Cruising Q&A

If you’ve never cruised before or are trying a different kind of voyage for the first time, you’re bound to have some queries. Here are some frequently asked questions to help get you started.

Q. Tom – Getting the best cabin?
How can I make sure I get the best cabin in my chosen class on a cruise ship? I wouldn’t know where to start and the ships’ plans are usually so small I can’t even read them.

A. The earlier a passenger books, the better chance at getting their preferred cabin. A good place to book a cabin when cruising is mid-ship locations and these areas are the first ones which sell very quickly. Your cruise consultants can go through the cabin locations and will offer you the best option in your nominated deck.

Q. Mary – How much will I need?
I have booked to go on a three-week cruise around the Mediterranean but am not sure how much money I should take? All inclusive sounds great but is there anything in the small print which is not included that I should budget for?

A. A good guide is to budget additional $100 per day spending money to cover any miscellaneous expenses (i.e. cruise excursions, gratuities on cruise if not pre-included, drinks, laundry, buying gifts, other personal expenses). You should consider the different options when taking money overseas – foreign cash, travel cash passport cards and of course, credit card (which they can use to pay for their onboard expenses).

Q. Paul – what does insurance cover?
My wife and I would love to take a cruise but are worried about being stranded at sea should we have any health issues. I know we need to have insurance but what good will it do if we can’t get off the ship? Are my concerns justified?

A. It is vital that you take out travel insurance to cover them for unforeseen circumstances (ie. if passengers will need to be evacuated from the ship – travel insurance will take care of this). For example, if you were to take ill while cruising in Europe and had to finish your cruise early due to poor health, you would be disembarked at the next port of call and travel insurance would pay bring you home once you were given clearance to fly.