Travel Documents and Health Requirements
Governmental document and health requirements vary according to cruise destination and are subject to change without notice. Passengers should check with their travel agent before departure that the information below is still valid. Please bear in mind that it is the responsibility of the passenger to be in possession of all necessary documentation prior to boarding the vessel. Passengers without the proper documentation (passports, visas, health certificates, etc.) may be denied boarding the vessel without refund of cruise and/or Air/Sea fare.
U.S. citizens require a valid passport for all our cruises. Your passport should be valid for at least three months after the end of your trip. If you need a new passport or to renew your old one, please allow several weeks for processing. Applications are available at your local passport office or at designated Post Office. Non-U.S. citizens should consult the appropriate consulate(s) for information on their passport requirements.
Royal Olympia Cruises will assist passengers in obtaining information regarding tourist visas for those cruises that may require one. However, it is the responsibility of the passenger to have all necessary documentation in their possession before boarding the vessel. If you have any questions, please contact Royal Olympia Cruises, your travel agent, or the appropriate government agency.
We suggest you consult with your travel agent or Public Health office regarding requirements (vaccinations, immunizations, etc.) for your cruise itinerary. Health requirements vary depending upon the countries visited and the general health conditions at the time of departure.
A Registration form will be found in your cabin. This form should be completed and returned to Royal Olympia Cruises as directed. For your convenience, passenger's passports are held at the Purser's office throughout the cruise to expedite immigration processing when the ship arrives in foreign ports.
Personal Funds and Expenses
Royal Olympia Cruises recommends that passengers carry traveler's checks for both convenience and security. They may be cashed on board ship for local currency (only) and used to pay shipboard accounts. Traveler's checks are accepted or can be cashed in most ports of call. Credit cards are also useful for purchases in port and for payment on board. Passengers may find it useful to bring a small amount of cash in local currency for small personal expenses. Upon embarkation, an account is automatically opened for you. You may sign for most shipboard services and charge them to your cabin. The account is payable at the end of the cruise. You may pay in cash, traveler's checks, or with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and Diner's Club credit cards. Personal checks are not accepted on board. The currency on board is U.S.$
You will receive detailed information on board. The suggested gratuity covering all services is $9 (or the equivalent) per passenger per day, payable at the end of the cruise. Passengers are requested not to tip individually during the cruise except for spa/beauty salon which is not included in tipping pool. Gratuities may be paid with cash, traveler's checks, American Express, Diner's Club, MasterCard, Discover Card or Visa credit cards. We regret that personal checks are not accepted on board.
Dining Room Reservations
There are two dinner seatings on board, generally at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Times vary depending upon the port of call. During breakfast and lunch, the dining room has an open seating. Requests for early or late seating will be assigned by the Maitre d’hôtel on sailing day. After embarkation, check with the Maitre d’hôtel to confirm your table assignment. Smoking is not permitted in the Dining Room.
Optional Shore Excursions
A number of comprehensive land tours have been arranged in the ports of call. You will receive a flyer describing the tour options with your cruise documents. More details are available from the ship's Shore Excursion Manager. Shore excursions may be purchased on board and charged to your shipboard account.
Special Care and Dietary Requirements
Royal Olympia Cruises Passengers Services Department will try to satisfy requests for special diets (low-salt, low-fat, Kosher) if furnished in writing at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the cruise. Please note that there may be an additional charge to prepare Kosher meals. However, it should be understood that the dietary requirements of passengers suffering from disability or health problems, as well as for infants and children, are the responsibility of that passenger's escort(s).