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"The 'Voyage to Well Being' was such an inspiring vacation that I signed up my entire family for the next year before I left the ship! What a fantastic way to combine enlightening seminars with interesting ports of call while avoiding the hassles of transportation and the search for quality food. And as an added bonus--the opportunity to form friendships for a lifetime!"
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I get more information about Holistic Holiday at Sea?
How do I make a reservation for the Holistic Holiday at Sea?
Will I need a passport or visa?
What if I’m physically disabled?
What is included in the cruise fare?
What’s not included in the cruise fare? 
How do I get from the airport to the port?
What is the pier number for the MSC Divina?
How do I get from the port back to the airport?
Driving Directions to Port Miami
Parking
Departure & Arrival Times
How early can I embark?
At what time will we be off the ship at the end of the cruise?
What amenities are provided in each cabin?
Are beach towels available for the pools? What about for taking on excursions?
Will I be able to plug in and recharge my digital camera, cell phone, etc?
Is Web Check-In available and until what time can I check in on-line?
How can I arrange for early disembarkation at the end of the cruise?
How much cash should I bring?
What clothing should I pack? 
How many suitcases can I bring?
Can I phone home during the cruise? How can my family contact me during the cruise in case of emergency?
Can I use my mobile phone at sea?
Is internet service available?
What is the cost for Wi-fi?
What is the dining schedule?
How are special diets accommodated?
Does MSC offer a children’s program?
When will I receive my tickets?
When will the holistic program schedule be available? Will it be sent to me?
How much can I buy, duty-free?
How much should I tip?
How do I sign up for CME/CE credits?

How can I get more information about Holistic Holiday at Sea?
For information about our holistic program and meals, please call Holistic Holiday at Sea: 1-800 496-0989 (US only) or 1-828-749-9537. You can also e-mail info@holisticholidayatsea.com.

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How do I make a reservation for the Holistic Holiday at Sea?
All bookings for this group must be made through Lorraine Travel. You can contact them directly by phone or email:
Phone: 1-877-844-7977 (option 1 for program information, option 2 for travel agent)
Email: bookings@holisticholidayatsea.com

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Will I need a passport or visa?
A passport or passport card is now required for all US and Canadian citizens traveling to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Central and South America. If you have a passport, please check the expiration date to be sure it will be valid. If you do not have a passport, apply early to avoid backlogs and extra fees. Check new requirements at: travel.state.gov. Naturalized US citizens must bring your US passport. Registered aliens are advised to bring a valid passport, a Resident Card and a government issued photo ID (eg., driver’s license).

Citizens of other countries need a valid passport and may need a valid U.S. multiple entry permit visa, since you will be entering the US to embark on the cruise and re-entering the US at the end of the cruise. Please check current visa requirements with your Consulate General or a travel agent in your area to be sure you have the required documents. No visas are required for US or Canadian citizens or citizens of countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program.

You are responsible for obtaining and bringing all necessary travel documents and for complying with customs and immigration requirements.

Guests without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel, and no refund of cruise fare will be given to any guest failing to bring such documentation. Your first and last name on your passport must match the first and last name on your ticket. If you have questions about this, inquiries should be directed to Lorraine Travel, the exclusive travel agency for Holistic Holiday at Sea. Call Lorraine Travel if you need to change the name on your ticket or if you have any questions about this. They can be reached by phone at 1-877-844-7977 (option 1 for program information, option 2 for travel agent) or via email at bookings@holisticholidayatsea.com.

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What if I’m physically disabled?
There are a limited number of handicapped-equipped staterooms. Check with our reservations department for availability. If you require a wheelchair for embarkation and disembarkation, this should be requested 30 days prior to departure. Wheelchairs may not be available on board, but you may bring your own wheelchair or electric scooter. Again, notify Lorraine Travel ahead of time if you plan to bring one. There are rental services in the area. Please check with Lorraine Travel if you need more information. They can be reached by phone at phone at 1-877-844-7977 (option 1 for program information, option 2 for travel agent) or via email at bookings@holisticholidayatsea.com.

