AUD $4040total per person
Guarantee Inside StateroomA Guarantee stateroom (GTY) guarantees an Inside stateroom or better! Your stateroom may be on any deck and...
Guarantee Inside Stateroom - Category IXIX
AUD $4,040total per person
AUD $4330total per person
Inside StateroomInside An Inside stateroom is the most affordable way for you to cruise. These staterooms can sleep up to four...
Inside Stateroom - Category ICIC
AUD $4,330total per person
Inside Stateroom - Category IDID
AUD $4,330total per person
Inside Stateroom - Category IBIB
AUD $4,388total per person
Mid-Ship Inside - Category IAIA
AUD $4,432total per person
Family Inside - Category I1I1
AUD $4,474total per person
AUD $5299total per person
Obstructed Oceanview StateroomThese staterooms have obstructed ocean view but combine comfort and value. They include two lower beds that convert...
Obstructed Oceanview - Category OKOK
AUD $5,299total per person
AUD $5560total per person
Oceanview Picture Window StateroomOceanview You'll have enough room to relax in these Oceanview Staterooms. They include two lower beds that convert...
AUD $5689total per person
Guarantee Balcony StateroomGuarantee Balcony A Guarantee stateroom (GTY) guarantees a Balcony stateroom or better! Please note that the view...
Guarantee Balcony Stateroom Category BXBX
AUD $5,689total per person
AUD $6123total per person
Balcony StateroomBalcony Stateroom These balcony staterooms are located either forward or aft. They include two lower beds that...
AUD $6225total per person
Mid-Ship Balcony StateroomMid-Ship Balcony These Mid-Ship Balcony Staterooms are located on a middle deck and offer easy access to great...
AUD $6384total per person
Large Balcony StateroomLarge Balcony Two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and a sofa bed. The large balcony offers incredible...
AUD $6428total per person
Family Balcony StateroomFamily Balcony These staterooms are great family accommodations. Bring the family and spread out in comfort....
Family Balcony - Category B3B3
AUD $6,428total per person
AUD $6862total per person
Aft-Facing Balcony StateroomAft-Facing Large Balcony The aft-facing balcony offers truly incredible views and a great way to feel the ocean...
Aft-Facing Large Balcony - Category B1B1
AUD $6,862total per person
AUD $8816total per person
1-Bedroom Obstructed View Family SuiteThese suites include two lower beds that convert to a queen and a double sofa bed; extra bedroom that includes two...
1-Bedroom Obstructed Family Suite - SJSJ
AUD $8,816total per person
AUD $9162total per person
PenthouseLiving room, private balcony, king-size bed, a double sofa bed and double murphy bed (only on category SF), CD/DVD...
AUD $9742total per person
2-Bedroom Family SuiteLiving room with double sofa bed, private balcony, two separate bedrooms one with a queen-size bed and one with a...
2-Bedroom Family Suite Category SISI
AUD $9,742total per person
AUD $11608total per person
Deluxe PenthouseThese suites include a bedroom with king-size bed, walk-in closet, and luxury bath with whirlpool tub and separate...
Deluxe Penthouse - Category SDSD
AUD $11,608total per person
AUD $11767total per person
Owner's SuiteLiving room, dining room, private balcony with hot tub, bedroom with king-size bed and walk-in-closet, a double...
Owner's Suite - Category SCSC
AUD $11,767total per person
AUD $14746total per person
2-Bedroom Deluxe Family SuiteLiving room, private balcony, two separate bedrooms (one with a king-size bed and walk-in-closet and one with two...
2Bedroom Deluxe Family Suite Category SASA
AUD $14,746total per person
Inside An Inside stateroom is the most affordable way for you to cruise. These staterooms can sleep up to four guests, with two pull-down beds and two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed.
Mid-Ship Inside These staterooms contain two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding in some to accommodate more guests. And because they are mid-ship, you'll have easy access to all the exciting activities and delicious dining options on board.
Family Inside Pride of America's Inside Staterooms are a great way for the whole family to cruise. With room for up to four guests these staterooms offer two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed as well as pull down beds to accommodate two more.
- Accommodates: 4 passengers
- Size: Approx. 132 sq. ft.
