Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

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Cruise Tips & FAQ’s

New Carry On Luggage Restrictions
New Passport Requirements
Can I reserve a cabin for 2 people and add a 3rd later
What is the single supplement or the share
Will I get seasick
How much luggage can I bring and how is it handled
Should I book my flight to arrive on the cruise departure date
Is transportation provided to and from the ship
When should I board the ship
What if the cruise is full
What is a wait list

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Cruise Tips and FAQ’s

Will I get seasick

No one can answer that question so be prepared and some have suggested this routine. I would suggest obtaining a seasick patch. Put it on when you get on board. After a day try removing it and see how you feel. If you start to feel funny put another one on. You can also get sea sick pills. Some of the brand names are dramamine, dimenhydrinate and avail . People have told me they like the patch best. Even though these are over the counter medications, always check with your doctor before using medications, especially if you are already taking other medications.
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What is the single supplement or the share

There are 2 ways to travel as a single on a charter cruise like RSVP, Atlantis, etc. First you can book the entire cabin yourself and pay double. Second you can go as a share. A share is when you are matched up with a cabin mate in the category you want. Don’t Panic Travel has a better share program the going direct. When you are booked direct the charter company will match you with someone according to smoking or non smoking preference. Don’t Panic Travel will try to match you up with other travelers so you can communicate with them before the cruise. Please call for more information on how this works.

Can I reserve a cabin for 2 people and add a 3rd later

Usually yes, but check first. However the cabin you have reserved must be able to accommodate 3 people. If it does there will be an additional fee around for the 3rd person. If your room is not designed for more than 2 you will have to reserve another room.
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How much luggage can I bring and how is it handled

Well I have not found a set rule on the amount of luggage, but to be safe be reasonable. Remember you will have to keep those bags in your room somewhere or have them checked after you unpack. Bag handling works just like the airlines. You can carry on small bags and you check the rest. At the curb there are people that will take your bags and then deliver them to your room. You will probably be sent luggage tags in your document kit. Be sure to put your name and room number on them.
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Should I book my flight to arrive on the cruise departure date

It is an excellent idea to arrive the day before your cruise departs. If your late for any reason, miss the ship and don’t have Trip Insurance then it will cost you dearly to catch up to the ship as well as loose the first couple days of the cruise. On the Atlantis Mexican cruise 2006, Royal Caribbean had to change the departure time earlier due to mechanical problems that restricted the speed the ship could travel. Yep, your still responsible and how much does it cost to change tickets suddenly let alone get that great seat you reserved. Just come a day early and you won’t have to worry about things like that

Is transportation provided to and from the ship

Transfers are often available to and from the airport to the ship at an extra charge. Sometimes they are also available from certain hotels. A discount with a shuttle service may be provided as well. Check with us on availability of transfers.
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When should I board the ship

You should leave yourself plenty of time to board the ship. Just like the airlines you will go through a security check. We suggest getting to the ship early and spending the day lounging around or touring the ship. Lunch is usually provided for early arriving guests. The earliest time to board will be posted in your boarding documents.
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What if the cruise is full – What is a wait list

Wait List Only – If the cruise is full you can be put on a wait list. Here’s how it works: Undoubtedly, some guests will have to cancel. When they do cancel, the cruise operator looks at the wait list and contacts the travel agent of the next person on the list. The list is actually several lists of cabin/room categories. You’ll have an even better chance of getting a room on a sold out event or category if you are willing to wait list for more than one category. There are no deposits or financial responsibility when you are on a wait list until you accept the cabin at which time any deposits and scheduled payments to that date are due.
Reserve & Walt List – You want to go on the cruise but prefer a different cabin then those available. You book the available cabin and you are put on the wait list for the cabin you prefer. In this case, you are responsible for deposits and cancellation fees as per the conditions on the reservation form for the cabin you booked. When the cabin you prefer opens up you are contacted to accept or decline. If you accept any additional amounts are due at that time. The wait list system DOES WORK.
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Passport Requirements

As of January 1st, 2008 you will now need a passport if you are visiting any country regardless of how you get their. Do you want to drive over the boarder to Canada? Not without a passport! How about a cruise to the Caribbean from Florida? Not without a passport! I think you get the picture. But it is not that difficult getting a passport and If you do not have a passport, now is the time to apply before the rush. Complete details and application forms are available at http://travel.state.gov/ In brief you can renew your passport by mail by using the on-line form. If you are applying for a new passport you can still use the on-line form but you will have to bring your documentation to a passport office. There is a list of them on that site.
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New Carry On Luggage Restrictions

Probably everyone has heard of the new carry-on liquid restrictions but I had a little surprise because I did not read between the lines. Since the TSA restriction of liquids, checked bags have surged 20% to 383,00, complaints in one year are up 90% and 14 thousand bags are lost per day, double number from 2005. Here is the TSA’s official line: With certain exceptions for prescription and over-the-counter medicines, baby formula and breast milk, and other essential liquids, gels, and aerosols, the following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols you want to carry through a security checkpoint

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three ounces or smaller.All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
  2. Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers there are no limits on the amounts of the following liquids, gels and aerosols you may carry through a security checkpoint:

  • Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling, all prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition Life-support and life-sustaining liquids such as bone marrow, blood products, and transplant organs Items used to augment the body for medical or cosmetic reasons such as mastectomy products, prosthetic breasts, bras or shells containing gels, saline solution, or other liquids; and
  • Gels or frozen liquids needed to cool disability or medically related items used by persons with disabilities or medical conditions.

You are not limited in the amount or volume of these above items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. However, if these items are in containers larger than three ounces, please perform the following:

  1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
  2. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

We have also taken steps to ensure the security of the boarding areas after you pass through our security checkpoints. Therefore, any liquid, gel or aerosol, such as coffee or soda, purchased in the secure area beyond the security checkpoint is allowed aboard your plane. Please note that if you have a layover and are re-screened at your connecting airport the current rules (see above) for carry-on’s apply.So I read this and got some small plastic bottles and measures in 3 or less ounces of shampoo, mouth wash, etc into each bottle. I was so proud all my bottles fit into the quart size bag. Then when I was going the security the office said “The 3 ounce bottles have to be in the original manufactures bottles” So where above did it say that?
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