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Frequently Asked Questions

Cruise Related
  Q1. What does my cruise fare include?
  Q2. What is not included on the cruise?
  Q3. How do I pay for onboard expenses?
  Q4. What currency is used onboard?
  Q5. How many suitcases can I bring?
  Q6. Is there smoking allowed onboard the ship?
  Q7. What happens if I have to cancel?
  Q8. How much do I have to pay when I book a cruise?
  Q9. What is there to do onboard the ship?
  Q10. Will I get sea-sick?
  Q11. Will I be able to work-out and eat healthy onboard?
  Q12. Do I have to eat at a certain time everyday?
  Q13. What if I need special meals?
  Q14. What is the dress code on the ship?
  Q15. How should I pack?
  Q16. Are there laundry services available?
  Q17. What happens if I get sick on the cruise?
  Q18. Can I bring a visitor onboard the ship for a tour?
  Q19. Are gratuities/tips included?
  Q20. Are there activities for children? Is there any age restriction?
 

Q21. How much is Travel Insurance?

Tahiti Related
  Q22. When is the best time to travel to Tahiti?
  Q23. Will I see wildlife on an Tahiti Cruise?
  Q24. What shore excursions are available?
  Q25. Can I add a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay?
  Q26. Do I need to know English to get around?
  Q27. How far away is Tahiti?
  Q28. What is the weather like in Tahiti?
  Q29. Is a passport and/or visa required?
   
   
   
   
   
  Q1. What does my cruise fare include?
  A1. Most Tahiti cruises include food (3 meals a day plus room service), regular drinks (like coffee, tea, juice, iced tea & lemonade), entertainment, use of the ship's facilities, and your accommodations. Please note: some luxury cruise lines include more; such as alcoholic beverages, gratuities, shore excursions, and more. Please ask your Tahiti Specialist for more details.
 
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  Q2. What is not included on the cruise?
  A2. Most Tahiti cruises do not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages, soda pop, shore excursions, specialty coffees, WiFi internet, gambling, spa or salon treatments, specialty restaurants, specialty fitness classes or personal trainer classed, and personal items. Paul Gauguin Cruises and luxury cruise lines are different, please ask a Certified Tahiti Specialist for details.
 
  Q3. How do I pay for onboard expenses?
  A3. For your convenience, your cruise ship will have you set-up a stateroom account when you check-in. Similar to a hotel, everything you purchase onboard gets charged to this stateroom account and at the end of your cruise the account can be settled by credit card or cash.
   
  Q4. What currency is used onboard?
  A4. Onboard a cruise ship the currency used is US Dollars. The purser's desk will cash travellers cheques and some foreign currency.
 
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  Q5. How many suitcases can I bring?
  A5.There is no limit to the number suitcases you may bring onboard a Tahiti cruise. All cruise lines request guests bring items no heavier than 200 pounds per guest.
   
  Q6. Is there smoking allowed onboard the ship?
  A6. Smoking is permitted in designated areas in bars onboard and outside on open decks.
   
  Q7. What happens if I have to cancel?
  A7. If you are cancelling over 90 days in advance you will receive the deposit you paid back (on all cruise lines except luxury cruise lines). If you are cancelling after the final payment date cruise line penalties come into effect. The penalty amounts vary by cruise line and the date you are cancelling; the closer you are to the departure date, the higher the penalty from the cruise line. Ask your Certified Tahiti Specialist about any other charges that may be incurred.
 
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  Q8. How much do I have to pay when I book a cruise?
 

A8. If you are booking a cruise over 90 days in advance most cruise lines only require a deposit. The deposit amount varies depending on the cruise line between $350-900 USD per person. If you are booking within 90 days of the cruise, full payment is required.

Most cruise line deposits are fully refundable up until the final payment date (90 days prior to sailing).

Many luxury cruise lines require final payment 120 days prior to departure, not 90. Please contact your Certified Tahiti Specialist for more specific information.

   
  Q9. What is there to do onboard the ship?
  A9. Each night when you are at dinner your stateroom attendant will clean up your room. During this process he/she will leave a guide for the next day's events onboard. Activities offered onboard include port lectures, movies, dance classes, bingo, live music in various lounges or at the pool, entertainment shows each evening and much more! Plus, you can use the ship's facilities like whirlpools, swimming pools, fitness center, water sports platform if offered, etc.
 
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  Q10. Will I get sea-sick?
 

A10. It is possible to get sea-sick on a Tahiti cruise, however all the major cruise lines have added stabilizers to each ship when they were built. These stabilizers are used to keep the ship steady when it is in rough water.

If you usually get car sick, then you could get sea-sick. We suggest that you visit your doctor prior to your Tahiti cruise vacation and discuss methods to avoid sea-sickness. One popular method is purchasing the patch (which is placed behind your ear) or taking gravol.

If you begin feeling a little woozy, there is a medical center onboard with a doctor and nurses to help you!

   
  Q11. Will I be able to work-out and eat healthy onboard?
  A11. Yes. Most Tahiti cruise ships offer fitness facilities. All dining areas on your cruise ship will offer a menu of items to choose from. Light menu choices and vegetarian dishes are also available.
   
