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  • Is a passport required?

    US and Canadian Citizens: A passport will be required for all travelers.

    Other Nationals: Most foreign nationals will be required to have a passport and Visa to enter the United States and Canada. Please note that it is the passenger's responsibility to provide acceptable proof of citizenship and other required documents. Visas may be required.

    There are no refunds to passengers denied boarding due to lack of proper documents.

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  • Will I need travelers' checks?

    Traveler's checks are not necessary for expenses while onboard your ship. You will receive a very convenient ship card that allows you to charge all your onboard expenditures to your personal shipboard account, linked to a credit card of your choice. As a further convenience, your card also acts as your stateroom key.

    If you should require cash for other expenses, automated banking machines (ABMs) can be found at most ports of call and on most cruise ships. Major credit cards are generally accepted everywhere.

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  • What should I wear on an Alaska cruise?

    The key word for dressing for an Alaska Cruise is "Layering." Casual sportswear including windbreakers, pants and jogging suits are well suited at both sea and ashore in Alaska. Remember to bring a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. The weather is unpredictable, and you should plan on bringing a rain resistant jacket for shore side activities. Light gloves, a hat or visor, and sunglasses are also recommended. You'll also want comfortable walking shoes with a rubber sole as you explore the shores of Alaska.

    Alaska cruises tend to be more casual than other destination. However, most of the contemporary cruise lines still observe formal nights and resort-casual nights on Alaska cruises. Smart Casual is similar to what you would wear at home going out to dine at nice restaurant and can include skirts/dresses, slacks, sweaters and blouses for ladies and pants and open neck shirts for men.

    A jacket and tie are expected on formal nights. For dinner, items such as t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, and shorts are not permitted in the main dining room.

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  • Tipping?

    The tipping policies vary from cruise line to cruise line; but in the majority of cases, tips are automatically added to your bill and pooled among the staff. Typically you should count on US $10 - $12 per person per day, although as with any tipping policy, the amount of the tip should be based on the quality of service rendered. A must tip are your dining room waiter and their assistant as well as your cabin steward as well as any other staff that has given you exceptional service.

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