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FAQ’s

Who is eligible for interline pricing?
An employee of an airline or qualifying company (active or retired), employees spouse, dependant children and parents and in-laws of the employee.

Can I take friends along at the interline price?
Yes! As long as they are sharing a cabin with the eligible employee. In some cases, friends can travel in their own cabin at the same rate when traveling with the interliner. Remember, there are different rules for every departure. We will help you find what is best for you and your family. We know the interline market better than anyone else, that is why our clients keep coming back again and again.

Do parents and in-laws have to travel with the airline employee?
It is surprising how many airline employees DO NOT realize that they can extend these benefits to their parents and in-laws AND they don’t even have to travel with the employee. It is easy! Your parents can register with Dargal directly and by subscribing to our weekly email updates, they’ll see all the fantastic rates they can book. We will take care of your parents like they were our own!

Why would I book with an interline agency when there are other low rates with some retail agencies?
We have had so many situations where an interliner booked through a retail agency at a low rate AND THEN a lower rate became available through interline. You know what? A retail agency cannot offer you the interline rate WHEN it becomes available. At The Cruise Company we have access to the lowest cruise only rates and the interline rates. So what does that mean to you? At The Cruise Company, we have direct access into our suppliers inventory…..something no other interline agency has. We also get access to the lowest retail and interline rates in the marketplace. We know the interline market better than anyone else, which means we keep finding the best rate for you again and again.

Cruise Guide FAQ

No guest under the age of 21 will be booked in a stateroom unless they are with an adult 25 years or older. This age will be waived for underage married couples (proof of marriage is required) and minor children sailing with their parents or guardians in adjacent staterooms.

How do I book a cruise?
Call The Cruise Company at 1-800-988-6444 to reach a Cruise Advisor to help you find the right cruise for you.

Is cruising affordable, and does it have good vacation value?
Yes! There are many cruise types and one will suit you, whether you are budget conscious or looking to escape in luxury. When you cruise, you know the total cost of your trip in advance. Everything is included, except for your drinks, shore excursions, and services such as massages or hairstyling. Your entertainment, meals, cabin, daytime activities and nighttime parties are all taken care of.

When is the most affordable time to take a cruise?
Sailing between the end of August and before Christmas is less expensive, as most families have children in school and plan their vacation time for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Prices are generally better than 2 for 1, with additional reduced rates for third and fourth passengers.

This is the time to look for a senior citizen rate, regional promotions, past passenger promotions, or last minute deals instead of in Winter, Spring, or Summer.

What places can I cruise to?
The Cruise Company can take you to virtually any destination accessible by water. Bermuda, Alaska, Galapagos Islands, South America, Hawaii, Tahiti, Europe, Bahamas, India, the Panama Canal, the Greek Isles, the Orient, and the Caribbean are some of the many destination ports you can visit. If you can name it, we can probably get you there by ship.

Do I need a passport?
Yes. All Passengers must carry a valid passport.

What should I pack?
There are many different types of cruises, so it is best to find out the type of clothing required for the cruise. Many ships have formal nights, so we suggest you bring a couple of dresses or suits. While on board, resort wear and sports clothes are fine for the daytime, with low-heeled shoes for deck activities. You will want to have several swimsuits so you’ll always have a dry suit. For the evening, we suggest having three types of clothing with you: Casual – sundresses, or slacks and blouses for women; sport shirts and trousers for men for daytime wear. Smart Casual – dresses for women; jackets for men Formal – cocktail dresses for women; suits and ties, or tuxedos, for men When you’re ashore, you’ll want to have comfortable walking shoes and protection from the sun, with a hat and sunscreen.

Are children welcome?
Most cruise lines make a special point of providing supervised activities for youngsters, especially during school holidays. If your children enjoy swimming, sports, games, movies, and the adventure of new places, they’ll love a family cruise. You’ll find the kids adapt to shipboard life with ease, and you won’t have to wonder what they’re up to every minute. The cruise staff will help keep them busy and entertained. Best of all, children generally travel at a substantially reduced rate.

How long are cruises?
As long as you want. Cruises can be as quick as three days to as long as three months, to suit your vacation time.

Are all cruises and ships similar?
There is a vast difference between ships. Ships can range from under 200 feet to over 1,000 feet in length and passengers can vary from 100 passengers to over 6,000. Atmospheres on ships range from casual to formal, classically simple to very luxurious. You can even choose between traditional propeller-driven craft, sail-assisted cruise ships, or even a paddle-wheel river boat.

Will I get sea sick or have motion sickness?
Not likely. The most popular cruise areas boast some of the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, advance availability of weather information, and development of effective preventative medications have, for the most part, eliminated motion discomfort.

When is the best time to take a cruise?
Cruising is perfect for any time of the year, but some destinations are seasonal. The Caribbean is great year round, yet Alaska’s cruising seasons lasts from May to September, Europe from April to November, Bermuda between April and October, and the Panama Canal between September and April. All year, there’s a cruise just for you!

This is my first cruise. Which one is right for me?
Everyone has different interests and priorities, so there are some things to consider before making your decision. What price are you looking to spend? How large or new a ship would you like? What type of accommodations are you looking for? What activities would you like on your itinerary? Are you looking to travel with other passengers who have families, similar interests to you, or are around the same age as you?

Are there different classes of service?
Today’s cruise ships are one-class, which means that everyone onboard has use of all the ship’s facilities. The price of the stateroom is primarily based upon the room’s size and location. Whichever package you choose, expect to have the same courteous service, menus, activities and service as every other passenger.

Will I get bored or feel confined?
There are so many activities to do onboard, and it will probably take you two or three days just to explore the ship. Plus, you get the added adventure of exploring new and exciting ports of call. You can lie back and enjoy the sun, join an exercise class, take dance lessons, or take part in sports or organized deck activities. You can go for a swim, stretch out in the sauna, or work out in the gym. You can see a feature movie, attend a lecture by renowned experts, play backgammon or bridge. And that’s just when you’re onboard!

What can I do in port?
There are so many choices, it will be hard to decide! You can take a guided tour or go off on your own. You can search for ancient ruins or find great shopping bargains. Ride a raft over river rapids, bicycle down the side of a volcano, or ride a horse across the beach. Climb a waterfall or pyramid. See the birthplace of civilization or listen to steel drum bands. Follow the footsteps of history or the wake of a water-skiing boat. Play golf or tennis. Eat native foods. Learn how to windsurf. Sun and swim at some of the world’s best beaches. Catch a record marlin. Sail, snorkel, or go scuba diving. Go to a nightclub or glittering casino. Take a cable car to the top of a mountain. In short, a cruise is the easiest way to see new places and do all the things you dream of. Cruising is the perfect way to sample a number of destinations that you may want to return to for another vacation. And you never have to pack or unpack. the destinations come to you!