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What is included in the cruise fare?
Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise fare includes shipboard accommodations and ocean transportation; our holistic program, meals, and socials; port charges; and the ship’s entertainment and amenities, including the gym, salt water pools, and sports facilities.

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What’s not included in the cruise fare?
Besides government fees, tips for your meals and room steward, and a possible fuel surcharge, which are explained on the Rates page, the following are not included: spa treatments and facilities; salon services; wine, liquor and other beverages (except the water or tea served with meals and the complimentary beverages served at our evening socials); shore excursions offered by MSC Cruises; private consultations or treatments you may schedule with our health professionals; and there will be a few workshops that have an additional fee if you choose to take them.

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How do I get from the airport to the port?
You can take a cab, which are always lined up outside the baggage claim area and currently charge a flat rate of $25 from the Miami Airport to Port Miami.

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What is the pier number for the MSC Divina?
Please check the information that accompanies your cruise tickets, which you will receive about 2-3 weeks before the cruise. Also, there will be signs at the port that clearly list the ship names and pier numbers, so you can double-check upon arrival.

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How do I get from the port back to the airport?
You can take a cab, which currently charge a flat rate of $25 from Port Miami to the Miami Airport.

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Driving Directions to Port Miami
If using a GPS device, enter 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132 as the address of your destination. Once at the Port's bridge, turn off your GPS, stay in the left lane, and follow the signs to designated terminal.

From the North: Take I-95 South and exit 3B-Bayside. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.

From the South: Take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight to NW 5th Street and make a right. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.

For further details and maps, visit Port Miami Parking Directions

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Parking

Some people choose to rent a car and drop it off before the cruise, then rent another car for the return home. Some rental agencies, including Budget, have a free shuttle to and from the airport and cruise port. Ask about this if you choose to rent, as options can change.

Parking is available at all cruise terminals at the port. The current rate is $20 per day for all standard size vehicles (up to 20-feet). Vehicles longer than 20 feet are charged an additional $20 per day. They accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or any major U.S. Traveler's Check. No debit cards are accepted.

Offsite parking is available at lower rates. We have no personal information on the various options, but two that seem worthy of consideration are Premier Parking USA and United Airport Parking.

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Departure & Arrival Times (Note the following carefully when making your flight reservations):
The ship departs at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. You must arrive at the pier at least 90 minutes prior to departure in order to board. The MSC Divina will return to Miami, Florida early in the morning of March 18 and disembarkation will begin about 8:30 a.m. Everyone is generally off the ship by about 10 a.m. MSC Cruises recommends that you schedule a return flight from Miami International Airport at 12:00 p.m. or later, if you are returning on Saturday, March 18. International guests should allow an extra 60-90 minutes, so schedule flights at 1:30 p.m. or later. If flying from the Ft. Lauderdale airport on March 18, MSC Cruises recommends scheduling a domestic return flight at 1:30 pm or later.

-- How early can we embark?
Boarding begins on Saturday, March 11, about noon (as soon as Customs clears the ship). You must be on board NO LATER than 5:30 p.m.

-- At what time will we be off the ship at the end of the cruise?
Typically, we will disembark between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. MSC recommends that you schedule a return flight at 12:00 p.m. or later, if you are returning on Saturday, March 18. International guests should allow an extra 60-90 minutes, so schedule flights at 1:30 p.m. or later. Allow an extra 60-90 minutes if flying from Ft. Lauderdale.

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What amenities are provided in each cabin?
In addition to the basics such as soap, shampoo, and towels, each cabin has a hair dryer, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, phone and interactive TV.

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Are beach towels available for the pools? What about for taking on excursions?
Yes, towels are available poolside as well as for excursions.

