Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I pay my bill onboard the ship?
  • Most cruise lines require a credit card to be registered and your final bill is charged to your registered card at the of the cruise. 
  • You can also bank cash if you prefer once you have boarded the ship. This is an excellent way to budget your spending as once you have used the cash on your cruise card it will decline until you top up.
  • Debit cards can be used however they do get pre-authorised so be aware that any un-used funds can take up to 10 days to be returned to your debit card account from your bank.
  • Travel cash passport cards are not recommended to pay a ship account, use those for when you are in port for shopping and other purchases.
How do I book shore tours?
  • You can book on the ship as most will have a shore excursions desk onboard.  This is helpful if your not sure and need to ask questions. You can attend shore talk lectures on the ship.
  • Alternatively most cruiselines will have a link to the shore excursions on their manage your cruise or personaliser page which we will provide you. Here is where you can pre book and pre pay and then relax and know that you’re all organised. Tickets will be delivered to your cabin with information on meeting places and departure times.
  • You can cancel a tour on the ship but you need to be aware of the cancellation deadlines on your vouchers or you will be charged.
What’s the $ currency on the ship?
  • This varies from ship to ship, and the destination of your cruise.
  • General rule is USD$ or $AUD / $NZD out of NZ.
Tipping Policy?
  • Tipping varies on each ship and cruiseline and often increases for premium cabins.
  • It is a variable and some prices will include the gratuities (tipping) already.
  • Some cruise lines do not charge tipping at all.
  • You will always find a ‘suggested’ amount to guide you on the ship.
  • You can request that tipping be removed and you will make your own arrangments.
  • If you are happy to tip then leave the suggested amount and it will be charged daily or tip your favourite staff memeber directly.
Kids Clubs
  • Yes – these are fantastic for families and offer educational and fun activities for kids of all ages.

  • Fully supervised and a safe environment. You can enjoy a quiet dinner while the kids are making new friends and having fun!

Can I bring alcohol on the ship?
  • This varies depending on the cruiseline, plus we can advise you of the ship alcohol policy.
  • Duty free is allowed in port and the ship will cargo this for you and return to you before you depart the ship on the last day.
What’s On-Board Credit?
  • On-board credit is complimentary spending money for use on the ship. It will vary depending on the cruise line and is always in the currency of the ship.
  • It is non-refundable so use it or lose it – you can spend this credit on tours, beverages, towards spa treatments and shopping.
  • You cannot withdraw it as cash.
  • It is loaded onto your ship account against your particular cabin.
  • It is generally only given to the first 2 passengers in a cabin. It doesn’t apply to 3rd and 4th passengers if you’re in a triple or quad share room.
Cruise Line Loyalty Clubs
  • All cruise lines offer a loyalty programme of some description.
  • The best way to earn credits and bonuses is to stick with your favourite cruiseline, as you would an airline frequent flyer membership.
  • The benefits can include free upgrades, on-board spending money, laundry, wifi and access to special sale fares in advance of general public.
Can I visit the Bridge on the Ship?
  • Some ships offer bridge and galley tours as part of a tour activity and can be purchased on the ship.
  • Some ships have a viewing platform so you can watch the bridge operations.
Can I pay my cruise off slowly?
  • This depends on the fare you choose.
  • If you are just required to pay a deposit and then the balance by a due date then you can pay in instalments as long as its paid in full by the final due date.
  • If you are purchasing a Flash Sale Fare or Instant Purchase fare due to last minute cruise departures then you will be required to pay in full.
Dining & Speciality Restaurants
  • All major cruiselines offer a choice of main dining room – full waiter and menu service and a buffet which is usually on the pool deck area.
  • Many also offer speciality dining options these are often a taste of Italian, French or Asian influence or the classic Steak House Grills and of course the great UK Pub style lunches like mushy peas and pies or Burger grills with hot dogs and chips beside the pool.
  • They will generally have a cover charge and require reservations but are a very nice way to celebrate an occasion on the ship or a special evening.
What’s included?
  • All cruises include main meals, accommodation, entertainment on board and all port taxes.
  • Many premium cruiselines also offer included shore tours, beverage packages and onboard credit.
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Or contact Debbie Christian: 0800 487 549
Email: info@oceanescapes.co.nz