FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ or frequently asked questions will continue to grow as we get asked more questions. Some may be duplicates and some may be unique. Here at Geography Destination Travel believe in ensuring that our clients are well prepared and have all the information possible. Can that be done? Not sure, but we will try so keep checking the FAQ page for updates.

Q? Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?

A. Cruising is the best vacation value! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget. Your cruise fare includes your accommodations, on board activities and entertainment, most meals, plus transportation from port to port. You’ll know what your vacation will cost you before you go. (Typically, your only extra expenses will be drinks, specialty restaurants, optional shore excursions and personal services such as massages or hairstyling.)

Q? Are all ships fairly similar?

A. Far from it. Cruise ships range from intimate and yacht-like to vessels stretching longer than three football fields. You can sail with fewer than 100 fellow guests or with more than 5,000.

Enjoy atmospheres ranging from casual to formal, contemporary to classic. Enjoy the endless activities offered on a contemporary resort-style cruise, or immerse yourself in the culture of a destination on a special interest cruise.

Q? When can I arrange for Spa treatments such as facials, massages or manicure/pedicures?

A. Spa treatments are all made once on board the ship. If you know that you are going to want a particular treatment, the best time to make your reservation is immediately upon boarding. Typically there are various themes and you may want to have your hair done for the formal night or a massage after a particular shore excursion. The appointments generally fill up fast so its best to plan ahead.

Q? Are the days of bringing formal wear on a cruise a thing of the past?

A. While each ship and each itinerary is different, there is generally some sort of formal night. While on most ships that is more relaxed, you will find many people still dress up. With the exception of the luxury cruises it is not mandatory to wear formal wear.

Q? How do I know which cruise line is good or better than the other?

A. Generally speaking they are similar, but each are adding various amenities to attract a wider range of people. For instance Royal Caribbean markets to “Adventure” where Carnival focuses on “exotic” ports and Norwegian Cruise Line has no formal nights and no dinner seating assignments.

Q? Are there different types of cruises?

A. There are cruises designed to suit virtually every interest and personal preference.

The choices include: boutique, luxury cruises with globetrotting itineraries; large, contemporary ships with a fantastic array of recreational facilities; classic vessels evoking the time-honored traditions of cruising; special interest or exploration cruises specializing in unique destinations with an accent on cultural enrichment; river voyages into the heart of a destination.

There are cruise lines that feature soft adventure expeditions to such unique frontiers as Antarctica, the Amazon Rain Forest or the African Serengeti. Or, discover historical legacies closer to home with enlightening itineraries to New England, French Canada, Colonial America, and America’s Rivers.

For experienced travelers, destination-focused cruises specialize in culturally-rich ports of call with itineraries dedicated to illuminating such historic, world-class treasures as the antiquities of classical Greece, the Polynesian paradise of Hawaii, the fabled splendor of Norwegian fjords or the castles and museums of Europe’s rivers.

For many, the perfect vacation includes the non-stop fun and sun of a tropical resort-style cruise to the Caribbean, where you can sample a variety of island cultures and cuisines while relaxing your cares away. Plus, many cruise lines create special “themes” on board, with entertainment ranging from jazz festivals and classical music concerts to golf clinics and murder mysteries at sea!

Q? Do I need a passport?

A. Geography Destination recommends a passport on all cruises. While the U.S. Government may not require a Passport for Sea travel on certain “closed loop cruises” originating in the U.S. and for travel only within the Western Hemisphere, other specified documentation is required. For specific U.S. governmental Passport and Visa regulations visit Travel.State.gov.

Be sure to ask your travel counselor what passport requirements apply to your cruise vacation. Geography Destination strongly recommends that all travelers apply for or renew their passports as soon as possible. Government regulations are continually being modified and it is best to be prepared. Besides, a passport grants you unlimited cruise vacation options around the world!

Q? Will I get bored? Feel confined?

A. Hardly! Being at sea gives you a feeling of total freedom that no land-based resort can offer. There’s plenty of room and it will probably take you two or three days just to discover everything that’s on board. Plus, you get the added adventure of exploring many exciting ports of call, often a new one every day of the trip!

Cruise ships are floating resorts with all the choices fine resorts have to offer. You can lie back in a lounge chair, breathe in the sea air, soak up the sun, read good books, or watch the ever-changing seascape. Smaller ships focus on the treasures and delights of myriad destinations.

If you’re more active, join in exercise or dance classes, or sports contests. Practice your tennis stroke or golf swing, or take in some fresh air on the jogging deck. Or you can swim, stretch out in the sauna or work out in the gym. You can also watch a feature film, attend an enrichment lecture by experts, or play backgammon and bridge. And that’s just when you’re on board!