Cruise Planning

We’ve created this list for your convenience; you may want to add to it as you go along.  We suggest beginning to plan a river cruise several months ahead of time – more if you need to obtain or update your passport.

What to bring

We suggest you bring comfortable, casual clothing. Ties and jackets are not required; there are no formal nights although some guests choose to dress up for the Gala Dinner. Consider dressing respectfully when visiting places of worship and other religious sites where you may be denied entry if your clothing is considered to be inappropriate or too revealing. Your on-bard host or tour guide can assist you with any questions.

In addition to the information below, please also see our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information and tips about cruise planning, and what to expect during your cruise.

Travel Documents from CroisiEurope, airlines, rail, etc.

When you book your cruise, CroisiEurope will send you a Welcome Letter (which includes the name of your ship and a map with your dock location), your Travel Confirmation & Invoice, your Boarding Ticket(s), and CroisiEurope’s contact phone numbers that you may leave with friends and family at home.  

For your convenience, we have included links below to websites with further information about passports, visas and international travel.  Be sure that all of these necessary travel documents are valid and up to date.

And…before you leave home for your trip, remember to print out and bring your flight tickets, your cruise tickets, and any other necessary boarding passes or lodging documents!

Passport
Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from your cruise.  This is a general regulation with all cruise lines, and CroisiEurope abides by this rule.  Check your passport, and if necessary have it renewed well in advance of your trip.

Visas
Certain countries require some citizens of other countries to have visas for travel within their borders.  As a passenger, it is your responsibility to find out if a visa is needed for any country to which you are traveling, and to obtain that visa prior to your cruise.  Failure to obtain a necessary visa may be cause for refusal of entry to a country or boarding on a ship.   Click here to see the Visa guide for Americans.

If you are a citizen of any other country, please check with your country’s embassy website concerning visas.

Travel insurance
Protect yourself and your enjoyment of your trip:  purchase insurance!

Take out travel insurance as soon as possible after booking your cruise.  While you may wonder about its necessity, travel insurance is very important – particularly if you are traveling abroad and will be away from the familiarity of your native lands, languages and routines.  Travel insurance can cover a variety of potential mishaps or troubles that can occur after booking and when traveling, including lost baggage, airline and railway delays, personal illness, and more.   For your convenience, we offer insurance packages when purchasing your cruise.  See our FAQs section or ask your agent for more details.

Air and rail transportation
When you are traveling to Europe from the UK for a CroisiEurope cruise, book your airplane flights as soon as possible so that you know you will be able to reach your cruise departure point easily and in plenty of time.  You will also want to book train, automobile or other transportation to take you from the airport to your cruise departure point.  Many passengers find it convenient to arrive a day or two ahead of time, and take lodgings, in order to ensure timely arrival at their ship on the first day of the cruise.  Your electronic documents will contain information on the boarding location, map and how to reach the dock.  These will be sent to you once your trip has been confirmed and fully paid. If you still have questions after receiving your package, please feel to contact one of our agents.

Cash
CroisiEurope accepts cash in the form of Euros only. We do not accept Sterling, US Dollars or  other European currency, nor traveler’s cheques.  Be sure to exchange your. money before embarking on your cruise, so that you can pay in Euros when you wish to.

Credit Cards
CroisiEurope accepts American Express, Visa and MasterCard.  You may want to contact your credit card companies and your bank to let them know you will be traveling abroad.

Telephones, mail etc.

Telephones
Consider signing up for an international calling plan for your cell phone while you are away, to stay in touch with family and friends.  Our ships have a radio telephone for cases of emergency only, and we do not have a public telephone on board.

Items to pack
Here are a few suggestions to make packing for your cruise even easier!

Clothing
Here is a short list of items you might want to be sure to bring with you:

  • Casual, comfortable clothing, appropriate for weather in your destination
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Dressier clothing and shoes, for celebrations and dinners
  • Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight rain gear
  • Lightweight jacket/warm sweater/sweatshirt
  • Sunglasses, sun hat or visor
  • Toiletries (including medications and sunscreen)
  • Warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear (if needed for cooler months)

Personal items

Consider bringing the following items if relevant:

  • All needed medications, including prescriptions, in their original, labelled containers (make sure that you have refilled all necessary prescriptions prior to your trip)
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution
  • Important papers and travel documents
  • Camera gear, film, extra memory cards (digital cameras), extra batteries
  • You’ll also need a UK to European electric plug adapter.
  • Travel alarm clock, travel flashlight, binoculars
  • Anti-bacterial wipes and/or hand sanitizer
  • Small calculator for foreign exchange calculations
  • Travel journal/notepad and/or reading material
  • Small, basic sewing kit and extra buttons (pack scissors in checked bags)

What not to bring

Make sure you are aware of current regulations about items you should not pack into a suitcase or carry on with you. Here is a link to Directgov's air travel hand baggage rules.