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  • Can you accommodate my special diet on board?

    Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary restrictions or specific food allergies.

    Guests must advise Voyages to Antiquity in writing at the time of deposit, and while all possible will be done to meet the requirements the guest is expected to exercise due caution when dining.

    The ship can meet most requests such as low fat, diabetic, and salt- or fat-free. While all dietary requests are provided to our local suppliers and hotels in advance, Voyages to Antiquity cannot guarantee fulfilment on included meals at hotels or local restaurants.

    For further information, please view our Health and Dietary Restrictions page.

  • What documents do I need when embarking the ship?

    At the check-in desk you will be asked to show your passport and hand in your public health questionnaire (which is sent to you in advance with your final documents).

    In most cases your passport will then be kept securely in the purser’s office for the duration of the cruise. If you need to carry your passport ashore at any port of call you will be notified onboard. You will also be asked for your excursion sign-up sheet (if you have been part of a Voyages to Antiquity pre-cruise hotel stay then we will collect it at the hotel instead).

  • What is a visa and will I need to apply before I travel?

    Several countries require travellers to obtain and carry official documentation, called a visa, before entering that country. VTA cannot assist guests with completing the Visa Applications, it is the guests sole responsibility to obtain and have readily available all proper documentation necessary for travel. The application process and governmental rules change frequently, please inquire with a travel agent or contact a Visa Service agent if assistance is required, which will impose additional charges. All effort will be made by VTA to provide updates as and when such changes are made.

    Visa and documentation requirements vary by nationality and destination.  Please use the itinerary sent with your confirmation, and/or the website itinerary to check if a visa and which type is necessary for your voyage. Boarding may be denied if you arrive at embarkation without all the proper travel documentation, and in that case, unfortunately, you would not be eligible for a refund.

    As a courtesy, VTA provides some information as to necessary travel documents, visas and vaccinations. However, it is very important that guests understand that requirements advised are ONLY for citizens of the US, UK, CA, NZ, and AU. ALL OTHER CITIZENS MUST CHECK THEIR FULL ITINERARY REQUIREMENTS WITH THE CONSULATE OF THEIR NATIONALITY.

    Types of Visas:  

    Visa on Arrival

    Most guests can obtain the following visas onboard when arriving with the ship. The visa is issued based on the information provided by the guest in their Required Passenger Information form. This form is received prior to embarkation, in the confirmation packet.  This information is provided by VTA to our port agents and/or our ground operators to process the visa on behalf of the guest.

    In Transit Visa: This means that a visa stamp or other type of visa reference is completed by the port authorities and any paperwork required will be submitted and processed on the guests’ behalf by the Aegean Odyssey.

    Visa In Advance: This means ALL guests must obtain the visa for themselves, in advance of their departure from their home. PLEASE NOTE THAT MOST VISAS HAVE VALIDITY RESTRICTIONS WHICH REQUIRE THE GUEST TO BE AWARE OF THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH THEY APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE THE VISA.

    E-VisaMust be obtained in advance of travel. This is an electronic visa which can be obtained online from the government authorized website and printed out for guests’ to insert into passports.  Yes, some can be obtained at airports but others cannot – therefore it is essential guests’ apply and insert document into their passports.

    ETA:  Must be obtained in advance of travel. This is an Electronic Travel Authorization which can be obtained online from the government authorized website and printed out for guests’ to insert into passports.

    INDIAN VISA APPLICATION – REQUIRED INFORMATION

    The official site for applying for any type of Indian Visa for all nationalities is:     

    http://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa

    If you see any other sites, those are VISA SERVICES that will essentially do all the work for the guest but for which fees will be charged. Voyages to Antiquity strongly recommends using a visa service whenever possible.   Rules change often and changes are not always notified to travel suppliers/wholesalers immediately; whereas visa services do get notification of immediate policy changes.

    US, CA, AU, UK, and NZ guests who are FLYING INTO DELHI OR MUMBAI, an E-Tourist Visa can be obtained.   

    Cruises that begin in Delhi (or Mumbai if the guest is doing their own land before the cruise). 

