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What You Should Know More About Cruises & Sailing in Singapore
Singapore provides you with an exciting range of over 250 cruises from which you can choose from depending on your travel plans. A cruise in Singapore offers everything, be it never ending family fun or romantic surprises. Some of the most famous cruises in Singapore are:
There are popular sea routes from where you can explore the most majestic viewpoints of Singapore. Crossing different seas and navigating through different countries, Singapore cruises are the best way to highlight your trip with some fantastic memories of your loved ones on your cruise.
Some of the famous routes for cruise in Singapore are:
Minimum age is 1 year for all the trans-Atlantic cruises, trans-Pacific cruises and other World cruise segments and 6 months for all other sailings. For pregnant women, the cruise allows only those who have completed less than 24 weeks of their pregnancy. They should also furnish a physician's letter stating that both the mother and baby are in good considering their health and are fit to travel.
If you are a non-Singaporean wishing to take a cruise to Singapore then you need to have a passport with a minimum validity of six months. For international cruises, the date for sailing is considered for this period of six months. Otherwise, if it’s a domestic cruise a government photo identity card is necessary to embark on a cruise. If you want to go on all destinations cruise, the documents that you require are passport with work permit, employment pass, student pass, immigration card etc.
There are various kinds of accommodation which you can avail while you are on a cruise in Singapore. From budget to luxury, numerous accommodation is available for different types of customers. Some of the popular ones for budget travellers are inside cabins that are a combination of beds and Pullman bunks. Some of the high-end options for accommodation on a Singapore cruise include Deluxe Inside Stateroom that is good for a short cruise, Superior Inside Stateroom is an ideal pick for families and Inside Stateroom is great if you want to make use of ship’s sports and entertainment facilities.
For onboard purchases while on a cruise in Singapore, you can either pay in cash or credit card. However, some of the cruise lines do not allow the above options and offer an onboard charge card. The card is scanned for all the onboard purchases and then charged to your account when you de-board from the flight. However, different cruise liners have different provisions for onboard purchases and thus you need to check before you book your cruise regarding the payment facility for onboard purchases.
Cruise lines in Singapore often come out with exclusive prices and discounts for solo travellers. However, you should always keep an eye for off-seasons when these cruise liners come out with special prices for single people to accommodate in a cabin. Many companies offer special deals for singles for these cabins on the new ships and one can easily avail early-bird offers on these deals.
There are many cruise companies that offer some special deals if you are travelling with children and infants. However, you will need to check with the cruise company during the time of the reservation for the availability of extra cot required for infants below 6 months of age. Some of the companies don’t charge an extra price but some do charge for children aged between 6 months and 2 years. Therefore, you should always check with the cruise liners before you book your travel.
There are some famous cruise lines for people travelling in Singapore to avail special prices for senior citizens. For a few selected sailings, these cruise lines offer reduced prices for senior citizens. But one should always check with these cruise liners before booking their tickets. The special prices are only for those who are aged 55 years and older.
If you are interested in exploring the spectacular natural environment and enjoy a scenic respite on the shores of the sea, shore excursions are a great deal to enjoy you cruises in Singapore. This way, you can enjoy some of the most gorgeous natural landscapes. There are three types of shore excursions:
One can easily book a shore excursion by confirming it with their travel operator. You should research and find the cruise liners that specialise in offering shore excursions so that you can make the most of your cruise vacation.
An extra insurance coverage that is offered by the cruise liners is an extra over the already purchased travel insurance for any tourist. However, you should read the terms and conditions very carefully before going ahead and taking an extra insurance coverage. The cruise plans often offer better facilities in case of medical evacuation exigencies over private insurers. Therefore, you should decide only after reading their provisions and the kinds of facilities they offer.
The cruises in Singapore serve various cuisines and the meals are offered generally on the duration of the cruise. The cruisers are offered breakfast, lunch and dinner and they can choose from a variety of options like international cuisines, Chinese, Italian, etc depending upon the package you choose.
If you only want to have Indian vegetarian meals, it is better to check with the cruise tour company to know if they serve Indian vegetarian meals.
Smoking is prohibited in most of the interior spaces (cabins, lounges, dining rooms, suites, private balconies, restaurants, corridors) of the ship but there are certain areas of the ship which are designated as smoking areas. Guests who do not adhere to laws are penalised. While smoking is allowed in the outdoors, only some ships permit smoking inside, for example, in the Casino.
Most cruise lines offer internet access while on board via Wi-Fi and computer stations located on the ship. The Wi-Fi access though is mostly limited to cabin and public areas on most of the ships. While a few cruises offer free internet, others offer different internet packages to choose from. The cost of the packages may depend on minutes, data, devices or the number of days on board. For better information, you should always check with the tour operator regarding the internet availability on the cruise.
In the event of an emergency while at sea, there are fully qualified physicians and nurses onboard. The clinics are open daily at the posted hours. In addition to that, drills are conducted by the officers and the crew weekly, monthly or annually on every ship, along with complete extensive training, in preparation for the unlikely event of an emergency, including training on procedures regarding ship evacuation. Most of the ships have sufficient lifesaving craft to that can accommodate all guests and crew members onboard
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