Do I have to participate in the activities?
Of course not. This is your vacation! If you choose to lie back and do nothing, or to do everything, it’s your choice!

What is there to do at night?
At night on the cruise ship there’s dancing, live entertainment in nightclubs, discos and lounges, feature films and parties with all your friends. Most ships have casinos as well. There are many special events to attend: Captain’s Cocktail Party, Passenger Talent Night, the Masquerade Parade, and the Late Night Buffet. You can make the night last as long as you want. Even take in a spectacular sunrise at sea.

Is there a charge for entertainment?
No. When you’re on a cruise vacation, the entertainment is on the house. No cover. No admission or ticket. No minimum. The shows are live, the movies first-rate. The variety is limitless.

Is it easy to meet people?
A cruise ship is a great place to meet new friends, because the atmosphere is cordial and relaxed, and everyone’s so friendly. You’ll have all kinds of things to talk about in common at dinner, at cocktails, around the pool, or the promenade rail. And don’t be surprised if you make plans to meet them next year!

Will there be people like me?
All kinds of people take cruises, and there’s no such thing as a typical cruise passenger! Passengers can vary from ship to ship and cruise to cruise. Just ask your travel agent for recommendations on the best ship for you, based on your tastes and lifestyle.

Can singles have fun on a cruise?
Absolutely. If you’re traveling alone, most ships have parties just for singles early on, so you can get to meet other people right away. Most ships have single cabins as well as single rates for double staterooms. In many cases, a cruise line will even find you a roommate to share a double with, if you ask them.

Is cruising right for honeymooners?
Without a doubt, cruising offers an atmosphere that’s perfect for romance with dinners for two, moonlit strolls along the deck, and dancing under the stars. Most lines provide special services from Sunday or Monday departures with champagne and breakfast in bed. (Speaking of beds, most ships have double, queen, or king sizes.) Some ships offer special programs for performing a marriage ceremony or renewing your marriage vows in port.

What is the secret to a great cruise?
Your attitude. If you begin the cruise with a positive attitude, you will have a good time. A cruise is what you make of it. Get to know the crew members – dining room staff, cruise director and staff, the cabin steward. Who knows? You might even learn something new.

Where can I learn more about cruising?
The most popular magazine is called Cruise Travel, published every second month, and costs about $12USD per year. Two other magazines are Ocean Cruise News and Porthole Magazine. You can also do research at your library, or while you’re at our website, have a look at our comprehensive destination descriptions.

What about passengers with special needs?
Please check with your travel agent for details on accessibility and assistance available on ships. Many cruises can also accommodate special diets.

What about laundry and electrical outlets?
For a reasonable fee most cruise lines will do your laundry and dry cleaning in just one day. Bring your blow dryer and electric razor from home as you won’t need an adaptor.

Interline Eligibility

Eligibility Overview:
Each cruise line defines it’s own rules in order to qualify for the discounted rates available from The Cruise Company. If you have any questions about eligibility for a specific cruise line or would like to know more about traveling with or without an interliner, please contact one of our cruise advisors and they will be pleased to assist you.

AmaWaterways

– Active and Retired Airline Employees

AMA Waterways requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, AMA Waterways reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure.

Please note that inactive employees/retirees from a defunct airline are not eligible.

Azamara Club Cruises

PRIMARY ELIGIBILITY

Airline Personnel
Any person who satisfies any of the following standards shall be deemed an Eligible Airline Employee provided that person can substantiate his or her employment by providing the acceptable forms of proof described in the identification section.
Airline Employee: To be an Eligible Airline Employee a person must be:
1. A current full-time employee of either a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
2. A current employee of Federal Express (FEDEX), Astar Air Cargo (formerly DHL Airways), Airborne Express or United Parcel Service (UPS)

Stateroom Eligibility
As long as one guest in the stateroom is described as primary eligible, the following would apply:
1. All other guests in the same stateroom would be eligible for the interline rate
2. (One) additional stateroom may be booked with guests in that stateroom being eligible for the interline rate
3. A (second) additional stateroom may be booked with guests being eligible for the interline rate only if one of the two additional staterooms is occupied by dependant children of the primary guest.
4. Maximum of three (3) cabins can be booked per primary guest, per sailing date only as described in #3 immediately above.

Examples of primary eligibility:
a) primary in cabin 1 + another cabin with anybody in it = 2 cabins
b) primary in cabin 1 + dependent children in 2nd cabin + parents of employee in 3rd cabin = 3 cabins

Examples of where three cabins are NOT eligible:
a) primary employee in cabin 1, spouse in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3
b) primary employee in cabin 1, anybody in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3

SECONDARY ELIGIBILITY
Guests qualified under Secondary Eligibility may cruise at interline rates even if unaccompanied by the Primary eligible guest. All guests in the same stateroom as the Secondary Eligible guest can travel at the interline rate. Guests qualified as Secondary Eligibility are as follows:
1. Spouse or Domestic Partner of currently employed Airline Employee
2. Parents of currently employed Airline Employee
3. Retired employee from a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
4. (CRS) employees of Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo/Apollo, Travelport, or Amadeus

INELIGIBLE GUESTS
The following guests are NOT qualified to have their own stateroom at interline:
1. Amtrak employees
2. Cruise line employees
3. Tour company employees
4. Parents-In-Law
5. FAA, Air Traffic Controllers or other government employees

IDENTIFICATION

A Primary guest as described above must provide proof of eligibility in the form of a copy either mailed, faxed or emailed, of their current I.D. Badge from their respective airline company. This is the only form of accepted identification needed for the Airline Employee.
Retired pilot or employee must produce proof in the form of a copy, either mailed, faxed or emailed, company I.D. Badge or correspondence from a Human Resource Department of the company from which the employee or pilot retired

Carnival Cruise Line

PRIMARY ELIGIBILITY

Airline Personnel
Any person who satisfies any of the following standards shall be deemed an Eligible Airline Employee provided that person can substantiate his or her employment by providing the acceptable forms of proof described in the identification section.
Airline Employee: To be an Eligible Airline Employee a person must be:
1. A current full-time employee of either a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
2. A current employee of Federal Express (FEDEX), Astar Air Cargo (formerly DHL Airways), Airborne Express or United Parcel Service (UPS)

Stateroom Eligibility
As long as one guest in the stateroom is described as primary eligible, the following would apply:
1. All other guests in the same stateroom would be eligible for the interline rate
2. (One) additional stateroom may be booked with guests in that stateroom being eligible for the interline rate
3. A (second) additional stateroom may be booked with guests being eligible for the interline rate only if one of the two additional staterooms is occupied by dependant children of the primary guest.
4. Maximum of three (3) cabins can be booked per primary guest, per sailing date only as described in #3 immediately above.

