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What are some things to know before booking a cruise?

There are a number of things you should try to find out before booking a cruise:

  1. Clarify what the quoted price includes (fuel surchages, port fees and other charges may be separate).
  2. Understand how gratuity is handled.
  3. Inquire about special discounts such as those due to age, residency, affiliation, etc.
  4. See if there are discounts for add-on airfare, pre- or post-cruise stays or other related services.
  5. Verify whether you will be assigned a specific cabin at the time of booking or upon arrival on the ship.
  6. For oceanview and balcony rooms, confirm whether there will be anything obstructing your view, such as lifeboat pulleys.
  7. If you have any special requests, such as dining time preferences, find out the earliest you can inform the staff.
  8. Confirm any passport or visa requirements required to disembark at any of the ports of call on the itinerary.
  9. Read and understand the cancellation and refund policies applicable to the cruise.
  10. Read and thoroughly understand offers for insurance related to the cruise.
last updated 2009.02.27
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