Cruises: your cruise agent, crew and cabin


Travel or cruise agents

The best person to help you get good value out of your cruise is a travel or cruise agent. They know everything about cruise vacations and will help you find the destination and cruise line that is most suitable for you. They also know valuable inside information such as the best time to travel, and which are the best cabins on each ship.

The ship’s crew

Some of the people who are responsible for the ship and your cruise include:

  • The Captain is in command of the ship and its crew. He or she has the final decision on when and where it goes.
  • The Hotel Manager is responsible for all staff providing on-board services.
  • The Cruise Director is in charge ofall entertainment, activities, briefings, announcements, and port or shopping advisers.
  • The Maitre de is in charge of your dining room, and the Head Waiter takes care of a group of tables. They will deal with any special arrangements or requests such as birthday or anniversary celebrations, or table changes.
  • Your Cabin Steward is responsible for the comfort of your cabin, and for preparing pull-out beds if you have them. You may also have a butler service if you are in a suite or on a luxury cruise line.

Your cabin

On board the cruise ship, you will stay in a cabin, not a room. The size and furnishings of the cabin obviously depends on the cost, but cabins are usually well-appointed and comfortable. Less expensive cabins are smaller than hotel rooms, but are well-designed so that every inch is usable and that there is sufficient storage space.

Most cruise vacationers tend to spend very little time in their cabins, unless they have a large suite with a veranda, perhaps...

Types of cabins

Larger ships offer many grades of cabins:

  • Inside cabins are the cheapest, and do not have windows.
  • Ocean view cabins have windows but they do not usually open.
  • Balcony and veranda cabins have chairs and a table, allowing you to sit outside and watch the sunset. 
  • Mini-suites and suites often have several rooms, private verandas, sitting areas, hot tubs, and other luxurious amenities.


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