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Important Cruise Information



Please contact your GP for advice on vaccines if needed, and most up to date travel requirements on your cruise.

We recommend you obtain suitable travel insurance in advance of your cruise. Please ensure to bring valid insurance documents with you when you travel, also note any special terms and conditions on your travel insurance policy.

Pregnant women are only allowed to sail if pregnant for 24 weeks or less at the date of cruise disembarkation. All pregnant women are required to produce a doctor or midwife's letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and that the pregnancy is not high risk.

The minimum age for infants to sail is 6 months, and 12 months for Transatlantic or Transpacific sailings.


Passports and Visa

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that all passengers including children and infants are in possession of a valid Passport and Visa. For all other destinations outside of the US, a standard 10 Year Irish or EU passport is required for all travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Most alien nationals must obtain visas. However, we must emphasize that you are responsible for ensuring that all your travel documents are in order. If you do not hold an Irish or EU passport please consult the appropriate Embassy or High Commission on entry visa requirements.

For travel to the US, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables Irish citizens to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa. If you do not hold an Irish passport, you must check with the applicable embassies of the countries you will be visiting during your holiday. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your expected return date to Ireland.

While in transit from Canada to the United States please contact the Canadian Embassy for Visa requirements.


Important Information for passengers travelling to the USA or via the USA

All travellers from Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) countries (which includes Ireland) will have to register with ESTA "Electronic System for Travel Authorisation" prior to boarding an air carrier or water vessel bound to the USA. Passengers can register at the following website:


While on Board

Most cruise ships take US Dollars as form of payment at the end of your cruise, while others will only accept Euro or Sterling, all major credit cards are accepted. We recommend you do not use a debit card of any kind. Please be aware cruise ships use a cashless system when making purchases whilst on board.

All cruise companies charge discretionary gratuities to your final bill on departure or in some cases they can be pre-paid.



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