Guide to Cruising Basics in A-Z order

 

Travelling by cruise is different from camping on hills or checking into a villa, but it has the benefit of getting you into vacation mode much more quickly. I bet most of us want to spend at least one of their holidays on a cruise. But first-time cruisers may not know some basics of cruising and might want some tips on what to expect on day one, i.e. when you arrive at the terminal, board the ship and settle in. This guide to cruising basics in A-Z order will be a useful tool for new (and existing) cruise-goers. Here you go!

 

  • A- ALL ON BOARD TIMES

Whichever ship you cruise on, there will be an ‘all on board time’ to adhere to when going ashore. This is the time you have to be ‘back on the ship’, before it departs for its next port of call. Make sure you check your specified arrival time in your Guest Vacation Documents so you can arrive at the time best for an easy check-in. Arrive no later than 90 minutes before the ship sails.

 

  • B- BALCONIES AND BUFFETS

Often the most popular type of cabins has balconies. These are just cherry on the cake! They offer outdoor space and privacy, perfect for sailing out of port or simply relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine to go by. Also there is always a buffet breakfast option with various choices. You can pile it high but be warned it can be busy at peak times.

 

  • C- CABIN

Cabin is your nest on the cruise. Inside Cabin– these are the most reasonably priced accommodation on board and are situated in the interior of the ship. They come with no windows and you can enjoy great night’s sleep with no daylight! Outside Cabin– this is similar to the inside but with a window or porthole. You can have a view of the ocean.

 

  • D- DINING AND DRINKS

The food choices on board are endless. There’ll probably be a choice of set dining around 6 pm or 8 pm and you can request a table just for your party or opt to share with fellow cruisers. Drinks can be expensive at sea especially when they have a captive audience. Consider an all-inclusive package or a wine package that offers multiple discounted bottles that are available to you in the restaurants. Have a look on cruise packages like of Champions Yacht Club.

 

  • E- EMERGENCY DRILLS

All passengers have to attend emergency drills in a muster station upon arrival. These are an important part of cruising although some might differ from cruise to cruise. Drills normally include a briefing from the Captain, followed by a life jacket demonstration by crew. This is to make sure passengers know what to do, when there is an emergency on board.

 

  • F- FOOD

Food is central to the cruise experience. You’ll more likely get hungry on cruise then at a land-based holiday. Different ships offer different dining options but you should have inclusive-dining included in your package. Most ships will also have restaurants with additional cover charges and they are often named after celebrity chef restaurants with fine dining options.

 

  • G- GRATUITIES

Expect to pay gratuities or ‘tips’ on most cruise lines. These are covered only on genuinely all-inclusive ships. On most ships, gratuities are shared between all the service staff. This is often a daily rate, which is split between the crew who look after you (i.e. cabin steward, waiters). Some cruise lines allow you to opt out and tip with cash and some other cruise lines either add them to your bill or suggest appropriate amounts.

 

  • H- HOLIDAY

Going on a cruise is all about relaxing and switching off from the monotonous work life. So don’t panic about being a newbie. As soon as you board your every whim will be taken care of. From relaxing in a bar to browsing the shops, from culinary services to an exotic spa, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, even on a rainy day!

 

  • I- INTERNET

Every cruise offers internet access of some sort, whether it’s Wi-Fi or through an internet café on-board. Connections are still patchier and slower afloat than ashore, but improving. Check the price as it can cost a lot on a per-minute tariff.  Many ships offer free Wi-Fi on Viking river cruises in Europe, Russia and Ukraine.

 

  • J- JOINING

This is the process of embarking the ship on the first day. You will be sent the embarkation details beforehand. Before boarding, you’ll check-in at the terminal building beforehand, a bit like at an airport. Disembarkation refers to getting off of the ship at the end of the cruise.

 

  • K- KEEP FIT AND ENTERTAINMENT

Try and keep fit on a cruise ship. They usually have a well-equipped gym and promenade deck where you can walk around. Some river ships also carry bicycles. Also you’ll never be short of entertainment on a cruise. From theater shows and movies, to quizzes, sail-away parties and nightclubs, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Most ships have a daily newspaper where you will find a list of the entertainment for that day.

