Preparing For Your Cruise

It's always a good idea to prepare for various scenarios before you set off on your holiday. Therefore we have compiled some useful information to help you know what you will need and the various measures you should take to ensure you have a safe trip.

What To Take On A Cruise

Baggage Tags

You will find Star Clippers baggage tags in your cruise documentation folder. Please be sure to attach these to all your bags. Print your ship’s name, your full name, complete address, phone number, cabin number, and sailing date in the spaces provided. Please be sure to affix these tags before luggage check-in to help prevent loss and to facilitate correct identification by our agents abroad in case of loss. It is wise to place an identification tag inside your luggage as well. Be sure that your bags are securely locked at all times.

Medication

Individuals who carry certain medications (such as insulin for diabetes) in large supplies are advised to carry a letter on a doctor's letter-head stating all of the following information:

  • Full name of the drug(s)
  • Condition for which it was prescribed
  • Daily dosage, quantity of drug required for the period away from home
  • That the medication is required for the well-being of the individual while travelling abroad

It is also suggested that the medication is carried in its original packaging with the pharmacists label attached. You may be required to show documentation when passing through Immigration Control. Do not put medication in checked luggage.

Anyone with a health condition requiring special medical attention must advise Star Clippers in writing prior to departure. We will notify the ship for more attentive care onboard.

Money Matters

The currency onboard is the Euro.

Passports and Visas

It is customary for the Purser to retain passports for clearance with port and immigration authorities. They will be collected either prior to or upon embarkation and returned just prior to disembarkation. Star Clippers Ltd. will be unable to grant any refund to any guests denied boarding or entry into any country by Customs or immigration officials due to lack of documentation. Please be sure passport and visa information is in order prior to leaving home.

Please note: International airline regulations require that the name printed on your airline ticket is exactly as shown on your passport.

Photography

Come fully prepared to take advantage of the excellent photographic opportunities you will have. Bring a camera, plenty of film and extra batteries.

When photographing local residents, gesture or ask their permission first. Especially with children, resist any requests for money in exchange for the shot.

Damage to film by X-ray security devices used to probe passengers’ luggage is a possibility. Many airlines use magnetic detection equipment that has no effect on films.

Suggested Clothing

The atmosphere on the ship will be very relaxed and casual. For daytime wear, walking shorts, bathing attire with cover-ups, skirts, light trousers, and hats are recommended. For shore excursions, comfortable walking shoes are essential. In the evening, sun dresses, skirts or slacks for women, and slacks with polo or dress shirts for men are recommended. Jackets are not required – but are welcome for Captain’s dinner. Shorts or T-shirts are not to be worn in the dining room in the evening.

Vaccination

Be sure to check with your Doctor in advance to see whether or not you will need any vaccinations.