Obstructed Oceanview Stateroom
Guarantee Balcony Stateroom
Guarantee Balcony A Guarantee stateroom (GTY) guarantees a Balcony stateroom or better! Please note that the view from your balcony may be fully obstructed or partially obstructed. Your stateroom may be on any deck and assigned up to one day prior to embarkation.
- Accommodates: 2-3
- Total Approx. Size: 178 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.
Balcony Stateroom These balcony staterooms are located either forward or aft. They include two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with amazing views.
- Accommodates: 2-3
- Total Approx. Size: 178 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.
Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Mid-Ship Balcony These Mid-Ship Balcony Staterooms are located on a middle deck and offer easy access to great restaurants, activities and more. This stateroom includes two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed, a convertible sofa to accommodate more, a sitting area and balcony with fantastic views.
- Accommodates: 2-3
- Total Approx. Size: 178 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.
Family Balcony Stateroom
Family Balcony These staterooms are great family accommodations. Bring the family and spread out in comfort. Features two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a convertible sofa, as well as a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony.
- Accommodates: 3 - 4
- Total Approx. Size: 178 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 40 sq. ft.
Aft-Facing Balcony Stateroom
Aft-Facing Large Balcony The aft-facing balcony offers truly incredible views and a great way to feel the ocean breeze. They include two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, a sitting area with a single sofa and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a large private balcony.
- Accommodates: 3
- Total Approx. Size: 227-233 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 89-95 sq. ft.
1-Bedroom Obstructed View Family Suite
These suites include two lower beds that convert to a queen and a double sofa bed; extra bedroom that includes two lower beds that convert to a queen and additional bedding to accommodate two guests; two bathrooms with showers and two TVs. Butler and concierge service available.
- Accommodates: 8
- Total Approx. Size: 356 sq. ft.
Living room, private balcony, king-size bed, a double sofa bed and double murphy bed (only on category SF), CD/DVD library, walk-in-closet and bath and shower (except in wheelchair-accessible staterooms). Butler service and concierge available.
- Accommodates: 6 passengers
- Total Approx. Size: 494-688 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 185-301 sq. ft.
These suites include a bedroom with king-size bed, walk-in closet, and luxury bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower, a double sofa bed and double murphy bed. Also features two TVs and a large private balcony. Butler service and concierge available.
- Accommodates: 6 passengers
- Total Approx. Size: 880 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 419 sq. ft.
Living room, dining room, private balcony with hot tub, bedroom with king-size bed and walk-in-closet, a double sofa bed, CD/DVD library, two TVs, luxury bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower and guest bathroom. Butler service and concierge available.
Stateroom 10000, as well as staterooms on Deck 11 and 13 do not have a guest bathroom. Staterooms on Deck 13 do not have hot tubs on the balcony.
- Maximum number of passengers per cabin: 4
- Total Approx. Size: 766-957 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 164-387 sq. ft.
2-Bedroom Deluxe Family Suite
Living room, private balcony, two separate bedrooms (one with a king-size bed and walk-in-closet and one with two lower convertible beds) a pullman sofa, two TVs, two bathrooms one with bath and shower. Butler service and concierge available.
- Accommodates: 5 passengers
- Total Approx. Size: 607-650 sq. ft.
- Balcony Size: 98 sq. ft.
Guarantee Inside Stateroom - Category IX
Inside Stateroom - Category IC
Inside Stateroom - Category ID
Inside Stateroom - Category IB
Mid-Ship Inside - Category IA
Family Inside - Category I1
Obstructed Oceanview - Category OK
Family Oceanview Window - Category O1
Mid-Ship Oceanview Window - Category OA
Guarantee Balcony Stateroom Category BX
Balcony Stateroom - Category BF
Balcony Stateroom - Category BC
Balcony Stateroom - Category BE
Balcony Stateroom - Category BD
Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom - Category BB
Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom - Category BA
Large Balcony Stateroom - Category B7
Large Balcony Stateroom - Category B6
Family Balcony - Category B3
Aft-Facing Large Balcony - Category B1
1-Bedroom Obstructed Family Suite - SJ
Penthouse - Category SE
Penthouse - Category SG
Penthouse - Category SH
Penthouse - Category SF
2-Bedroom Family Suite Category SI
Deluxe Penthouse - Category SD
Owner's Suite - Category SC
2Bedroom Deluxe Family Suite Category SA
Please note: All prices featured are per person (unless otherwise stated), and include non commission fares (taxes, fees and port expenses). Prices and availability are subject to change due to changes made by the Cruise Companies. Prices quoted are based on payments made via BPAY or bank transfer. Visa and Mastercard payments incur a 1.5% transaction fee.