Examples of primary eligibility:
a) primary in cabin 1 + another cabin with anybody in it = 2 cabins
b) primary in cabin 1 + dependent children in 2nd cabin + parents of employee in 3rd cabin = 3 cabins

Examples of where three cabins are NOT eligible:
a) primary employee in cabin 1, spouse in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3
b) primary employee in cabin 1, anybody in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3

SECONDARY ELIGIBILITY
Guests qualified under Secondary Eligibility may cruise at interline rates even if unaccompanied by the Primary eligible guest. All guests in the same stateroom as the Secondary Eligible guest can travel at the interline rate. Guests qualified as Secondary Eligibility are as follows:
1. Spouse or Domestic Partner of currently employed Airline Employee
2. Parents of currently employed Airline Employee
3. Retired employee from a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
4. (CRS) employees of Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo/Apollo, Travelport, or Amadeus

MILITARY ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for a military rate, an individual must be classified as one of the following:
1. Active personnel currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves or Canadian National Defense.
2. Retired from any of the divisions listed above. “Retired” is defined as A. enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service B. Medically retired, or C. 100% disabled.

INELIGIBLE GUESTS
The following guests are NOT qualified to have their own stateroom at interline:
1. Amtrak employees
2. Cruise line employees
3. Tour company employees
4. Parents-In-Law
5. FAA, Air Traffic Controllers or other government employees

IDENTIFICATION
A Primary guest as described above must provide proof of eligibility in the form of a copy either mailed, faxed or emailed, of their current I.D. Badge from their respective airline company. This is the only form of accepted identification needed for the Airline Employee.
Retired pilot or employee must produce proof in the form of a copy, either mailed, faxed or emailed, company I.D. Badge or correspondence from a Human Resource Department of the company from which the employee or pilot retired
A Secondary guest as described above must provide both a copy either mailed, faxed or emailed of the Primary guest I.D. Badge and a letter on airline letterhead with Manager or Department Head signature and phone number
Guests may have to provide proof of identification at pier check-in along with proof of qualification for each occupant of the second stateroom (if any). Failure to produce authentic identification may result in the cruise fare reverting to full retail tariff at time of check in or boarding may be denied.

Celebrity Cruises

Primary Interline Eligibility for Interline Rate Program

Current Full Time Employees of:
– Passenger airlines ( excluding charter airlines )
– Cargo Companies – FedEx, UPS, DHL, Airborne (retirees not eligible)
– NACTA (National Air Traffic Controllers) – *Please Note: This does not include Canadian Air Traffic Controllers (NAVCAN) or those from any other country.
– FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
– ALPA (Airline Pilot’s Association)
– IATA
– (CRS) employees of Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo/Apollo, Travelport or Amadeus
– Amtrak
– Cruise line employees (Carnival Cruise Lines employees are NOT Eligible)
– Travel Agents – must have company ID, letter on company letter head verifying employment or an IATA card as proof of eligibility.

Additional Stateroom Eligibility: As long as qualified Primary Interline employee occupies one stateroom the following would apply:
– Guests sharing the stateroom with the Primary Interline employee are eligible for the Standard interline rate and Last Minute Interline rate.
– A Second stateroom may be booked at the interline rate, as long as the stateroom is occupied by an eligible family member (see below for definition)
OR
– A Second stateroom may be booked at the Carnival Friends & Family Interline Rate for passengers who are non-eligible family members/friends.
– A Third stateroom may be booked at the Carnival Friends & Family Interline Rate.

Eligible Family Members
– Spouse
– Parent(s) of Employee – *Note – PARENTS IN LAW ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
– Dependent children 21yrs old and younger
– Interline benefits cease with the death of the employee. Surviving spouses, or immediate family receive no interline benefits.

PLEASE NOTE: Eligible Family Members NOT traveling with the Primary Interline Employee are permitted to book ONE cabin per cruise departure, per family.

Retired Interline Employees
– Permitted to book ONE stateroom at the Interline rates and RETIRED EMPLOYEE MUST TRAVEL in that cabin
– Retirees are not eligible to book any additional staterooms.
– Retired employees of non-existing (defunct) airlines do NOT qualify for the interline rate

Carnival requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking.

Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Carnival reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure.

For Bookings made outside 7 days of sailing: ID MUST be received within 72hrs of booking.
For Bookings made inside 7 days of sailing: ID MUST be received within 24hrs of booking.
Photo ID must be clearly legible and must show the branded company logo.

Primary Military Eligibility for Military Rate Program

Active Personnel – US Military Only.
– Spouses of active Military personnel called to active duty overseas will be eligible to book one cabin as long as the eligible spouse is occupying this cabin. The spouse must provide proof of eligibility by submitting a copy of the Military spouse card as well as a copy of the official orders and/or duties documentation
– US Reserve Personnel
– Active Cadets
– U.S Coast Guard Personnel
– Active member of the US National Guard

– Uniformed members of the USPHS (U.S Public Health Services)

– Retired US Military Personnel

– Retired member of the National Guard
– Veterans, defined as: Individuals who have actively served in the Military for at least two years or during a wartime period and have been honorably discharged

Military Personnel are permitted to book only ONE cabin at the Military Rate

Crystal Cruises

– Employees of Domestic or International Commercial Passenger airline carrier and are NEW guests to Crystal Cruises

– Pilots who are currently employed with a domestic or international cargo airline, such as Federal Express, DHL Worldwide Express, Astar Air Cargo, or United Parcel Service (UPS), are eligible to book one stateroom.

– Retired airline employees and retired cargo airline pilots are also eligible to book one stateroom provided the airline is still in operation (e.g., retired employees of Eastern Airlines do not qualify).

– Spouse and Parents of qulaified interline guest may travel without the Interliner

– One stateroom per qualified airline employee, with spouse or accompanying guest traveling in the same stateroom as the airline employee.

– A Second (2nd) stateroom now available for children 18 years and older, parents, and parents-in-law when traveling with qualified airline employee.

– Past guests who are Crystal Society members are eligible for Interline rates unless they have, or have had, a full-fare reservation on the desired Interline-rate voyage.
NOTE: Qualifying guests must submit a letter of employment verification and ID at the time of booking.

Crystal requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Crystal reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure.

Cunard Line

Interline rates are special discounts for employees of commercial and cargo airlines, air traffic control employees and GDS companies. They can only be booked through designated Interline Agencies.

Eligible participants are:
• Airline employees, Air Traffic Control Employees
• Spouse of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Dependent children of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Parents or parents-in-law of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Retired airline and air traffic control personnel, and their spouses
• Non-airline companions sharing accommodations

If the Airline Employee is deceased, the benefits of the Interline fare are still applicable as long as they can supply the appropriate verification/ID currently required.

