Cruise and land tour prices vary according to your destination, length of travel,
and the caliber of the company you are traveling with.
Prices can range from $500 to $65,000. We will work with you to find the best travel option within your budget.
It is important to know that cruise prices can fluctuate at the cruise line's discretion, depending on the
inventory levels of the cruise and how close the cruise is to departure. The cruise line dictates whether
a customer is allowed to re-ticket at a lower rate. While some cruise lines will adjust rates,
most do not. Your Bon Voyage Travel agent can advise you on each cruise line's policy.
If you need to cancel your booking, please contact your Bon Voyage Travel agent as soon as possible.
They will guide you through the cancellation procedure and applicable penalties specific to your reservation.
Please follow the link for tip policies according to cruise line.
http://cruisetalk.org/resources/tipping-policies For land tours, it is customary to tip your tour guides and
bus drivers since their gratuity is not included. When on land, follow regional tipping guidelines.
Every passenger will be screened prior to embarking their cruise ship. This includes passing through a metal detector,
showing identification, along with passport and visa if necessary, and having baggage screened and x-rayed.
Most cruise lines take a picture and create an ID to be used throughout your trip. Also, all ships have some form
of hired security whether they be former military personnel or other private security force.
For an official statement from the Cruise Lines International Association, please follow this link.
Every airline passenger will pass through a security checkpoint, where you will be required to show identification
and boarding pass, pass through a metal director, and have carry-on baggage screened.
Some passengers will have their checked bagged screened through random selection.
Don't forget that all liquids, creams, and gels in your carry-on must be placed in a clear Ziploc bag.
Each liquid item must be less than 3.4 oz or it will be thrown away. Please follow the link to the TSA website
for up-to-date information regarding airport security. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/index.shtm
On cruise ships, you can access the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection, either provided in your cabin or other
common area. There are also Internet cafes, which charge a fee per minute to go online. When on land, you can access
the Internet at Internet cafes as well. If staying at a hotel, there is usually a Wi-Fi connection, which can be free
or cost an additional charge. If you have an air card from a cell phone provider, you will be able to access the
Internet anywhere you get cell phone coverage.
On most cruise ships, you will be able to use your cell phone. Though, international roaming charges will apply.
See your carrier for additional information. On land, you will need either an international phone plan or
an international cell phone that will be charged roaming fees when making calls. Please note that if you do not
have an international cell phone or have not activated an international phone plan, you will not be able to use your cell
phone in international cities. For international cell phones, you can avoid roaming charges by purchasing a prepaid
SIM card in the country you are visiting. You will be charged the local rate for local calls and a lesser
international rate for calls to the U.S. This is ideal if spending more than a few days in one country.
If you do not have an international cell phone or phone plan or do not use the Internet as a regular means of
communication, a calling card is a good idea. It allows you to make international calls from a cell phone or
landline wherever you are. Be sure to check the calling rates, as they can vary from card to card. Also,
cell phone rates are usually higher than the advertised rates.
Other means of communication include good ol' snail mail. You can still write letters or postcards and send them at
each port of call. Although, if you are on a cruise, you won't be able to receive any mail. With the Internet,
you have several alternative options including email, instant messenger, and Skype, a free video conferencing service.
To use Skype for free, the person you are contacting needs to have Skype as well. If not, Skype offers inexpensive
rates to make calls from your computer to a cell phone or landline. Keep in mind that your computer needs a microphone
to make calls to another phone. You can also video-chat if you have a built-in or external camera for your computer.
Many cruise lines offer amenities tailored to kids. Most recommend you only bring children ages 3 and up.
Cruise lines with kid-specific activities include but are not limited to: Disney, Royal Caribbean,
Celebrity, Crystal, Carnival, Holland America, Cunard, Princess, Norwegian, and Regent Seven Seas.
Ask your Bon Voyage Travel agent for more information on how to accommodate a young child on your next cruise.
Yes! Cruising is a great place for solo travelers. There are several opportunities to meet people on cruises.
If you're willing to participate in cruise activities and sign up for traditional dining, where you eat with a group,
you should find yourself among great company in no time! Additionally,
some cruise ships offer single cabins and most offer a single supplement rate for double staterooms.
If you are planning to travel alone, be sure to check with your Bon Voyage Travel agent to find select sailings
and singles cruises with our own onboard host, who organizes exclusive singles cocktail parties, mixers,
games, group excursions, and single-mingle dining.
A river cruise is a cruise that travels on inland waterways, mainly rivers.
They are typically on smaller boutique ships and stop at multiple ports of call,
including ones not usually included on large cruise itineraries.
A cabin category is the ranking a cruise line has given a group of cabins based on their size,
amenities, deck level and location. Cabin categories typically include: inside cabins (no porthole or window),
outside ocean view cabins (with a porthole or window), cabins with balconies or verandas (outside access),
and suites (usually a larger room with extra amenities and outside access).
