Are you undecided on where to take your students for their next big trip?
Do you want them to be engaged in a different culture, but cannot realistically take them across the globe?
If so, Adventure Student Travel has the perfect trip for you...a student cruise! Now you may be thinking, ‘how is it, really, taking a big group of students on a cruise’? To give you an idea and help you out a bit, here are a few tips and tricks for your next student cruise adventure!
- When booking a student cruise with AST, you won’t have to worry about having an adult (25 years or older) in every room. Booking with us, you only have to have one adult chaperone for every 10 students, and those chaperones don’t have to stay in a room with students. That saves a huge hassle!
- Pack appropriately! When embarking on your first student cruise you may be tempted to bring all of your gadgets and jewelry to look your best, but we recommend that you leave all your flashiest accessories at home.
- We suggest that you limit yourself to one checked bag per person for a 3-5 day cruise.
- You also want to make sure that students pack casual wear for the daytime, and ‘cruise casual’ or ‘cruise elegant’ for the evening. This may be a little confusing for most, but the dress code is an important aspect to pay attention to.
- Cruise Casual - For men, this is a sports slack, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), long dress shorts, and collared polo shirts. For women, this can be summer dresses, casual skirts, pants, capris, dress shirts, and jeans. No cut off tops or jeans is accepted. Basically, if you wouldn’t wear it to a fancy Sunday brunch, don’t pack it.
- Cruise Elegant - Men should wear dress slacks, dress shirts, and a sports coat (suggested not required). Some may also be in suits and ties or even tuxedos, but again, that is not required. Women should wear cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts, and elegant blouses. Some may opt-in for evening gowns as well, which may seem a bit extravagant, but depending on the length of the cruise you may want to break something fancy out one night.
- Utilize your Sail and Sign card. What is the Sail and Sign card? This is essentially a credit card that can only be used onboard the cruise liner. This is important to your trip because while on board there are no other forms of payment.
- Every guest must be a member on an account in order to obtain a complete online check-in status, even minors. (Spending limits can be set for parents peace of mind, or not even allow the card to be charged at all).
- If the minor does not have a credit card (or their parents) they may set up a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or even an American Express gift card in its place.
- All of this can be handled at the Guest Service Desk onboard.
If you and your group are interested in pursuing the possibilities of a student cruise on the open sea, be sure to reach out to the talented team at Adventure Student Travel to get started!
Check out all of our exciting student cruise options on our cruise theme page!