About British Isles Summer Singles Cruise
Sail from Amsterdam to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands while making new friends your age!
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Set sail from Amsterdam aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas on an unforgettable 12 night cruise to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England!
Get a taste of local life from the green parks and bike paths, to the neighborhood shopping and seeing the colorful streets and squares, celebrated bars and restaurants. Have some summer fun exploring with new friends made at STI.
Our days at sea are yours for relaxing or join in with others to dance classes, games and special events such as wine tastings, galley tours and bridge tours coordinated by the Singles Travel International Concierge Team.
Inclusive Features for the Brilliance of the Seas:
- 12 Nights Inside, Oceanview or Verandah Accommodations Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.
- Optional Pre Cruise Stay in Amsterdam with other single members of our group. Details to be announced.
- Extensive WiFi capabilities and connectivity for cell phones
- 6 Sumptuous Meals Daily in the 3 story dining room and the Windjammer Café
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room
- Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the three-story Main Theater
- 6,459 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royale® with 195 slots and 12 tables.
- 16 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover, including The Colony Club featuring self-leveling pool tables, Scoreboard Sports Bar, and the Schooner Bar
- Duty-free Shops Onboard featuring name brand jewelry, perfumes, apparel and more
- NEW Chic and sophisticated Centrum experience with enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles
- NEW R Bar, featuring a sophisticated 1960s vibe, complete with iconic furnishing and signature cocktails created by a savvy and personable mixologist
- NEW English-style pub
- NEW Vintages, Royal Caribbean’s first-ever wine bar at sea
- 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
- Beautiful indoor solarium
- 2 pools and 2 jacuzzis
- ShipShape Day Spa and Fitness Center
- Sports court with volleyball and basketball court
- Climbing Wall & Fairways of Brilliance Mini Golf Course
- Captain’s Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner
Exclusive Singles Travel International Features :
- ROOMMATE MATCHING TO AVOID THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON YOUR CABIN
- PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES OF $449 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARES
- WELCOME ABOARD – ICE BREAKER PARTY – COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE TOAST
- BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
- COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, 70s Dance Party, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Ladies Night at the Spa and STI exclusive Themed Parties.
- THEMES FOR THE CRUISE: To Be Announced
- OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT: To Be Announced
- HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional)
- CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
- SINGLES ONLY SEATING (LATE – 8:30 p.m.) IN THE DINING ROOM
- FAREWELL PARTY
- Special Attention from Professional & Experienced, Singles Travel International Concierge*
- Custom Daily Agenda Exclusively Designed for STI Members Only
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
- Great Times with other Singles in your Age Group!
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Cruise Departs: Friday, July 27, 2018
Return: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
- OPTIONAL SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT – To Be Announced 6 Months Prior to Departure
*Please schedule your flight to arrive in Amsterdam (AMS), before 12:00 p.m. on July 27 and depart after 10:30 a.m. from Amsterdam (AMS) on August 8.
Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of RCI without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
July 24-27, 2018
Our 3 Night Pre Cruise Package in Brussels, Belgium Includes:
- 3 nights at 4-star Radisson Blu in the heart of Brussels
- OPTIONAL: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
- Half-Day, guided tour of Brussels’ best sites
- OPTIONAL: Afternoon Belgian beer tasting tour
- OPTIONAL: Afternoon Belgian chocolate tasting tour
- OPTIONAL: Full Day trip to Ghent and Bruges
- Scenic train ride from Brussels to Amsterdam on July 27
- Full, Hot Daily Breakfast (3)
- Hotel Tax
- Personal Services of our STI Concierge
- Company of other Single Travelers
DAY 1- Tuesday- July 24
Flights arrive at Brussels Airport and transportation to Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is on your own. Check-in (after 3 pm) with our Singles Travel International Concierge upon arrival. Here, you can meet your fellow travelers, sign up for optional tours and ask about the best attractions in this unique city!
Settle in your room and then we will meet for an optional happy hour at Delirium Café. This Belgian beer hall is a short 5 minute walk from the hotel, where they offer 3,162 beers; the new world record! After a beer (or 2), we will move on to a local restaurant for an optional dinner. Take advantage of this time to mingle and get to know the group!
DAY 2- Wednesday- July 25
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before we meet up for our guided tour through the best sites in Brussels! The tour lasts about 2.5 hours, where you will get to see Grand Place, Royal Residence, Royal Square, the Houses of Parliament and the Art Nouveau Houses. Be prepared to do some walking through this medieval capital city!
