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 View

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

Dinner Cruise in Goa

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

Holiday at Yacht Goa

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

 

Laundry Services at Yacht Goa

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

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 in Goa

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

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

Tenser 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

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.

Happy Cruising in Goa

Why River Tourism in Goa is all-inspiring for adventure seekers?

You know you are in Goa if you get soaked by the beach waves, adventure cruising, island hopping, yacht tours and a plethora of inviting water sports tempting you to try them out! Goa is indeed, a paradise of a total of 22 beaches naturally diversified into two districts: North Goa & South Goa.

 

But if you think beaches are the only source of fun & adventure, you are wrong! Beach adventures are way too mainstream; instead why not try out some of the exciting river adventures & activities that can offer you a whole new level of fun! And these are indeed such aspirational travel moments that even money can’t buy!

 

Time to turn out to be river fanatic! Ditch the crowded beaches; the Rivers of Goa, the backwaters & the scenic wildlife of Goa are so unique in their potential to attract tourists that they speak for themselves for both leisure & adrenaline.

 

Goa reveals a number of unexplored and gorgeous rivers, tributaries and popular water bodies with breath-taking landscape that are flavourful attractions for the young & the vibrant crowd. And the best part? Well, these river bodies are mostly isolated with only a handful of people around; so it’s only you to experience all the fun & splendour with your special sweetheart, friends or family. So, it’s a bet- you won’t find the serenity elsewhere!

 

About Goa River Tourism

Goa has developed into a thriving tourism sector because of the presence of vivacious beaches, islands, the tranquil lagoons and blissful picturesque landscape. Located at the western coastal region along the boundary of the large sea coastline of the Arabian Sea, Goa is the paradise of the most exotic beaches surrounded by lush greens and fascinating backdrop. Goa is blessed with a total of 9 beautiful rivers joined by 42 other small tributaries that flows from the Western Ghats and then downpours into the sea. This frames an extensive network of navigable inland waters comprising the beautiful backwaters in Goa.

 

But unlike the beaches, Goan Rivers are the most unexplored & uncrowded destinations that opens up new possibilities for unforgettable sightseeing spots, water sports adventures & cruising opportunities to the discerned travellers.

 

Goa Rivers

The biggest & popular rivers of Goa such as Saleri, Chapora, Baga, Talpena, Zuari, Tiracol , Sal, Galgibaga marks Goa’s entry into the exciting world of adventures in river tourism. Several isolated smaller rivers that flows criss-cross along the state will be adding up to the tourism flavour in the coming years.  The most recognizable river bodies that deserve a visit are the Mandovi & the Zuari. These water bodies gives abundant opportunity to rediscover the calm & tranquil nature by means of outdoor water sport activities such as trekking, cruising, water adventures in Goa, underwater activities, Goa sightseeing and heritage, crocodile dundee, bird watching and more.

 

Goa’s River Tourism

Nearly 4 million tourists visit Goa each year, out of which half a million are foreigners. So now you know the rising potential of Goa’s tourism industry every year. Goa, the state that host many locals, domestic and foreign travellers is currently a tourism hotbed as special initiatives from the state Govt. is instrumental in boosting tourism. The flowing waterbodies has greater potential for water park tourism & river based transport systems.

 

Few waterfronts such as the Chapora River & the backwaters that remained untapped for a long time has forced Goa’s tourism industry to exploit the rich flora & fauna along the River ways and develop certain points of tourist interest. With the intent to increase river transport usages by the govt., the growing importance of River jetties and small boats are greatly sought after that can aid to leisure tourism services, spread evenly across all parts of Goa, not just beaches.

 

Goa’s Monsoon River Tourism

It’s good news to lure the rain laden monsoon travellers that- as part of the Govt. initiative to revamp Goa’s river transport system, monsoon tourism activities under the jurisdiction of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) are at the forefront to entertain the discerned visitors. Unlike the sea beaches that are comparatively risky to surf, now, a plethora of new River water games & sports activities & trekking backed by safety measures are all set to launch at the Western Ghats. With the onset, river system will be thriving as popular diving hotspot with loads of monsoon delights such as water sports adventures & diving activities for sports enthusiasts

 

Goa’s Adventure water sports & activities

If you love boat racing amidst a peaceful ambience, Goan Rivers can offer you a unique leisure waterfront space & experience that is way too different from the sea waves. River water sports such as white water rafting, fishing, yachting, kayaking, Ringo ride, and paddle boat rides, canoeing, are just perfect adventure water sports to explore & challenge the river water currents. White water rafting is an easy-to-navigate all year-round adrenaline buzz, sailed across the water currents. While it’s easy to manoeuvre adventure kayaks downriver, canoeing is another fun-filled activity to try your hands on.  Other water activities that you can test your marine skills are rowing and Coracling that adds loads of amusement to the tourists riders.

