MEALS: Most of the passengers find the size and quality of the meals hearty and fulfilling. All meals are preset for all passengers (depending on season, passengers may be allowed to choose between 2 main courses). Breakfast consists of a variety of eggs, sausage, porridge, cold cuts and similar. A three or four course meal is served at both lunch and dinner, usually consisting of soup/salad or appetizer, main course (meat, fish, chicken with vegetables) and dessert (cake/ fruit). Coffee or tea is provided free of charge with the meals. Other drinks and bottled water can be purchased at nominal prices.
SEATING ASSIGNMENTS: At your first onboard dinner, all passengers are assigned a restaurant and a table for the duration of the cruise. If traveling with friends, we recommend you advise the Maitr'D during the first meal that you wish to sit together. The restaurant staff will make every effort to accommodate all requests but please note that they do reserve the right to assign restaurants and tables based on client profiles, group seating requests, special meal requirements and other technical reasons.
SPECIAL DIETS: Due to an economy still in transition, food variety and provisioning may not be as varied as accustomed to in the West. Vegetarian diets are limited to the vegetables at hand, sometimes a repetitive quantity of cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber and pickled salads. Salt-free, sugar-free or fat-free meals are a novelty. Jenny Craig or similar are not available. Although, the restaurant staff will make every effort to arrange for special meals, if you have strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some non perishable snacks, crackers, chips, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners, and any other items that will compliment the limited variety of special meals that can be provided. Please advise if there are any food allergies at the time of booking.
WATER: Strongly recommend against drinking tap water anywhere in Ukraine. Please note that while on the "MS Dnieper Princess" pitchers with purified water are provided. Bottled water is of course available for purchase on both ships for a nominal charge.
Cannot accommodate women past their six months of pregnancy. It is not recommended that the tours and cruise programs for children under the age of 12.
TIPPING SUGGESTIONS: Tips should be divided in 2 separate segments: 1) Individual tips: To staff/personnel on land portions who have earned your gratitude (Cruise & Tour Directors, Local Guides leading local tours, drivers of busses, specific waiters at hotels or other ground personnel). These should be given directly to each individual service provider. (See below) 2) Pooled tips: For a group of individuals working as a team to service you on a specific portion of a trip (such as crews on ships).
INDIVIDUAL TIPPING: While you are in cities or on shore excursions, local guides and drivers will escort the local tours. The so-called standard tip should be $3 per person for the local guide and $2 for the driver. Porters will also appreciate a $1 tip. A $1 per person/per day should be left at hotels for your maids. For taxicabs or at restaurants add 10% to %15 to your final bill amount.
CRUISE HOSTS/TOUR DIRECTORS: They are the Travel Experts employed to pick you up and stay with you from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. They will be your guiding angels throughout the trip. They will lead you, educate you, entertain you and if need be, scold you - But it is certain you will find their assistance indispensable in providing you with the utmost travel experience possible! Since they sail with you and are essentially at your disposal 24 hours a day, it is recommended $5 per person/per day - or about $55 per person for a 11-day cruise.
POOLED TIPPING (CREWS ON SHIPS): For ship crews it is implemented a Pool System whereby all the crew members, from the Captain to the "lowly" deck hand share in the gratuities collected from all passengers. The reason for doing this is that during the course of your cruise, you will actually see and meet only about 1/3 of the crew - mainly the entertainers, the restaurant and bar staff and maybe your cabin maid. However, there are many more crew members you will not see whose good work is equally important to the smooth operation of the cruise - from the engine crew who sweat in the "bowels" of the ship and who keep us afloat, to the many staff and crew members who arrange for our busses & excursions, to the catering people who travel to the ports in advance of the ship in order to obtain and provide the best available food and beverage supplies.
POOLED TIPS: Therefore, to ensure equality for all, it is asked that one day before your Captain's Farewell Dinner, you place your total gratuities for the cruise portion in an envelope and drop it in our "Gratuities" box or give it to the Head Purser/Cruise Director. All the gratuities will be delivered, on behalf of all passengers, to the Captain during the Farewell Dinner Suggested amount: $10 per person/per day x 11 = $110 per person for the cruise duration (Total amounts collected are divided amongst 110 crew members)
IMPORTANT FINAL NOTE ON TIPS: The above suggestions are given as guidelines ONLY! You may leave as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. If you endear yourself to any particular crewmember and wish to award them directly - please feel free to do so! Summary on Tipping: If all of this is confusing, in simple terms, it is recommended that each person sets aside $200 ($35 local guides + $55 Cruise Directors + $110 crew) to cover all your tipping needs for the total duration of the program.
Cabins are small but clean and functional. They are furnished with one bunk bed and two lower beds. Besides there is a sitting area with table, mirror and two chairs and port holes. Wardrobe is also in cabin. Located on the Lower Deck.
Twin Standards are comfortable cabins that are the most common on the ship. They all include a radio, private bathroom with shower, forced air units, and closet space. Most cabins have a big picture window that opens. Located on the Main Deck.
Twin Standards are comfortable cabins that are the most common on the ship. They all include a radio, private bathroom with shower, forced air units, and closet space. Most cabins have a big picture window that opens. Located on the Upper Deck.
Deluxe Upper Deck one-roomed and are the only cabins located on Sun Deck. Each cabin is furnished with Queen-Size bed, and has cozy sitting area with arm-chairs and small dressing tables, wardrobe and mirror; each cabin has private access to Sun Deck. Located on the Upper Deck.
Deluxe Boat Deck are comfortable cabins that are the most common on the ship. They all include a radio, private bathroom with shower, forced air units, and closet space. Cabins include two picture windows per cabin. Located on the Boat Deck.
Junior Suites are one-roomed and are the only cabins located on Sun Deck. Each cabin is furnished with Queen-Size bed, and has cozy sitting area with arm-chairs and small dressing tables, wardrobe and mirror; each Junior Suite has private access to Sun Deck. Located on the boat Deck.
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