 

  • L- LAUNDRY

Many of the larger ships have laundry service available which costs a modest fee. You fill a bag and leave with your room attendant and your clothes will be returned the following day, washed and ironed. Most ships have free timing to use launderettes on passenger decks. Plan your washing carefully as the launderettes can get very busy.

 

  • M-MEDICAL CENTER

Whether you are a first time cruiser or a cruise veteran, you can never predict the weather. Make sure you remember seasickness tablets (or bands) before boarding. All ships have modern, fully equipped medical centers with nurses and doctors on board. Keep up travel insurance as medical care is not included in the cost of a cruise and medical bills can soon rack up.

 

  • N- NOISE

Cruise ships can be noisy day and night. Whether it’s the ship’s stabilizers, your fellow passengers talking or announcements over the PA system, noise is unavoidable unless you rent a cruise ship of your own! But most ships will have somewhere fairly quiet place where you can escape to. A ship is normally quietest when it is in port and most passengers have gone ashore.

 

  • O- ON-BOARD ACCOUNT

When you purchase items on board, you do this using your cruise card, not cash. Your on-board account is linked to your credit/debit card and you get a final statement at the end of the cruise. Some people will also have On Board Credit (OBC) which is free spending money that is allocated to your cruise account as an incentive, and will be taken off in your final bill before you disembark.

 

  • P- PORTS OF CALL

Ports of Call are the stops that your ship makes along the route. You can research all the ports online ahead of your cruise which will help you decide whether to take an organized excursion or DIY. These ports can be explored independently or passengers can take a shore excursion organized by the ship. Cruise lines often provide passengers with detailed information about the destinations. Many cruise lines will also organize shuttle buses for passengers.

 

  • Q- QUEUING

Expect queues both on the ship and ashore. Like if everyone decides that 8 pm is a good time to dine then there could be a lengthy wait for a table at dinner. Common things you queue for include: getting on and off the ship, having photographs taken, food, shuttle buses and shows.

 

  • R- RIVER CRUISES

River Cruises feature much smaller ships than ocean cruises and the itineraries take in the sights, sounds and destinations of many of the greatest rivers. Some of the ships look stunning and many are luxuriously appointed. These also have a spa for those who want to relax and indulge.

 

  • S- SAIL-AWAY PARTIES

Sail-away parties are a highlight of any cruise and usually happen 3 or 4 times during a 14 night break. The entertainment team takes to the top deck and whips the crowd into frenzy. The waiters ensure the drinks are flowing and the ship heads out of port. Enjoy this fun!

 

  • T- TENDER BOAT

During your cruise you may visit some smaller ports that don’t have the facilities for a large ship to dock. If this happens you will visit the port by tender, a smaller boat used to shuttle passengers between the ship and the port. Typical tender journeys could take between five to twenty minutes from ship to shore. Most ships will have their own way of organizing passengers on to tender boats, which can include a ticketing system.

 

  • U- UNIFORM

Expect to see officers and crew walking around in uniform. There are various reasons for wearing uniform, including differentiating staff from passengers. Officers are distinguished by:

  1. Deck officers– Black infill between each gold stripe
  2. Engineering officers– Purple infill between each gold stripe
  3. Electro-technical officers– Green infill between each gold stripe
  4. Medical officers– Red infill between each gold stripe
  5. Hotel officers– White infill between each gold stripe

 

  • V- VISAS AND VACCINATIONS

Some ports will require visas and vaccinations and may have strict laws on immigration. Be sure to check for any visa or vaccinations you need before travelling. You can usually find details of this in your online check in information. Always plan ahead and read your paperwork before you board.

 

  • W- WRISTBAND

 

If you are travelling with small children you’ll be given a wristband on boarding. This is compulsory and shows the cruise’s muster station. If your child is in kids club and there’s an emergency that requires you to go to the muster point, the staff will cater to and you should meet them there.

