Frequently Asked Questions

See the cruising FAQs

  1. Why should we contact Young Travel & Cruises?
  2. Why is cruising so popular?
  3. What if I get seasick?
  4. What is the advantage of getting a package for independent travel in the U.S., or for travel abroad?
  5. What tour and cruise companies do you have close relationships with?
  6. Aren't cruise days at sea boring?
  7. What is an all-inclusive resort?
  8. What is included on a cruise?
  9. How can I get the lowest prices?
  10. Where are the best places to shop?
  11. Can I play golf if we go on a cruise?
  12. What identification do I need for the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada?
  13. Why do I need trip insurance?
  14. What do I need for a cruise, or a trip abroad?
  15. What about money?
Why should we contact Young Travel & Cruises?
We know more about the destinations you want to travel to, and we can almost always get you a better price, or a more value-inclusive package than anyone else. Owner Linda Young and her staff have specialized in upscale travel, and unique experiences all around the world for ten years. We've been everywhere [almost!], and traveled the way you like to travel--the best way for the least money. This extensive cruising and touring experience, and our narrow area of focus, make us better able to help you choose the ideal trip. We are especially proficient in planning trips to Africa and Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, as well as other international destinations. Back to top
Why is cruising so popular?
Cruising is the closest anyone can come to hassle-free travel. The ship is your moveable hotel, traveling primarily at night, arriving each morning in an exciting new port. You waste no time, or energy, in traveling, you do not have to unpack but one time, or move suitcases, or lose time because you are lost. You have all day, and sometimes, all night as well, to experience the new village, or city. Plus, you save money, and get all that great pampering when you are on the ship. What's not to like? Back to top
What if I get seasick?
In rough seas, some passengers do need to treat motion sickness. Remedies include pills, patches, medication-free wrist bands, and injections from the physician on board. Back to top
What is the advantage of getting a package for independent travel in the U.S., or for travel abroad?
All components in a package cost less than if purchased separately. Packages are flexible, and can include flights, lodging, taxes, transfers, car, meals, and sightseeing. Flights are not necessary in a package, but these low-cost flight packages must have some hotel nights, or car. No Saturday night stay is required. Back to top
What tour and cruise companies do you have close relationships with?
Our favorites include Crystal Cruise Line, Abercrombie and Kent, Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line, Windstar, Seabourn/Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America, Tauck Tours, and Silver Sea Cruise Line, all of which we have experienced. Back to top
Aren't cruise days at sea boring?
These free days are great for catching up on sleep, working out, or attending an aerobics class, getting hair done, visiting the spa, and listening to an enrichment lecture on your next ports. Also, live music and buffet on deck are high spots, along with the excellent shops, the casino, and great entertainment and dancing at night. Some ships even offer computer classes, or financial seminars with experts in their field, plus master classes in contract or party bridge. Back to top
What is an all-inclusive resort?
These resorts are the most popular innovation in years, including hotel, meals, sports, entertainment, drinks, and other features. Jamaica has the most comprehensive programs, and guests love it. Even scuba diving and PADI instruction, golf, and horseback riding are included at some. This is excellent value. Back to top
What is included on a cruise?
Similar to an all-inclusive resort, but with much more entertainment, music, and the casino at night, the cruise fare includes your stateroom, fine dining with attentive waiters, activities, enrichment lectures and talks, room service twenty-four hours a day, exercise room, cabin service twice a day, and entertainment. You can expect to find hairdryers, current adaptors, and amenities in the bathroom plus safes and VCRs in the staterooms. Libraries have books, movies, and games. The price does not include tips for the waiters, or cabin steward, on most cruises [about $55. per person per week]; drinks, except for coffee or tea, are usually extra; as are the spa treatments, beauty salon, laundry, and visits to the ship's physician. Back to top
How can I get the lowest prices?
You can get more for your money by booking early, especially when you choose to cruise. Prices are tiered, and go up as the ship fills, plus the type of stateroom you want usually sells first [the verandah cabins, then the least expensive with picture windows]. If for any reason the price is reduced later, you can normally reduce your cost. The most popular cruises and resort packages sell out as much as a year ahead. Contact us early, and you are the winner. Back to top
Where are the best places to shop?
Greece has beautifully crafted gold jewelry at wonderful prices. Hong Kong is the place to buy reasonably priced fashion clothing. Turkey, Morocco, Italy, and Thailand have quality leather goods. Thailand is also great for silks, both by the piece, and made-to-order. For perfume and cosmetics, France excels. Crystal? Try Sweden. Russia offers exquisite hand-painted black lacquer boxes. Back to top
Can I play golf if we go on a cruise?
Yes, definitely. It is a special feature with some cruise lines, and select, deluxe ships can take you to private clubs which are almost impossible to get an invitation to play otherwise. Back to top
What identification do I need for the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada?
Passports are required to travel outside the United States.