After the tour; grab some lunch before you spend the afternoon doing some exploring with new friends! From art museums, Manneken Pis, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedrals, The Royal Museum of Army and Military History and the Belgian Comic Strip Center; there is something for everyone. You can even see all of Europe right there in Brussels! Mini-Europe is a theme park that features scale models of the best cities and attractions of Europe. If you love to travel but can’t make it everywhere, this is a very unique way to see it all!
If you prefer to navigate the city through your taste buds then join in on one of our optional afternoon tours. There is a Belgian Beer tasting tour, which includes a trip to one of Belgian’s best breweries; Cantillon Brewery. If you prefer the sweeter side of things, head out with a group for the chocolate tasting tour where you will visit 6 of the best chocolate shops in town. With Belgian being the chocolate capital of the world, you will not be disappointed!
Dinner and your evening are on your own so enjoy one of the many restaurants the city has to offer and cap off your night with a Belgian beer at a local pub or brewery.
Day 3- Thursday- July 26
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you embark on Brussels again or join our optional day trip to Ghent and Bruges.
The professionally guided tour begins with an air-conditioned ride to Ghent, considered one of Belgium’s most beautiful cities. Here, you will tour the cities’ best sites; including St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts of Flanders, St. Nicolas’ Church and the ancient port of Graslei. After you have learned all about the interesting history of Ghent, you will travel on to Bruges, or as it is also referred; “The Venice of the North.” You will walk along cobbled streets to the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and take a guided stroll through the cities’ highlights; City Hall, Market Square and The Chapel of the Holy Blood. This isn’t a city to be missed with its iconic waterways and canals!
Dinner is at your leisure and the last night in Brussels is yours to enjoy!
Day 4- Friday- July 27
Relax during your final breakfast at the buffet before we checkout for our early morning train ride.
We will then head to the train station for our scenic ride to Amsterdam to board the ship!
Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist. If the Euro fluctuates by more than 3%; the new adjusted rate applies.
Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Brussels. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities.
August 8-10, 2018
Our 2 Night Post Cruise Package in Amsterdam, Netherlands Includes:
- Personal Services of our STI Concierge
- Company of other Single Travelers
- 2 nights at 4-star Apollo Hotel Amsterdam
- Full, Hot Daily Breakfast (2)
- OPTIONAL: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
- Hop on Hop Off Canal Boat Ticket
- OPTIONAL: Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant
- Hotel Tax
DAY 1- Wednesday- August 8
Check in to Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, after 3pm, and get settled in your room.
We will meet at “The Living Room”, in the hotel, for a cocktail, before heading to a local restaurant for an optional dinner.
After dinner, the night is yours to enjoy your first taste of Amsterdam nightlife!
DAY 2- Thursday- August 9
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and then hop on the HOHO Canal Boat for a tour of the city! There are between 7-9 centrally located stops so feel free to choose whichever sites you like or see them all! Amsterdam has some of the best museums in the world and quite a few are along the way, including the Hermitage and Van Gogh Museums. The Van Gogh Museum holds the largest collection of the artist’s work! You will also see the City Hall, Rembrandt House and the Heineken Experience. For the beer lover; the Heineken Experience (additional fee applies) gives you an interactive tour of the famous brewery and you will even get to brew your own beer!
The Anne Frank House (additional fee applies) is also along the route and not to be missed. A perfect chance to visit an important site in history; where Anne Frank went in to hiding and wrote her famous diary.
Wherever you choose to hop on or hop off, Amsterdam is full of history, art and character. The full day is yours to explore all you can of this unique city.
For those of you who want to eat with the group, plan to meet for dinner, at a local restaurant, around 7. After dinner, the night is yours again to engage in the vibrant nightlife!
Day 3- Friday- August 10
Wake up and enjoy a relaxing breakfast on your last day, before checkout.
Transportation to the airport is on your own.
Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist. If the Euro fluctuates by more than 3% the new adjusted rate applies.
Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Brussels. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify and fees will apply to join group activities
Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details. Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc. Contact us with your travel requests.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
REVIEW the Trip Options and make your reservations early to get in on promotions and so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive Add-Ons.
Say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat and see “Who’s Going”.
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website. Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this cruise.
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
The cruise departs from Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 27, 2018 and ends in Amsterdam on August 8, 2018. Therefore the cruise is 12 nights/13 days. Plan to come early and spend a couple days in Amsterdam with others members of the group.
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by April 18, 2018. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after April 18, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $100 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
*Between April 18 and May 31, 2018 – 50% penalty applies.
*After May 31, 2018 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Amsterdam (AMS), before 12:00 p.m. on July 27 and depart after 10:30 a.m. from Amsterdam (AMS) on August 8.
