Cruise Seminars

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question, please check the FAQ list below for answers to the most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

What is Cruise Seminars?

 Cruise Seminars is an Australian owned and operated company (ABN 95 617 210 456), specialising in hosting educational conferences, seminars and courses while you cruise to beautiful destinations. Our events are specifically tailored for people from industries requiring continuing professional development plus courses for your personal enrichment and knowledge. We have teamed up with Ecruising (www.ecruising.travel) to manage your cruise booking. Ecruising is an Australian owned and operated cruise specialist that has been conducting business since 2000 and has been awarded over 84 accolades including The City of Sydney Business Awards, twice in three years. Ecruising is a Member of CLIA and is an IATA agency. As an IATA agency Ecruising is fully audited.

 
Am I required to book the cruise through Ecruising?

When registering for one of our events, you must also book the relevant cruise as advertised by Cruise Seminars, through our booking partners – Ecruising. Your cruise fare deposits are paid directly to Ecruising and an invoice will be issued. You can also book flights, travel insurance and accommodation if required, through Ecruising.

 

Can I cancel due to Covid-19 restrictions?

If, due to Covid-19, Government restrictions prevent you from joining the ship on the departure date of the cruise, we will refund your event fees paid to us. Please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions for additional details.

 

Do I need a passport of visa?

For international cruises (to destinations outside of Australia including the Pacific Islands and New Zealand): All guests must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the last date of the cruise.

For domestic cruises and cruises to nowhere: Australian residents must provide Government issued photo ID or a Passport. Children must also have a Government issued ID or Passport. A current Australian Medicare card can also be used for passengers under the age of 18. Please ensure that you bring this form of ID to check-in on the day of your cruise. International guests on a domestic cruise must have a passport that is valid for 6 months after the date of the cruise return.

Visas are usually not required for Australian residents on cruises to the South Pacific and New Zealand. You are advised to check the current Visa requirements of the countries you intend to visit, prior to booking your cruise.

 

Can I bring my partner/family/friends?

Yes! Your family and friends are welcome to book the cruise. A minimum of one guest per booking must be registered to attend the Cruise Seminars event. Other passengers in your booking who are not attending the event only pay the cruise fare component. Cruise lines usually impose limits on the total number of children that can be booked within various age groups on each cruise. Our booking partners at Ecruising will advise you if the cruise line is accepting further bookings for children on the cruise.

 

What benefits to you provide?

Not only do we provide enjoyable and informative events during your cruise, every guest will receive a handy tote bag, a lanyard for your cruise card, a notepad and a pen. All Cruise Seminars delegates will also receive an invitation to our exclusive cocktail party (on cruises of 7 nights or more).

 

What should I pack?

Please refer to our Cruise Packing Guide on ideas, hints and tips on what to pack and what not to pack! You may also like to read our Cruising Guide for general information on currency, shore excursions and gratuities.

 

Do I need to attend all presentations?

We are confident that you’ll enjoy the engaging and informative sessions that are presented during your seminar. For Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events, your certificate will reflect the number of hours you have attended the event during the cruise. For courses that result in an Australian Qualification, you will be required to attend every session and complete all of the competencies required in the syllabus.

 

What qualifications are held by our presenters?

We hand-pick our presenters to ensure we offer suitably qualified and well-respected professionals from each industry. Our educators includes university academics, industry experts and vocational trainers. A presenter bio is included on each event page that outlines their qualifications and experience.

 

How do I book the cruise and my conference seat?

To register for an event and to make a cruise booking request, click on the “Book Now” button on the event page and enter your details on the form. A consultant from Ecruising will contact you to complete the booking process and to accept your deposits. You will then receive a separate invoice from Cruise Seminars for the conference component.

How many passengers in my group must attend the event?

At least one passenger per booking must be registered to attend the event. Other passengers in your booking who are not attending the event only pay the cruise fare component.

 

Is GST payable?

For Australian coastal cruises (those that do not travel to another country), GST is included in the cruise fare and Cruise Seminars event fee. For international cruises and events, GST is not payable.

 

Do I need travel insurance?

Every passenger in your booking is advised to take out travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance is strongly recommended for all cruises, including Australian coastal cruises and cruises to nowhere. You should refer to the relevant insurer’s Policy Discloser Statement to ensure your travel insurance needs are met. Our booking partners at Ecruising can assist with your travel insurance requirements.

 

Can I book as a solo traveller?

We encourage guests who are considering travelling solo to join us for our events. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other people in our group and a cruise is a great way to make new friends. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be required to book a stateroom as sole occupancy. We do not offer a service to share a cabin with other solo guests. Cruise lines generally impose a surcharge to occupy the stateroom on your own.

 

Will I get seasick?

Modern cruise ships have sophisticated systems in place to reduce the motion whilst at sea and are fitted with advanced stabiliser systems. Prevention is often the best course of action if you feel you may become seasick. There are a number of medications and other treatments you can purchase at pharmacies to bring on the cruise. The ship also has a Medical Centre if you feel further treatment is necessary (charges apply).

 

Are the courses tax deductible?

We cannot give you any taxation advice as we are not qualified to do so. We recommend that you consult with a qualified taxation professional regarding this matter prior to booking a Cruise Seminars event. Two invoices will be issued, one from Ecruising indicating the names of all passengers in your booking and one from Cruise Seminars for the event fee.

 

Are certificates issued?

Yes. A certificate will be provided to guests who have attended our events. The number of hours you have attended will be reflected on their certificate.

 

I have another question!

We’re here to help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. For information on our events, please email us using the Contact form. For questions regarding your cruise booking please contact Ecruising on 1300 369 848 and ask for Robyn Atkin.