Cargo Airline Employees Include:
• Pilots and Flight Crew Only
Cargo Airline Companies Include:
• DHL
• Fed Ex
• UPS

Global Distribution System (GDS) companies
• Galileo/Apollo
• Worldspan
• Amadues and Sabre

* NOTE: Dependents/Immediate Family are defined as – An employee’s spouse; children who are unmarried and under age 21 years or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support, dependent parents, including step and legally adoptive parents of employee’s spouse; and dependent brothers and sisters, including step and legally adoptive brothers and sisters of the employee’s spouse who are unmarried and under 21 years of age or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support.

**NOTE: As long as there is an eligible participant in each stateroom ( from the list of eligible participants above), there can be multiple bookings for a single airline employee.

Holland America Line

Interline Eligible Employee

– Active and retired Interline employees, defined as employees of IATA/ARC appointed international, regional, courier, and cargo airlines or active employees of FAA, TSA, Air Marshalls, or Air Traffic Controllers. Employee’s specific position must be eligible for flight benefits through their employer to qualify.

Eligible family members
– spouses
– parents
– parents in law
– children of the eligible Interline employee.

Eligible Interline employees and family members are approved for ONE stateroom at the Interline rate.

Retirees traveling with their spouse are eligible for 1 additional stateroom

Additional guests sharing the same stateroom with an eligible Interline employee or family member are extended the Interline rates.

Holland America requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Holland America reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises Eligibility

INTERLINE
– Airline Employees and Retirees of domestic or international commercial passenger airlines
– Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) & Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA)
– Worldspan, Sabre, Galileo, Amadeus

NOTE: Immediate Family ie. Parents, Parents-in-law, Spouses and Dependent Children under 21 can travel at the Interline rate (Multiple cabins allowed) as long as the Eligible Interliner is traveling with them.

MSC Cruises requires proof of interline eligibility. ID must be submitted immediately after confirmation. Without proof of eligibility, MSC will automatically adjust the pricing to the current retail pricing.

MILITARY
– Active and Retired US and Canada Military personnel including:
– U.S. Army
– Air Force
-Marine Corps,
– Navy
– Coast Guard
– National Guard
– Army Reserve
– Department of Defense personnel.

NOTE: Immediate Family – Spouses, Dependent Children over 21, Parents, Parents-in-law, can travel (multiple cabins allowed) at the Military rate as long s the Eligible Military Personnel is traveling with them.

There are ZERO Penalties for redeployment – 100% future cruise credit will be good for 2 years from cancellation ( must be verified by a letter from a commanding officer) and cannot be cancelled no later than 15 days prior to cruise departure.

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
– Active and Retired US and Canadian government employees
– Civil Servants including and not limited to all Government Employees, Police Officers, Firefighters, Federal Express, DHL World Wide, UPS personnel
– Teachers are eligible on select sailings – check with MSC

NOTE: Eligible guests, Immediate family – spouses, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children can travel (multiple cabins allowed) at the Government Rate as long as the Eligible personnel is traveling with them. This applies to all types of government employees, not limited to the list above.

Qualifying guests must present an I.D. badge from their respective organization at the time of booking.
This discount does not apply to Government Employee Rates issued through a dedicated promotional rate notice.
Offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion and may be withdrawn without notice.
Offer is capacity controlled, subject to availability and restrictions may apply.
Not combinable with MSC Club Discount. Government taxes and fees for all guests are additional.
MSC Cruises reserves the right to pass on any fuel surcharge without notice to all guests.
MSC Cruises reserves the right to refuse to honor any prices/sailings that are erroneously printed or quoted.

Norwegian Cruise Line

– Airline employees
– Active or retired
– Fedex, DHL & UPS employees
– Spouse of employee
– Dependant children of employee
– Parents of employees
– Parents in Law of employee

Spouses & Parents may travel independently of the employee

FAA is not eligible for interline.

The Interliner may book 1 additional cabin at Interline rate, based on availability as long as the Interliner is traveling.

Parents and Parents in Law of the employee may book 1 cabin at the Interline rate if the Interliner is NOT traveling. They may not have a separate cabin allotment if the Interliner is traveling.

Retirees may book 1 cabin at the Interline rate.

Norwegian Cruise Lines requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Norwegian Cruise Lines reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure.

Princess Cruises

Interline rates are special discounts for employees of commercial and cargo airlines, air traffic control employees and GDS companies. They can only be booked through designated Interline Agencies.

Eligible participants are:
• Airline employees, Air Traffic Control Employees
• Spouse of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Dependent children of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Parents or parents-in-law of airline employee and Air Traffic Control Employee
• Retired airline and air traffic control personnel, and their spouses
• Non-airline companions sharing accommodations

If the Airline Employee is deceased, the benefits of the Interline fare are still applicable as long as they can supply the appropriate verification/ID currently required.

Cargo Airline Employees Include:
• Pilots and Flight Crew Only
Cargo Airline Companies Include:
• DHL
• Fed Ex
• UPS

Global Distribution System (GDS) companies
• Galileo/Apollo
• Worldspan
• Amadues and Sabre

* NOTE: Dependents/Immediate Family are defined as – An employee’s spouse; children who are unmarried and under age 21 years or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support, dependent parents, including step and legally adoptive parents of employee’s spouse; and dependent brothers and sisters, including step and legally adoptive brothers and sisters of the employee’s spouse who are unmarried and under 21 years of age or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support.

**NOTE: As long as there is an eligible participant in each stateroom ( from the list of eligible participants above), there can be multiple bookings for a single airline employee.

Royal Caribbean

PRIMARY ELIGIBILITY

Airline Personnel
Any person who satisfies any of the following standards shall be deemed an Eligible Airline Employee provided that person can substantiate his or her employment by providing the acceptable forms of proof described in the identification section.
Airline Employee: To be an Eligible Airline Employee a person must be:
1. A current full-time employee of either a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
2. A current employee of Federal Express (FEDEX), Astar Air Cargo (formerly DHL Airways), Airborne Express or United Parcel Service (UPS)

Stateroom Eligibility

As long as one guest in the stateroom is described as primary eligible, the following would apply:
1. All other guests in the same stateroom would be eligible for the interline rate
2. (One) additional stateroom may be booked with guests in that stateroom being eligible for the interline rate
3. A (second) additional stateroom may be booked with guests being eligible for the interline rate only if one of the two additional staterooms is occupied by dependant children of the primary guest.
4. Maximum of three (3) cabins can be booked per primary guest, per sailing date only as described in #3 immediately above.

