Why? Source: What the Trend?
 
Cruising since 1998!
HOME | ABOUT US | CRUISES | DANCE HOSTS | GALLERIES | FAQ | BOOK A CRUISE | TRAVEL INSURANCE | LINKS | CONTACT US
 

English | Español

Home > FAQs

Hide All   Show All

FAQs

Guests have many questions about cruising. Listed below are many Q&A’s for you; plus several good bits of information to assist our guests.  We've tried to be complete, but please let us know right away if you are unable to find the answer you are looking for on this page.

Please click on the question, or click on "show all" to view all questions and answers at one glance.

Tradución esta disponible en Español; haga Click en "Español".


    BOOKING YOUR CRUISE
  • Special Announcement.

    Our 20th year anniversary cruise 2018 was an incredible success with 100 guests enjoying meeting and dancing with dancers from around the world.  Many guests requested that Tango at Sea continue offering outstanding itineraries for future cruises. Four tours are in the works; so stay tuned for two offerings in 2019; plus two in 2020.

  • May I book with my own agent?

    No.  Please, you must book through Tango at Sea.  This is a group event.  Your agent is encouraged to contact Tango at Sea to book on your behalf.  We pay commissions to agents. Agents 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?

    Please 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.  For our April 2019 cruise prices could increase after December 25, 2018.  For the October 2019 cruise prices could increase after July 20, 2019.

  • 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.  Allow an extra day in Germany for traveling from Berlin or Hamburg Airports to the Port of Warnemünde, Germany.  You will need a One Way flight to Germany and a return flight out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Flights to NYC could land in La Guardia or JFK.

  • Do I have any benefits as a previous cruiser?

    Your major benefit is joining our fabulous dancers from around the world for 10 nights/days of dancing.  If you have cruised several times with MSC Cruise Lines we encourage you to join their Voyager’s club.  You receive On-Board perks the more you sail.  At the top of Page Two of the Booking Form; please note the $50 per cabin MSC ship board credit.

  • 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.  It is better to board early in the day so you can tour the many decks to become familiar with all important locations on board.

  • What are Passport and VISA requirements?

    For our April 2019 sailing your Passport must be in effect through November 3, 2019.  For our October 2019 sailing your Passport must be in effect through April 29, 2020.

    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 resident country’s consulate offices for your required VISAS.

  • 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 traveling at their own risk.

    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 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.  Allianz covers your entire trip.  MSC Cruise Lines offers USA insurance but this only covers what you pay for your cruise.


  • HOTELS & PORT DATA
  • 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.  Go to Hotels.com; or your favorite search option, to secure a hotel close to the departure Ports of Call. 

  • Hotel data for April 2019 Cruise.

    Tango at Sea suggests hotels close to the Port of Warnemünde, Germany.  The closest airports are in Berlin or Hamburg, Germany.  It is suggested to arrive early in the day and take a daylight train ride to the Port of Warnemünde, Germany area.  From either airport the train ride will be about 1.5 hours.  An overnight stay in a hotel is highly suggested to allow you time to rest and in case of lost luggage; time for those items to arrive prior to sailing.  FYI, 2 out of 100 guests in 2018 had lost luggage in Miami, Florida!!!

  • Hotel data for October 2019 Cruise.

    Tango at Sea suggests hotels close to the Port of New York City, NY.  The closest airports are JFK or La Guardia.  An overnight stay in a hotel is highly suggested to allow you time to rest and in case of lost luggage; time for those items to arrive prior to sailing.  FYI, 2 out of 100 guests in 2018 had lost luggage in Miami, Florida!!!  You might also want to plan a longer stay in the Big Apple to enjoy Argentina Tango events Pre or Post these sail dates.


  • GENERAL TOPICS
  • What are the special events held on TAS cruises?

    Our opening event is a Get Acquainted gathering to dispense information to ALL guests.  TAS events include Milongas, one or two cocktail parties, maybe a symposium; a discussion hour with all guests to discuss their tango lives; a seminar on tango musicality and/or 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; in 2018 Nito and Elba Garcia along with another Argentine Tango couple did an amazing performance for all of our guests.  We may hold a book signing in the near future for my daughter’s soon to be published Romance Novels.  Suggestions are most welcome.