Shipboard credit is money given to you by the cruise line to spend on the ship. Amounts given vary.
It can be spent however you like, though there may be restrictions including limitations on spending in casinos
and/or on shore excursions. Shipboard credit can be obtained several ways: from the cruise company itself,
credit card loyalty programs, airline reward programs, part of group amenities, email offers, and other cruise line
A Day at Sea is a full day spent sailing between ports. These are the perfect opportunity
to enjoy the various amenities available onboard including the spa, pool, movies, restaurants, instructional classes,
casino, shows, etc.
Traditional dining is an option to eat at a set time everyday with the same group of people, who may be your personal
group or a collective group of singles and couples. Traditional dining takes place at the same restaurant each night.
You may eat at other venues for an extra charge. Open time dining allows you to eat at whatever time you want
at whichever eatery or restaurant you want. Reservations are usually needed for open time diners at ship restaurants.
The cruise ship dress code is casual during the day. Depending on the cruise line, the evening dress code varies
from casual to formal. Please see the following link for each cruise line's dress code policy.
There are typically designated areas where smoking is permitted onboard.
Some cruise lines allow smoking in cabins, but others do not. Please see the following link for each cruise line's
smoking policy. http://cruisetalk.org/resources/smoking-policies
Cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers to maximize steadiness, so most people should not be affected by seasickness.
However, if you are prone to seasickness, it is advised that you reserve a cabin toward the center of the ship,
as that is where it is most stable. Also, a cabin with a balcony or veranda can be helpful when needing a breath of
fresh air. For medical or alternative remedies, consult with your physician
Disembarkation refers to the process at the end of the cruise to leave the ship. At this time, all guests will be
required to meet with immigration, similar to the immigration process when returning to the U.S. from an international
flight. Prior to exiting the cruise terminal, passengers will also pick up their luggage, which was checked in the
Though uncommon, an itinerary can change after you've made your reservation. This is usually due to weather
and/or safety concerns as a result of world events. You will be notified if any changes or cancellations
have been made to your itinerary.
Most cruise lines will allow women to travel up to their third trimester of pregnancy. After this, the policy varies
by cruise line. Many will not allow any travel or will require a note from a physician.
Several cruise lines have ADA accessible cabins and common areas. These include but are not limited to: Holland,
Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, Crystal, Regent Seven Seas, and Disney. However, ask your Bon Voyage Travel agent
about regulations for each cruise line regarding what equipment is provided to those with disabilities and what needs
to be brought. Your agent can also advise you on limitations regarding tendering and shore excursions. Land tour companies
can accommodate disabled passengers as well. Some require that you travel with someone who is willing to help you.
Keep in mind, some of the sights you will visit are not ADA accessible, as ADA laws only apply to the United States.
To purchase a gift certificate, you must come into the River Road Bon Voyage Travel office and pay with cash.
Additional fees apply to credit card purchases. The gift certificate can be applied as credit for an already
booked cruise or applied to a future cruise or land tour.
Yes, Escorted Tours can accommodate kids with family-oriented itineraries. Most implement an age minimum of 5 years old
for family travel. However, there are some exceptions where an older age minimum is implemented. On the contrary,
some allow younger children to travel. Ask your Bon Voyage Travel agent how to best accommodate your family on your
Escorted Tours are a good way to meet new families, couples, and other singles. You will also have the option to make
single accommodations (with a supplement charge) or to share a room with another single traveler.
If booking Foreign Independent Travel, please note that you are creating the itinerary and arranging transportation.
This is a good option if you are looking to travel alone or minimize group time.
An Escorted Tour is a land tour with a tour director. The tour director takes care of everything for you including
transportation, meals, and sightseeing, as well as airport and hotel transfers. They are usually coach tours
with the tour director serving as your guide. You may also have local tour guides at various stops.
Foreign Independent Travel is a customized land tour itinerary where you choose the exact travel dates and
destinations. Your Bon Voyage Travel agent will organize your lodging, set up transportation between cities,
schedule sightseeing and cultural activities, and arrange hotel and airport transfers. Your agent can also book
airfare. FIT can be combined with an Escorted Tour or cruise or can be booked on its own. This is the perfect option
for a traveler who values flexibility
Land tours generally last between one week and one month. However, with the Foreign Independent Travel option,
your land tour can be as long or as short as you want. You can also extend land tours by adding on a cruise.
Flights to and from your destination are not included, though transfers are usually provided. In Escorted Tours,
transportation among all destinations is included. Flights within your itinerary will be arranged for you,
but are usually not included in the stated price. Transportation must be arranged on your own when creating
an FIT itinerary. Though, your Bon Voyage Travel agent can help you organize this with shared or private transfers.
