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Eastern Caribbean • May 23rd to 31st, 2004
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of clothing should I pack? Is there a dress code aboard ship?
We encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable — shorts, slacks, sundresses, sport shirts, and so on. Because the weather in the tropics is typically very warm, clothing made of lightweight, breathable fabrics is ideal. You also may wish to bring two or three outfits for the water, since you'll be spending so much time in and around it. Footwear should include comfortable walking shoes for visits ashore and sandals or rubber-soled shoes for strolling on deck. Lastly, if you'd like to jog on deck or work out in the gymnasium, bring warm-up and workout gear.
Aboard ship the program for the day, delivered each evening to your room, will announce the suggested dinner dress for the following evening. Definitions are as follows:
• Elegantly Casual: comfortable, but T-shirts, jeans, and shorts are verboten in the dining room;
• Informal: Women, dresses and pantsuits are suggested. Men, jacket requested (but not required);
• Wizards Night: For the old sea tradition of one magical dress-to-the-nines dinner party, the cruise line requests suits for the men and cocktail attire for the women. Geek Cruises' interpretation is Wizards Night. Gentlemen, we suggest you mine your existing wardrobe for a suit (a dinner jacket is fine; a tuxedo would be extremely wizardly). Ladies, we look forward to your presence in an evening gown or colorful dress.
We respectfully ask that Geek Cruisers complement their fellow guests by observing the dress code throughout the evening.
Can the dining room accommodate special
(*Kosher meals are prepared off the ship in a kosher kitchen, frozen and brought to the table sealed in their original containers. There is no Kosher kitchen on board.)
Is smoking restricted?
What's the tipping protocol?
How do I pay for shipboard purchases?
Are shore excursions available?
You will also receive a detailed booklet with your cruise ticket describing each shore excursion. Finally, several port lectures will be held during the course of your cruise to help you plan your activities ashore. Shore excursions are sold aboard ship and may not be booked in advance. Due to their popularity, we suggest you contact the Shore Excursion Office early in the cruise.
Do I need to carry a passport?
will we know what is going on?
On board, what Net connections will be
Plus, if you bring your laptop, and it's equipped with a wireless card, you should have no problem logging into the internet from your own laptop!
What if I forget my toothbrush?
What if I need to call home?
Will I get seasick?
Will my PC work aboard ship?
My significant other is doubtful about cruising with a ship full of geeks, but I want him/her to come along with me.
First of all, request our new Great Vacation brochure — this brochure should convince any significant other.
The ship holds about 2,000 people and only about 300 of that number will be Geek Cruisers, including their non-geek spouses, friends, and family members. So, actually, it's the geeks who will be in the minority. Your spouse will have plenty of company.
Is there separate pricing for non-geek
Are there activities scheduled for non-geek
participants while we geeks are in classes?
Are there any special accomodations made for children? Oh yes! Tons of accommodations!
For wee little ones, Carnival can provide diapers, formula, baby food, and crib. Other things you think you'll need can be provided by Carnival, too (it's for this reason they charge $499 per child under 2 years of age).
And, for about $7/hr., one can get babysitters — just about anytime (as the off-duty staff does the sitting).
For kids 2 and up, Carnival has an entire program for children.
How much time do I need to allow for embarking and disembarking? For arrivals and departures in all ports of (dis)embarkation, it is recommended that if you haven't purchased Carnival's Fly-Cruise and Tour Plan you need to allow three (3) hours for transfer between the local airport and the pier.
When may I embark the ship? Carnival cruise ships depart at 4:00 pm. Embarkation commences at 3:00 pm. Guests are requested to be on board at least one hour prior to sailing time.