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Will I be able to plug in and recharge my digital camera, cell phone, etc?
Yes, there are outlets in each cabin for both domestic and EU appliances.

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Is Web Check-In available and until what time can I check in on-line?
Online check-in on the MSC Cruises website may be completed at any time prior to 72 hours (3 days) before the actual sailing date. Lorraine Travel will provide further details as we get closer to the sailing date. They can be reached by phone at 1-877-844-7977 (option 1 for program information, option 2 for travel agent) or via email at bookings@holisticholidayatsea.com..

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How can I arrange for early disembarkation at the end of the cruise?
Early disembarkation must be requested on the ship. You will have to go to the front desk and ask to be placed on the early disembarkation list. Do this at least 2-3 days before the end of the cruise.

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How much cash should I bring?
The ship operates on a cashless system. All charges incurred while onboard will be charged to your credit card in one payment at the end of the cruise, unless you choose to pay the total in cash. Credit cards (Visa, Master Card and American Express) are accepted on board. Visa and Master Card are also accepted by most vendors in the ports. Therefore, you will not need to bring very much cash. MSC does not accept Discover for onboard purchases.

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What clothing should I pack? 
Light, casual clothing is the norm. Don’t forget your swimwear, and if you plan to participate in yoga, Pilates or other exercise classes, we suggest loose cotton clothing or other comfortable attire.

After 6:00 pm, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and bare feet are discouraged in the ships' public areas. The ship has two gala nights for optional evening attire at dinner. Typically, on these two nights at dinner there is a range from “smart casual” or business attire to formal wear.

The weather is generally warm at this time of year, but it can be cool and breezy in the mornings and evenings out on the deck. Also, although all cabins are air conditioned and individually controlled, we are not able to control the temperature in the public spaces such as the dining room and lecture rooms, which may be cool, so a sweater or light jacket is recommended.

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How many suitcases can I bring?
Each guest is allowed to bring up to 200 pounds of personal luggage on board the ship. Airlines weight limitations may be less than 200 pounds. Luggage tags will be part of your e-ticket and they can also be picked up curbside at the pier. Be sure to use the luggage tags on your baggage to ensure their delivery to your cabin.

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Can I phone home during the cruise? How can my family contact me during the cruise in case of emergency?
Ship-to-shore telephone service is available while the ship is at sea or in port from your stateroom. You’ll find a telephone and dialing instructions in your cabin. Since it is a satellite phone service, it is expensive. If you need to be reached by people at home, have them contact the ship directly. The emergency contact number for the MSC Divina will be provided with the information that you will receive along with your cruise documents a few weeks before the sailing. MSC Cruises phone number for their Florida office is 1-954-772-6262 or 1-800-666-9333.

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Can I use my mobile phone at sea?
Mobile Phone Access:

  • You can take advantage of your wireless devices while at sea. With MSC's onboard service, you can make and receive calls using your own mobile phone nad telephone number.
  • Charges will appear as "roaming charge" on your regular monthly bill from your telecommunications carrier. Rates are very high and are set by each home carrier. We recommend checking with your home carrier prior to traveling.
  • Other restrictions and limitations may apply. For additional information, please visit: www.cellularatsea.com

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Is internet service available?
The Cyber Café has PCs for checking email and surfing the Internet. Just follow the instructions found on the home page to register and select the amount of credit you require. The amount selected will be charged directly to your on-board account. You can also buy a Wi-Fi package and use your own laptop or PDA. Just connect to the ship’s network, available via a wireless connection in all common areas of the ship, or in your cabin, using the cable available from the Information Desk on board. Just select the amount of credit you require and it will be charged directly to your on-board account. The price of the card varies according to the amount of connection time you require.

Configuration and Activation: Your MSC Wi-Fi card is already active and ready for use. All you have to do is reach the designated areas and open your browser. The system automatically connects you to the MSC Wi-Fi portal. Insert your Username and Password (provided on paper). Remember, you can buy the card from the Information Office. Conditions: The service is made possible by means of a shared bandwidth satellite connection. For this reason, the service may be slower during peak usage times. Any unused credit cannot be refunded, and the card will be automatically cancelled at the end of the cruise.