Examples of primary eligibility:
a) primary in cabin 1 + another cabin with anybody in it = 2 cabins
b) primary in cabin 1 + dependent children in 2nd cabin + parents of employee in 3rd cabin = 3 cabins

Examples of where three cabins are NOT eligible:
a) primary employee in cabin 1, spouse in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3
b) primary employee in cabin 1, anybody in cabin 2, dependent children in cabin 3

SECONDARY ELIGIBILITY
Guests qualified under Secondary Eligibility may cruise at interline rates even if unaccompanied by the Primary eligible guest. All guests in the same stateroom as the Secondary Eligible guest can travel at the interline rate. Guests qualified as Secondary Eligibility are as follows:
1. Spouse or Domestic Partner of currently employed Airline Employee
2. Parents of currently employed Airline Employee
3. Retired employee from a domestic or international commercial passenger airline
4. (CRS) employees of Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo/Apollo, Travelport, or Amadeus

MILITARY ELIGIBILITY
To qualify for a military rate, an individual must be classified as one of the following:
1. Active personnel currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves or Canadian National Defense.
2. Retired from any of the divisions listed above. “Retired” is defined as A. enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service B. Medically retired, or C. 100% disabled.

INELIGIBLE GUESTS
The following guests are NOT qualified to have their own stateroom at interline or military rates:
1. Amtrak employees
2. Cruise line employees
3. Tour company employees
4. Parents-In-Law
5. FAA, Air Traffic Controllers or other government employees

IDENTIFICATION
A Primary guest as described above must provide proof of eligibility in the form of a copy either mailed, faxed or emailed, of their current I.D. Badge from their respective airline/company. This is the only form of accepted identification needed for the Airline Employee.
Retired pilot or employee must produce proof in the form of a copy, either mailed, faxed or emailed, company I.D. Badge or correspondence from a Human Resource Department of the company from which the employee or pilot retired
A Secondary guest as described above must provide both a copy either mailed, faxed or emailed of the Primary guest I.D. Badge and a letter on airline letterhead with Manager or Department Head signature and phone number
Military Guests are to provide proper identification in the form of a WHITE or GREEN Identification Card provided for United States uniformed personnel. A WHITE N.D. 21 Identification card with a Red Canadian flag is required for Canadian National Defense personnel

Interline Guest may be required to provide proof of identification at pier check-in along with proof of qualification for each occupant of the second stateroom (if any). Failure to produce authentic identification may result in the cruise fare reverting to full retail tariff at time of check in or boarding may be denied.

Seabourn Cruise Line

– Present-Active Airline Employees
– Present-Active Pilots of Cargo Carriers.
– Spouse or friends traveling in the same cabin as Present-Active Airline Employee.
– Spouse of Present-Active Airline Employee traveling independently of Present-Active Airline Employee.
– Dependent children traveling and sharing a cabin with Present-Active Airline Employee (There is no age limit for dependent children)
– Retired Airline Employees and Retired Pilots of Cargo Carriers.
– Retired Airline Employees of Defunct Airlines.
– Parents of Present-Active Airline Employees.
– Parent’s In-laws of Present-Active Airline Employees.

Eligibility is limited to one cabin per interline ID. Seabourn does NOT allow for the splitting of cabins. If both the employee and spouse are traveling they must share the same cabin.

A Letter of Employment verification, from the Interliners’ respective Airlines’ Human Resource Department, IS REQUIRED before Seabourn will confirm the Interline reservation.

Bookings will be converted to regular retail rate without proof of Eligibility. An Identification Badge will not be accepted in lieu of the Letter of Employment verification.

Silversea Cruises

Eligibility
All IATA/ARC airline employee and spouse or traveling companion in same suite, dependent children, parents of air employees & retired air personnel are eligible for the interline rate (see restrictions below regarding splitting bookings).
– Parents, Spouses & Domestic Partners may travel independently from employee & receive the interline rate.
– Proof of eligibility is required and must be sent in prior to making payment.
– When traveling on same voyage, spouses/domestic partners must always be booked in the same suite
– Eligible Interline guests can book one additional suite for family or friends traveling on the same voyage

An Interline guest can book two suites on the same sailing with one payment source. The payment must come from the Interline guest for the second suite.

– Military personnel are not eligible for Interline program.

– Federal Express/UPS employees are not eligible Interline program unless Fed Ex/UPS pilot
– Dependent children may travel in separate suite on same voyage of Airline Employee.
– Active or Retired Cruise Line employees are eligible for the Interline program

Silversea requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility at the time of final payment of your booking.

Interline rates will not be applicable to bookings where proof of eligibility has not been provided.

Silversea Cruises Ltd. requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Silversea Cruises reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure

Windstar Cruises

– Airline Employees, spouse, Parent, Parents-in-law, retirees, and retiree’s spouse of existing IATA/ARC appointed international, regional commuter, or cargo airlines.
– One additional cabin available for Friends & Family; total of two (2) cabins per sailing.
– Employee’s/Retiree’s spouse, parents & parents in law may travel without the Employee/Retiree
– Military are also eligible

Windstar requires proof of Interline Rate Eligibility immediately upon confirmation of your booking. Without proof of qualified interline eligibility, Windstar reserves the right to automatically adjust the price to the applicable retail rate prior to departure.

Travel Tips

Pre-Trip Checklist:

Bring disposable underwater/waterproof cameras.
Put house lights on a timer and rotate the location of lit lights.
Arrange to have your mail picked up or held until your return.
Check the dress code for your destination.
Check the weather as you draw closer to the vacation time.
Buy Travellers Cheques or carry an ATM Card or Credit card that is valid internationally rather than carry large sums of cash.
Arrange your transportation to and from the airport.
Have a small amount of the country’s currency ready for small purchases and tipping upon arrival.
Pack your passport, travel documents, medication, jewellery, travelers cheques, keys and other valuables with you in your carry-on luggage.
Photocopy your passport, visa, and important documents in case of loss or theft and leave the originals in the hotel safe.
Leave your passport and valuables in the room safe or in the hotel safe.
If you have special dietary needs, make sure everyone is informed before the trip.
Leave a copy of your itinerary with a relative or friend so they can locate you in the case of an emergency.
Make sure all luggage is properly labeled in case of a mix up, remove old tags from your last holiday, and lock the suitcase.
Read a book on your destination location.
Make sure you have a copy of your travel insurance plan documents and download the TravelSmart app for help on the go.
Make sure you have the medication you need.
Take a calculator to ensure a fair trade when exchanging currency

Cruise FAQ

Who is eligible for interline pricing?

An employee of an airline or qualifying company (active or retired), employees spouse, dependant children and parents and in-laws of the employee.

Can I take friends along at the interline price?

Yes! As long as they are sharing a cabin with the eligible employee. In some cases, friends can travel in their own cabin at the same rate when traveling with the interliner. Remember, there are different rules for every departure. We will help you find what is best for you and your family. We know the interline market better than anyone else, that is why our clients keep coming back again and again.

Do parents and in-laws have to travel with the airline employee?