 

  • X- X-RAY MACHINES (SECURITY)

Getting back on a ship requires you to go through scanners (like at an airport) for security reasons. These will either be in a terminal building or on the ship. Some countries (e.g. Australia) do not allow you to take certain items on and off the ship. If this is the case, the company will normally inform you in advance.

 

  • Y- YOUTH CENTER

For parents travelling with children, family-friendly ships normally have a youth center where you can drop your children off for the day. Different ships have differing age restrictions, but most youth centers have all the facilities kids need to be entertained and are fully staffed.

 

  • Z- ZIP-LINE

One of the more unique features on-board is a cruise ship’s zip-line. The zip-line is an indicator of how cruise lines are trying to come up with unique attractions to move the whole cruising industry forward.

 

 

 

Top dinner cruise in Goa

The best way to enjoy your holidays at the best prices with dinner cruise in Goa is the best option! top dinner cruises in Goa are fun-filled and can vary on the basis of duration, amenities provided, packages and so on. Generally, people rent a cruise either for an hour or a Goa overnight stay! One of the best ways to pick out the right cruise and package is by doing your research and being clear about what exactly you need to rent a yacht for- is it for a wedding or just an overnight stay?

If you’re lucky, when you rent a cruise for dinner cruise in Goa, you may come across dolphins by the sunset as well which is exotic! Spend the evening with your loved ones, traditional dances of Goa, gourmet quality restaurant food, peace of mind and lots of love.

Check out the top dinner cruises in Goa you can pick out from. However, remember navigating through the options you have and be the point of decision:

Dinner cruise in Goa- Rent a cruise in Goa and enjoy a dinner cruise. One of the best cruise rental brands are Champion Yachts wherein, you can enjoy multiple activities in Goa- some of them include Fudgi, Dekhni etc. The route varies, based on your pick- that’s its beauty! Dine by the view of Adil Shah Palace and enjoy exotic food, lovely music, ambiance and much more.
Dinner cruise in Goa can be the highlight of your vacation or, make it your best vacation ever. Reason being, this is the most genuine and fun way to get a day off from and enjoy with friends, loved ones or try our watersports in Goa as well.

Enjoy a lovely buffet, dance with the traditional dancers and enjoy your drinks- that’s how relaxing dinner cruises in Goa are!

Casino cruise in Goa– Make money a lot faster than you thought you could by trying out a casino cruise in Goa. Cruises like this function exactly like a casino- except it floats on water. The music, dancing, drinks, everything is very ecstatic. Go is known for its casino cruises across India as well. Some of the games the casino offers are Blackjack, Rummy, Stud Poker, Pontoon, and Flash.

These cruises are known to be very expensive because of the professional dances, the kind of money earned there. However, beware- they may not be legal and may put you in trouble!

Backwater cruise– Backwater cruise is really romantic in Goa. The sail is pretty long because Mandovi is lined with Chorao as well as Divar. The traditional name of this cruise is Shantadurga and can accommodate about 150 people at a time. This is a 5-hour tour and helps one explore Goa’s green side, the peaceful side, The ride stops at Spice Garden where one can learn about the distillation process, spice production and more. Some other specialties include cashew apples which are made use of to make Feni- a yum drink. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a beaut- that’s the place everyone must check out, especially bird watchers.

Timings: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (Tuesdays and Fridays)

Price: Rs. 900 per person and Rs 450 for children between 5-12 years.
Catamaran cruise- Want to experience the native Catamaran Cruise? Try out this exceptional cruise on a country raft and enjoy the surf casually, while sailing on a cruise in Goa. Catamaran cruises have a specialty- they’re shaped a lot like bananas are run with daggerboards. Catamaran is meant for rough use- open for adventurers!

The best time to partake in Catamaran cruising in Goa is between the months of October to May.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

River cruise in Goa– The beauty about river cruise in Goa is that it’s very romantic and very homely. You will be greeted with music and folk dance performances as you sail down the river. The performances are followed by a live band and DJ which light up the room with their vibrant music. Enjoy live music, the sunset and a lovely open bar along with a spectacular view of Goa.

