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New Year's Eve South Pacific Cruise

Solo Travellers 40 years+
30 December 2017 - 13 January 2018

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Our New Year’s Eve cruises are popular and can sell out in advance of the booking close date. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with an estimated group size of 35 to 65 travellers. In year’s past, cruise groups have been between 40 to 70 people. This cruise is exclusively for single or solo travellers.

THE PACE  [1]
This is graded with a pace of [1] which signifies a very leisurely holiday with no demanding walking or activities (unless by your own arrangement).  

There is a mix of very relaxed days while at sea and other days when the ship docks or tenders at the shore destinations. The group enjoys evening dining together each evening in the main dining room plus the option to join pre dinner drinks ‘meet-ups’ and other group meeting arrangements made while onboard.  

We ‘go the extra mile’ and offer a pre-departure group contact service. (See itinerary page for details). 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

For this cruise, evening group dining is available every evening. The ship’s main dining room offers vegetarian options and gluten free meals.

Special Diets 

As a standard, Encounter Travel limit special dietary requests to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant and Diabetic. Additional intolerances to those fore-mentioned, are the responsibility of the traveller. For any additional special diet requests you must seek our advice and consultation.

  • We make special dietary requests on behalf of our travellers to our ground operators, cruise operators, and/or any third party that operate components of The Holiday where meals or snacks are provided as part of The Holiday inclusions. We cannot guarantee that all or any of the third parties will meet the request in part or full. 
  • We can offer guidance on each of The Holidays as to the suitability of The Holiday for you in relation to your special diet request.
  • Requests made after booking your holiday that cannot be met will not entitle you to any refund of monies paid. Any lacking or failure from any of our operators to cater for your special diet does not give claim to any compensation whatsoever. 

Other notes about special dietary requirements: 

  • Please also be mindful that many hotels, restaurants and cruise ships may not provide gluten free cereal, bread, pasta, pizza, cake and/or dessert. 
  • Special diet requests may limit the number of choices or variety for meals.

  • For airlines, please seek further advice at the time of booking. Please take note that a request for a vegetarian meal on a flight is provided as a vegan meal.

  • We recommend travellers with special dietary requirements consider their options to supplement meals and snacks in their holiday destination before deciding to travel. In some countries it is not uncommon that restaurants and food outlets pay less or no attention to special dietary requirements in comparison to what we may be accustomed to in Australia or other home countries.

Helpful Websites for Special Diet Translation cards:

http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ 

https://www.brokerfish.com/food-allergy-translation-cards 

https://www.selectwisely.com/

ONBOARD EXPENSE ACCOUNT
An Onboard Expense Account is the cashless system used for all on board purchases and services. Your SeaPass card acts as your onboard ID, stateroom/suite door key and your card to charge onboard purchases to.

The account may be set-up in advance through the online check-in process or at the pier when you check in. You can register either a credit card or set up a cash account.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Optima, Discover and Diner's Card.

You may establish a master account and add guests from your stateroom or even another stateroom, to be authorised purchasers on your account. Alternatively, guests in the same stateroom may each register their own credit card to their account.

For each purchase made on board the ship you will receive a receipt at the point of sale.  A final statement will be delivered to your stateroom on the last night of your cruise holiday for your review. You can check your account through your interactive stateroom TV during your cruise. If you are travelling on consecutive cruises, your account will be settled at the end of each cruise.

Guests that set up an account with a credit card should verify the statement.  If all purchases are correct, they will automatically be charged to the credit card registered.

Guests with a cash account will need to settle their statement onboard before disembarking.  The ship will provide you with specific details when you set up the cash account. Guests are required to place a cash deposit when setting up their account onboard. You can also use Traveller's Cheques to set up a cash account.
There is a daily spending limit set on cash accounts, dependant on cruise duration.

PERSONAL EXPENSES   
In addition to your cruise inclusions you may have some personal expenses including shore excursions and drinks not included with the cruise plus consider souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry. 

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what is and what is not included. This itinerary has a breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Drinks, shore excusions and souvenirs would be an additional expense.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants to be courteous and respectful of all group members.
  8. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our active holidays or holidays outside of Australia.
  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday. 

Please send your travel insurance policy details before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must receive your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.

We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability.

You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. Before you travel you must contact your bank to request the details of their insurer and the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy.  You must also request the contact information for the insurer while travelling.  For all credit card policies be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses.

DISCLAIMER

We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly.  

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard. 

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries. 

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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