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.

 

 

 

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.

5 Best venue ideas to host your private parties in Goa

 

If you don’t breathe a life into your small & quiet get-together party with your friends/family, it’s a complete waste of life! Be it a corporate party in Goa, a birthday party in Goa, private party for colleagues, friends get-together or a private family party – you certainly won’t want your guests to leave the revelry too early. (Well, they will, if they are bored!) Right from party venue, party theme, and food & drink items, music, and movie – each of them play a distinct role in striking an instant conversation & making the guests feel special with private yacht parties in Goa!

 

To stop them from self-withdrawal from the party guest list while you host your party once again, here’s a quick list of party planning tools along with useful tips to please your party guests & help plan your future parties all the more memorable & fun!

 

  1. Island Party

It’s no secret that Island party in Goa has its own magic appeal & charm especially when it comes to partying for all ages. The sun, the sand, the beats of rocking music with some sizzler delights-ah! It’s tantalizing! Topping them all, one striking feature if you party on Islands in Goa is that you have some great beaches coupled with picturesque scenery & a vibrant rocking nightlife by the shore!

 

If you are a party animal, a reunion party or a bachelor party in Goa, far from all eyes at a private island is something that you will want all over again! Turn on thumping music beats & get into the mood of some groovy twists & turns. And the extra specials? Well, the party has just begun! Spice up the evening savouring some sizzling barbeque & toast your favourite drinks & cocktails with friends to count upon the moment.

 

Soak yourself up in the vibrant atmosphere as you hop along the beaches altogether sharing your kinky gossips. And if you are an adventure junkie, don’t forget to try out plethora of exciting water sports adventures such as parasailing, Jet Ski, kayaking, wakeboarding or anything that you can think of.

 

  1. Pool Party

Yay! It’s all about your private gang in your splish-splashy private pool party in Goa. Go as you like with Pirate pool party theme where you can set up a game for your folks & choose to act the way you want. Take a dip into the pool or simply chill-n’-float upon pool floats, daybeds or sun loungers. Dance on some serious beats of soundtrack whist you savour some poolside cocktails. You can also expect some of the finest drinks, beverages & snacks that complement the BBQ & lip-smacking delicacies!

 

  1. Yacht Party

Nothing can beat the thrill & excitement of throwing a private party for friends or family at the waterfront! A private river cruise party is a great idea to celebrate a special day where you can relive some unforgettable moments of fun on water- be it a birthday party in Goa, anniversary party, retirement party, corporate get-together party, wedding on yacht, Overnight stay on yacht in Goa, or any kind of party that you can imagine!

 

 

A private vessel loaded with full entertainment & adventures offers endless possibilities-drinks, food & beverages, entertainment, surf, play water sports adventures in Goa, fishing and what not?   All you need is to come up with amazing theme party ideas! And you get to explore them all with the best luxury & sophistication aboard the boat!

 

  1. Halloween/Laser tag party

Halloween party or Laser tag party is the wildest night party celebration where you can get all hearts racing conjuring up new scary tradition with some bizarre costumes; zombie, devil, Sinister, wicked Humpty Dumpty – all decked up to contribute to a nightmarish experience!

 

Scare your folks with some haunting heart-stopping moments & plan for a different kind of suspense! If you dare to experience the fun of the spooky horror mischievous hard-core scary freaks, you are brave enough to unlock the Halloween themed drinks servings & some serious sizzling BBQs! Relish them later. After all, it’s a challenge where you have to make the maximum impact!

 

  1. Restaurant party

Looking for a classic restaurant venue to party with friends & family? Well, the choice of a nice restaurant with a private space can literally bring out the jovial side of your friends & family. Agreed or not? A restaurant can be a great gorgeous venue if it is functional & uniquely positioned & most importantly offers great cuisine experiences.

 

To host your private party event & make your party happening, rather, look for the outdoor private space that can create a happy hour friendlier party environment. With great drinks & culinary alongside, make sure you create the right entertainment of ambience to get your people enjoying the party consistently.

 

Champions Yacht Club offers a perfect spot for an exclusive floating restaurant which is ideal for hosting private parties on water; that caters for an excellent combo of great cruising experience along with happy hour parties complemented by large party menu options. Why not try them out!

 

With these best venue ideas suggested above for your private parties, not only you can justify your occasional gag & impress your guests but also turn your next get-together into absolute fulfilling & fun! But the best part is, you know from where you have to start…