Day 1Honolulu Depart: Sat, Aug 29, 2020 @ 19:00
Arrive: Sun, Aug 30, 2020 @ 08:00
Depart: Sun, Aug 30, 2020 @ 08:00
Arrive: Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 00:00
Depart: Mon, Aug 31, 2020 @ 18:00
Arrive: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 @ 08:00
Depart: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 @ 18:00
Arrive: Wed, Sep 2, 2020 @ 07:00
Depart: Wed, Sep 2, 2020 @ 17:30
Day 6Nawiliwili (kauai)
Arrive: Thu, Sep 3, 2020 @ 08:00
Depart: Thu, Sep 3, 2020 @ 08:00
Day 7Nawiliwili (kauai)
Arrive: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 @ 00:00
Depart: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 @ 14:00
Day 7Cruise Napali Coast
Arrive: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 @ 00:00
Depart: Fri, Sep 4, 2020 @ 00:00
Day 8Honolulu Arrive: Sat, Sep 5, 2020 @ 07:00
Every cruise fare includes beautifully crafted menus in our two main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. From fresh-baked breads, desserts and pastries to our chefs' original dishes made with the freshest ingredients, your dining can be as fine or fun as you want.
Main Dining Rooms
- Liberty Main Dining Room - Dining at the Liberty is guaranteed to be a traditional experience as you step back into America's Colonial days. The decor features paintings of the Founding Fathers and important moments in American History. Deck 6
- Skyline Main Dining Room - Inspired by the architecture and skyscrapers of 1930's Manhattan, this Art Deco style restaurant offers a delicious, traditional dining experience. Deck 5
Other Complimentary Dining Options
- Aloha Cafe - This indoor/outdoor buffet-style eatery features food stations where you can order omelets, waffles, fruit, soups, ethnic specialties and pasta. Set against a Hawaiian theme with outrigger canoes, Polynesian carvings and even a kid-sized buffet.
- Cadillac Diner - This totally retro 1950's diner has Cadillac seats, plays 50's Rock 'n Roll and offers up a classic menu of burgers, fish 'n chips, potpies and wok-fast dishes. Open 22-hours a day.
- Room Service - Dine in after a day at the pool. Or treat yourself to a continental breakfast in bed. Choose from an extensive menu with complimentary and a la carte items featuring everything from chef-crafted dishes to delicious snacks and treats. All freshly-prepared and delivered to your stateroom – 24-hours a day. Convenience charge of $7.95 may apply.
Dining aboard Norwegian is about having choices. Enjoy delicious comfort foods as well as more exotic choices from many complimentary dining options. Or widen your palette further and choose from the specialty restaurants for a cover charge or á la carte. Whether it's a cheeseburger you have a desire for, or Coq au Vin, your dinner is ready when you are. And if you book a Specialty Dining Package, you can savor an array of the specialty restaurants for one special price.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, our authentic Brazilian steakhouse is a must. Start with an impressive salad bar of imported cheeses, olives, cured meats, ceviche and specialty salads. Be sure to save room for the delicious skewers of slow-roasted meats including beef, pork, lamb and chicken – all carved tableside by our Pasadores.