It is surprising how many airline employees DO NOT realize that they can extend these benefits to their parents and in-laws AND they don’t even have to travel with the employee. It is easy! Your parents can call The Cruise Company directly and we would be happy to register them to get access to our pricing and send them email updates weekly or they can go to our website at thecruiseco.com and register themselves. We will take care of your parents like they were our own!

Why would I book with an interline agency when there are other low rates with some retail agencies?

We have had so many situations where an interliner booked through a retail agency at a low rate AND THEN a lower rate became available through interline. You know what? A retail agency cannot offer you the interline rate WHEN it becomes available. At The Cruise Company we have access to the lowest cruise only rates and the interline rates. So what does that mean to you? At The Cruise Company, we have direct access into our suppliers inventory…..something no other interline agency has. We also get access to the lowest retail and interline rates in the marketplace. We know the interline market better than anyone else, which means we keep finding the best rate for you again and again.

Families with Children

Let us know if you are traveling with family and we will arrange a suitable vacation for you. Babysitting is available on many cruise lines, and most include daytime programs and activities for teens and children.

Travel Tips for children:

Consider bringing a babysitter so you can enjoy your evenings and know the kids are having just as much fun as you.
Bring along a friend. Your children will enjoy the extra company and it will calm sibling rivalry.
Give them an inexpensive camera to take their own pictures of what interests them on the trip.
Don’t forget the plastic zipper bags and storage containers for art supplies, toys, and CDs. The container tops make great traveling desks.
Make a list of everything to pack and check it twice. Give older children a list of things they’ll need so they can pack themselves.
Bring plenty of band-aids, sunglasses, sunscreen, batteries, tape and scissors.
Don’t forget room for the souvenirs in your suitcase.
Pregnancy

If you are sailing while pregnant, please be aware that you will be denied boarding if you are 24 weeks or more pregnant at time of embarkation. A physician’s letter is required at boarding confirming the due date and that you are medically fit to travel.

Group Travel, Conventions and Reunions

Large groups require extra consideration. Ask us about our group travel if you are planning a convention, meeting or reunion. Our experts will help take some of the pressure off organizing the event and make sure arrangement are suitable to your group’s needs.

Honeymoon Planning Tips:

Know your budget and research any extra costs.
Book the best room you can.
Ask about the size of the bed as sizes vary around the world. In Europe, you may want to ask for a “matrimonial” bed.
Make sure you both agree on the destination and the budget.
Let everyone know it’s your honeymoon. Often there are special perks for those on their honeymoon, such as champagne and breakfast in bed.
If having a room looking onto the beach is important to you, make sure you specify this
Ask about the best way to get to your hotel from the airport.
If you are renting a car, find out about insurance requirements ahead of time.
All travel documentation should be ready to go – passports, visas, etc.
Reconfirm your booking before the trip to ensure your arrangements.
Check whether you will require any immunizations. Some countries require proof that you are current on certain disease-preventing immunizations.
If you are traveling by air, make sure that your picture identification matches your airline tickets, and if you are traveling internationally, that your passport information matches your ticket information.

Travel Tips for Singles

If you are on holiday alone, here are some precautions when selecting a hotel:

Book a hotel on a well trafficked street with busy businesses nearby.
Room numbers should be written on the key’s envelope, not mentioned aloud.
Amenities like parking and gym should have attendants during times you might need them.
Parking lot should be well lit and secured.
Plastic electronic keys with no identifying numbers or addresses.
Ask a female employee (not in reservations) whether she walks in the area at night.
When you’re choosing a room, look for one that is:

Has double locks, and preferably a bar lock.
Is near the lobby or another location that is staffed 24 hours.
When using your room:

Do not use the clean room sign letting others know you are not in. Call housekeeping if necessary.
Do use the do not disturb sign so others think the room is occupied.
Lock up valuables in the safe and lock larger items in your suitcase.

Travel Tips for Seniors

Be careful when lifting heavy carry-on bags into overhead bins on airplanes. Ask for assistance if you need it.
Buy luggage with wheels so you don’t have to carry your suitcases around.
Carry small packets of anti-bacterial hand cleaner if you’re going on a hike or exploring, as places to wash your hands may be few and far between.
Wear comfortable clothing while traveling that doesn’t constrict or bind. You should be able to easily cross your legs when sitting. Sitting in a cramped position for long periods of time increases your risk of blood clots.
If you are on a tour and prone to motion sickness, ride in the front of the vehicle, as riding in the back can intensify symptoms.
Avoid drinking any beverages made from tap water in under developed countries. Hot beverages such as coffee and tea are likely to be safe.
Avoid strenuous activities in hot climates during the middle of the day when the heat is most intense. Your body can lose its ability to regulate your internal temperature at safe levels, and can result in exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke which can be fatal.
Take a notebook with you while traveling to make notes of the activities you participated in, and write down any experiences you had. This will make your trip more memorable.
Make sure to purchase supplemental health insurance while traveling.
Lock up your valuables in your room safe or in the hotel’s safe while traveling.
Try to bring the least amount of jewelry possible, to prevent the possibility of theft.

Special Needs

Ask our travel agents about services that most companies provide for those with special needs. There are destinations that are more suitable for those who require wheelchair access, and we can help you decide on the right vacation for you. Dietary restrictions can also be met on most vacations, if Dargal is informed in advance of your trip. Whatever your needs are, we’re happy to help.

Tips and Gratuities

There is probably no topic more discussed and debated among novice and seasoned cruisers alike than tipping: how to tip, when to tip, how much to tip, whom to tip — and perhaps even why you need to tip at all. Yes, tipping etiquette and varying cruise line policies on the practice can be baffling indeed. Worse still, gratuities that you haven’t anticipated can quickly eat into your cruise vacation budget. Here are our tips on tipping, so you won’t be lost at sea when it comes time to show your appreciation for the cruise crew.
Why You Should Tip on a Cruise

While, technically speaking, tipping isn’t mandatory — a tip, after all, is considered to be a voluntary expression of thanks — you must consider that the gratuities distributed onboard the modern cruise ship are much more than mere bonuses.

There are exceptions, but most mainstream cruise lines pay the men and women who serve their passengers a low base wage (by Western standards). As such, on nearly all big-ship lines, crewmembers are dependent upon the generosity of travelers for a good portion of their income. The cruise lines’ rationale for this compensation model, whether or not you agree with it, is that tips help incentivize higher service standards. And, of course, the cruise companies are all too happy to keep their cruises’ advertised prices down by passing off some of the cost of employee compensation as added gratuity fees tacked on to your onboard bill.

On the other hand, many luxury and boutique cruise lines (like Azamara, Crystal, Seabourn and Silversea, among others) have no-tipping policies in place. In these cases, the staff service fees are built directly into the all-inclusive fares, and their crewmembers are paid accordingly.

