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BOOKING YOUR CRUISE
- May I book with my own agent?
No. This is a group event. You must book through Tango at Sea. Your agent is encouraged to contact Tango at Sea personally to book on your behalf. We pay your agent a commission. Many agents have previously contacted us to book their clients. If you book outside Tango at Sea you will pay a larger fee to join our group once on board the cruise.
- When should I book my Tango At Sea cruise?
Book early for a good cabin location. Ships fill up from mid-ship out to forward and aft. This is a popular tour; guests in Europe plan in advance. After July 7, 2017 prices could increase for our 2017 cruise. For our 2018 cruise prices could increase after November 28, 2017.
- Are flights included in my cruise fares and when should I book my flight?
Airfares are not included. Tango at Sea suggests researching and booking your flights early to secure lowest possible pricing. Recent advertising says booking 54 days prior to a flight is when prices are the most reasonable. Please consider our “Pre” and “Post” tango events in our departure port and disembark port before purchasing your flight.
- Do I have any benefits as a previous cruiser?
TAS does not offer any perks; just joining our fabulous dancers is your reward. If you have cruised several times with the cruise company we are using you should join their sailing club. You receive On-Board perks the more you sail. Each cruise line has their own company name for their club.
- When do I receive cruise documents?
Generally 2-3 weeks before sailing cruise boarding documents are available to print. TAS will notify you when they are ready.
- When may I board the ship?
Generally boarding begins near 11am. You must board 1.5 hours prior to sailing. The cruise line needs time to prepare their manifest for the Port Authorities.
- What are Passport and VISA requirements?
Passports must be in effect for six months following our sail date of October 5, 2017. The six month date is April 6, 2018.
World travelers - - As an example of our 2015 cruise; the Schengen Visa was required for Copenhagen, Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga, Valencia and Savona. A separate VISA was required for Dover and the UK. If you do not have required VISAS you will not be allowed to board the vessel. Check with your country’s consulate offices for your required VISAS.
For our 2018 sailing your Passport must be in effect through August 26, 2018.
- Should I be concerned about Travel Insurance?
Travel Insurance is required of all TAS guests. Most European guests carry annual coverage for all travel needs. Some guests may elect to NOT carry travel insurance; those guests will be required to sign an Insurance Waiver.
Door to door Allianz Travel Insurance is offered by Tango at Sea. Please click on the Travel Insurance tab to review the options of Basic, Classic or Deluxe coverage; or consider an annual travel insurance policy. For our guests who travel extensively during a 12 month period it is far more reasonable to carry an annual policy. With travel insurance in place; when purchasing flights; decline the travel insurance that your airline offers. Insurance premiums are based on your age and the total cost of your trip.
HOTELS & PORT DATA
- Hotel data in Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean cruises.
Our Tango at Sea website will have hotels listed for our group. To find the list click on “Learn More” and scroll through the various links listed for your benefit.
- How do we get from the Port of Genova to the Airport(s)?
There are three airport cities near Genova:
Genova, Italy; Milan, Italy and Nice, France.
For Genoa, Italy; take a taxi from Port of Genova to the airport. For Milan there are three airports. You would take a taxi to the train station. Train ride is about one hour to Milan. From the train station in Milan it is about 1 hour to Malpensa Airport; 30 minutes to Linate Airport or Milan Bergoma Airport. For the Genova airport you should not book your disembarkation day flight prior to 1pm and before 4pm for Milan airports to allow for necessary train travel to Milan. Taxi service could be arranged if enough guests want to travel together.
For Nice, France departures we have excellent taxi service that will drive guests in groups and they meet us at the Port of Genova for direct transfer on disembarkation day.
We will hold a Milonga on embarkation day, October 4, 2017, at a Eden Hotel in Varazze, Italy. The hotel is listed on our website. Taxi service will be available for three airports based on the needs of guests.
- Hotel data in Savona, Italy and Varazze, Italy.
The NH Savona Darsena Hotel is at the Port of Savona; you could walk to the port to board the ship. In Varazze, Italy, about 20 minutes from Savona, two hotels are located. Tango at Sea has used these hotels for three previous cruises. It is nice to stay in Varazze. We hold a Milonga the evening before we sail at the Eden Hotel. These two hotels are Eden Hotel and Hotel Cristallo; located side by side. From the train station the hotels are just a 5 minute taxi ride; or you could walk. Details for both hotels are on our webpage.
- Why does TAS offer hotels?
We recommend arriving one or two days prior to sailing to allow for jet lag; lost luggage and to tour the departure port. If possible secure a Non-Stop flight to help reduce lost luggage problems.
- What are the special events held on TAS cruises?
Our opening event is a 1-2 hour Get Acquainted gathering to dispense information to ALL guests. TAS events include Milongas, one or two cocktail parties, maybe a professional show in the ship’s theater; maybe a symposium; a discussion hour with all guests to discuss their tango lives; a seminar on tango history. In 1999 we held a symposium for a dancer who was writing a tango book; Virginia Gift’s “Tango, A History of Obsession”. In 2005 cruise we held a wedding on the beach at Cozumel!!! We held a book signing in 2009; Luis Castro y Claudia Mendoza’s “Argentinean Tango: The Dance in Depth”, a handbook for the Argentinean tango dance. Suggestions are most welcome.
- What is the Milonga Schedule?
We plan Milongas each evening. We request 10-1am or 2am. Start times vary between 10pm to 10:30pm. We try to plan 1 or 2 afternoon Milongas. Other dance lounges on board the ship may be available until 2am.
- What are the average temperatures for the Mediterranean port cities?
24-18 c 76-65 F
21-12 c 70-54 F
30-20 c 86-68 F
26-15 c 80-59 F
27-16 c 81-62 F
29-20 c 84-68 F
25-17 c 77-63 F
24-18 c 76-65 F
- What are the average temperatures for the Caribbean port cities?
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Belize City, Belize
Freeport, Grand Bahamas
30-23 c 86-74 F
31-26 c 88-79 F
31-26 c 88-79 F
30-22 c 86-72 F
28-21 c 82-70 F
30-23 c 87-74 F
29-22 c 84-72 F
- What is included in the TAS cruise price package?
All of the scheduled Tango at Sea events (as outlined above) and of course your cabin, meals, port charges, taxes and fees, gratuities and all other activities on board the ship. Tours and specialty drinks are extra. Private classes are extra. There may be instructors join our cruise who might teach privates.
- When should I book cruise line tours?
It is possible to book tours prior to sailing directly on the cruise line's webpage. Generally cruise lines lock you out 14 days prior to sail date. Once on board you can book tours. Look for the Tour Desk and make note of their hours as they are not always open for business.
- What should I wear to the Captain's Party?
The Captain’s Cocktail Parties are formal. If male guests have and/or enjoy wearing tuxedos this is the time to wear a tux!! Otherwise a suit coat/tie is appropriate. Please be advised that on a 13 night sailing there are three formal events; Welcome Gala; Captain’s or Chef's Gala, and Farewell Gala. On a 7-9 night sailing there are two formal nights.
What they're saying about us...
The other evening, and while in front of the fire with 30 cm of snow outside, Ron mentioned to me that for him, Tango at Sea is having “a long pleasurable echo” reverberate through his being.
I just want to thank you again for the most awesome time we had with you in October 2012 and all those fabulous people we met, it was the best Holiday we have ever had. We have started saving to do another cruise with you in the future so please keep us informed about what is happening. Thanks so much.
Lots of love.