Flying shrimp. Onion volcanoes. Twirling knives. The sizzles and surprises never cease at our authentic Japanese Hibachi restaurant. Sit around a lively shared table as a skillful chef slices, chops and grills steak, seafood and chicken on a large steel grill right before your eyes. Our chilled, sake-infused Wasabi Cocktail will have you flipping too. Deck 5
Steak is the standard at our American-style steakhouse. Pull up a seat and take your pick from premium cuts of Certified Angus Beef®. Your mouth will water, so sip your favorite cocktail in anticipation. And don’t forget to order our made-from-scratch jumbo crab cakes and a side of our famous truffle fries. Deck 6
Have it au poivre or just go straight for the bouillabaisse at our signature French restaurant. Elegant interiors and attentive servers make this an intimate dining experience reminiscent of a Parisian café. By the end of your meal, you’ll might just be proclaiming c’est magnifique! Deck 5
Enjoy the flavors of the Tuscan countryside at tables with room for old friends and new. Dine on classic dishes where you can taste the freshness of every tomato used to make an exquisitely delicious sauce. Try a twist on a classic like lobster fettuccine, or keep it purist with a osso bucco. Just when you think you’re out, they’ll pull you back in with a toasty espresso and some macadamia nut ice cream. Delizioso! Deck 11
East Meets West Asian Restaurant also has a Sushi and Sashimi Bar where you can enjoy the very best sushi and sashimi expertly prepared as you watch. The menu is priced a la carte. Deck 5
Bars and Lounges
Aloha Lanai Bar
A full bar offering an extensive wine and beer selection and cocktails including Mai Tai's, Surf Rider's and Polynesian's. Deck 13
Gold Rush Saloon
Sidle up and wet your whistle at the Gold Rush Saloon, a full bar offering an extensive wine and beer selection and cocktails. Deck 11
John Adam's Coffee Bar
For that double, vanilla, extra hot latte with extra foam, the John Adam's Coffee Bar is at your service with a wide variety of specialty coffees, teas, pastries and cookies. Deck 5
Key West Bar & Grill
Full bar & grill in a Key West setting. Deck 12
Mardi Gras Cabaret Lounge & Nightclub
Every night is Mardi Gras here. The famous New Orleans Mardi Gras is the inspiration behind this fun, lively lounge. Deck 6
Napa Wine Bar
Enjoy different wines by the glass at the Napa Wine Bar. You can also order cocktails and beer in this full bar. Deck 6
Ocean Drive Bar
Enjoy cocktails, wines and beer in a full bar that overlooks the South Beach Pool. Deck 11
Pink's Champagne Bar
Inspired by Hawaii's Royal Palace Hotel, often referred to as the "Pink Palace", on Waikiki Beach. Toast to your good health and good luck with champagne. Deck 6
Hang loose brother at the Waikiki Bar. You'll think you're on Waikiki Beach after you order a Mai Tai or Polynesian. Full bar includes wine, beer and cocktails. Sand optional. Deck 13
Shuffles Card Room
Here is one room where playing games is not just encouraged, it's expected. Find another couple and play bridge or test your skill with board games, checkers, and Scrabble®.
Deck Games include Outdoor Chess. It's a great way to meet some of the other passengers. Deck 13
Tonight, you can’t help falling in love with Norwegian’s very first original Musical Comedy, Rock-a-Hula LÅ«‘au! Think the fun of ‘Glee’ meeting the campy comedy of Frankie and Annette, all set to the re-imagined music of Elvis Presley! One for the Money, Two for the Show, Three to get ready…now Rock-a-Hula Go!
When's the last time you guffawed? From standup comedy to unicycle-riding jugglers, you're invited for an evening of laughter in the Hollywood Theater
How'd they do that? We may never know but it sure is fun to witness things appearing and disappearing right before your eyes. Add a dash of comedy and you've got one magical evening.
Oh What A Night
Big Girls Don't Cry, Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, Walk Like A Man...You really will be saying, Oh What A Night - after you witness these four talented performers sing popular songs from Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.
White Hot Party
Ice ice baby. Don your white attire and get to the pool deck for the most invigorating, black light glowing, electrifying party beneath the stars. Dance with our white-winged angels and be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt.
Want to send an update to family and friends back home? This is the place to be when you need to get online. Computer and Internet facilities, plus a computer lecture and training area is available. Deck 6
A hip place for teens to hang out, complete with dance floor, bar, video, jukebox, table football and air hockey. Deck 12
Kid's rule here. There's a paddling pool, soft play area, computers, movie room and jungle gym.
Kumu Cultural Center
The Kumu Cultural Center takes guests through the history of Hawaii. In addition our onboard Hawaiian Duo local entertainers and the Hawaiian Ambassadors onboard bring the Hawaii culture to light with art & crafts classes, and lectures for the guests.
