More and more Brazilians want to go on a cruise. With this, the number of doubts about ship trips increases. What money to bring, what documents are needed, how check-in works…
To resolve all these issues, we talked to Alex Calabria, Costa Cruises Sales and Marketing Manager.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO CRUISE IN BRAZIL?
A lot of people think that to go on a cruise even within Brazil, you need to have a passportbut at ID issued less than 10 years ago is enough or another valid identification document in the national territory as driver’s license, OAB, CREA and CRM.
But what if the cruise embarks or disembarks at a port in South America? “The presentation of an ID or passport valid for at least seven months before its expiration and valid for at least three months after the date of departure from the last country to be visited is required”, explains Alex Calabria.
As we travel more often by plane, we end up imagining that at the time of cruising, the weight of the bags must be the same, but it is not. On a ship trip, the baggage allowance is 90 kg. But it is always worth confirming with the company or agency before boarding.
CAN I BRING LIQUIDS?
It is not allowed to board with food and drinks purchased outside the ship or in ports: “Ship security officers are authorized to collect these items and return them to guests at the end of the voyage, upon disembarkation”, explains Calabria.
HOW DO CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT WORK?
Another tip when taking a cruise for the first time is that it is necessary to be careful not to miss the time of entry on the ship and also not to have a long queue at the time of departureas Costa Cruises’ Sales and Marketing Manager explains:
“Check-in is done at the shipping company’s counter inside the departure terminal. Please pay attention to the check-in time limit. This information appears on the cruise voucher and must be verified and complied with by the guest. For check out, follow the following recommendation: the night before disembarkation, bags must be placed outside the cabin and must be sealed. Debits with consumption carried out on board are delivered to the cabins and must be paid off until the following day before disembarkation”.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO ARRIVE IN PORTO?
The ideal is to arrive at the port up to 4 hours before the departure of the ship.
ON SHIPMENT I DELIVER THE BAG, WHEN WILL I GET MY BAGGAGE AGAIN?
This is a question that a lot of people have when cruising. Therefore, it is so important to deliver the bags sealed and with padlocks: “Only deliver bags to employees identified by the shipping company as its agents, who will be uniformed and identified. Baggage must be tagged with the stickers received by passengers along with the cruise voucher. It is also recommended to identify luggage with ribbons or with some personal item. You will pick up your suitcase again as soon as you board. She will be in front of your cabin.”
I DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH AND SPANISH, WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE?
Generally, the crew will have at least someone who speaks Portuguese: “The crew on board Costa ships are of different nationalities. For cruises in South America, where the concentration of Brazilian guests is greater, more than 25% of the crew that work in areas of direct passenger service such as bars, restaurants, reception and entertainment, are also of Brazilian nationality”, says Alex Calabria. , Costa’s Sales and Marketing Manager.
IS EVERYTHING CHARGED IN DOLLARS ON THE SHIP TRIP?
Cruises that pass through South America and the Caribbean generally charge in US dollars. “For cruises in Europe, expenses are debited in euros”, explains Calabria.
DO I NEED TO BRING CASH MONEY WHEN GOING ON A CRUISE?
No, is it possible to use an international credit card. Cash money is only required for those who want to go to the casino. Alex Calabria explains exactly what happens in the case of Costa cruises: “In the first 48 hours after boarding, the guest will need to register a credit card per cabin or make an initial deposit of a minimum amount of 150 euros or USD per person, depending on the currency in force on the chosen cruise. The initial deposit will have to be complemented during the cruise with successive payments, when the additional expenses incurred on board are greater than the amount anticipated”.
SO, DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL CARD?
Anyone who wants to use a credit card on a ship trip needs an international one.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY PACKAGE?
“The information on the services included in the cruises is available in the boarding material that the guest receives once the reservation is confirmed. Costa cruises include four meals a day (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner); cabin cleaning and participation in entertainment activities (parties, dances, games, competitions, musical and artistic shows), access to areas dedicated to children and young people such as the Squok Club and use of the swimming pool, sun loungers, gym, weight training, gym sauna, library and use of individual safe in each cabin. All activities on board are reported in the Diário de Bordo newspaper, which is distributed in all cabins. Regarding drinks, Costa has 3 types of rates that may or may not include the package. It is also possible to purchase beverage packages at the time of booking the cruise in Reais or in US$ on board the ships”, explains Costa’s marketing and sales manager.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL SICK ON A SHIP TRIP?
The ships have doctors and nurses available 24/7: “They are able to provide support for emergency care such as seasickness, stomachaches and bandages. The costs for the service are paid separately. It is important to travel with health insurance. In more serious cases, ships disembark the passenger at the nearest port of stop so that he receives adequate care”.
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DO EVERY CRUISE HAVE FREESHOP AND CASINO?
Yes, but both the freeshop and the casino only work when the ship is sailing: “In the ports of embarkation and disembarkation and in the destinations of call, the shops and the casino are closed”.
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