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Questions?
Frequently asked Questions?

WHEN SHOULD I MAKE MY RESERVATIONS?
While it's always a good idea to plan ahead to guarantee your choice of availability and the best rates, we understand, as a busy single, that's not always possible. So, whenever you find yourself with some free time and the urge to go cruising, give us a call! We'll help you find the best deals possible.

HOW DO I MAKE MY RESERVATION?
Simply call to check availability (1-888-775-0288 inside USA).
Please feel free to email. We pride ourselves on our quick response time! We can usually check availability and quote a complete price, including the best airfare, in a matter of minutes. If the cruise you like is available, we'll offer to make the reservation. Or, if you still need to firm up your plans, we'll arrange for a courtesy hold that will guarantee your rate and reservation for 2-24 hours. Then, when you've decided to go ahead, we'll take your deposit or full payment on any major credit card.

IS THERE A FEE FOR YOUR SERVICE?
The only fee you may encounter is a  one-time $15.00 shipping & handling fee!( if necessary for last minute reservations) This fee is charged per booking and covers the expedited delivery of your travel documents. Additional addresses--as in multiple travelers with documents shipped to more than one address-- would be an additional $15.00 per address.
We generally use 2nd day delivery with UPS. If you live outside the U.S. or would prefer an alternate shipping method--just ask! With expedited delivery, you will need to sign for your documents or make arrangements with our office if you'd like to waive this option.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Nothing on earth compares to the value of a cruise! One low price covers everything - all your meals, every shipboard activity and even the entertainment is included. Compare that to most land vacations, when you are constantly faced with added expenses of meals and entertainment. The hassle of searching for things to do is gone! And, what land vacation can take you from one exotic destination to another while you dine and dance the night away?

WHAT CRUISE LINES ARE YOUR SPECIALS ON?
We work with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Holland American . We are experienced with all cruise lines and destinations and find that these lines offer the best rates and activities for singles. With most  cruise lines, you can expect to pay 150% to 200% for single occupancy. Our preferred cruise lines offer other options for singles. If you are tired of paying premium rates to travel on your own, give us a try! And, if you are looking for other singles, you can bet they'll be attracted to the good rates and activities these cruise lines offer!

DO YOU OFFER CRUISES FOR SINGLES ONLY?
We've found that singles are often looking for a ship of just singles. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises is currently the only cruise line (tall-masted sailing ships--carry approx 124 psgrs--offered July-Dec). with sailings dates specifically for singles. The larger, newer ships (Carnival, Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line & others) offer the best activities and entertainment carry 2,000 - 2,500 or more passengers on a sailing. They offer activities for singles on board (single's party--other singles to dine with), but carry couples and families as well. If you have cruised before and run into only couples and families, we can help! The cruise line you pick, season you cruise, and even the day of the week your ship departs can make a huge difference in the number of singles on board.

WHAT KIND OF SHIPBOARD ACTIVITIES CAN I EXPECT TO FIND?
You can be as active or lazy as you like. In the morning, why not join an aerobics class, take a walk, jog on deck, or just relax and enjoy a good book! In the afternoon, check out the pool deck. Whether you jump right in or watch from a distance, the crazy pool games and lively calypso band are sure to spice things up. When the ship is in port, take an organized shore excursion or explore the islands on your own with some new found friends. Here is a list of some of the activities you'll find!
Welcome aboard rum swizzle party / Captain's cocktail party / Fine dining, including late night buffets / Casual dining alternative in the bistro / Complimentary 24 hour room service / Spa cuisine menu items (healthful selections low in fat, calories and sodium) / Pampering service / Wide range of entertainment, including different shows every night at sea / Several nightclubs and a disco for late night dancing / Full casino, including slots, blackjack, craps, wheel of fortune, roulette, and Caribbean stud poker / Spa program / Three bands and orchestras, including a lively calypso band / Choice of 2 pool areas complete with hot tubs / Onboard duty free shopping / Briefings prior to arrival at each port of call / First run movies shown daily / Pool games and activities for days at sea / Dozens of fun activities possible every day.

HOW MUCH IS MY DEPOSIT AND WHEN IS FINAL PAYMENT DUE?
A deposit of $200.00 per person for 4 - 5 night cruises, and $250.00 to $500.00 for 7 to 10 night cruises is required to secure a written and confirmed booking. Specific information on final payment dates are found on the bottom of each individual cruise page, and will be printed on your written confirmation.

WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION ARE NEEDED?
For travel to the Caribbean and Mexico, U.S. Citizens are required to carry proof of citizenship (valid passport or certified copy of birth certificate) and a photo I.D. card. Acceptable photo I.D. cards are; state driver's license, US company employee I.D. card, or local government issued I.D. card or an I.D. card issued by a private identification card service. A Voter's Registration Card IS NOT acceptable. Non-U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. must show valid Alien Registration (green) cards prior to boarding the vessel. All others must show valid passports and any other required visas prior to boarding the vessel. Please check with your government agencies, embassies, or consulates to determine documentary requirements. For European travel U.S. Citizens are required to have a valid passport. Expiration date must not occur within six months of the voyage termination date. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO FAIL TO BRING REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION. AGE RESTRICTIONS- YOU MUST BE OVER 21 YEARS OLD TO CRUISE ON MOST CRUISES LINES, UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY SOMEONE OVER THE AGE OF 25 YEARS OLD.

IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY CRUISE, WILL I RECEIVE A REFUND?
Generally, for any cruises, if the cancellation is received at least 75 days prior to departure for 7 day cruises and 65 days prior to departure for 4-5 day cruises, your deposit will be refunded.. Since the cancellation and refund policy will vary by cruise line and length of cruise, you will be advised of the specific policies for the cruise you selected, at the time of deposit. These terms will also be included on your written confirmation. Trip Cancellation Insurance can be purchased, any time prior to final payment. For details on rates and coverage please call us.

WHAT ABOUT DINING?
If your dinner seating is of particular concern to you, please be sure to tell us, so that we can be sure to note your preferences. You can also enjoy a continental breakfast in your cabin, or a buffet breakfast on deck. Lunch and dinner are also available buffet style on Pool Deck, or inside the dining room. Room service is available at 24 hrs a day at no charge (tipping is suggested for room service).

WHAT ARE THE TIPPING GUIDELINES?
We encourage you to recognize the efforts of those who try so hard to serve you on the cruise. The following amounts are suggestions only. Dining room waiters and cabin stewards are typically "tipped" $3.50 per passenger per day; assistant waiters, $2 per passenger per day. Tipping of Head Waiters and Wine Stewards is left to passengers discretion. PLEASE NOTE; A 15% gratuity will be added to all bar and wine checks.

HOW DO I PAY FOR ON-BOARD PURCHASES?
Cruise lines use a onboard signing system. This system allows you to charge all onboard purchases (bar drinks, gift shop, shore excursions) simply by presenting your validated passenger cruise card which is issued to you on boarding. You will active your card by giving the cruise line a major credit card or a cash deposit on day of sailing. Your balance may be checked any time at the Purser's Office, and an itemized statement of your account will be delivered to your cabin the morning you leave the ship.

WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I PACK?
Casual attire is in order during the day. For one or two nights, formal dress, dark suit, or sports coat and tie is suggested. The dress code for other evenings is casual resort wear. Shorts and T-Shirts are not permitted in the dining room during dinner. Casual dress is the suggested attire for alternative dinning (buffet style on Pool Deck).


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