Dog when you book.
Can we celebrate
a "special" day?
Absolutely! Most cruise Lines will even treat you to a
complimentary cake and a chorus (with many accents) of "Happy
Whatever" to honor the occasion. Your birthday or anniversary
can be more festive with champagne, flowers, canapés, wine or
cheese. You can even arrange for a special private party. All
you have to do is advise Salty Dog when you book.
right for honeymooners?
Cruising creates an atmosphere that is perfect for romance;
cozy dinners for two, strolling on deck at sunset, dancing the
night away (even under the stars) and so much more to remember
Tipping is a matter of individual preference. A general rule of
thumb is to plan for about $2.50 to $3.00 per person per day
for your room steward and dining room waiter, and about half
that amount for your busboy. (Some cruise lines include tipping
in the price and will so inform you.) Other shipboard personnel
can be tipped for special services at your discretion.
motion-discomfort a problem?
The most popular cruise areas boast some of the calmest waters
in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, advance
availability of accurate weather information, and development
of effective preventative medications have, for the most part,
eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort. You should talk
to your doctor if you think you might have a motion discomfort
medical services on board?
Virtually every cruise ship (except for some smaller vessels
operating in coastal waters) has a fully-equipped medical
facility and staff to handle almost any emergency.
laundry services aboard?
Yes. Almost all cruise ships have laundry facilities and a
great many provide dry-cleaning services. There is, however, an
additional charge for professional laundry and dry-cleaning
It all sounds
too good to be true! Is it?
The major complaint is that cruises end far too soon! Beyond
that, it is hard to find any negative issues. After all, you
don't have to run to make plane connections to get from one
port to the next. You don't have the hassles of making dinner
or nightclub reservations. You don't have the bother of packing
and unpacking as you move from place to place. You don't get
unexpected, expensive surprises at restaurants or nightclubs.
You do have a wealth of options for shopping, adventure,
sightseeing, exploring, entertainment and sports activities.
All you have to worry about is relaxing and enjoying your
vacation. How can this be bad????
Officially, the National Hurricane Service states that
hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends November 31st.
That's 6 months of the year. The greatest concentration of
hurricane and tropical storm activity tends to be between late
August and mid-October, but that should not be a major concern.
The Captain would never jeopardize the ship, or your safety,
and the cruise ships are certainly safer than the Islands
during a hurricane. These ships have cruising speeds of 20 - 22
knots, and can outrun a 14 knot hurricane. The ships cruising
today are also equipped with the latest communication, weather,
and navigation equipment to keep the Captain and his crew fully
aware of a storm's position and if he feels that there is any
danger to his passengers, crew, or his vessel he will simply
sail to safer waters.
passengers with special needs?
The cruise lines welcome passengers with special needs and work
hard to assist them throughout their trip. It is essential that
the cruise lines know well in advance if you have any special
medical, physical or other requirements that need to be
addressed. Most modern cruise ships have a number of cabins
specially designed to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs or
in need of TTY communications. Service animals are permitted on
board if prior arrangements have been made. Your Salty Dog
Cruise and Travel Representative can help answer any specific
questions concerning your needs.
What will my
cabin be like?
Cabins on most cruise lines are smaller than they appear on
"The Love Boat". They are designed for efficiency and to
encourage you to use the much larger public facilities on board
the ship. If you requested an "outside" or "ocean view" cabin,
you will have a porthole or picture window, depending on your
ship design. Some outside cabins will also have a small
balcony. If you requested an "inside" cabin you will not have a
porthole, window, or balcony. Most cabins have twin beds which
can be converted to a queen size. Your cabin steward is there
to make your stay comfortable; whether to change the bed
configuration to suit your desires, or to bring you extra
towels, pillows, or blankets if needed. Many of the newer ships
have safes in the rooms, and TVs that show current movies, give
casino instructions, and general cruise information.
What if I don't
like my table-mates?
Rarely is this a problem, but if you wish to move to another
table, speak with the Restaurant Manager. He will make every
effort to seat you with more compatible dining companions. Also
if you wish to be seated at a different size of table, the
Restaurant Manager will do his best to accommodate you.
How much money
should I take with me?
That depends entirely on you, the cost of your cruise includes
everything except: alcohol and sodas, shore excursions, tips
and personal items such as souvenirs, massages, and hair
styling. When you board your ship you will be asked to activate
your account. This is like running a tab during your cruise and
all expenses will be charged to your room, and at the end of
the cruise the credit card you used to activate your account
will be billed for the amount that you charged while on the
ship. If you chose to pay cash or travelers checks, you will be
required to settle up the night before the ship returns to home
Can we stay in
touch with the outside?
Quite easily. Most ships have a daily newsletter with news,
headlines, selected stock quotes and sports scores, some even
deliver the Wall Street Journal to your room. Staterooms on
many ships are even equipped with televisions so you can tune
in to CNN or ESPN. While many ships now have telephones in
passenger cabins, you can also call someone through the ship's
radio operator while at sea, and you can phone home from most
ports. In addition, many ships are equipped with fax
When will I
receive my tickets?
The cruise line will send your tickets to our office
approximately 15 days before you sail to give us time to ensure
your documents are accurate and complete. Your Salty Dog Cruise
and Travel Representative will then notify you and will arrange
for delivery of your tickets. We will normally send your
tickets via two or three day priority mail, or other express
delivery service. We then recommend you contact Salty Dog upon
receipt so that we may review them with you over the phone. If
you have booked your cruise on short notice you can pick up
your airline tickets at the airport and can pick up your cruise
tickets at the pier prior to boarding the ship.
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