What do I get for my money?
Your cruise price includes your cabin, all meals, entertainment and, of course, all transportation between all the ports on your itinerary. On most ships, alcoholic beverages and optional shore excursions are not included in the basic price.
Will I feel bored or confined on board?
Never! Think of a cruise ship as a floating resort. On-board activities begin at dawn and go into the wee hours of the night. The scenery is constantly changing, and every port is filled with new and exciting opportunities for exploration.
What can I do on a ship?
That depends on the ship, but generally the larger ships will have the most activities. You may wish to lounge on deck by the pool with a good book, sign up for exercise or cooking classes, swim, play bingo or bridge, gamble in the casino, take in a Broadway-style floor show or a magician's act, enter a talent show or a putting contest, take a dance class, get a massage or attend a lecture.
Is airfare included in my cruise price?
Cruise lines usually offer both a cruise-only price and an AIR/SEA price that includes connecting airfare, transfers between the airport and ship and baggage handling. In some instances, only the cruise-only fare is available. The prices shown on our site are typically cruise-only, but our cruise counselors will gladly provide an air-inclusive price if requested.
What's a shore excursion?
That's a term that refers to anything you do off the ship, in port. At every stop, you'll have the option of exploring the area on your own or as part of a group with a planned itinerary. On a large-ship cruise, shore excursions are available on the islands in the South Atlantic if they are on your itinerary but no guests can disembark on land in Antarctica.
Are all ships in Antarctica the same?
Absolutely not. They range from vessels with less than 700 passengers to larger ships with a maximum capacity of more than 1,300 people.
Will I need a passport?
A passport is required on all Antarctica cruises. Visas may also be required for certain South American countries. Your cruise counselor will advise you on documents you will need, depending on your itinerary. For more information, click here.
Is an Antarctica cruise suitable for families with kids?
It depends. Your cruise counselor can advise you of the Antarctica cruises that are not kid-friendly.
Are cruises suitable for single travelers?
Cruising is very popular with single travelers. Some ships offer single cabins, and most offer a single supplement rate for double staterooms.
Are cruises really that popular?
You better believe it! More than 20 million people will cruise in the next year, and cruising routinely earns the highest ratings in customer satisfaction among all vacation categories. Once you try it, you'll be hooked.
What is a Day at Sea?
A Day at Sea is a full day spent sailing between two ports. Most cruises include one or more Days at Sea.