Posts Tagged ‘family vacation’

Victoria in British Columbia on our Alaska Cruise

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Make sure you visit the parliment building and have tea at the Empress hotel!

Have cruising questions?

Cruising Do I need a passport to travel oversees? Yes.. for most our trips you will need a passport. YOu can obtain a passport from a Passport Office, U.S. District Court, or Post Office. It can take 2 months to get a passport so please apply as early as possible. Also, the passport needs to be valid 9 months after the return of your trip. Please double-check your current passport to make sure that it is up to date. Passport Application
Do I need any special shots when traveling oversees?At this time there are no special shots required for the areas we visit, but it is best to ask our agent when making your reservation for the most up to date information.Should I get travel insurance? Travel Insurance is optional and covers loss of luggage, reimbursement of cancellation penalties, and medical care abroad. Here’s information for travel insurance that covers medical, emergency trip cancellation, travel delays, trip interruption, baggage delay… travel insuranceIf you are taking a flight before your cruise…pack lightly because they will charge you for extra weight and baggageIs there a dress code at religious sites? Modest dress is the expected at religious sites. Avoid shorts and sleeveless (or upper arm baring), cleavage revealing, or midriff baring shirts. Woman should also avoid short (above the knee) skirts and may need a head covering for visits on some itineraries.Should I exchange money before I go? Normally, you would not need to exchange money. If you do, we suggest you do it in the airport or at the hotel of the city you are visiting rather than stateside, which is more expensive.
Are there laundry services aboard ship? Almost all cruise ships have laundry facilities and many provide dry-cleaning services. There is, however, an additional charge for professional laundry and dry-cleaning services. Many ships also have self-service launderettes.How to Combat Jet lag? Click hereDental Care for your trip? Click hereWho should I see if I have questions that haven’t been answered? If, after reviewing the FAQ sections you still can’t find the answers you are looking for, please send us an email at or give us a call, toll-free, at 1-800-926-3775. 

If I take medication…how much should I bring? Be sure to take extra medication with you just in case there should be any delay in travel.

How much luggage can I bring? We suggest you travel lightly, so you do not feel burdened by your luggage. You can bring a lot of luggage on a cruise but your room may not be large to handle all your luggage. It is very important to put your name and address on the inside as well as the outside of your luggage.

What should I pack? Take clothing that can be mixed and matched and does not wrinkle easily. Pack like you would for any resort. Make sure you always pack comfortable shoes. We will be walking on our excursions and sometime the terrain can be up and down hills just depending on your itinerary. Cruise itineraries are casual by day, whether you’re on the ship or ashore. In the evening, ships vary as to dress. As on shore, attire is dictated by occasion. At the Captain’s Gala, for example, you’ll probably want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit, or cocktail dress; perhaps even a dinner jacket or gown.

Will I need a tuxedo(cruises)? On some cruises, formal dinners or parties are part of the fun. But don’t buy a tuxedo just for the trip. Even on the most formal of ships, a dark suit and tie are fine for the dressiest occasions. If you do want to dress to the nines, many ships offer tuxedo rental services.

Can I use my hair dryer or shaver(cruises)? All modern ships have 110 volt outlets in the staterooms. Some staterooms even come with hair dryers.

Can we celebrate a special occasion? Absolutely! Most cruise lines will even treat you to a complimentary cake and a chorus of “Happy Whatever” to honor the occasion. Your birthday or anniversary can be more festive with champagne, flowers, or canapés. You can even arrange for a special private party. All you have to do is advise your reservations agent in advance.

What about tipping? All tipping is normally included in the final quoted price for your trip. Please note the “Included” section of the brochureVirtually 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.

Are there medical services onboard?

Is motion discomfort a problem? Rarely. Popular cruise itineraries boast some of the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, advanced availability of accurate weather information, and development of effective preventative medications have, for the most part, eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort.

Necessary Items in Traveling Abroad

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

When you are taking a trip to Israel, Greece, Europe or a cruise to anywhere you will need necessary items in traveling abroad.  I thought I would do a short list of items you might consider taking in no particular order:

  • Medications (in their original containers) and vitamins, band-aids
  • Passport(make copies of your passort and keep them seperate) 
  • travel documentation
  • Bathing suit/Bathing suit cover up
  • Water socks
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses, a hat and other protective wear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight pants/Jeans
  • A light jacket or sweater
  • Socks
  • Heavier footwear
  • Camera
  • Sundresses
  • Sandals or sneakers
  • Camera and accessories (batteries, film, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Foreign-language phrase book or dictionary
  • Maps
  • guidebooks
  • water container(stay hydrated)
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses
  • Foreign currency
  • umbrella
  • tissue(some bathrooms in public areas are not stocked)
  • Reading material
  • This is not an extensive but it does give you some guidelines on items you need to bring.  Feel free to add additional items in the comment section.

    best time of year cruise caribbean

    December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

    I am amazed at how many people have never taken  a cruise.  If you ask my family and I, we would say it is the perfect vacation.  So many people wonder if they are going to take a cruise, what is the best time of year cruise Caribbean?  Our company always find the best deals during the time of year when people are typically  busy.  In September when the kids go back to school.  In November when everyone is tied up and getting ready for Thanksgiving.  In December, when people are wrapped up in shopping and Christmas parties. In the spring when a lot of people are busy with school and work and can;t travel. I prefer traveling in December and in the Spring when traveling to the Caribbean.  No matter which way you look at it, the Caribbean seems to have heavenly weather all year-round.  Here are all the reasons why we enjoy cruising:

  • First class Formal and Informal Dining 24 hour a day(included)
  • You don’t ever have to make your bed or clean your room
  • Meeting room (included)
  • Nightly Entertainment (included)
  • Complimentary Room Service (included)
  • Family Friendly Experience with activities for all ages
  • Cruise ships continue to be one of the safest forms of transportation
  • Health club facilities (included)
  • Day Spa (optional)
  • 24-hour medical services
  • Relax in a hot tub or pool(included)
  • Allows quality time with your friends & family
  • Complimentary Camp for children 3 years to teens – well supervised by professionals
  • So parents some time to themselves
  • You can visit 4 countries in a week and unpack only once!
  • Awe-inspiring view from deck of a cruise ship
  • For the health conscious..low calorie, low sodium and heart-healthy meals are available
  • Simplicity…you don’t come back from your trip needing a vacation
  • Meet new people
  • Shopping
  • Comfortable traveling
  • So there you have it.  I am sure you can add what you love a cruising.  In fact, feel free to give us what is your favorite part of cruising!  Have a Merry Christmas!