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Discover the pleasures of a holiday at sea. Cruising offers great vacation value – the price of your cruise includes accommodation, activities, entertainment, meals and snacks. As you sail from one port of call to the next these floating resorts offer a myriad of onboard amenities. Well appointed accommodation provides you with a rejuvenating place to unpack and unwind. For those times in your life that are special, cruise lines offer an array of celebration experiences. Come aboard to celebrate a birthday, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or family reunion – whatever the occasion, cruise lines will help you create a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. The crew onboard are devoted to one goal – making your voyage extraordinary in every way! On board you can choose to lie back and be pampered or go non-stop. It‘s up to you! Dining aboard a Cruise ship is an experience unto itself. Dine in one of the many restaurants and casual venues or opt to tickle your taste buds in one of the ships specialty dining venues for a nominal fee. Whatever is on the menu there’s a variety of dining options to choose from.
Start your day with a fitness class in the gym, shop in one of the onboard boutiques, have lunch by the pool, participate in one of the enrichment at sea programs, or head to the Spa for a relaxing massage – each day of your voyage is an adventure.
Take advantage of the optional shore excursions available through the cruise line. Explore the beauty of the various regions by touring historic sites, shop till you drop or simply head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! Getting around in the various ports is a breeze whether you take a shore excursion, hop in a taxi or take a local bus to see the sites there is a variety of options to discover each port of call.
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Language spoken onboard
English is widely spoken by onboard crew.
Currency and purchases onboard
Most cruise ships sailing the Caribbean use US dollars for onboard purchases unless otherwise noted. All purchases made onboard will be added to your shipboard account. You will receive an itemized bill of all purchases the night before disembarkation. When you provide your credit card in advance, all onboard charges will be charged to your credit card. There is no need to visit the Pursers desk to settle your account if you have left a credit card for all purchases. If paying by cash you must settle your account with the cruise line the evening prior to disembarkation. Those paying by cash or travelers cheques will be required to leave a cash deposit at the beginning of their cruise. Cruise lines accept most major credit cards, have currency exchange and ATM’s onboard which provide US cash unless otherwise noted - refer to the specific Cruise line/ship profile for details. Travellers cheques and most major credit cards are accepted in the various ports of call.
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Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants, swim wear, beach cover, t-shirts are the order of the day at sea and ashore. Low heeled, rubber soled shoes for strolling the deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals are recommended. Smart Casual for evening is the norm. Evening attire is suggested for formal nights (cocktail dresses or gowns for ladies and jackets with tie or tuxedos for men).
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Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on a cruise to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
 
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It is your responsibility to determine what documentation is required for travel to your destination including the various ports of call, and for your return to Canada. Sunwing Vacations will assume no responsibility whatsoever for passenger(s) denied carriage by the airline or refused entry into any country. Canadian Citizens can contact Foreign Affairs Canada at http://www.voyage.gc.ca for assistance in obtaining this information. Citizens of other countries should check with the relative Tourist Board or Consular Office of the destination in which they are intending to visit. Sunwing Vacations strongly recommends that you carry a valid passport when travelling outside of Canada. Please note that several countries now require that your passport be valid for up to six months after the completion of your travel in order to be accepted by them as a valid travel document.
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Cruising with Children
Families love to cruise! Cruise lines offer an array of wonderful activities, entertainment and venues for various age groups. The children’s centres are supervised by trained cruise line staff who keep young cruisers busy! Cruise lines also offer kid friendly menus. The children’s programs have sign in/out policies. A great way to keep in touch with children onboard is to bring along good quality walkie-talkies that have a number of stations. On larger ships, there are some areas where walkie-talkies don't work). Another suggestion is to leave a pad and pen on the desk in your cabin where the parents and child can leave each other notes. Also, give your children a definite time when they have to return to the cabin or meet you at the buffet for lunch, etc. River cruise vessels do not have children’s play areas, etc. and certain age restrictions apply. See cruise lines policies for more information.