Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a reservation?
Because of our unique product, we prefer to speak with you or your travel agent about your travel plans. Simply call us at 1-800-556-7450 or contact your travel agent. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Outside of these hours you can contact us by e-mail by clicking here.
When are payments due?
Deposit of $500 per person is due within seven days from the date your reservation is made. Payments can be made by check or credit card (MasterCard, VISA or Discover). Please make checks payable to “Blount Small Ship Adventures.” To avoid a cancellation of your cabin, please ensure that your deposit is received within one week of reservation. Please allow five working days to process your payment. Final payment of balance is due 60 days prior to date of sailing. Your final documents package with additional cruise information and boarding passes will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to departure.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation fees per person from date of departure:
60 Days or More = $75
59 Days - 45 Days = 25% of Fare
44 Days - 30 Days = 50% of Fare
29 Days - 11 Days = 75% of Fare
10 Days or Less = 100% of Fare
Where can I find information about your optional excursions?
Optional excursions, along with itineraries, reading lists, and other cruise information will be sent out 60 days in advance of departure date. You may pre-purchase excursions if buying the entire package at time of final payment. Individual excursions MUST be purchased onboard. We encourage purchasing the entire package to secure your spot since some excursions are first-come-first-served.
What is dining like aboard your ships?
We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. We pride ourselves on serving fresh, creative dishes, many representative of the local cuisine. For the convenience of our passengers, menus are posted daily. We are happy to accommodate certain dietary restrictions provided we are notified in advance. Refreshments and snacks are available 24 hours a day in the lounge and dining room. Select house wine and beer is included during lunch and dinner service. There is an open seating policy to encourage meeting as many of your traveling companions as possible.
Are snacks available onboard?
Yes, snacks are available 24/7 as well as a case a pastries located in the dining room. In addition, we always have soft drinks available and a juice/coffee bar for passengers.
What if I arrive late?
In the event of flight delays, we will make every reasonable effort to connect you to your ongoing itinerary at your own expense.We strongly encourage the purchase of trip insurance to reduce any out of pocket expenses you may incur during unforeseen circumstances.
Does Blount Small Ship Adventures have a recommended reading list?
Yes! For each of our destinations, Longitude Books of Minnesota has created essential reading lists which will be included with each mailing of your trip documents.
Are there elevators onboard?
BSSA has stair lifts available between the Main, Sun and Top decks on all ships for passengers who may find it helpful. The vessels do not have elevators.
Do you offer adult beverages onboard?
We are one of the few cruise lines that allow passengers to bring their own beverages onboard. We believe our BYOB benefit gives you the freedom to choose when and what you want to consume. Plus, you will never leave our cruise with a large bar tab! We do include select wine and beer with lunch and dinner during meal service. We also provide mixers, ice, snacks, and cold and dry storage in our lounge where you can serve yourself anytime you choose.
What is your early arrival policy?
On select cruises we offer an onboard early arrival package for $150 per person, including one dinner, one night's stay on the vessel and one breakfast. This allows guests to arrive one day prior to departure. Boarding is at 5 PM. Airport to ship transfers are included on Caribbean cruises and available on all other cruises for an extra cost. Rates vary by city. Call for details.
Can you book our airline reservations?
We do not book air reservations. Please check with your Reservation Specialist or Travel Agent to ensure your flights meet with requirements for both arrival embarkation and departure disembarkation as they vary by cruise.
What’s available for solo travelers?
Several options are available if you are traveling alone. We do have select cabins configured as single accommodations and priced for single occupancy only. We also offer a “Willing to Share” program that allows you to pay a per person rate for a double occupancy room. You will be waitlisted for a same-gender traveling companion, However should no other person reserve under this program you will be placed alone in that double occupancy cabin. We also have designated double occupancy cabins you may reserve at an additional cost. Please ask your reservationist for details.
What is the cost of the port charges?
Port charges vary by cruise and include passenger taxes and charges for services imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental entities. They are subject to change without notice.
Are Charters available?
Choose existing itineraries or perhaps customize your own! Our vessels accommodate up to 83 guests. Please contact our Charter Coordinator at 1-800-556-7450 for more details.
Can children travel on the cruise?
We welcome children who are 14 years or older and accompanied by an adult.
What is the electrical current on the ship?
Only 110-Volt AC appliances may be used. Hair dryers are provided in every cabin. Electric shavers and toothbrushes may be operated without converters. Ironing is strictly forbidden in cabins.
Should I bring my valuables onboard?
When traveling internationally, it is strongly recommended that U.S. residents have their valuables, such as cameras, binoculars, radios, watches, jewelry, etc., registered with U.S. Customs before departure at a Customs Office in their area or at embarkation. There are no safes provided in cabins. We cannot accept responsibility for valuables lost or stolen.
What is provided in the cabin bathrooms?
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, wash cloths, towels, and a hair dryer are provided in every cabin bathroom.
What is your smoking policy?
All cabins and common inside areas are smoke-free. Smoking is allowed only on the outside decks.
Do I need a passport?
On our international itineraries, all passengers are required to carry valid passports. On domestic cruises, U.S. citizens must have a valid government-issued photo ID. Naturalized U.S. citizens are advised to carry their naturalization papers. Other non-U.S. citizens must have passports and all necessary visas. We recommend that your passport has six months validity, and at least 3 blank pages. Passports and visas are the responsibility of each client. On some U.S. itineraries we visit Canadian ports and passports are required. When crossing international borders any child under age 16 (traveling without both parents and/or a legal guardian) must have written permission from the other parent or legal guardian. Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed into certain countries such as Canada. Check with the appropriate consulate for more information. All travelers should contact the appropriate consulate for entry requirements for international destinations.
Do I need money during the cruise?
It is recommended that passengers carry a supply of U.S. currency in small denominations to use toward land tours, souvenirs, gift shop items and gratuities. Travelers' checks are easily cashed in large ports of call, but may not be as readily accepted in more rural places. No personal checks or travelers' checks will be cashed onboard the ship, but can be used for shore excursions and gratuities. Credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover) may be used onboard the ship for payment of tours, souvenirs, and upgrades, but cannot be used for gratuities. Please plan in advance for gratuities to be paid in U.S. dollars, or personal checks.
Are gratuities included in the price of the cruise?
Gratuities are not included in cruise fare and are at the complete discretion of the passenger at the end of the cruise. The common industry standard is $12-$14 per passenger, per day. Passengers may use personal checks or cash for gratuities.
Is there a dress requirement?
Aboard our cruises, casual is the word. There are no dress requirements.
Is fishing allowed on the ship?
Where allowed, you may fish while the vessel is on anchor. The U.S. requires a fishing license in the ocean and fresh water. Please bring your own equipment as we do not provide fishing rods.
Can I do laundry onboard?
There are no laundry facilities onboard. On certain itineraries laundromats may not be readily available, so we suggest that you pack accordingly.
Wi-Fi Internet Connection & Mobile Phones
Wi-Fi has been upgraded on our ships. Signal strength and availability may vary by port and access may not always be available and cannot be guaranteed. Sailings within the U.S. and Canada may have a better range of coverage, while sailings in the Caribbean have extremely limited coverage. Upon request, Cruise Directors will provide information on internet café locations available at different port stops. Passengers will need to bring their own Wi-Fi ready laptop.