Tips for Cruising

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Which Type of Cabin?

When planning a cruise, passengers first consider how much time they have to travel, which itineraries are of interest, and which cruise lines or ships offer a price within their budget. But often, the latter depends heavily on which stateroom you choose, and with some lines offering 20 or more cabin categories per ship, how do you know which one is best for you? Not to worry: Cost aside, different cabin types have different advantages—as well as disadvantages— so it really comes down to you and your lifestyle; that’s why Sail with Yale will do all of the planning with you.

Cruising Tips:

Boarding. Pack everything you need for your first day in your carry-on including passports, cruise documents, prescriptions, and other important items.

Drink Packages. Sometimes included in bookings or can be purchased at a reduced rate before sailing on a cruise website.

Specialty Restaurants.  Often there is an upcharge, but you can experience  an upscale dinning experience with an upscale menu.

Dining Seatings.  If you don't want to commit to a set dining time, many ships offer "anytime" or "my time" for the Main Dining rooms. Depending on the itinerary, at times it is better to book late dining, because some of the excursions will not get back to the ship in time for the early seating. We can guide you based on your preferences.

Excursions.  When you receive your booking confirmation, check to see if excursions are available.  We recommend that you pre-book excursions when available as they fill up very quickly.  

Location, Location, Location. Mid-ship or center of the ship are the most popular locations for your stateroom, preferably a balcony or a suite. Depending on the itinerary and the frequency with which you sail, you may prefer Port or Starboard side. 

Tipping. Many luxury cruises include gratuities in their pricing or you can have them added to your booking pre-cruise. If you feel you have received exceptional service by a staff member, you can add to their gratuity accordingly.

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