Cruise FAQs

Q. I can book a cruise right over the internet. Why should I use Maestro Travel?

A. It's true, you do have the ability to make reservations on the internet for almost all your travel needs. However, there are advantages to using a reputable travel agency to make your reservations. Here are a few good reasons why you should let Maestro Travel help you make your arrangements:

  • You're not alone! This is probably the best reason why you should let Maestro Travel help you with your arrangements. We take care of the details so that you don't have to. You'll have the security of knowing that there is someone there to help you if there are any problems or concerns.
  • Our knowledgeable staff. Our dedicated staff has over twelve years of experience helping clients plan memorable vacations.
  • We help you find the best value for your money. We do the work, so you don't have to spend hours shopping the internet trying to decipher who has the best price. We'll give you the bottom line so there are no surprises down the road.
  • Ease of coordinating multiple reservations. If you have a corporate or social group, or even a family reunion, Maestro Travel will coordinate all the details for you. We are able to cross reference dining, set up special meetings and shore excursions. We'll keep you up to date on your groups financials and follow up with you upon your return.
  • The Personal Touch. It's our people that make the difference between "going on a trip" and "going on a fantastic adventure".

 

Q. How do I choose the right cruise for me?

A. There are many things to consider when choosing a cruise. Each cruise line caters to a specific clientele and, even from ship to ship within the same cruise line, there are differences. Your Maestro Travel cruise consultant will help you evaluate the choices and select just the cruise you are looking for.

 

Q. Where can I take a cruise?

A. Cruising has come a long way over the years. It is now possible to cruise just about anywhere there is water. The most popular destinations to cruise are the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Mexican Riviera and the coast of Alaska. However, you may also cruise to destinations such as Hawaii and the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Panama Canal, as well as Africa and even Antarctica! Have you ever thought about cruising the waterways of Europe? The possibilities are virtually endless!

 

Q. When is the best time to take a cruise?

A. Cruising has come a long way over the years. It is now possible to cruise just about anywhere there is water. The most popular destinations to cruise are the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Mexican Riviera and the coast of Alaska. However, you may also cruise to destinations such as Hawaii and the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Panama Canal, as well as Africa and even Antarctica! Have you ever thought about cruising the waterways of Europe? The possibilities are virtually endless!

DESTINATION - BEST CRUISED

  • Caribbean Sea - Year Round
  • Bermuda - May thru September
  • Europe & The Mediterranean - May thru October
  • Alaska - May thru October
  • Mexican Riviera - Year Round
  • Panama Canal - October thru May
  • Hawaii - Year Round
  • South Pacific, Australia, & The Far East - November thru April
  • South America - December thru April

 

Q. OK, I've chosen an itinerary and a ship, what are the differences in accommodations?

A. Chooing a stateroom on a cruise ship is like finding the right accommodations in a resort hotel. There are basically four different types of accommodations on a cruise ship. They are inside staterooms, outside staterooms, balcony staterooms and suites. There is also a new category of staterooms called Atrium staterooms. These may be found only on the newest cruise ships.

  • Inside Staterooms — have no outside walls, and therefore, have no windows.
  • Atrium Staterooms — a new variation of the standard inside stateroom, the atrium stateroom has a window that overlooks a public area of the ship. This would be similar to a courtyard view at a hotel.
  • Outside Staterooms — are the same as inside staterooms, except that they have a window with an ocean view.
  • Balcony Staterooms — normally larger than outside staterooms, your window is replaced by sliding glass or French doors that open to a verandah or balcony.
  • Suites — suites on board a cruise ship may be the ultimate in luxury travel. In addition to a private balcony, most suites normally have butler services, larger bathrooms, walk-in closets and spacious living rooms.

 

Q. Isn't cruising just for the wealthy? I've heard it's expensive.

A. In days past, cruising was reserved for the wealthy and famous. Today, things have changed considerably. As cruise lines expand and continue to build new ships, competition has brought fares into a very reasonable range. Today's cruise lines offer great value with luxurious accommodations, gourmet food and plenty of entertainment all included in your cruise fare. With itineraries as short as two or three days up to three months or longer world cruises, there are cruises today that fit in everyone's budget!