  Q12. Do I have to eat at a certain time everyday?
  A12. No. Most Tahiti cruise ships offer 24 hour room service complimentary. No matter what time of day you are hungry something is available for you!
 
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  Q13. What if I need special meals?
  A13. Special meals can be accommodated if you inform your Certified Tahiti Specialist when booking your Tahiti cruise. Many cruise lines offer vegetarian, vegan, kosher, diabetic, no dairy, low salt, low cholesterol, Indian vegetarian, and more.
   
  Q14. What is the dress code on the ship?
  A14. During the day on any cruise casual attire is accepted. During the evening dress codes vary. Some cruise lines, such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises or Paul Gauguin Cruises, offer a Country Club Casual or elegant resort wear for every night of their cruises. An example of this is pleated dress pants with a silk shirt for men and a pantsuit or informal attire for women. No ties or jackets required, although it is recommended for a man to bring one jacket for the Captain's welcome reception. Most other cruise lines have two formal nights on a 7 night cruise, three formal nights on 10 or 12 night cruise and four formal nights on a 14 night cruise.
   
  Q15. How should I pack?
  A15. When travelling to Tahiti & the South Pacific we recommend summer attire. Bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, water shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes.

For dinner in most restaurants resort casual attire is acceptable. They do not allow jeans, t-shirts, shorts, cut-offs, tank tops or bare feet in dining areas.

If you need to bring prescription medicines don't forget to bring the original containers. Please keep all prescriptions with you in your carry-on or purse.

 
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  Q16. Are there laundry services available?
  A16. Onboard most ships laundry service is available through room service. Washing, pressing and steaming is available at a cost.
   
  Q17. What happens if I get sick on the cruise?
  A17. There is a medical center onboard all large ships. In the medical center there is a doctor and nurses to assist with injuries or questions. The medical center hours are limited, however the doctor is on-call 24 hours a day.
   
  Q18. Can I bring a visitor onboard the ship for a tour?
  A18. Unfortunately no.
   
  Q19. Are gratuities/tips included?
  A19. This depends on the cruise line. Some luxury cruise lines include gratuities in the cost of the cruise. Many of the other cruise lines do not include gratuities. Each day of the cruise your onboard account is charged $12 USD (per guest). This covers all gratuities for the staff onboard. This amount can be adjusted by contacting the purser's desk.
   
  Q20. Are there activities for children? Is there any age restriction?
  A20. Onboard Princess Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises children's programs are offered during holidays only; such as Christmas, New Year's, and Spring Break. Some cruise lines do have an age restriction of 12 months. Please contact your Tahiti Specialist for more details.
 
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  Q21. How much is Travel Insurance?
  A21. Travel Insurance premiums and coverage change depending on the person being insured. Please contact your Certified Tahiti Specialist for more details.
   
  Q22. When is the best time to travel to Tahiti?
  A22. The Tahiti Cruise season is year-round. April to October is considered peak season and November to March is considered low season (rainy season). Tahiti weather is tropical year-round averaging 80F !
   
  Q23. Will I see wildlife on a Tahiti Cruise?
  A23. Yes, it is possible to see wildlife on a Tahiti Cruise. We recommend taking a shore excursion off your cruise ship to get upclose. There are many snorkeling and scuba diving tours that allow you to view fish, stingrays and even reef sharks. Specifically in Moorea there is also an opportunity to view dolphins and whales.
   
  Q24. What shore excursions are available?
  A24. Many shore excursions are available in each port of call. Click here to view our destination information.
   
  Q25. Can I add pre- or post-cruise hotel stay?
  A25. Yes, pre and post hotel packages are available in Tahiti. Your Certified Tahiti Specialist can offer you a package with the cruise line or separately. If you are looking for a week long stay your Certified Tahiti Specialist can help with packaging air, hotel and tours for you. Just let them know!
   
  Q26. Do I need to know English to get around?
  A26. The main language in Tahiti is French, but English is widely spoken. Onboard many cruise ships the staff is international and can often speak many other languages. For more details contact your Certified Tahiti Specialist.
 
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  Q27. Where do I fly to and what airlines go there?
  A27. Most cruises travel from Papeete, Tahiti. There is a direct flight offered from Los Angeles, California to Papeete with Air Tahiti Nui on a daily basis. It is an 8 hour flight. Ask your Tahiti Specialist for more information.
   
  Q28. What is the weather like in Tahiti?
 

A28. Below is a list of the average temperatures per month in Tahiti in Fahrenheit and Celsius.

January 81.6 F / 27.6 C

February 80 F / 26.7 C

March 80.2 F / 26.8 C

April 80 F / 26.7 C

May 78.4 F / 25.8 C

June 77.6 F / 25.3 C

July 75.9 F / 24.4 C

August 75.9 F / 24.4 C

September 75.9 f / 24.4 C

October 77.5 F / 25.3 C

November 78.6 F / 25.9 C

December 79.5 F / 26.4 C

   
  Q29. Is a passport and/or visa required?
  A29. Yes, US and Canadian citizens are required to have a passport valid 6 months after your return date. All other citizens travelling should contact a local French Consulate in their country for visa requirements. Cruising2Tahiti.com is not responsible for issuing or informing passengers of passport or visa requirements.
 
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