FREAKISHLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions about GothCruise
Ronald “Chappy” Chapman
Group Account Executive
888-969-4768 Option 1 Ext 77308
Monday -Friday 9am-6pm
Ronald “Chappy” Chapman
Group Account Executive
888-969-4768 Option 1 Ext 77308
Monday -Friday 9am-6pm
We are a group of Goths, our friends and friends-to-be going on vacation together and you are welcome to join us. The Original GothCruise is 100% Do-It-Yourself (with booking help from the professionals at CruisesOnly.) We don’t advertise in glossy magazines (although we do get interviewed by them) or have major corporate sponsors. Advertising for our cruise is largely via word-of-mouth and chatter on various Internet and Facebook communities. GothCruise aims to be a “drama-free zone” and is primarily comprised of Goth and Goth-friendly working professionals (aka CorpGoths) in their late 20’s and older.
So however you got here, we’re glad you found us! We hope you decide join the fun. The Original GothCruise tradition has carried on through many previous voyages. We even have pictures to prove it! See the history page for pictures of our prior cruises and past itineraries.
Here’s some places where we’ve appeared in print:
GOTH AT 40: THE ENDURING APPEAL OF BLEAKNESS AND BLACK LIPSTICK
JOIN THE CLUB- GOTH CRUISES
MUSIC CRUISES 2010: DARK AND SCARY EDITION
Whether you’re a Geek, Freak, Punk, Hippie, Gamer, Raver, Graver, Cosplayer, Biker, Emo, Steampunk, Trekkie, Whovian, Jedi, Norm or anything else you identify as you are most welcome to join us. We like everyone, no matter who you are and no matter what you wear.
(We were going to attempt a comprehensive list of subcultures, but we realized it would be out of date the second we hit the publish button.)
Pre-cruise Meet-up: For those folks that arrive in our departure port-of-call early, we’ll have a gathering of cruise-bound folks at a local gathering place. We’ll have more details as we get closer to cruise day.
The Meet ‘n’ Greet: (Sail-Away Day) Pick up your laminate and have your first fruity rum drink. Meet old friends and make new ones. This is the best way to get to know the folks with whom you’re spending your vacation.
Formal Dance and Costume Party: We usually have two private parties aboard the ship, with our own DJs and most importantly our own music. If you are a DJ and want to spin tunes for us, let us know. Details about these parties will be communicated soon.
Game Nights: Break out the dice, cards, game boards and score sheets. If you bring it, chances are you’ll find someone to play it with you. At lease one night is set aside for game play.
“GothCruise 16: Here There Be Dragons!” is the next great trek for us dark-clad adventurers. GothCruise is venturing from Sweden, where it is said the ancient Goths arose, into the Baltic aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. We are sailing from July 12, 2020 through July 19, 2020 for a seven-night cruise to the mythic sea that inspired heroic sagas and the lands where frightening fairy tales were born.
- Stockholm, Sweden
- St Petersburg, Russia (Two Days)
- Helsinki, Finland
- Tallinn, Estonia
- Visby, Sweden
If you want to go, or you know people might want to go, please be a good dark soul and share this website with them on your social media site of choice.
Very early on, we found that organizing a group cruise is not a part-time job nor something you can do on your Kindle Fire while surfing Starbuck’s free wi-fi. We needed someone to handle the communications to the cruise line and the ship for us, to take the bookings and take on the issues that can arise. Someone who would be there 24/7 with the professional customer service that is essential to a successful cruise experience. Someone who’s booked group cruises so many times that they can do it with their hands tied behind their backs in their sleep. The choice was obvious: CruisesOnly.
Our personal group coordinator, Ronald “Chappy” Chapman, is a true pro and he has been working with us since GothCruise 7. He “gets” us and what our group is all about. Chappy and CruisesOnly have stood behind our group on all occasions and helped us out of some tight situations, always with a positive, supportive and professional attitude. Can you say the same about your travel agent?
CruisesOnly loves the Original GothCruise and we love CruisesOnly. Their website is here: http:/www.cruisesonly.com
Seriously though, we’d like to thank Jeanie Finlay (and TigerLily Films) for choosing to use The Original GothCruise and our friends as inspiration for the beautiful movie she created. Congratulations on the successful IFC run of the movie and we hope even greater things are waiting just around the corner. (Keep your eye on the IFC program schedule as GothCruise the Movie pops up there from time to time. http://www.ifc.com/videos/goth-cruise Or better yet, get the DVD.)
We can think of no better way to show what the true enduring spirit of this thing called Goth and our humble GothCruise are all about. For more information about the movie and DVD release, go here: http://www.tigerlilyproductions.com/gothcruise
As our group only makes up a small percentage of the ship, you should be prepared to interact with a variety of non-goth people and should dress appropriately for a public setting. Be nice to the norms. There will be at least one formal attire required evening in the main dining room depending on the length of the cruise. If you choose not to dress up for formal night (minimum tie and shirt for men, nice dress or suit for ladies), you may eat in one of the alternate venues.