    Please note:

    • Indian E-visas cannot be applied for any earlier than 30 days in advance of ARRIVAL to India.
    • Indian E-visas cannot be applied for later than 4 days in advance of ARRIVAL to India.  

    Guests arriving to India WITH THE SHIP cannot use the E-Visa and must obtain the visa through the above website.  In 2019, this is the AEG181206, AEG181206A, AEG181206D, AEG181206E, AEG190126 (Port Blair), AEG190126A (Port Blair), AEG190126B (Port Blair), and AEG190126C (Port Blair) cruises.

    Specifically for the AEG190126, AEG190126A, AEG190126B, and AEG190126C voyages, guests frequently ask if an Indian visa is required if the guests decide to stay onboard for the call to Port Blair.   The answer is:   The Andaman Islands are a territory for India and therefore, guests who intend to visit Port Blair, must have an Indian visa. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING FOR AN INDIAN E-VISA

    • The ability to open PDF documents in order to print out the E-VISA which must be in your passport on arrival
    • A planned arrival date for India 
    • A credit card or debit card to pay the US $75 fee (or whatever fee is valid for the guests’ nationality
    • A scanned PDF image of the first page in your passport (max size: 300 KB)
    • A full-face JPEG photo of yourself, facing forward, from the top of hair to bottom of chin, no borders, with white background (max size: 1 MB)
    • Reference while in India:  First hotel guests will be staying at
    • Two blank side by side pages for stamping

    REQUIREMENTS ON ARRIVAL TO INDIA

    • A passport still valid for at least six months
    • A printed copy of your approved E-Tourist Visa
    • Proof of a return flight out of India (Final Cruise Documents with sailing itinerary and flight confirmation with e-ticket information)

    After applying and paying the non-refundable fee, you’ll be emailed your authorization code within four days. From the approval date, you’ll have 30 days to present your printed ETA in one of the visa-on-arrival airports in India to be stamped into the country. 

     

  • When will I receive my travel documents?

    Your final documentation pack will be sent about 3 weeks prior to departure. This includes:

    • Cruise ticket
    • Airline ticket (unless you have made your own flight arrangements)
    • Ship luggage tags (colored for each deck)
    • Shore excursion booklet detailing all shore excursions available on your cruise
    • Shore excursion sign-up sheet
    • Ship emergency contact information
  • How much baggage can I take?

    Baggage allowance policies vary by airline, destination and cabin class booked. Please check your carrier's policy to ensure you comply with their regulations. 

    Some of our land tours may include domestic air travel and baggage limitations may apply in addition to those of your international carrier. This information will be included with your final documents around 3 weeks prior to departure. Ample storage space for baggage is available on board.

    For further information on baggage, please read our Baggage & Packing page.

  • Do I need to bring an adaptor for my electrical appliances?

    We recommend that you bring an adaptor/converter to European voltage and power sockets.

    Our cabins and suites feature European 2-pin round outlets with 220 voltage.

    Some adaptors/converters are available on board if required, but we recommend you bring your own adaptors as onboard supplies are limited. You may wish to bring an 'all-in-one' universal adaptor/converter for added convenience.

    For further information on electrical appliances, please view our Safety Information page.

  • Which currencies should I bring with me on my cruise?

    There is no need to obtain local currency before your trip, although we suggest that you exchange some money at the airport on arrival. ATM's are widely available in most international airports.

    A cashless system is operated onboard the Aegean Odyssey with all purchases charged to your cabin account. You will be required to register a credit card at reception shortly after embarkation. Your final account can be settled in UK£, US$, Euros or AU$.

    UK Only: All card payments are procesed by a chip and pin system, which requires guests to enter their personal 4-digit pin number. 

    For more information on finances, please read our Money Matters section.

  • Do I need vaccinations before I travel?

    No. There are currently no mandatory vaccinations for visitors to any of our Mediterranean destinations.

    However, it is a recommended that you are up to date with your routine immunisations, i.e. tetanus shots. We suggest you consult your  doctor for recommendations before traveling.