Please schedule your flight to arrive in Amsterdam (AMS), before 12:00 p.m. on July 27 and depart after 10:30 a.m. from Amsterdam (AMS) on August 8.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), transfers in London, shore excursions, casino gambling, shopping and gratuities to ship and Singles Travel International Travel Directors ($10-$15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.
Of course. We have a 2 night package before the tour; see the Price and Options tab to add this option to your vacation. If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans. Transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our pre or post tour packages.
If you choose to reserve the cruise only and manage your own flights, transportation between the airport and ship is not included in the price. We would be happy to arrange round-trip transportation for you at an additional cost (subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Please schedule your flight to arrive in Amsterdam (AMS), before 12:00 p.m. on July 27 and depart after 10:30 a.m. from Amsterdam (AMS) on August 8.
If you plan to arrive early and join us in Amsterdam, the train is the best connection between the airport and the city centre. It departs every 10 minutes from Platforms 1 and 2 and the travel time is 10-15 minutes. Platforms are located at the main hall (take the stairs down to go to platform 1 and 2). You will arrive at Amsterdam Central Station where many hotels are located. This is the fastest and most convenient form of transport to the city centre. Click here for all options to transfer from the airport to the city.
Post your flight arrival info on the STI chat for this tour and you may find another guest on your same flights!
STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Amsterdam which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the Price & Options Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and meeting details will be provided in your Final Vacation Details and Meetup Information document listed here on FAQ tab, 14 days prior to departure.
Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI.
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering shore excursions provided by Royal Caribbean and have based our selection on the responses from our member surveys. Click BOOK NOW to add our Singles Only Group excursions after Friday, April 20.
Embarkation and cabin check-in is at 12:00 p.m. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Directors.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by April 18, 2018. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Royal Caribbean. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Let the sun shine in—this is Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you’ll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Bask at the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa, or reach new heights on our signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with Broadway-style shows, Casino Royale®, plus 16 bars and lounges that never feature a cover. It’s the amazing vacation you’ve been searching for.
Follow this link to read all about the newly refurbished Brilliance of the Seas.
Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 24 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.
Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
Yes and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit http://www.travel.state.gov/. We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.
Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for required documentation. Please check with your local consulate for any needed passports or visas for entry into each country on our itinerary.
Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.
If coming early to London, you will need a converter and adaptor for the UK to operate any electrical or electronic appliances.
All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our Daily STI Program. We reserve late (second) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. Late (second) dining is generally served at 8:30 p.m. and varies by cruise line. If you desire to dine at early (first) seating, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose late (second) seating and by selecting early (first) seating, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.
In addition, there are generally several ala carte, themed restaurants with and without a fee. Singles Travel International reserves tables of 8 for every night. You may sign up for those options, and therefore enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship.
The average daytime temperature for most ports will be high 60s to low 70s during the day with cooler evenings in the mid to high 50s.
One of the best things about traveling this time of year is that we’ll get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm.
There is no baggage limit onboard ship.
If you opt for our pre cruise package in Amsterdam, we have allowed for the handling of one (1) bag and a small carry on such as purse or small backpack. Additional bags will be assessed a fee up to $50 per bag.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
There are 3 formal evenings during our cruise and most guests dress accordingly. Gents in jacket and tie or tuxedo and ladies in a gown or dressy evening attire. The remainder of the evenings are resort wear such as slacks and collared shirt for men and dresses, slacks and blouse for ladies. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping. Temperatures will be cool, so be prepared with a warm jacket and appropriate walking shoes.
Our Concierge Team will create several theme nights and costumes are recommended, although optional. More information about themes will be disclosed closer to departure via our chat and direct emails from our Concierge Team.
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– Open minded attitude and a smile
– Passport valid for at least 6 months after return of trip
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes and socks (5+ pair)
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear. Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.
-Warm Jacket & Gloves
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Power strip for all your gadgets – most cabins have only one outlet.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, Neosporin or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book (iphone/smart phone) for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries. If you are bringing a digital camera, you should bring extra memory chips.
– Electrical Adapter/Converter for the UK, Netherlands and Belgium
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
The currency used throughout our cruise changes several times. You may obtain currently in advance or exchange aboard ship.
Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands & England: British Pound
Save $5 on your first order when you purchase Euros in advance with Travelex.
Exchange Rates: The exchange rate for the Euro fluctuates often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and
Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the Brilliance as well as in major shops and restaurants ashore. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account in US Dollars. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, that may be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement which may be reviewed at any time on your interactive TV in the cabin.
Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas.
You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks offer the best rates.
Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants. MasterCard and Visa are most widely accepted.
Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info Documents will be available here on FAQ (question #1), 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
Check with your mobile phone provider. You will likely be able to establish a data, text and phone plan and we recommend that you check before departure.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.
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