The beauty of the river water sports is that they are user friendly and can be tried and experienced by anyone; all you need to do is just practice a little balance & control, and there you are…ready to go! For novices as well as professionals, these river water sports are a great pastime and for adventure seekers, these are the best water sports to gather some real life time moments with friends & families. But don’t you worry if you are a first-timer because even for the first-timers, river water sports offer something exciting to everyone.

 

Goa’s Best River water sport activities worth trying

To help you find some of the best river water sports that you can enjoy in Goa, here’s an extensive list that we have handpicked especially for you. Take a sneak peek!

 

Parasailing:

Where to try? Mhadei River 

A popular water sport to try on, parasailing is an easy adventure water activity that you can try out. Take off to get a spectacular aerial view of boundless waters from a high altitude.  Experience the adrenaline rush as you glide through the air! Enjoy the breath-taking view!

 

Water Rafting:

Where to try? Mandovi River

Away from the beach wilderness, white river water rafting is an adventure that offers plenty of thrills to the intrepid visitors. This up-and-go activity in a group is especially designed for lakes, rivers and seas where you can explore magnificent views & inaccessible river banks.

 

Flyboarding:

Where to try? Chapora River

This action sport activity is loaded with tons of uninterrupted fun and thrilling experience. Let water push you up as you stand high above the waters. Fly like a superhero up till 15 to 30 meters above the water pumping up your adrenaline. Make splashes as you swirl your fly board strapped at your feet up in the air to rotate and turn. Chase the ski, take 360 degree spins – it’s a sensation that includes tips & tricks as you apply the skills of turns as you dive into the water and shoot back out again.

 

Ringo Ride:

Where to try?  River Sal

It is an elastic ring shaped boat where you can easily fit in that is towed by the behind the speed boat. Whether single Ringo ride or doubles and bingo! Don’t be afraid for a freefall in waters. Feel each bump, twists & trills as you splash through waters on the way!

 

Round Leisure Boat Ride:

Where to try? River Sal

Round leisure boats are shared adventures for those who want to sail away the laidback time with all comfort. Try out a round leisure boat ride for a fascinating slow journey on beautiful calm waters. Explore pristine corners away from the hustle & bustle of the city.

 

Speed boat:

Where to try? River Sal

This is a great sightseeing tour to be enjoyed in a group as it speeds up. Experience this great thrill of speed, fun and adventure on-board as you top it up to 50mph. This passenger speedboat offers loads of fun to the young & the old when it spins at top speed, giving an adrenaline rush to the adventure junkies.

 

Swan/Pedal Boat

Where to try? Mayem Lake

For those who are looking for a relaxing experience, this is a thrilling ride to explore. Enjoy an intimate time with swan boat ride as you circle around the lake with your special one. Slow down your time for tranquil moment of peace and serenity as you pedal to explore the charms of the lake in a leisurely manner.

 

Kayak Ride:

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal 

This is the most scenic sport to be enjoyed along the coast, rivers, lakes & backwaters of Goa. Glide through the excursion routes where you find the mangroves & other orchards to explore magnificent views abounding rare birdlife species and diverse flora & fauna. Ride your way on pristine calm waters!

 

Zorb Ball:

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal

The best thing about this water sport activity is that you can fearlessly dive into the crazy water fun without getting wet! Yes, Rolling up and down or walking inside the transparent ball shaped space of unknown seems exciting! That’s the fun more than scary that you feel inside a Zorb ball. Try it out!

 

Solar boat:

Where to try? Mandovi River & the Sal

Pollution free solar boats are highly enjoyable to take a ride on against the rhythm of the river. Feel the cool breeze as you ride this 100% solar powered boat on calm waters. Experience perfect leisure moments with family and friends.

 

Jet Ski:

 

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal

For speed lovers, Jet Ski is the most cherished & exciting river water sports. Climb aboard the private Jet Ski for some quick action packed fun and entertainment. Enjoy a thrilling ride through the waves as you feel the water splashing by all around!

 

Cruising:

Where to try? Mandovi River

If you are a wanderlust explorer, river cruising opportunity is sure to leave you spellbound and in awe. Spend evenings at the top deck of the cruise on-board. Explore exciting and thrilling experiences packed with fun, excitement and luxury while cruising.  The breath-taking views from the cruise deck and the LIVE music along with gourmet dining & attentive hospitality is sure to enrich the unique experience on-board.

 

Apart from these water sports & cruising experiences mentioned above, you can also enjoy various sightseeing, bird watching and riverside recreational hopping experiences that are of a great value for money. For bird lovers, Champions Yacht Club provides early morning boat services where you can spot some of the rarest species of birds. All these will definitely make your Goa vacation exciting and memorable. So, does this River water adventure beckon you?