Timings: From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Houseboat cruise in Goa- Indulge in houseboat cruises in Goa with memorable experiences with family and loved ones. The cruise has a unique route- from Chapora- a historical monument to several villages in Goa and back to pavilion! Sit with a drink and enjoy Goa backwaters- they’re as beautiful as Kerala backwaters and enjoy water sports in Goa like fishing. There are decks in houseboats generally and you can enjoy multiple activities, services and so much more.

Dinner cruises in Goa are as good as dinner cruises in Dubai or any other location in the world- in fact, Goa is one of the most exotic locations in India which not just couples or friends must check out but, families too. Brands like Champion Yachts provide with a variety of cruise packages on the basis of budget, requirements, a number of people and more.

12 best reasons why cruising is healthy for your vacation

“IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE CRUISING, YOU HAVE NEVER LIVED YOUR LIFE”.

If you are someone who loves the sea & its galactic waters, cruising is just for you! Needless to say, right from accommodation, food to adventures, activities & entertainment – cruising covers almost anything and everything which is easily accessible for all. Your act of cruising is yet another chance to unwind, rejuvenate and re-focus on your strengths.  And why not. You have got enough reasons to experience a healthy and happy cruising voyage.

 

Why Cruising?

Normal life is not the same like before. It’s disrupted, messy and tiring!  You need time for yourself as your body needs a break to fight stress and boost the much needed rejuvenation. Buffet? Gourmet dinner & lunch? Too many cocktails n’ mock tails? Luxury stay? Guess what’s first knocks the mind the moment “cruising” comes into the picture as an option of retreat.

 

Indeed a hidden thrill and excitement, the moment you imagine a retreat into the paradise waters. You might have numerous ways to unwind and liberate yourself, but healthy cruising on waters blended with wellness, activities, adventures and entertainment, low-carbohydrate menu is something that definitely pampers the body, mind and soul. And for health conscious travel enthusiasts, what could rate high as bigtime stress buster with ample opportunity to relax, unwind and rejuvenate your mind? Think & discover!

 

So, what’s your idea of healthy and happy cruising? Let’s explore!

  • Happy and family friendly experience is all you get
  • A fantastic trip includes day and evening entertainment, gourmet food, luxe accommodations, activities and much more.
  • Easy to plan trip with exclusive cruise vacation packages available
  • The sea breeze that blows across your face is a wonderful experience
  • You visit exotic destinations
  • When you find wellness floating health retreat such as spa, treatment of body and soul
  • You indulge in DIY on-board activities
  • You routinely workout with yoga
  • You lose yourself in rain dance
  • You re-unite with family & friends
  • You spend romantic and private quality moments together

Cruising is more than just an itinerary. And if you are still wondering what it actually involves check out these 12 extensive benefits that paints a picture about how cruising liberates the mind, stimulates your innate senses and strengthens your immune.

 

  1. Luxury mood

Depending on the cruise line you choose, you definitely receive one of a kind experience that appeals the mind. Enticing cruise with lavish accommodations, open seating dining, exotic lounge and bar, DJ dance floor, all-inclusive drinks and beverages, fancy delectable cuisines, buffet, mouth-watering lunch and dinner, late night snacks, appetizers with a fair collection of quality wine list and Champagnes are bon vivant that sprinkles the magic of grandeur lifting mood and senses instantly. Combined with the royal touch of culinary tour and carefree mind, defining luxury & leisure is something that goes beyond words!

 

  1. Family bonding

Family togetherness is the crux of strong bonding. For busy working professionals who works round the clock, this is an ideal spot & timing  to unwind yourself & spend your leisure hours celebrating the best moments with  kids, spouse and parents. What could be more inviting than a seven-day relaxing luxury cruise stay with signature cuisines, & a plethora of family entertainment activities, exciting water sports, spa and wellness aboard? Sounds wow! So how would you like to be treated?

