Cruise QuestionsCruise Questions Answered: Tablets, Norovirus, Upgrades, Alaska

Cruise Questions Answered: Tablets, Norovirus, Upgrades, Alaska

People find Cruise Fever by searching thousands of different terms each month in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, and AOL.  Many of those terms are in the form of questions.  Cruise Fever was created to help those who have never cruised, are new to cruising, or have questions about a cruise.  We want you to help you have the best cruise vacation possible.

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We will be starting a new series of posts answering questions that come into our website.  We want to help those who have these questions as well as future cruisers who are looking for the same information.

Can I use my tablet on a cruise?

Yes, bringing a tablet on a cruise is much easier than carrying a laptop.  All cruise ships have WIFI (for a fee) and your tablet can connect to it so you can keep in touch with family and friends from home.  WIFI is not available in many staterooms, but it is available in most public rooms.  WIFI availability will vary based on each ship.  Ships also have computers that you can use to connect to the internet, with the price usually being the same as using your own device.

Can I sue the cruise line for norovirus?

Yes, you can sue the cruise line for anything that you want.  However, that does not mean that you will win.  Unless you can prove negligence on their part, suing the cruise line because you got sick would be a complete waste of your time.  Hand sanitizer is available all over the ship and it is highly recommended that you use it at all times.  The Crown Princess recently returned to port 2 days early because of a norovirus outbreak.  Passengers were given full cruise refunds, help with arrangements with flights home, and a 25% credit good for a future cruise.  The compensation given to the passengers was more than fair.

Can I upgrade my cabin after booking a cruise? How about on the day of the cruise?

Yes, you can upgrade your cabin at any time after booking.  However, waiting until the day of the cruise to upgrade will dramatically lower your chances of being able to get that balcony room or suite.  Since cruise lines like for the ships to sail at full capacity, there usually are not many, if any cabins open on embarkation day.

Are cruises fun?

Is the sky blue?  Is water wet?  Is the desert dry?  Cruises are the most fun you can have while on vacation.  While we might be a bit biased toward cruises here at Cruise Fever, the fact that newer and bigger cruise ships are being built is a testament to the popularity of cruises.  While cruises are not for everyone, the overwhelming majority that take a cruise have an absolute blast.  There is something for every age on a cruise, from toddlers, to teenagers, to those who are retired looking for a romantic trip at sea.

Can you tan on an Alaska cruise?

First, if you are looking to take a cruise and lay out in the sun and tan, you should probably go to the Caribbean.  Alaska cruises can be very cool, especially in the late spring and early fall.  Juneau, AK averages a high of 64 in July, so you can most likely leave the sun tan lotion at home.  However, it can reach 80 in the summer in some parts of Alaska, but this is not the norm up north.

Can you bring your own snorkeling gear on a cruise?

Yes, and it would save you money from renting.  You can purchase snorkeling gear on eBay or at your local sporting goods store for cheaper than you can rent it.  You can also use it over and over saving you quite a bit of money in the long run.  If you only plan on snorkeling one day and do not have much room to pack snorkeling gear, then renting is probably the way to go for you.

We will answer more questions that come in on a weekly basis.  If you have a question that you would like answered, you can email it to us at [email protected] or leave a comment below with your question.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
Ben is a world traveler who has visited 40+ countries, taken over 70 cruises. He is one of USA TODAY's experts for their 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. His writings have appeared and been cited in various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN, NPR, CNN, Fox, and ABC News. Ben currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow Ben on Instagram. Visit Ben Souza on Linkedin. You may email Ben at [email protected].
Cruise QuestionsCruise Questions Answered: Tablets, Norovirus, Upgrades, Alaska

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