SS America Library
You'll find a well-stocked selection of reading materials against the backdrop of the historic SS America Ship with memorabilia and artifacts from the ship itself.
Located on the aft part of Pride of America is the smaller Oasis outdoor pool. Deck 12
South Beach Pool
Pride of America's ode to Miami's South Beach, includes two glimmering outdoor pools and four hot tubs. Deck 11
There are four outdoor hot tubs located in close proximity to the South Beach Pool. Deck 11
An incomparable collection of the finest Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle jewelry for women and men. Na Hoku is recognized in Hawaii and the world for its exquisite island inspired designs, including the original Hawaiian Slipper Pendant, the elegant Palm Tree Collection, the Wave collection and exclusive watched featuring Koa wood. Na Hoku also features collections by Kabana, LeVian and Steven Douglas. Na Hoku captures the essence of Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle and is unmatched in quality and craftsmanship.
Newbury Street Shops
Need a new bathing suit? How about a surprise gift for your sweetheart? Newbury Street Shops offer a wide selection of brand name and specialty goodies. Deck 5
The selection of beautiful photographic prints is worthy of any wall. Photos on display are available for purchase. Deck 5
SoHo Art Gallery
Stroll through Pride of America's Art Gallery of original paintings for sale by a wide range of well-known artists. Deck 5
Surround yourself with the calming nature of wood, stone, and primal New Mexican artifacts in the Mandara Spa. Ease your worries away as our wide array of spa treatments relax and refresh you.
Sports & Fitness
Shoot hoops, join a pick up game, play beach volleyball at the outdoor Basketball/Volleyball court, where we will be happy to accommodate you. Deck 14
Golf Driving Net
Fore! Take your clubs out for a drive at Golf Driving Net, where there's no such thing as a lost ball or a bad drive. Deck 13
Run circles around the other guests or get in your daily walk while you're at sea. Breakfast always tastes better after a good walk or run, right? Deck 6
Santa Fe Fitness Center
There are numerous ways to stay in shape while on board Pride of America. The Santa Fe Fitness Center is open from 6am to 11pm with a full gym and aerobics/fitness classes offered daily. Deck 12
Blast Off Video Arcade
Stop by the video arcade and shoot a few aliens, win a car race, play pinball and fly a jet fighter. Let your imagination run wild at Blast Off Video Arcade. Deck 13
Aloha! Come aboard Pride of America for the best way to island hop Hawaii. From the moment you step into the Capitol Atrium, with its soaring Tiffany-glass dome and grand staircase, you'll know this is a spectacular cruise ship. Cruise America's paradise in style, with 14 restaurants and nine bars and lounges, excellent family accommodations, spacious suites and lots of balconies.
- Vessel: Pride of America
- Year: 2005
- Beam: 105
- Cruising speed: 22
- Crew: 917
- Onboard Currency: U.S. Dollar
- Passenger Capacity: 2,186
- Tonnage: 80,439
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Galleria Shops
- Kids Clubs
- Spa and Fitness Centre
- Video Zone
Pride of America - Deck Plans
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Cruise code: 13017241
- Receive up to $1000 onboard credit per cabin. May not apply to all cabin categories.
- Inside Choose 1: Beverage Package, Dining Package, $50 Shore Tour Credit, Internet credit. Oceanview choose 2, Balcony (subject to avail) & Suites can get all! Not available IX, OX, BX, MX.T&Cs apply.
- Onboard accommodation
- Government Tax
- In-stateroom TV programming (except for on-demand movies)
- Dedicated Kids & Teen (ages 2-17) programming & spaces during at sea days until 10:30 pm and from departure until 10:30 pm during port days
- Meals in the complimentary dining venues
- Iced Tea, some juices in the buffet (for breakfast), regular coffee, tea and ice water
- All entertainment onboard unless it’s part of a dining entertainment production
- Poolside activities
- Access to fitness facilities
- Select onboard presentations
- Sports Court activities
- Use of outdoor pools and hot tubs
Frequently asked questions
Cruising is such a great value holiday as your fare includes accommodations, all main meals onboard ship, onboard daytime activities, and night-time entertainment including live stage shows. One reason cruising is good value is because you'll know what most of your holiday will cost before you go. Generally your only extra onboard expenses could be your beverages (though these are sometimes included on luxury ships), optional shore excursions, personal services such as spa treatments, and any purchases at the gift and duty free shops.
