Once you've narrowed down your choices, here's what you need to know before you book your cruise.
Plenty of deals are available throughout the year offering a range of incentives including reduced rates, airfare discounts, additional onboard credit, or a combination of added-values. However, to secure the itinerary, ship stateroom and any shore excursions you prefer, plan on booking at least four to six months prior to departure.
Last minute deals also available, which are great for those searching for a quick cruise get away. In most cases, last minute deals are what the cruise has left in stateroom availability, which means your choice of accommodations might be limited. Shari Marsh can provide the details of any last minute cruise offers that are of interest to you.
After you've booked, we will monitor the booking, make any changes you might request, apply any additional offers and/or savings to optimize your benefits, and notify you when final payment is due.
How will you get to your cruise ship?
One of the most sought-after vacation elements is convenience, and cruise lines have responded by offering easily accessible departure ports. Points of embarkation are available from numerous coastal cities around the world.
Whether you choose to drive, fly or take advantage of your cruise line's air & cruise package (which could save you money and usually includes transfers to/from the airport and pier) to get to the ships point of departure is up to you or you can ask us to check on airfare for you.
We highly advise to arrive at least a day prior to the cruise departure to avoid any unforeseen delays that might cause you to miss the ships departure. Discuss with us the many pre- or post-cruise options available to give yourself a little more time to discover another city and alleviate the chance of missing the ship's departure.
How long is your vacation?
Cruise vacations can last a mere three to four days or transport you around the world on a year-long adventure. The choice is up to you.
What's included and not?
What is usually not included in the fare you see in, say, the newspaper or on the web, are the applicable government taxes and fees, fuel surcharges, port charges and, if applicable, any airline taxes and fees. These extra fees will vary by the cruise/flight destination. We will take the time to explain these charges to you so you will have a firm idea of the cost of your cruise vacation.
Also, onboard extras such as mini-bar, spas, excursions, internet, casino gaming, drinks/liquor (on some cruise lines), laundry service, and babysitting, are not included in the cruise fare.
What are the cancellation penalties?
Cancellation penalties vary by cruise line. We will discuss the cruise line's cancellation policies with you at the time of booking. Of course, you can always ask us for this information at any time.
We are here to help you find a great cruise for a great value at anytime!