Frequently Asked Questions
Setting off for a week or two on a cruise ship can be a daunting thought for some travellers. Put your doubts to rest with our Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered here, please call a consultant on 0800 24 35 44 for further assistance.
Is cruising affordable?
Absolutely. Flight Centre offers a wide range of cruise options catering to all tastes and budgets. Many cruise prices are quoted as all inclusive and therefore really do provide great value for money.
Do I need a valid passport?
Yes. Most cruises dock in foreign countries and therefore to explore these fascinating cities you will require a valid passport.
Can I add additional days to my holiday either side of the cruise?
Absolutely. Your Flight Centre consultant can tailor an entire holiday with the cruise as the centrepiece just for you.
Do cruises cater for passengers with special needs?
Yes. Most cruise lines provide assistance to passengers with special needs. So that the on-board staff can prepare accordingly, when booking your cruise let our consultant know so that they can notify the cruise.
What will my cabin be like?
Overall cabins blend space-efficiency and comfort. The staff are trained to ensure you enjoy your cruise, so if they can help regarding your cabin, don’t hesitate to ask.
Do cruises accommodate dietary issues?
Yes. When booking your cruise, tell your consultant so that they can inform the cruise line accordingly.
Is tipping important?
Tipping varies from cruise to cruise and person to person. Your consultant will be able to inform you whether tipping is the custom on your cruise of choice.
Can I book at short notice?
If there’s space, then absolutely. Your Flight Centre consultant is happy to assist you to find availability on your first choice of cruise and offer suggestions on other cruises to ensure you have a great cruise holiday.
Are there any enough activities to keep me entertained while at sea?
Absolutely. There are many organised activities to keep holiday-makers entertained. We think the best form of entertainment are the spontaneous variety. So relax, enjoy your holiday and see what presents itself.
Are kids welcome?
Many cruises not only welcome kids but organise special activities for them. Your consultant will be able to check the kids situation before booking.
How much currency will I need?
Most cruises are all inclusive. However on-shore shopping expeditions and souvenirs are not included. Alcohol is also generally not covered by the cruise cost. It’s hard to give a figure because everyone is different.
Is it easy to make new friends?
We think so. Everyone is in a holiday mode and are therefore comfortable and relaxed. In general cruises are great places to strike up friendships with people of shared interests.
What should I pack?
What you bring depends on the style of cruise. If you’re cruising the South Pacific, then swimming attire is essential, however a cruise through Alaska is more focused on hiking and bush walking.
Are there non-smoking areas?
Yes. Most ships have designated non-smoking areas.
Is seasickness an issue?
It shouldn't be. Cruise liners are substantial boats that are designed to minimise the effects of motion.
Is there a doctor onboard?
Yes. In the unexpected situation that you require medical assistance, a doctor with a fully resourced medical facility will be available to help.
Can I wash my clothes?
Yes. Most cruise ships have laundry facilities.
To book your cruise or find out more about our latest cruise deals, contact one of our travel consultants today on 0800 24 35 44. Don't forget to ask about great deals on flights, travel insurance and more.