Expedition Cruising FAQs
Where will I go on an expedition cruise?
Expedition cruises take you to some of the most unique and exhilarating places on the planet. The smaller ships, along with the use of Zodiac vessels, allow guests to visit more remote areas, have more time ashore and get a closer look at local wildlife. Expert nationalists and guides will be on hand to guide you through your journey.
When is the best time to take an expedition cruise?
The best time to cruise will depend on the destination you choose. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can give you more details on the destination that interests you.
Will I need a passport or visa?
Passports are required for the expedition cruises that Vacations To Go offers. Visas may also be required on more exotic itineraries. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can confirm the document requirements for the trip that you choose.
Is English spoken?
English may or may not be wide-spread, depending on the destination you choose. The cruise operators will all have English-speaking guides.
What is the time difference?
The time difference can vary greatly depending on the destination you choose. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can give you more details on the destination that interests you.
What is the local currency? Where can I exchange currency?
The local currency will vary by destination and cruise operator. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can give you more details on the destination that interests you. Currency exchange stations are available at most local hotels and airports, though many tourist destinations accept credit cards.
Is tipping a common practice?
Tipping guidelines vary by cruise operator.
What should I wear?
Casual resort wear, including shorts and T-shirts, is the standard daytime attire for most cruises. You may also need protective clothing, depending on the destination you choose. Bring a variety of footwear, including low-heeled or rubber-soled shoes for walking on deck, sandals for beach excursions, sturdy walking shoes for guided tours and a pair of dressier shoes for formal dining. You can check your ship's dress codes for options suitable for nighttime, but most expedition ships do not have formal nights.
What should I pack?
Expedition cruises tend to have more active itineraries, and guests should plan accordingly. Guests visiting cooler climates will want to bring plenty of cold weather gear. Those cruising to warmer climates will need sunscreen, sunglasses and light clothing. Protective hats, and good walking shoes advisable no matter where you travel. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can advise you of the recommended clothing for the destination you choose. Also, remember to pack all of your medications, prescription or otherwise, in a bag you can keep with you as needed.
Is the water safe to drink?
Most resorts and restaurants filter their tap water, though bottled water is available almost everywhere.
What sort of medical precautions do I need to take?
Check with your health care provider prior to travel.
What types of electrical outlets are used?
Cruise companies use the standard 110-volt outlets. International guests will likely need converters and adapters.
How do I make a telephone call?
Resort hotels and public phone booths offer direct dialing for international calls. Calling cards also are available for sale in tourist-friendly markets. U.S.-based cell phones might not work everywhere.
Are hotel rooms outfitted with air conditioners?
Air conditioning may only be available in nicer hotels in some cities. If recycled air is important to you, make sure to consult your travel counselor before booking a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay.
What is the shopping like? What souvenirs should I buy?
Unique shopping opportunities can be one of the most exciting things about traveling. Be sure to check out some of the local markets and find out what goods the regions you plan to visit are known for. Duty-free items may also be available, depending on where you travel.
How do I get around?
Most major cities have extensive public transportation systems that include travel by metro, bus or tram. Bicycle rentals may also be available, and many tourist areas are often pedestrian-friendly. Shore excursions purchased through your cruise operator highlight top attractions and include transportation and a guide.
Can I rent a car?
Rental rules vary, but most companies require renters to be at least 21-25 years old. In many destinations, the proliferation of public transportation makes car rental unnecessary.
What can I do there?
Expedition cruises visit some of the most remote areas of the world and provide guests with unique opportunities for excursions and activities. Meet tortoises and Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands. Experience quaint fishing villages in Norway. Cruise the Arctic Circle and the Svalbard Archipelago. Whatever itinerary you choose, there are sure to be plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences to try.
Do you have any photography tips for travelers?
There's plenty of exciting things to capture, so be sure to bring plenty of gear. Users of "point-and-shoot" digital cameras should pack rechargeable batteries, a charger, electric adaptors and high-capacity memory. If you're bringing a digital video camera, don't forget the long-life batteries, charger, adaptors and converter. Make sure photography is permitted before shooting in museums, churches and cathedrals; in some cases, you'll just be asked to turn off your flash.