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Florida Cruise Ship Tips  

Cruise Ship Tips:

1. Choosing a Travel Agent - Choose an agent who is a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) because they can book you on any cruise.

2.  Different types of Cruise Ships? - Find out what type of ships are availaable, some are large with every resort amenity possible, while others are smaller with a more intimate atmosphere. Usually the price that you pay for your ticket will include all ship's activities (except of course for casino ships) such as dining, shows and entertainment, movies, tournaments, saunas, fitness centers, games and contests, lectures, ship tours and more (see the section below on "Tipping"). Find out what kinds of activities each ship has to offer.  Also, ask yourself "Where do I want to go?" (several carribean islands such as those of the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Florida keys are common destinations.) There are daily gaming cruises and also 2,3,4 and 7 day island cruises (obviously, your budget and time constraints will help decide this for you.) Also, some cruises will combine packages with a Central Florida attraction admission, so ask about it, maybe you can save money.

3.  What to Wear - As stated above, these ships are floating resorts with many different activities.  Bring your swimming suit, sun screen and clothes for being around splashing water.  On many ships the daytime attire is informal casual wear, but in the evening many events are dressy.  Some of them may be so formal that women must wear an evening dress and men must wear either a tuxedo or a dark suit.

4.  Sea Sickness? Most of the cruise lines travel in smooth waters and have stabilizers to prevent the ship from rocking too much, but it couldn't hurt to bring some motion sickness medicine (or even a prescription from your doctor, if you feel the need) just in case there is a storm.

5.  Tipping? Tipping is expected except on the most luxurious lines.  Of course you have discretion if someone is not performing properly, but otherwise they'll expect something more than "Don't bet on horses".

6.  International Laws - No need to be paranoid, but, you will be in international waters and subject to international maritime laws (not U.S. laws) when not in port, so be careful what you bring on board and watch out for the bad guys, shipboard security cannot be everywhere all the time.  When you arrive at another country's port, be mindful of their laws and the information given by the ships crew before debarking (you don't want them to leave without you!)

7.  Sun Protection - Don't forget to apply that sun screen, or hide from the sun, otherwise you'll be singing the blues in the evening, and it won't be in the cabaret.  (That's if you don't have much melanin in your skin to protect you, of course.)

One helpful place to plan your cruise is Cruise Lines International Association.

Enjoy your trip and we hope that it is pleasant.


Cruise Lines from Port Canaveral - Internet Sites

Ocean going cruise ships leave from Port Canaveral, Florida, which is an hour's drive away from the Disney/Universal/Seaworld attractions area using 528 (The Beeline Expressway) and from Port Miami-Dade.

The following links are to official sites not affiliated with us:

Carnival Cruise Lines - 3 & 4 days to the Bahamas.

Disney Cruise Lines - 3, 4 and 7 days to the Caribbean (including their private island.)

Royal Caribbean International - 7 day cruises to Eastern Caribbean islands.

Sterling Casino Lines - daily cruises.

SunCruz Casino - daily cruises.

Port Canaveral Cruise Schedules Their site can help you to keep track of your ship; it's Port Canaveral's official site. You can e-mail them at portcan@aol.com


Cruise Lines from Miami-Dade - Internet Sites

The following links are to official sites not affiliated with us:

Carnival Cruise Lines

Cunard Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

Royal Carribean International Cruise Line

The Port of Miami-Dade official site.


Tampa's Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines


Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades Cruise Lines

Discovery Cruise Line


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