All your main meals are included on a cruise. Typically for breakfast, lunch and dinner there is an a la carte option (order from a menu) or a buffet option. There is so much choice available, and the food is excellent. However, your cruise doesn't always just include these 3 main meals. You can in fact eat non-stop for 24 hours a day if you like.
Most cruise lines also offer specialty dining as an alternative option to the main restaurants. There is typically a small cover charge for this. However, the food is well worth it, and the specialty restaurants are normally smaller and more intimate than the main restaurants so they make for a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
The entertainment on board comes in many different styles and formats but is always included in the cruise fare. In the evening there are shows in the main show lounge (except small ship cruising). Typically there are two sessions a night so, depending on your dinner time, you can always catch the show. The style of these shows changes daily. Some nights it will include all of the ship’s entertainment crew with a Las Vegas style production. Other nights there may be a guest entertainer or comedian. There is something for everyone.
The entertainment doesn't stop with the nightly performances. Each night the ship provides a newsletter detailing all the activities that will take place the following day. These activities may include dance classes, arts and crafts, table tennis, live music, tournaments, trivia quizzes, recent release movies, and other deck games and deck parties. The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you like. If your idea of a holiday is sitting back with a good book, you can do that. If you like to be entertained there is no shortage of entertainment.
One of the main reasons for a cruise making such a great family holiday is the “kids club” facilities offered on board, and they are all included in your cruise fare. Typically the kids clubs are broken into 3 different age groups - 3 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years, and 13 – 17 years. In these dedicated children’s facilities they are looked after by trained staff and the facilities are open from 9am – 10pm. Parents can check their children into the “kids club” whenever it suits them. Children love these facilities as it is “their space” aboard the ship.
NB Each cruise line has limited space on board the ship for children as the kids club facilities can cater for a limited number of children, and any child booked onto a cruise has access to the kids club. If you are planning on taking a cruise during the school holidays then you need to book early as the children's space will sell out. Also, while most cruise lines have kids club facilities there are some exceptions (not common) so you should check this at time of booking.
The chances are you will not get seasick. On a cruise most people do not suffer from motion sickness. However, if you are going to get seasick then it is likely to happen in the first 24 hours. If you limit the amount of alcohol you consume and activities you do in the first 24 hours you can reduce the chance of this happening. Another thing you can do is select a midship cabin on a lower deck. A cabin in the middle of the ship (midship) will experience the least amount of movement.
There are a number of other precautions/medications you can take, and these can be purchased before you travel at a pharmacy or health shop. Otherwise you can buy them on board.
The best thing you can do if you feel seasick is visit the ship’s doctor. They can give you an injection that will give you relief from your seasickness within 30 minutes. You have planned and saved for your holiday, don't ruin it by feeling sick. Visit the doctor for the injection and get it treated straight away. If you have travel insurance then you can claim this back.
IMPORTANT: A visit to the doctor on board will cost you money so we strongly recommend you get travel insurance before you depart on your holiday.
Terms and conditions for this cruise
Frequently Asked Questions
Shore excursions are pre-organised tours & sightseeing options that you purchase on board for when your ship is in a port of call. Every ship has a “Shore Ex” desk with qualified staff who can advise you of different excursions available, what’s best to do and generally help you with information on the particular region your ship is visiting.
Shore excursions can be booked on board your ship however some cruise lines allow you to pre-book and pay for excursions online. If there is a tour you really want to do then we recommend you pre-book it as popular tours do sell out.
Shore excursions are not compulsory, you are free to go ashore and return to the ship as many times as you like.
When you go ashore it is important to note:
You must take your cruise I.D. card (ticket) as proof for re-embarking.
The city or town you are visiting may not be close to the port where the ship is docked, cruise lines normally organise shuttle buses (at a minimal charge) throughout the day to and from the city centre.
