Online Cruise Agent

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Passport and visa requirements

Passport and visa requirements will depend on your itinerary. Australian citizens typically only need a visa organised prior to travel for China, India, Brazil and Russia. When travelling to the U.S.A you are required to complete a visa waiver from online. Without this you may be denied boarding of your flight or cruise. If you have any doubts about visa requirements please check with your cruise specialist. Visa applications are through the government of the country you're requesting entrance; the process varies by country. We can guide you on how and where to apply, and the fees.

You will require a passport for most cruises, even those leaving from Australian ports. The only exception to this is shorter coastal cruises where the ship is either not making any stops at all or is only calling at Australian ports. You should check passport requirements with your cruise consultant if you have any doubts whatsoever.

Please note that we can only advise you as to how to obtain a passport or visa, but it's your responsibility to apply, purchase and make sure you receive the passport and/or visa prior to your departure.

Also, if you're travelling to destinations which require a vaccination certificate, it's your responsibility to get the required vaccinations prior to departure. Some African and South American countries require vaccinations to enter.
 

do I need to provide information about my travelling party in advance?

Due to the increased security at airports many airlines now require the collection of Advanced Passenger Information (A.P.I.S). If you have booked flights through Online Cruise Agent then we will gather this information from you at the time of booking.
 

will I need to buy travel insurance?

Whilst it's not a requirement of travel, and most holidays go off without a hitch, mishaps do occur, and with the right type of travel insurance you're likely to have more control over the outcome.

Travel insurance offers numerous levels of coverage ranging from simple plans such as insuring an airline ticket, to comprehensive plans which cover you in the event of baggage loss, damage to personal effects, delays, medical, dental, emergency evacuation or assistance, and trip cancellation. At Online Cruise Agent we can help you determine what coverage will be suitable for your holiday.
 

will I need cash onboard?

Most cruise lines operate a cashless system - which is why they obtain your credit card number upon embarkation for you to charge all the "extras" to your onboard account. When it comes to tipping the staff, the practice of automatically charging your onboard account a daily flat service charge is becoming increasingly popular among most cruise lines.

For onshore purchases, using a credit card is the best policy. But for smaller purchases, cash is an easy alternative. Also, travelers' checks or rechargeable cash cards are a good idea to bring along in case your primary form of cash or credit is lost or stolen.

We will advise you of the tipping policies and need of monetary funds based on the cruise line and itinerary.
 

pre-registering for a cruise

A majority of the cruise lines now require you to pre-register for your cruise. Please refer to Check-in & Boarding, Cruise Line pre-registration where you can connect to the correct pages to complete it on-line. From here you can also check shore excursions and download boarding passes.
 

packing for a cruise

It's a holiday, so feel free to pack like it. But do be aware of the seasonal temperatures/weather of the destination(s) you'll be exploring and pack accordingly (i.e. Alaska in the summer will still require a warm jacket). Ask about the voltage requirements on the ship if you plan on bringing electrical, plug-in items.

Also, you will need to adhere to the cruise line's dress code; some are more formal than others. Many cruise lines maintain the tradition of dressing up for dinner. However, what qualifies as "dressing up" has evolved over time. Many cruise lines now designate some evenings for "casual" dress, some for "informal" dress and some for "formal" dress. What these code words mean varies a bit from one cruise line to another, but in general, here's what to expect (and pack):

Casual dress means open-necked sport shirts and slacks for men; and sundresses, slacks or capri pants with coordinating tops for women. In general, jeans, shorts and baseball caps are not allowed. On luxury cruise lines, casual may take one more step toward formal, with jackets (but not ties) required for men and women expected to wear dresses or skirts.

Informal (or "smart casual" or "resort casual") dress means slacks, button-down shirts, ties and jackets for men; dresses, dinner suits or pantsuits for women.

Formal dress means dark suits, dinner jackets or tuxedos for men; evening dresses for women. On luxury cruise lines, it's not unusual to see women in full-length gowns on formal nights.

Note that some cruise lines require the specified form of evening dress not only in the dining rooms, but everywhere on the ship. If you really want to be flexible with your attire, consider a cruise line that has no dress code.
 

bringing alcohol on a ship

Cruise lines have a variety of policies regarding how much alcohol you can bring onboard with you. Some do allow you to bring a bottle or two of wine or Champagne, others do not. Ask us to check the latest rules on your specific cruise line.

> Why take a cruise?

Find out why cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry
 

> Choosing the right cruise 

Selecting the right cruise line and ship for you

 

> How cruise pricing works

Confused by all the different pricing available? We can help

 

> Check-in & Boarding 

Get your holiday started

 

 

> Life onboard

What to expect once your cruise holiday starts



> Preparing for your cruise

Now your booked, what's next?

 

 

Questions?

Will I get sea sick?

Chances are you won't get seasick on today's modern super liners. Cruise ships are built with very effective stabilizers to minimise the rocking movement of the sea and if you're on an average size ship it will be up to 15 stories high - it takes a big wave to move a ship of that size! Cruise ships are often diverted from their standard crourse to avoid bad weather and most of the time you will be in beautiful calm waters. And if all else fails - preventative medication is cheap, and it works.

What is a cabin 'guarantee'?

A cabin 'guarantee' means you will not receive a a specific cabin number at the time of booking. The cruise line will assign a cabin to you at a later date, possibly after full payment is made but maybe not until you actually check in. The good news is you are guaranteed to receive a cabin in the category that you have purchased, with the possibility of an upgrade to a higher category. Cruise lines typically offer 'guaranteed' cabin grades when the fares have been lowered from their original prices, so you will be receiving a great price in return for accepting a cabin assigned by the cruise line.

 


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