As long as you are appropriately dressed and acting in a reasonably mature fashion, it is unusual to receive a severely negative reaction. A strange look here or there was the most we encountered. More often than not, people seem curious as to what our group is all about and who we are.
The few problems we had on past cruises have come from people who were dressed in questionable fetish gear, had difficulties dealing with “norms”, or were extremely drunk or rude. If you are made uncomfortable by interacting with non-goth people in a confined environment or think that a cruise with a few thousand people trying to enjoy their somewhat expensive vacations is a perfect place to show how much of an a**hole you are, then perhaps GothCruise is not the vacation for you.
Check out the Royal Caribbean website for complete info about what you can expect. http://www.royalcaribbean.com/allaboutcruising/home.do
On most cruises there’s at least one formal night. For the formal night, in the main dining room, men are asked to wear a button-down shirt, tie, and sport jacket and women should wear a nice skirt set. These are minimums. There will be people in cocktail dresses and tuxedos. The rest of the cruise, business casual is acceptable for the main dining room
Gals, a lovely corset and gown would be stunning on formal night. Guys, feel free to dress your best: a button down shirt, with kilts, nice leather pants, or your finest fop-wear are all acceptable. While you may encounter a few turned heads, it is rare that anyone will actually say anything.
Check out the pictures on our website, our facebook group, and various other places around the web to get an idea of what we’re talking about.
The Original GothCruisers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OriginalGothCruisers/
(This is the most active community and a great way to find out new information.)
GothCruise Page: https://www.facebook.com/gothcruise
GothCruise Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/gothcruise
Follow us here: http://twitter.com/GothCruise
YahooGroup Mailing List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gothcruise/
If you are cruising with us and would like to lend your talents to entertaining your fellow cruisers, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Since our dance and event times aren’t solidified yet, more information will be provided on DJ selection when the sail date is closer and our specific events confirmed.
Questions About Cruising
Gratuities are automatically billed to you as part of your room incidentals. They’re $14.50 per day per person in regular cabins, $17.50 for suites. They make up a large portion of the steward/bartender/waiter’s pay, and if you want to adjust them, you need to talk to the guest relations desk on board ship. You can always tip extra directly in person.
The additional cruise costs can easily equal the cost of your cruise fare, unless you are careful. In reality, you can expect to spend a minimum $50 per day per person on incidentals such as alcoholic drinks or sodas, souvenirs, Interwebs, spa services, fine-dining restaurants, excursions, shopping in port, gambling and other hi-jinks. Our advice is to budget yourself ahead of time. Also, travel to the port of departure is not included and should also be part of your budgeting.
PRO TIP: Pay attention to the email you receive from Cruises Only and Royal Caribbean. They will let you know when you can check in online. Checking in online will expedite your boarding effort on sailing day.
Days to Departure Charges Per Person (not including non-refundable fees)
- 60+ – No additional charges
- 59-43 – Deposit amount
- 42-29 – 50% of total price (taxes & fees excluded)*
- 28-15 – 75% of total price (taxes & fees excluded)*
- 14 or less – No refund except for taxes and fees
Guests may bring personal wine and champagne onboard only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any public area, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $15.00. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from onboard shops will be taken when you return from port, stored by the ship, and delivered to guest staterooms on the last day of the sailing. Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of open containers holding alcohol. Royal Caribbean’s Guest Conduct Policy may be enforced, up to and including being kicked off the ship, if a guest violates any alcohol policy. Guests under the age of 21 will not have alcohol returned to them.
“For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, our ships are designated as non-smoking; however, we recognize that some of our guests smoke. Therefore, to provide an onboard environment that also satisfies smokers, we have designated certain public and private areas of the ship as smoking areas.”
(disclaimer – We are not doctors and we are not giving you medical advice. We looked these up on google. You can , too. Have at it, Sparky!)
- Ginger: Ginger is good for calming stomachs. While probably not appropriate for true seasickness sufferers, it can help those who experience minor or occasional bouts. Ginger has almost no side effects and makes a tasty addition to your beverage.
- Wristbands: Acupuncture wristbands are popular and you’ll see many on board wearing them. You can also apparently apply the pressure yourself and save yourself the $$, if you know where to press. They also have the added advantage of not causing side effects. Except, perhaps, to give you a tan line.
- Dramamine: the old standby. Obviously, this is a tried-and-true remedy for motion sickness. Essentially an anti-histamine, the main side effect is drowsiness. If you know you’re going to get seasick, pop some *before* you get on the boat. It’s best not to drink while on these, as well.
- “The Patch:” a patch that delivers medication to you over an extended period of time. Only available from your doctor. Side effects are pretty nasty and can include blurred vision, dry mouth, etc. Also, you should not drink alcohol while on the patch. It is said that the patch is the best option for those who have a known issue with seasickness.
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