You must return to the ship at the stipulated time as the ship WILL NOT wait for late passengers.
Tour costs vary depending on the activity, itinerary and inclusions. There is always a wide variety on offer for all age groups and abilities that can start from as little as $25.
Sometimes you can book your tour, when you arrive at your port, direct from the operator at a much cheaper price. However, this comes with a buyer beware warning. The operators used by the cruise line are trusted professionals so you will not be ripped off. Also, if something goes wrong on your tour, the cruise line knows where you are and will take the necessary steps to pick you up if your vehicle has broken down. In extreme cases they will even hold the ship's departure for you if you are late returning from a tour booked through the ship. They will not wait if you go direct through the operator, as they will not know where you are.
Unlike airlines, there are no luggage restrictions on a cruise. However you need to consider that you need to store it in your cabin for your holiday. There is plenty of storage space in your cabin but if you are travelling in a quad cabin you may want to impose your own restrictions.
NB It is important to remember that airlines have different luggage restrictions, so if you are flying either pre or post cruise then you may want to keep within their allowances.
Cruise lines around the world do not all operate using the same onboard currency. The currency varies from cruise line to cruise line with the most common currency being US dollars. P&O Cruises Australia, Carnival Spirit and the Sun and Dawn Princess all use Australian dollars as their onboard currency.
Cruising is a cashless society which means when you purchase anything on board you do not pay for it in cash. When you board the ship it is like checking into a hotel, you can either give a credit card imprint or the cruise line will take a cash deposit of approximately $300. You are then given a “cruise card”. Your cruise card is your door key (on most ships), has your dinner table number on it (for traditional dining), and it is used for making any purchases aboard.
When you make a purchase with your cruise card, it is swiped and a receipt is printed that you will need to sign. The cost of the purchase is then added to your onboard account which you settle at the end of your cruise.
Many cruises on our websites come with onboard credits. This could be from a special promotion that is being run by the cruise line or because of the relationship we have with the cruise lines that allows us to select certain cruises to receive onboard credit. The amount of onboard credit does normally depend on the length of the cruise.
If your reservation receives onboard credit we will confirm this with you in writing and then your onboard account will automatically be in credit for the amount we have confirmed to you. This credit can be used towards any onboard expenditure that is charged back to your cabin. It is important to note that if you do not spend all of your onboard credit it will not be refunded to you in cash so it is best you spend it all while on board.
Tipping/gratuities are a big issue for a lot of Australasian cruise passengers as it is not our custom to reward good service in this way. What cruise passengers need to consider is that outside of Australasia, the remuneration for personnel in the service industry is quite low. Hence, to keep up a high standard, employees have the incentive of earning additional income via the tips they receive. At the end of the day, how much you tip is up to you.
The most common way cruise lines suggest tipping, is that they add a suggested amount to your daily onboard account. You can choose to keep that on your account or you can ask the purser to remove it. This suggested amount is divided out amongst your cabin steward, your dinner waiter, your assistant waiter, your wine steward, and maitre d’.
Some cruise lines ask passengers to wait until the end of the cruise and they discreetly leave an envelope in your cabin in which to place the appropriate amount. Some cruise lines state that the fare you have paid includes gratuities. Some cruise lines ask that you pre-pay the gratuities with your cruise fare prior to your holiday departure.
Again, the amount you tip is up to you (unless it is prepaid) and it isn't intended to have a negative impact on your holiday. Do what feels most comfortable to you.
The rules surrounding where you can smoke on board a cruise ship vary from cruise line to cruise line. However, none have taken steps to ban smoking completely. Most only allow smoking in designated areas on the open decks. Many have banned smoking on cabin balconies as this poses a fire risk.
Many cruise lines have rules restricting you from taking your own alcohol on board your cruise ship. If you have pre purchased duty free alcohol the ship will take it off you when you board and store it away for you. This alcohol will be delivered to your cabin the night before you disembark. The same applies if you purchase it when you are in port. Any purchases made on board will also be delivered the night before you disembark.
However, Princess Cruises will allow you to bring a bottle of wine aboard which you can drink at dinner or in your cabin.
These restrictions were put in place to create a safer environment on board your cruise ship, where people drink within a controlled drinking environment.
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