Today, most mainstream cruise companies place automatic service charges on passengers’ shipboard accounts, or offer the option for prepaid gratuities at booking, conveniently replacing the need for travelers to run around the ship handing out tip envelopes at the end of their cruise. The automation of the tipping process has been implemented for two main reasons.

The first is the rising number of international travelers on cruise ships, who do not always share the American mentality about tipping. With many passengers onboard from countries where tipping is not customary, automatic service charges help to guarantee crewmembers’ compensation.

The second reason for the automatic charge is the proliferation of alternative dining venues. That a new ship will have multiple dining venues — beyond the buffet and main dining room — is now the norm rather than the exception. In the past, passengers dined at the same table each day for three meals and then tipped their assigned waiters and waitstaff. With flexible dining plans and numerous dining options now in vogue, passengers are no longer tied to just one team of waiters. Over the course of the week, they may encounter a number of servers, making tipping more problematic.

Automated tips are typically dispersed across the entire service staff (including cabin attendants and restaurant waitstaff), and admirably include those who previously went unrewarded, like the servers in the buffet restaurants, where most passengers eat their breakfast and lunch, and other behinds-the-scenes staff.

In short, gratuities should not be viewed as an optional “extra,” but more as a required service fee, which ensures fare wages for the hardworking cruise crew. Accordingly, when planning your cruise vacation budget, be sure to factor in the estimated cost of gratuities for the duration of your sailing.
How You Should Tip

The traditional cash-in-envelopes method of cruise tipping is now almost entirely a thing of the past. Opt into the cruise line’s automatic service charges, and you’ll not only ensure fairness to all staff, but also save yourself the headache of having to crunch numbers and track down numerous crewmembers on the final evening of your cruise. The charges, applied per passenger, per sailing night, will be conveniently added to your shipboard, credit card-backed account, and in some cases, can be prepaid at the time of your cruise booking.

Special note: Children are not usually exempt from auto-tipping (with the exception of infants and toddlers, on some lines), which seems fair, given that they certainly contribute to in-cabin messes, and require as much attention — if not more — as any adult in the restaurants.

Because tips are technically voluntary, most cruise lines do allow passengers to opt out of the automatic service charge and to tip by themselves in cash. However, since it is practically impossible to individually tip all the people in front of and behind the scenes whose efforts enhance passengers’ shipboard experience, we would discourage going this route.

Keep in mind that even if you’ve opted in for automatic gratuities, or are aboard one of the luxury cruises where tipping is included in the upfront rates, you should still bring along a cash stash for additional tips for exemplary or optional services (American dollars are gladly accepted worldwide, so come stocked with singles, fives and tens). These cash tips should generally be passed along hand to hand — for formality’s sake, you might consider sticking money in an envelope (envelopes are usually available from your cabin’s stationary supply or at the ship’s reception desk), though that extra step isn’t necessary.
When You Should Tip

As mentioned above, we suggest sticking to automated tipping, which can sometimes be prepaid upfront before your sailing even begins, or applied to your shipboard account as a daily or cumulative fee. Personally, we like pre-paying the amount in full, when possible, so a hefty balance statement at the cruise’s end doesn’t interfere with our post-vacation glow. (The bar bill and spa charges can be a buzzkill all by their lonesome!)

If you feel that this automated service charge should be adjusted — either increased or decreased — you should make the request with guest services toward the end of the cruise, once the standard of service onboard has been properly assessed. Note that any desired adjustments must be made before disembarking.

For any additional tipping, to mark particularly outstanding service, the general rule of thumb is to hand out cash tips on the last day of the cruise. Don’t wait till the morning of disembarkation, when everybody is in a frenzied transition mode and it might be difficult to locate the staffer you’re after.

But there are exceptions to this rule, when pre-tipping can be quite strategic. One instance is your cabin steward, especially if you have special requests or require extra service (e.g., you want a bucket of ice delivered to the cabin nightly; plan to do a lot of entertaining in your cabin; or if there is an infant or someone who is ill in your party). A well-placed tip at the beginning of the cruise can do wonders to help ensure that he or she happily obliges.

Another instance might be a bartender at your preferred onboard bar — a hand-passed gratuity on the first day of the sailing can go a long way in having him or her recognize your face in the crowd, and remember just how you like your drink. Or, perhaps, there’s a window table for two that you have your heart set on in the main dining room — a nice tip to the maitre d’ on day one can help ensure that she or he never fails to have that table waiting.

Room service stewards should be tipped on the spot, as should non-cruise workers like in-port baggage handlers or tour operators on shore excursions.
Whom to Tip and How Much

The following guidelines assume that the suggested auto-gratuities have been paid, averaging around $12 per person, per day (about $84 per person for a weeklong cruise) — or that the cruiser is aboard a line where gratuities are included in the upfront rates. (Note that the specific amounts for automatic gratuities vary by cruise line and can also increase for higher-level cabins.)

What follows below, then, are the suggested out-of-pocket “extras” — supplemental tips handed out for superlative service or special favors rendered, in order to thank particularly deserving shipboard staff in a way they’ll surely appreciate. Of course, the size of the tip should ultimately reflect the excellence of the service.

Note, too, that there are also gratuities automatically and separately applied to some optional onboard services, like drinks at the bar, or spa and salon services. We’ve outlined those here, as well.

Finally, keep in mind that there are some services provided by non-cruise staffers for which tips should also be paid out of pocket — this extends to port-side baggage handlers, or shore excursion tour operators.
In-Port Baggage Handlers

The baggage handlers who take your bags at arrival at the port don’t typically work for the cruise line (but rather the port) and therefore won’t share in the onboard tip pool. Consider treating them as you would a bellman at a hotel — a customary $1 or $2 per bag will do. When your cruise concludes, if the port workers aid in getting your bags to your car or a taxi, the same amount would be courteous.
Cabin Stewards and Butlers

Among staffers, you’ll likely interact with your cabin attendant the most during the course of your cruise. While the automatic service charges will cover their basic gratuities, it’s generally considered good form to tip them a bit extra for a job well done, especially if you have made any special requests. Should you choose to, for a seven-night cruise, consider slipping them $15 to $20 at the start of the cruise to ensure special attention to your stateroom and give them another $15 to $20 at the cruise’s end — this works out to about an additional $2 to $3 per person, per day, for the duration of the cruise, though you can obviously make it less or more depending on the level of interaction and satisfaction.