Travel insurance covers medical, financial, and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.
it also covers trip cancellations. Typically, this is a temporary form of insurance that only extends throughout
the duration of your trip. It can be purchased through an insurance company or cruise or land tour company.
Due to the unpredictability of busy schedules, health issues, and unforeseen events that are inherent to travel,
Bon Voyage Travel strongly recommends purchasing travel insurance.
If you are a United States citizen and your travels include one or more destinations outside of the U.S., you will
need a passport. To obtain a passport or renew your expired passport, please follow the link for instructions on
how to do so. http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your request to
be processed. Expedited services are available but charge a significant fee. Visa requirements vary by country.
You can find country specific information at the following website. Once on the site, select the country you
are inquiring about and then click on the link
for entry/exit requirements. http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html
If you are concerned about contracting any disease or infection while on your trip, please follow this link for a
destination-specific list of CDC suggested immunizations and vaccines.
Pack light and check the weather at your destination. Generally speaking, you will want comfortable clothing
during your cruise or land tour. It's a good idea to bring layers to easily adjust to fluctuations in warm
and cool temperatures. If you are taking a cruise, check your cruise line's dress code for eveningwear guidelines.
Don't forget to bring workout clothes and swimwear to take advantage of ship amenities including the gym, pool, sauna,
etc. Also, pack any necessary medications in your carry-on, as well as prescription eyewear.
Most cruise lines have no restrictions on the amount of luggage you bring or allow up to 200 lbs per person.
That being said, almost all advise you to follow airline standards, since you will likely be flying into your port. For airline policies regarding luggage capacity and fees on domestic
and international flights, check the airline's website. Land tours tend to have more restrictions since they must fit all luggage into a motor coach. Most allow one suitcase up to 50 lbs,
as well as a carry on. However, if doing FIT travel, you can bring as much luggage as the airline allows, provided you are willing to transport it yourself.
On American based cruise ships, outlets are the same as standard American outlets. Converters and adapters are needed
for international cruise tours and land tours, where you will be spending one or more nights at a land destination.
Canada and Mexico are exceptions since they both use the same voltage as the U.S. If your appliance runs on 110 – 130
volts, you will need to use a converter (most countries use 220-240 volts). Converters are mostly needed for
non-electronic heating appliances (i.e. hair dryer) and are not designed for continuous use. Combination converters
can be used to convert low wattage electronics, as well as high wattage heat appliances with the flip of a switch.
However, if your appliance is dual voltage you will not need a converter. Dual voltage appliances only require a plug
adapter specific to the foreign outlet being used. See the following link if you need a converter or adapter.
You may bring your own bathroom appliance onboard including but not limited to: hair dryers, curling irons,
electric shavers, and hair straighteners. Please note that many ships now have hair dryers in the cabins.
You may not bring your own kitchen appliances (i.e. coffee makers). For land travel, you may bring any appliance
you would like and that can fit into your suitcase. Be sure you have the appropriate converters or adapters to use
Parking is generally available at the pier; however, pricing is set by the port authority in each city and is subject to change.
Your Bon Voyage Travel agent will provide you with driving directions and parking information with your confirmation packet.
If you can't get dropped off at the airport, most have short-term and long-term parking options. Follow the link for parking
directions at major North American ports.
If the missed flight was your fault (i.e., arriving late to the airport, missing identification),
your current ticket will not be refunded and you will need to purchase a new one. If you miss your connection due
to a delay by the airline, contact an airline agent at the airport to accommodate you on the next available flight
to your destination. If you are covered by travel insurance, contact your insurance provider. Lastly, if you
purchased your airfare through a cruise line or need any further assistance, please contact your Bon Voyage
On an Escorted Tour, your free time is an opportunity to explore the sights of a city not already included in your
itinerary. Check out museums, try new restaurants, shop at local stores, or simply sit back and relax.
If you're an FIT traveler, all of your time is essentially free time because you are determining your itinerary.
An excursion is usually an activity off the motor coach. This includes local sightseeing and activity opportunities.
Excursions are part of your itinerary on Escorted Tours. Though, some excursions are optional and may require an
extra fee. With FIT, you select each excursion you want to participate in.
On an Escorted Tour, your tour director will serve as your tour guide. Oftentimes, you will also meet up
with local guides as part of your itinerary. Tour guides are not included in FIT, but can be arranged if requested
while planning your trip. Any on-your-own excursions do not include tour guides and you will be responsible for
finding your own if desired.
Typically, breakfast is included at all hotel stays. Lunch is not usually provided, regardless of whether you are doing
an Escorted Tour or FIT travel. Some dinners, but not all, will be included on an Escorted Tour. Dinner is not provided with FIT.