Just a few of the important questions answered!
Q: What do my Golf Days include?
All associated green and golf club fees, shared golf buggy (subject to availability), practice range and driving range with bucket of balls, competition events, personal guide, golf pro lessons (additional cost), photography and video including slow motion swing analysis (copies available to purchase),
on board welcome & introduction dinner, transportation to and from the ship, Free Golf Club cleaning & storage on board, friendly competition (nearest the pin, longest drive, golfer of the week) & so much more. Player gatherings on board prior to golf days & final day presentations & our goodbyes.
Q: Can I bring alcohol on board?
This varies by cruise line but generally the answer with a few exceptions on wine. Wine is normally limited to 2 bottles per cabin and can incur a corkage fee of $20 or more automatically charged (check each cruise line policy) There are various 'drinks packages' offered by cruise lines that is a fantastic option and include all wines, spirits, beer & cocktails. At security if you are found to have alcohol it will be confiscated where not within the rules & given back at the end of your cruise. Drinking age is 21 for United States departures, 18 in the U.K. & European departures. (Some restrictions vary)
Q: What is generally included and not included on board ship?
All meals at a number of dining options including 24 hrs room service and buffet restaurant. Entertainment in shows lounges & theaters are all free and many other ship board activities and facilities including room service, tea, coffee, milk and some soft drinks, pool towels, plus all the attractions, from gymnasium to rock climbing walls and ice skating, pool & pool slides, casino, nightclub, and so much more which vary by ship, the exceptions being specialty restaurants that carry a small cover charge or Spa treatments. Alcohol and internet access & shore excursions are extra and can be purchased on board but we recommend purchasing these before departure, which we can arrange for you.
Q: What can I expect of the Golf Courses that Fairway Cruises uses?
We hand pick the best golf courses that are rated in the top 150 in the world and have the distinction of being a championship course and known for it's prestige or dramatic landscape. Most courses have been designed by golf greats like Jack Nicklaus or Greg Norman & we have chosen them for their spectacular location. We have a special relationship with all Golf Clubs we use and have arranged for you to play on these exclusive courses for rates negotiated exclusively for Fairway Cruises.
Q: Will I feel seasick?
Arh we love this question! Everyone is different when it comes to motion sickness but as a general rule it must to be said that seasickness is fairly unlikely. Today's ships are Goliath's compared even to the recent past. Ships we use range in size from 92,000 tons to 225,000 tons - that's almost
5 times the size of Titanic! They are also stabilized with computer controlled ballast and winged external stabilizers for those occasional uncompromising seas, but in fairness while we are unlikely to experience such seas on our itineraries, most of the time you will not think you are
moving at all, such is the size and engineered wonder of today's cruise ships. If you can take a bus ride you can sail on a cruise without fear.
Q: Can I smoke on board?
Smoking has become very restrictive. However, some smoking is permitted in designated areas of the ship. No smoking is allowed in cabins and on some ships, that also includes your private balcony. E-Cigarettes are treated in the same way as traditional cigarettes.
Q: What travel Insurance do I need?
Fairway Cruises request you obtain travel and liability insurance before departure. Fairway Cruises may request proof of policy before you will be allowed to travel. Apart from medical emergencies and repatriation, in most cases, including preexisting conditions, cover needs to extend to your golf clubs and liability while playing - including golf buggies, damage, accident etc plus the standard cruise, flight and trip abandonment. You are subject to the cruise lines cancellation policies and their terms and conditions. Typical policies can be as little as £20 to £50. Ask us to arrange this for you.
Q: What should I pack for my trip?
Golfers will instinctively know what is required and the standards kept by most private golf clubs so please adhere to those general rules of acceptance you would expect. On board, ship life is casual but smart. There are normally two formal evenings during a cruise week where formal wear is required in the main dining room. This is black tie for men and a formal dress for the ladies. A dark suit and tie will suffice for men. For the golfers please be aware that spiked shoes must have plastic or nylon cleats/spikes in Caribbean destinations.
Q: If I bring my family what facilities are available on board?
We actively encourage families and partners. There are a plethora of activities both ashore and on board to entertain and amuse you. Non playing partners will enjoy all there is about a luxury cruise. Children will never be bored or hungry, with organized kid’s clubs for various age groups up to 17. An in cabin babysitting service by trained staff is available after 10pm ensuring you will be comfortable and relaxed to enjoy the evenings well into the small hours! Teen clubs, sports and game areas, shows and everything from ice skating to a 4D Formula 1 experience. There's so much to do and see.
Q: How do I take my own clubs and what about golf shoes?
If your trip involves a flight, golf clubs are placed in the aircraft hold and counted as one piece of luggage. Some airlines do not charge but others do depending on destination. From the U.K. we fly to Barcelona using various airlines and their policies differ. You will be notified about any charges. A cover is required that encloses the clubs which are widely available and approved by airlines. Once on board we securely store and clean your clubs after each day’s play including your golf shoes. Please place golf shoes and any other accessories inside your golf bag.
Q: Are there disabled friendly staterooms available and Single occupancy rooms?
Yes. There are specially designed cabins available. Fairway Cruises actively encourages the less able bodied to join us. Single passenger cabins are now more common place and we can quote these separately if you wish and represent considerable savings.
Q: Do I need any visa's or a passport?
Most cruises departing from the United States and returning there means most US Citizens do not require a passport or visa for the countries we visit. A full photo ID is required and/or a birth certificate. However we strongly recommend you obtain a passport. If you miss a ship departure you will certainly need a passport to fly on! It is your responsibility to check the requirements for the countries we visit.
For U.K. and European departures British, European and American citizens required a valid passport and must be valid for at least 6 months after your return home. For British and European citizens travel to the USA and the Caribbean a passport is required and you are responsible for completing the E.S.T.A. (Electronic System For travel Authorization) before you leave home. This is a simple process online and you will receive a printable and immediate confirmation to keep with you. Your 'ESTA' is usaully valid for up to two years for multiple entries into the United States.