Being casual and comfortable is a part of life on the ms Westerdam. While it is summer in South America, weather on this cruise will vary greatly with warm summer weather in Buenos Aires and colder weather in Antarctica. Bring your shorts and your parka and everything in between. Layering is a must! (A sweater may also be desired for comfort in the air conditioned public areas.) The temperature in each cabin is individually controlled for your own comfort. Bring comfortable shoes to wear in port, streets are often uneven or rough. There are Three gala nights (black tie not required, but suit and tie for gents), and other nights are smart casual nights no jeans or t-shirts in the dining room). We will have early dining reserved for the group. If you don't want to participate in the formal nights, you have the option of dining casually on the Lido deck.
We can arrange airline tickets and other personalized travel. We are able to quote fares for all airlines and look for the best prices. Transfers from the airport to the cruise ship and back are available at a minimal charge. Pre- and post-cruise packages are available at an additional cost for those who would like to arrive early, or stay after the cruise. We will also offer custom hotel packages and touring both before and after the cruise; those details will be mailed to you at a later date.
The purchase of trip cancellation, travel accident and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. There are many uncertainties and unforeseen circumstances involved in our world; therefore we strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. It will provide coverage in the event of cancellation of your trip due to unforeseeable sickness, injury or death to you, a family member, or a traveling companion. In addition, it will provide coverage for travel accidents, baggage loss or damage, and medical evacuation. This insurance coverage is available at a rate, which varies by your age and the cost of your cruise. For specific rate information, please click here. You will be completely covered, waiving all pre-existing conditions, only if the insurance is purchased at the time of deposit, and you cover the full amount of your cruise, including taxes and fees. Please complete the section on the registration form (online or pdf) regarding insurance. We cannot accept your registration unless this is completed and signed.
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your return date is required for travel. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and any necessary visas. Legal names must be correct on all documents. Lack of proper ID will result in denial of embarkation, therefore all passengers are responsible for necessary identification. The following website offers excellent information regarding applying for and renewing passports: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. If you need to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate: http://www.vitalchek.com is a helpful website.