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What is the cost for Wi-fi?
These are the current MSC rates, which are subject ot change:
Wi-fi Onboard:

  • $29.00 for 60 minutes
  • 44.90 for 100 minutes
  • $99.90 for 300 minutes
  • $149.00 for 480 minutes (8 hours)
  • $299.90 for 1,440 minutes (24 hours)

  • Can pre-purchase packages
  • Non-refundable if not used
  • MSC does not place restrictions on the use of videoconferencing applications such as Skype, but due to its need for high bandwidth it may not work well.
  • Data transmission speeds will vary due to atmospheric conditions (satellite uplink)
  • Cannot run VPN and remote management applications (security precautions)

Cyber Café (Deck 5): (approx. 14 computers)

  • $4.99 First 10 minutes
  • $0.60 Each additional minute
  • $34.99 One hour package
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What is the dining schedule?
We have early seating for dinner. Dinner will begin at 6 pm. Our breakfast is served from 7:30 to 9:00 and lunch is at noon.

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How are special diets accommodated?

Our Holistic Holiday at Sea menu is entirely vegan and made from scratch using high quality whole foods according to macrobiotic principles of balance. Almost all dishes will be gluten free, and when gluten is in some part of the meal, it will be clearly marked on the menu. We will also have a vegan menu option with no added oil.

Those who want animal food can ask your waiter for the MSC Cruises menu, which will be available at every meal, or visit the ship’s buffet on deck 14.

If you are allergic to some foods, please be sure to check the ingredients lists that will be posted at the entrance to our dining room for each meal.

In early to mid November, we will be sending everyone who is booked by an email asking you to choose from our “regular vegan” and oil-free vegan menu options or the MSC menu with animal food. If you make your reservation after that date, you should receive this within 30 days of your booking. If you do not get the email or if you have questions about the meal options, email info@holisticholidayatsea.com or call us toll-free (within the US): 1-800-496-0989 or Ph: 1-828-749-1959.

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Does MSC offer a children’s program?
Yes, MSC offers two programs for children and two for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. Children must be at least 3 years old and out of diapers in order to participate in the young children’s program. The Mini Club is for children ages 3 to 6, while the Juniors Club is for ages 7 to 11. Older children are divided into the "Y-Team" (age 12-14) and the "Teen Club" (age 15-17). Children have special counselors and a room designed for their activities. The ship is also equipped with video games. All age groups have interactive programs that provide age-appropriate daily activities.

On both days in port and days at sea the Mini Club and Junior Clubs are open from 9:00am to 11:00pm. Parents can leave their children in the safe hands of the mini club staff while they enjoy shore excursions or simply relax on board.

Parents who wish to leave their children in the Kids Club while they participate in an MSC Shore Excursion need to advise the Kids Club Staff on board at least one day before the excursion.

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When will I receive my tickets?
E-tickets will be e-mailed about 3 weeks prior to departure. Be sure to notify Lorraine Travel if your e-mail address has changed. If you do not have an e-mail address, tickets will be printed and mailed to you about 2-3 weeks before the cruise.

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When will the holistic program schedule be available? Will it be sent to me?
The program schedule will be available on the Program page of our website by late summer or early fall. A link to it will also be included in one or more of our e-mailings prior to sailing.

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How much can I buy, duty-free?
US citizens are allowed $800 worth (retail price) of duty-free merchandise. Persons over 21 may include 1 quart of liquor.

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How much should I tip?
Prepaid tips for your meals and room steward are included as part of your invoice. A gratuity will be added to beverage purchases automatically.

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How do I sign up for CME/CE credits?
Please check back in late summer for rates and contact information for CME/CE program registration.

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