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Frequently Asked Questions

  Are there age requirements to sail?
  What is the average age group?
  I have special medical needs. Do I need to alert the cruise line?
  Is it possible to travel while pregnant?
  Will there be wheelchair accessibility?
  Are there medical services onboard?
  What if I'm prone to seasickness?
  What if I need over-the-counter medicine?

Are there age requirements to sail?
Yes, and they differ for each cruise line. The age requirement policies are strictly enforced by the cruise lines, and passengers who do not meet the minimum requirement will not be permitted to board. The age requirements can be verified either by your Vacation Consultant, or if you are purchasing via our web site, in our terms and conditions, prior to reserving your cruise.
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What is the average age group?
Typically, on any cruise, you will find a mix of all age groups. While the demographic will potentially vary with each sailing, there are some general patterns. Carnival Cruise Line generally caters to a younger crowd. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruise Line will attract a slightly older group, while on Crystal Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line and Holland America Line you will find a more mature clientele. Keep in mind that the above information involves rough averages.
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I have special medical needs. Do I need to alert the cruise line?
The cruise lines require all guests with special medical needs to submit a "special needs" form to them prior to travel. This is to ensure that they have the necessary information to give you the proper care in the event of an emergency. Passengers who carry syringes for medical use must also carry a letter from their physicians indicating this. Please call and speak with our Customer Service Team to obtain the correct forms for submission to the cruise line.
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Is it possible to travel while pregnant?
Most cruise lines will allow travel up to 24 weeks of pregnancy; however, each cruise line does set its own policy and they do reserve the right to deny boarding to any passenger who is further along than their policy stipulates. In some instances, a cruise line my require medical documentation indicating fitness to travel. Please contact your Vacation Consultant or our Customer Service department for specifics on your chosen cruise.
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Will there be wheelchair accessibility?
Accessibility with vary from ship to ship. The newer, larger cruise ships have been built with the goal of full accessibility, including wider corridors, more spacious cabins, more (and larger) elevators and ramps where needed. In addition, the designated "wheelchair-accessible" cabins on newer ships are outfitted with many features that will make your cruise a more comfortable experience. Many older ships may be more challenging to the wheelchair-bound cruiser, as there are often raised sills several inches high in many doorways or steps in the entries to some public areas. Corridors may be narrower and elevators smaller, allowing less room for maneuverability. In fact, some areas of older ships may be completely inaccessible to the wheelchair-bound traveler. Additionally, you'll want to consider whether the ship is going to be able to dock directly at the port, or whether tenders (small boats) will be utilized to transport passengers to shore. Most cruise lines will require a release form and/or a statement from your physician stating that you are fit to travel. They may also request confirmation that you require a wheelchair-accessible cabin.
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Are there medical services onboard?
Virtually every cruise ship (except for some smaller vessels operating in coastal waters) has a fully equipped medical facility and staff to handle medical emergencies.
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What if I'm prone to seasickness?
Although seasickness is rare on larger cruise ships because they are equipped with stabilizers, if you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to consult your physician prior to travel. If you should feel queasy onboard ship, medicine is available from your stateroom steward or the ship's doctor.
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What if I need over-the-counter medicine?
Many types of medication may not be readily available either aboard ship or in ports of call. Commonly used medication may be purchased at the office of the ship's doctor.
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