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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a passport for a cruise?
While a passport is not a requirement for a closed-end cruise (one that departs and arrives from a US port), it is still the preferred form of ID. You can use a certified copy of a birth certificate but if something were to happen while you were in a foreign country and you needed to get home, it would be hard for you to do so without a passport.
Do I need to worry about motion sickness?
Ships today are so well stabilized that a lot of the time you won't notice you are moving. If you are afraid of getting sick it's a good idea to take along some sort of motion sickness medication. If you do have a problem on board, all ships have a doctor and a nurse on board.
What should I wear?
Packing smart is the best advice. You'll need different types of clothing for day and evening. Day wear would include shorts, swimsuits, casual pants, jeans, etc.
Ashore, dress for comfort, but remember to observe local customs. In many ports, short-shorts, halter-tops and provacative clothing are frowned upon. If you are taking a shore excursion that stops at a church remember to dress appropriately.
On Alaskan cruises, summer temperatures may get into the low 70s but be sure you pack heavier shirts and blouses, slacks or jeans, sweaters, a windbreaker and possibly even a heavy coat. An umbrella or rain poncho are other items that you might want to pack.
As far as clothing for dinner, each cruise line's dress code varies and you should refer to their policies for evening dress.
FYI, none of the ships allow shorts in the dining room during dinner.
It's also a good idea to bring along comfortable, rubber-soled shoes, hat, sunglasses and a good sunscreen.
How will I know what is going on on board the ship?
There will be information on the first day in your cabin when you arrive. Each night you will get the ship's newsletter which will tell you everything that is going on the next day.
How do I pay for items on board the ship?
Each passenger will give the cruise line a credit card to keep on file when you fill out your boarding pass for the ship. You will then be issued a room key when you board the ship and this will be used for all of your purchases on board. At the end of the cruise, your credit card will be charged for onboard charges. If you do not have a credit card, check with the individual cruise lines as each ship's policies may vary.
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