Published on March 27, 2008
Cruising: Cruising Chapter 7.3 3 Categories of Cruises: 3 Categories of Cruises Ocean Cruise Sea Cruise Island Cruise Major Ocean, Sea, and Island Cruise Areas: Major Ocean, Sea, and Island Cruise Areas Alaska The Bahamas The Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas Mexico The Panama Canal Secondary Cruising Areas: Secondary Cruising Areas Baltic and Black Sea Bermuda Asia and Indonesia South America South Pacific Bahamas: Bahamas Embarkation – Miami, Port Canaveral, and Port Everglades Ports of Call – San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Private Island in the Berry Islands; and Nassau, New Providence Island Bermuda is a single destination cruise Baltic Sea: Baltic Sea Embarkation – Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; Edinburgh, Scotland; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden Ports of Call – St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Golansk, Poland Black Sea: Black Sea Embarkation – Istanbul, Turkey Ports of Call – Odessa and Yalta, Ukraine; Sochi, Russia Caribbean: Caribbean Caribbean cruising accounts for more than 60% of the cruise product, and is the only cruising area that is active year-round. Caribbean is divided into East, West, and South Western Caribbean has Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, and Water Sports Eastern Caribbean has Beaches and Shopping Ports of Embarkation: Ports of Embarkation China – Hong Kong South Korea – Pusan Japan - Yokahama Cruising: Cruising Transatlantic crossings embark from New York, New York and Southampton, England On Hawaii both Kahalui and Honolulu are considered ports for cruising Mediterranean: Mediterranean Embarkation - Algeciras and Barcelona, Spain; Cannes and Nice, France; Civitavecchia, Genoa, and Venice, Italy; Pireaus, Greece; Alexandria, Egypt; Haifa, Israel; and Istanbul, Turkey Mediterranean: Mediterranean Cruising Season – April to October Divided into 3 sections: Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea, Coast of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey Around Italy from Nice to Venice Western Mediterranean (Genoa, Italy, to Gibraltas) Ports of Embarkation: Ports of Embarkation Mid-Atlantic – Lisbon, Portugal; Nice, France; and Southampton, England Panama Canal – Acapulco, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Miami; San Juan Panama Canal: Panama Canal 50 miles long Average time to transit is 8 to 9 hours 12,000 ships pass though yearly 33 Ships a day Caribbean: Caribbean At least 7 cruise lines include a private-island in their Caribbean itineraries. South America: South America Embarkation – Miami; Puerto Rico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; LaGuaira, Venezuela; Montevideo, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Punta Arenas, Chile Galápagos Islands: Galápagos Islands On the Galápagos Islands, Charles Darwin made observations there that led to his theory of evolution Embarkation: Embarkation South Pacific – Cairns, Australia; Manila, the Philippines; Fiji, Melanesia; Papeete, French Polynesia; Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand Southeast Asia and Indonesia – Bali, Indonesia; Hong Kong, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand; and Singapore Coastal Cruises: Coastal Cruises Alaska Australia Canada and the New England Coast Western Europe Mexico Norway – North Cape Specialty and Expedition Cruises: Specialty and Expedition Cruises Adventure Cruises Cruises to Nowhere Dive Boats Sailing Ships Yachts River and Inland Sea Cruises: River and Inland Sea Cruises America’s Mississippi and Ohio Europe’s Danube Western Europe’s Moselle & Rhine China’s Yangtse and Li Egypt’s Nile Brazil’s Amazon Russia’s Volga Sweden’s Gota Canal Ferry Trips: Ferry Trips Short voyages designed to transport cars, buses, passengers, and railroad cars across channels, straits, lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. Freighter: Freighter Freighter itineraries reveal ports that would be impractical or too expensive to visit any other way Freighter cruises are not the same as other cruises Flag of Convenience: Flag of Convenience Passengers aboard a ship registered in a foreign country are subject to the laws of that country Safety Standards: Safety Standards Watertight bulkheads Fire-fighting equipment Lifeboats Life Jackets Other lifesaving equipment Marine Division vs. Hotel Division: Marine Division vs. Hotel Division The Marine Division runs and maintains the ships. The hotel division is concerned with food and beverage, housekeeping, and passenger entertainment. Cruises: Cruises Land-based jobs with cruise lines are primarily in sales and marketing. Travel agents account for 95% of all cruise sales. Pricing: Pricing Cabin location and size Flight arrangements Length of cruise Service and amenities Reputation of the ship Season Discounts available at time of booking Prices are quoted per person based on double occupancy Cruises: Cruises Per Diem – The daily rate per person Tips Cabin Steward - $3.50 Waiter - $3.50 Cruise Director - none Terms: Terms Bow – Front Part of the Ship Starboard – Right Side Port – Left Side Stern - Back Air-Sea Package: Air-Sea Package If an air-sea Package is purchased, and your flight is late, the ship may delay sailing to wait for their arrival, or passengers may be flown to the next port at no extra charge.