Likewise, if you are in a suite, or aboard a luxury sailing, you may have a butler assigned to your room, in lieu of a cabin steward. Since they typically have more duties to meet (bringing trays of tea or hors d’oeuvres, keeping your preferred beverages in stock, shining shoes, etc.), a good guideline, if you’ve satisfactorily utilized their services, is a supplementary tip of $3 to $5 per night, per person — the total of which ($42 to $70 for two, for a seven-night cruise) might also best be split and distributed at both the cruise’s onset and conclusion.
Room Service Stewards

While cruise lines generally don’t charge for room service (though charges are becoming more common on lines like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean), it’s customary to tip room service stewards $2 or $3 per visit, based on the size of your order. However, given that auto-gratuities are now commonplace, you’ll certainly be forgiven if you don’t manage to scramble for a cash tip before you’ve had your morning coffee.
Bartenders

Bar service has an automatic gratuity applied on the check (usually 15 percent). However, if you’re planning to frequent the same onboard bar (like the ever-popular pool bar), a good way to ensure fast service and generous pours is to give your busy bartender a little upfront tip at the beginning of the cruise ($10 to $20, depending on your intended frequency of patronage, should cut it). If the service proves excellent, consider the same at the cruise’s end.
Wine Sommeliers

Wine ordered with meals will likewise have a 15 percent service charge automatically applied, but if you regularly drink wine with your meals, and your sommelier has been quite good at recommending wines and keeping bottles from meal to meal, consider a tip of $10 to $15 at the end of the cruise.
Maitre D’s and Head Waiters

You usually do not need to tip the maitre d’, as he or she is a ship’s officer and is paid accordingly, or the head waiter, who is covered in the automatic tip pool. However, if either one has provided some extra special service — like getting you an upgraded table or having a special cake delivered, a tip of $5 to $10 at the time of the service rendered or at the end of the cruise would be appropriate.
Dining Room Waiters

Again, your auto-gratuities will cover all waitstaff in the main dining room, buffet restaurants and specialty dining venues alike, but if you dine at the same table and enjoy regular service from one or two particularly friendly and efficient waiters, consider leaving an additional $10 to $20 at the cruise’s end.
Shore Excursions

Tour operators in port are usually independent of the cruise line. For a half-day shore excursion, give the guide $2, or $4 to $5 for a full-day excursion — consider giving a bit more if there was especially personalized service. And don’t forget the driver — give drivers $1 for half-day excursions, $2 for full-day ones.
Kids’ Club Counselors

Tipping is not necessary in kids’ clubs (as kids’ counselors are usually considered part of the better-compensated entertainment staff rather than the tip-dependent service staff), but if your child requires any special attention or if a counselor was particularly good with your children, tipping a few dollars per time the facilities were utilized would certainly be appreciated at the cruise’s conclusion.
Spa Services

Spas will generally add a 15 to 18 percent gratuity to your bill, which is sufficient, though this number can be adjusted if the service was exceptional or lacking.
Casino Dealers

If you find yourself on a winning streak in the ship’s casino (lucky you!), remember to reward your dealer as you would back on land — there’s no standard for tipping dealers, so use your discretion, based in relation to your winnings.
Officers

Do not tip the captain or other ship officers — they are already well compensated, and the gesture would more likely be a source of embarrassment than flattery.

Ultimately, it’s important to understand that money is not a substitute for saying thank you; in addition to verbally expressing gratitude, consider delivering a handwritten thank you note, if you are so inclined. One of the nicest ways passengers can show their appreciation is to mention staff by name in the end-of-cruise questionnaire, or to reach out to their ship supervisor to notify them of the staffer’s exemplary service. Going one step further, a letter of praise for an exceptional employee to the cruise line’s head office can give a real boost to a cruise staffer’s career.

Dress Codes

Before you start packing we suggest you check the dress code for your vacation. Some places require formal evening wear, casual wear for regular attire, and possibly conservative clothing for sightseeing. Local customs should be taken into account when on holidays, as short shorts and skirts, halter tops and provocative clothing may be frowned upon in some destinations.

Passport Info

NEED A VISA OR A PASSPORT? Visit this link for VISACENTRAL (will open a new window).

TO ALL GUESTS DEPARTING FROM US PORTS PLEASE NOTE:
US Department of Homeland Security Effective Feb. 18, 2008

Cruise Line Manifests are to be submitted no later then 60 minutes prior to departure from all US ports.

Therefore guest information must be processed no later then 90 minutes prior to sailing. Guests are asked to provide complete and accurate immigration details in advance of their embarkation date. This can be done on-line up to 6 days in advance of sailing. Guests who have not provided all required information 90 minutes prior to boarding will be denied boarding without compensation.

Please click on the name of the cruise line you are traveling with from the Dargal home page, then click on preboarding documents to complete your pre-boarding information.

Please note:
Passports and Visa’s are the responsibility of the client. Please check with the appropriate agency to ensure your immigration documents are in order. Dargal recommends that all guests travel with a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel.

USA www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
Please be aware of new travel requirements for U.S., Canadian and Bermudian citizens that went into effect on June 1, 2009. While the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires valid passports for land and sea travel, a final ruling was issued allowing leniency for U.S. citizens traveling on “closed-loop” cruises, i.e., sailings that both originate and terminate in the same U.S. port.

Recent guidance received from the Department of Homeland Security indicates the documentary requirements under WHTI for “closed loop” cruises are not limited to cruises that travel only to contiguous territories or adjacent islands. This means U.S. citizens calling on ports in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Belize will also be exempt from the passport requirement.

U.S. citizens taking “closed-loop” cruises are not required to have a passport but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required. Canadian and Bermudian citizens are required to have a passport for air, land and sea travel.

Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking “closed loop” cruises, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

If a cruise begins and ends in different U.S. ports or begins and ends in a foreign port (such as Alaska and Hawaii cruises), a valid passport or other recognized WHTI-compliant document is required. A valid passport is required if you are traveling on any of our Europe cruises. ALL guests need proper proof of citizenship in order to travel and failure to present a valid document at check in will result in denied boarding and no refund will be issued.

For more information regarding the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and passport requirements for entry or re-entry into the United States please visit the following websites:

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
U.S. Department of State
Passport Canada

If you have any questions regarding your cruise booked with Dargal, please contact your travel planner or visit one of the following links for more detailed and up to date information:

Canadian Citizens
United States Citizens

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is undergoing changes. The US government plans to implement the Electronic System for Travel Application (ESTA) Jan 12, 2009. All VWP travelers to the US will be required to have an approved electronic travel authorization via ESTA.

Citizens of the following VWP countries require this authorization:
Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

*This does not apply to US or Canadian citizens.

Please visit the US government ESTA website for more information at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/esta/

Please note that guests who arrive at the pier without proper documentation will not be allowed to embark the ship and will not be eligible for a refund.

Disclaimer – 3rd Party Sites
The links provided are for informational purposes only. Dargal Interline Worldwide accepts no responsibility, either implied or stated, for the content or material contained in 3rd party sites. Please check with your passport/government office before you plan to travel in order to ensure that all of your documentation is correct.

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