  • What is the Milonga Schedule?

    We plan Milongas each evening.  We request 10pm- 2am.  Start times vary between 10-11pm. We try to plan several afternoon Milongas as our Ports of Call hours allow; and for several hours on our At Sea days.  Other disco type lounges on board the ship may be available until 2am.

  • 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.  There may be instructors join our cruise who might be available to teach privates.  Private classes are extra. 

  • 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 10 night sailing there are two formal events; Welcome Gala; Captain’s Gala or Farewell Gala.

  • What are the average temperatures for the April 2019 port cities?

               City                                         High / Low Temps

    Warnemünde, Germany                    10-4 c     50-39 F
    Gdynia, Poland                                  12-3 c     54-37 F
    Klaipeda, Lithuania                           11-4 c     50-39 F
    Riga, Latvia                                       12-3 c     54-37 F
    Tallin, Estonia                                    11-3 c     50-37 F
    St. Petersburg, Russia                        11-1 c     50-34 F
    Helsinki, Finland                                9-2 c       48-35 F
    Stockholm, Sweden                            13-3 c     55-37 F
    Copenhagen, Denmark                       13-6 c     55-43 F

  • What are the average temperatures for the October 2019 port cities?

          City                                         High / Low Temps                               
    New York City, New York            17-10 c -          63-50 F
    Bar Harbor, Maine                        13-4 c -            52-36 F
    St. John, Canada                            11-2 c -            50-39 F
    Halifax, Canada                             12-5 c -            50-34 F
    Sydney, Canada                             11-1 c -            50-37 F
    Portland, Maine                             13-2 c -            55-35 F
    Boston, Massachusetts                   14-6 c -            55-43 F
    New York City, New York             16-8 c -            61-46 F

  • Director of Security on MSC Cruise Lines

    If a guest chooses to be disruptive or disorderly on board the cruise the Director of Security will be happy to escort you off the ship at the next Port of Call wherein you will be responsible for your own return costs.

  • Please be advised:

    Due to past incidents with Tango at Sea guests on all 20 previous cruises; it is important to read over these rules that are applied on the cruise by the ship’s Director of Security and will be implemented to the fullest extent if any of these rules have been violated.

    1.    Any person within the Tango at Sea group physically, mentally, and/or emotionally harms another guest; the cruise ship’s security will be notified immediately and asked for your immediate removal from the ship at the next port-of-call.  It will be 100% your responsibility to find your way home.

    2.    Any person within the Tango at Sea group steals ANY personal property, including money from another guest; the ship’s security will be notified for your immediate removal from the ship at the next port-of-call. Stealing is considered a crime aboard a cruise ship and therefore could result in legal charges.  It will be 100% your responsibility to find your way home, including all legal costs.

    3.    Any person within the Tango at Sea group disrespects a cruise ship staff member/ employee, and/or guest within the group and/or other guests throughout the duration of the cruise are grounds for immediate removal of that person at the next port-of-call.  It will be 100% your responsibility to find your way home.

    Important to know how things work on a cruise ship:

    1.    Any person within the Tango at Sea group arranges an excursion at any port-of-call that is not purchased through MSC Cruise Lines, it is 100% your responsibility to be back on board in a timely manner so you don’t miss the ship when it sails. The cruise line makes NO EXCEPTIONS and will not wait for those who have not returned on time.  A cruise ship will be fined a hefty fee if it stays in port past its departure time.

    a.     The only exception a ship will wait is if you have booked your excursion through the cruise line, only then will a ship wait for its passengers.

    2.    If there is anything that is not working properly in your cabin you must call the front desk first to notify reception for their maintenance team to fix the problem.  If the issue is not taken care of in a timely manner, then notify Diana Jensen as soon as possible.

    If you order room service and your order is not correct and/or missing something ordered, you call room service with your complaint, not Diana Jensen.  (Diana is not in charge of the cruise ship’s staff and/or room service).  This gives the cruise employees the opportunity to fix the issue for you.  Issues may arise when there are only 1,200 employees and 4,300 guests to serve on board.  Please keep that in mind when something doesn’t go exactly 100% right.

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. 

Else Marie
Saskatchewan, Canada
October 2012

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.  

Alda Handel
Johannesburg,
South Africa