Air conditioning Most ships are climate controlled throughout. Some cabins have their own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature level in your cabin. A few ships do not have air conditioning.
Cabin Amenities You may expect standard hotel style amenities, including beach towels. If you choose to bring your own shampoo and/or conditioner, we recommend that you bring biodegradable products.
Communications Prior to your departure date, we will provide you with a list of port contacts and phone numbers, indicating how you can be reached in case of emergency.
Currency and Credit Cards On most ships the currency is the US Dollar. All services and products purchased on board the ship may be paid for by cash, or credit card. Travelers Checks are not generally accepted aboard ships or ashore anymore.
Dining There will generally be one open seating for all meals, with tables unassigned to encourage mingling. The meal hours will be posted in the Daily Program.
Doctor There may be a doctor on board certain ships. There may be a fee charged for discretionary medical services.
Electrical Appliances In general, each cabin is equipped with at least one 110v (American) or 220V (European) electrical outlet which can be used for electric razors and other small devices. Hair dryers may be available in each cabin or from the Hotel Manager..
Elevator A few small exploration ships are equipped with an elevator providing access to all decks/guest areas.
Expedition Staff Knowledgeable and professional guides both ashore on land tours and onboard ship will ensure you have an intellectually enlightening, as well as enjoyable, travel experience. They may join you for meals and social hours as well.
Gratuities Gratuities are included on some cruises, such as Ponant and Silversea Expeditions.
Laundry Laundry services may be available at an additional charge aboard some ships.
Library Each ship features an onboard library with a selection of books pertaining to your destination.
Smoking For the comfort of all our guests, we use ships where smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas, if at all.
Snorkeling Snorkels, masks, fins and beach towels are available on board our ships where such activities are available. To ensure a perfect fit, you may want to bring your own mask and snorkel. In certain areas wetsuits may also be available for snorkeling. Our goal is to ease packing restrictions and provide added comfort in the water.
Valuables Some vessels are equipped with safety deposit boxes in the rooms and cabins. Others may have small locking drawers with a key where you can keep your valuables. Or you may leave valuables with the Purser, Captain, or Hotel Manager.
Wellness Program Exploring the world can be a powerful reenergizing tonic. To that end, we are delighted to offer you more options to tap into your own personal wellness goals and help you rest and rejuvenate as best we can. Some of the ships we use offer spa and massage services at reasonable rates.
Zodiacs and Pangas Key to exploration cruises is the use of Zodiac-style inflatable watercraft, or pangas, which are used to land on remote islands, communities and beaches that would otherwise be inaccessible.