If you do not yet have a passport, you must apply in person at any one of about 6000 facilities nationwide, including many federal, state and probate courts, post offices, libraries and county and municipal offices. This Website, www.iafdb.travel.state.gov, will help locate one near you. Back to top
Why do I need trip insurance?
Cancellation/medical insurance has several features that your personal medical policy does not cover:
  • Refund given for total cost for everything you miss, before or after the trip begins, for your illness, or that of any immediate family member. Plus, we have a policy that waives all pre-existing conditions if purchased within 7 days of trip deposit. (And, it is usually much less expensive than that offered by the cruise lines. Another way to save money!)
  • Emergency evacuation for you, and your companion.
  • Any or all medical and dental expenses not covered by your own insurance policy [most personal plans do not cover you when you leave the country--check with your insurance carrier]
    • Trip Interruption/Travel Delay
    • Baggage Loss
    • Baggage Delay
    • Collision/Loss Damage Coverage
    • 24-Hour Emergency Hotline--to arrange medical referral, emergency cash transfer, legal assistance, lost ticket and passport assistance
    • Emergency medical transportation
    • Cost is based upon price of trip and your age
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What do I need for a cruise, or a trip abroad?
Most ships have two or three dressy nights, with the ladies in long or short cocktail dresses, and the men wearing either tuxes or dark suits; two or three informal, short cocktail or other dressy outfit for the gals, and sport coat for the guys; the rest casual nights. Daytime is always casual, with appropriate dress for the countries you are visiting---shorts and cooler clothes for the Caribbean; skirts and slacks for cities, and not too much bright color for Europe, where the natives wear dark colors and denims primarily. You don't want to look like a tourist! You will not have a problem with your shaver or curling iron on ships, which have an adaptor, but in foreign hotels your appliances will probably not work. Housekeeping can bring you hairdryers and irons, but the only sure method for something that heats is to buy it in 220 current while you are abroad. The dual current appliances available here are next to useless. Your own, 110AC, will probably burn up. In regard to clothing, take something warm, something cooler, and something for walking in the rain all day, regardless of the weather you expect [unless you will be in the desert all the time, in which case leave out the raingear]. Packing Tip: Put your hanging clothes on hangars. It only takes a few minutes to unpack, and you always have enough hangars.

Tour participants, or independent travelers, will not need many extra things for night. Frequently, there is not enough time to return to your hotel to change. Everyone needs comfortable shoes [tennis shoes are de rigeur daytime], and wheels on suitcases, because sometimes there is no porter. Remember not to pack your documents, passport, traveler's checks, medication, camera, and jewelry in your checked luggage. It is also advisable to take some emergency clothing in case your suitcase is late, or lost. Shoes are the most difficult item to replace, so I always hand-carry some dressier shoes. If you are going on a cruise, think about what you might need until your first port of call. And put the name of the ship or hotel address on the outside of your suitcases. Also take a copy of your passport, separate from the passport, to speed up replacement, if necessary. Back to top
What about money?
Credit cards are the way to pay for everything you can, with the lowest rate, and no transaction fee. Take more than one card, and notify your credit card companies before you go as to the dates of travel and the countries you will be visiting. Some companies refuse to accept foreign charges. You will need cash for cabs, subways, things you purchase from a kiosk, and tips. In some Third World countries, vendors may take U.S. dollars in addition to local currency, and occasionally they prefer dollars, but never in European Union countries. If you try to exchange traveler's checks for cash, though, you will be charged a fee, and it may sometimes be difficult to get someone to cash them for you. The easiest and least expensive way to get cash is to use ATM's, which are readily available almost everywhere. One note of caution, though: Be sure you have used your card and know the pin number before you leave home. We also suggest taking a few traveler's checks in small increments ($20) and use these to pay for cabs or other inexpensive things you may purchase on the street, and vendors will give you change in the local currency. Back to top

If you need any additional help, please contact us, call, or email us!

Linda Young, owner of Young Travel and Cruises
Phone: 1-864-232-8880
Fax: 1-864-271-5550