Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book an Aquafest cruise?

Call us today at 800.592.9058 The best cabins book early! Please don't wait.

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I am traveling solo and need a cabin-mate. Can you match me up?

We will try to match you up with another single traveler. Please contact us.

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Is this an all gay and lesbian cruise?

No, Aquafest offers a group travel event. That includes many private onboard and optional shore side events, this is a large ship with a mixed clientele from most parts of the United States and abroad. You should feel free to be yourself and show your gay pride. Our groups range in size from 30 to 400 plus gay travelers.

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Will I be comfortable on a mixed clientele ship?

We think so. Based on other group experiences, cruising lends itself to a relaxed atmosphere where travelers become less judgmental. Our travelers have successfully co-mingled in our on board events and even in the ship's disco. This is your vacation and you should be very comfortable being yourself! Many of the ships staff are Gay and are certainly Gay-friendly.

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What's included in the price?

A cruise is a great value and includes all your of meals, comfortable accommodations, world class entertainment plus Aquafest advertised events and visits to exciting ports of call.

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What are the extras that I pay for?

You will be responsible for all onboard tipping, shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, gambling, shipboard shop expenses and any items you purchase of personal nature.

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How do I settle my on board expense account?

All travelers will be required to submit a valid major credit card for onboard payments. Your onboard account will be charged for any gift shop, spa, alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, and any other optional onboard expenses. You may even charge your onboard gratuities to the staff if you like. A complete bill will be submitted to your stateroom prior to the cruise termination. We think you will enjoy this cashless society and the convenience of using a card to sign for your optional vacation privileges.

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What type of documentation is required to travel?

A valid U.S. Passport or original, certified copy of your birth certificate is required to travel. One or both of these will be required to board the vessel. The Border Security Act requires that all cruise travelers starting in 2003 be required to complete an Advanced Passenger Registration Form. Aquafest's staff will provide this to you. It must be completed and submitted to the cruise line prior to your departure. View recently published Passport requirements.

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What can I do on board the ship?

There are so many activities a day for you to participate in from going to the gym or spa, taking in a movie or lecture, gambling, eating, learning a foreign language, going to "high tea", enjoying the sun and pool, taking a dance lesson, and so much more. Plus, Aquafest will provide onboard events to enhance your Gay & Lesbian group cruise experience. You'll never be bored with the long list of activities and choices onboard and ashore in port!

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Can I dance with other gays or my partner in the Disco?

Yes, please do. The ship caters to a mixed clientele and variety of people who come from all over. You need not worry about what other guests might think. This is your vacation and you should feel comfortable dancing with other Gay travelers. In many years of traveling with Gay & Lesbian groups, we have never encountered an issue in a ship's Disco with a mixed crowd...

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What can I do when the ship visits the ports of call?

The ship will offer many optional shore excursions that range anywhere from shopping tours, to snorkeling and diving programs, island tour sightseeing, helicopter tours, beach trips, and more... You can also choose to do your own thing and make arrangements shore side for personal sightseeing. Cabs are always available for hire. Aquafest will offer optional private group shore events for purchase to our travelers.

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What are the cabins like?

Cabins are smaller than hotel rooms. While they are very functional, comfortable, and have all the amenities you would expect from a resort, they are compact. All cabins offer private bathrooms with shower stall, adequate closet and drawer space, closed circuit television, some have mini refrigerators, and all offer complimentary 24 hour room service. You will also have twice daily turn down service and cleaning of your stateroom for your comfort. For those of you who purchase Suites-they come equipped with many additional amenities and luxuries. Ask us for details...

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How do we get to the ship?

Aquafest agents are happy to assist you with air reservations and local transfers to the cruise ship to and from our cruise departure ports. Please ask us for details.

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Why should I purchase travel insurance?

This is your protection for unforeseen events such as illness and travel delay. We highly recommend optional travel insurance to protect you and your vacation investment. Aquafest agents will send you a Global Alert insurance policy at the time you book your cruise.

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When do I get my cruise tickets?

Our goal is to get your tickets to you two to three weeks prior to your departure. Your cruise tickets will include your passage ticket, baggage tags, information about the cruise ship and its amenities, a shore excursion (optional tour packages sold onboard) booklet, and your Aquafest events schedule.

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What time do we eat onboard?

Cruises offer round the clock dining options with formal restaurants with multi course meals, casual buffet style restaurants, deck buffets with grilled specialties, 24 hour complimentary room service, pizza, and elegant high seas. Our Aquafest groups will be grouped together at the second seating for dinner. This usually is at 8:30pm. If you have specific dining time preferences or specific dietary requests, please advise your Aquafest agent at time of booking.

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What is the dress code onboard?

Most of the ships dress code is resort casual which means casual and comfortable attire during the day and nice slacks and shirts for the guys and the same or pantsuits, cocktail type dresses for the girls at dinner. There are two formal nights on most cruises where black tie and formal dress is requested but NOT required. Remember, this is your vacation and you should dress to your desire and comfort. The ships only request is that no shorts and tank tops be worn in the formal dining room for dinner.

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What does AQUAFEST provide in group events and programs?

Our goal is to offer you Gay & Lesbian themed events during the cruise along with the many exciting programs offered by the cruise lines. We will have two private cocktail parties, a personable host, two private entertainment programs including some fun and games with prizes, group dining, optional private shore excursions in some ports of call, a Gay & Lesbian film festival at sea, special gifts, and much more...

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What happens if I have to cancel?

Each cruise line has cancellation policies that begin approximately 60-75 days prior to departure and start with penalties including your full deposit. These penalties increase to 100% as you near the cruise departure. Each guest will be provided with the specific cruise line cancellation policies at the time of booking your cruise. These will be sent with your cruise deposit packet. Aquafest also charges a one time $50 per cabin cancellation fee for all cancellations.

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How Do I get To The Ship?

Transfers can be purchased from cruise line to pier from the airport or embarkation day. your Aquafest agent can also help you with information about getting to the ship. Call Us at 800.592.9058 for your details.

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