Is your passport valid?
One check that many people overlook when preparing for their holiday is whether their passport is still valid. Check that your passport has at least 6 months validity beyond your date of return back into Australia or New Zealand. If you are not travelling on an Australian or New Zealand passport you may require a re-entry permit. Please check the Australian or New Zealand Passport Office website for further information.
Do you require a visa?
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the applicable visas for each country you are intending to visit or transiting. Our Cruise Consultants will be happy to assist you with any enquiries. Further information on visa requirements can be obtained by visiting the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website.
Most cruise ships accept USD onboard, however it is advisable to arrange local currency for the countries you are visiting or transiting. Local currency may be available onboard but stocks will be limited and the exchange rate will not be as favourable. Before you depart, please allow sufficient time to order your currency as banks may only hold limited amounts of some currencies.
Is it safe?
Cruising is generally one of the safest modes of travel. Cruise lines hold pre-departure safety briefings shortly after embarkation, making safety a priority. As a cruise itinerary may cover a number of different countries, it is always advisable to check your destination via the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website to familiarise yourself with any travel alerts as well as the local customs and laws.
What do I pack?
Clothing: Dress requirements vary depending on the class of ship. On most cruise lines, casual clothes are generally suitable during the day. Later in the day, smart casual clothing is required. Most ships have at least one formal night, so evening wear is required to be worn.
Medication: Please ensure that you take medication for the entire duration of your trip away. You may find it very difficult and expensive to obtain medicine whilst overseas. Must cruise ships do have medical centres onboard but any treatment or medication will not be covered by Medicare or your private health fund.
Electronics: The voltage onboard most of the larger cruise lines (with some exceptions) is 220v. Please check with your Cruise Consultant over the specific requirements for the cruise ship you are sailing on.
Travel Insurance: It is vital that you take out travel insurance for the entire duration of your holiday. We actually recommend taking out your insurance at the point of booking your cruise, this will ensure cover from the point you pay a deposit to the point you arrive home.