 

  1. Romantic private moments

Your moments are never the best than the finest private time spent together over a candle light dinner on yacht in Goa at an idyllic scenic ambiance. Provocative themed nights dressed in style and decor with set temperatures, soulful music & signature playrooms to ooze your partner is another chance to sizzle up your private moments with your loved one. Luxury rooms for couples to enjoy their sensual lone time, DJ dance bar, LIVE bands on the pool deck is a perfect timing to propose your spouse once again spice up this saucy vacation! What’s your plan?

 

  1. Meditation

A calm and soothing place above the water upon a yacht offers positivity and focus of mind. Sailing aboard a catamaran or yacht gets you to the perfect place to de-stress and live this wonderful experience! Regain this life energy with eco-friendly yachting or sailing experiences-a unique healthy lifestyle amidst magical landscapes & water paradise to detox you.

 

  1. Relaxation

The sea regenerates you. Watching the picturesque sunrise and sunset on the horizon, peaceful breeze, the fresh air you breathe in, the sound of the crashing waves automatically relaxes you and rejuvenates the mind. Here’s ample opportunity to give time to yourself, unwind and pamper your body and mind. Personalised services with a host of restful features, wellness and beauty treatments, games promises of an ultimate relaxation as you step on-board the cruise.

 

  1. Healthy eating

If you think that your luxury dining & déjeuner is all about calorie consumption and weight-gain temptation, you need to think once again! You have a choice as luxury cruise lines have several restaurants on-board that serves healthy menu.  For healthy buffs, on-board eating includes less complicated meals & comfort foods for casual dining that are simple to eat and made up of fewer calories. The choice is all yours!

 

  1. Sunshine-vitamin D

Sitting on the top cruise deck seems to be exciting and sensuous isn’t it? But there’s a healthy side of it. If you are missing out the daily opportunity to soak vitamin D from the early morning sun, you are definitely missing out the positive impact it generates on you. Explore the deck or simply lie down or stroll under the early morning sun or just feel the midday heat as you walk by   poolside lounger. You will never fall short of daily dose of vitamin D.

 

  1. Yoga n’ spa

This is the next level of relaxation you would probably like to never miss out. Health and wellness activities such as spa, meditation, the sauna and yoga to increase your energy levels will make you happy in no time. Try these relaxing personal exercises and treatment classes on the yoga cruise to calm your senses, detoxify your body, reduce stress and sleep better.  A must to try out!

 

  1. Incredible thrills & recreation

Feel the thrill as you go beyond your comfort zones to try out incredible water rides and adventure sports on waters. Yes! It’s fun with thrills that will chill your nerves. Try adventure sports such as skateboard, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, zorbing, parasailing, surfing, thunder wave and the list is endless to get your adrenaline pumping faster with each heartbeat.

 

  1. Burn calories

Cruising can burn calories too! Want to know how? When you explore amazing adventures and water sports, you are not only exposed to thrills but also sweat your ways out extra calories without stress. These water sports and on-board activities on open waters are a chance to stay active & fit. Plenty of air for deep breathing & yoga or soaking in the sunshine on cruise deck works excellent in losing extra calories in a much happier & healthier way.

 

  1.  Socialise

Cruising alone gives quality bonding time that you have always been longing since ages. Away from the constant buzz of digitally connected world, when you are on-board, you get a chance to meet and socialize with new people, make new friends and spend time chit chatting with newly found ones.

 

  1. First-class service

Last but not the least is the first class service that pampers you round the clock.  Drinks, dining, entertainment, exotic spa, floating theatres, lounge to relax, ballroom dance, LIVE music, discos, gaming (gambling),  casual eatery – ah! There are ample choices to lift your mood quick!

 

So now you know the healthy side of cruising? These 12 reasons are a sure fire way to transform your view about cruising and enjoy the secret lifestyle on boat.  Take a break from you busy schedules and step into the ultimate relaxation that contributes a significant boost to fun, happiness, excitement, relaxation and re-connecting to yourself- leaving you feel at your best.