Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about our cruise

How do we get to and from the ship

From designated airports we provide all airport transfers including airport meet and greets as part of your all-inclusive cruise package.  Please see the specific cruise page for details.

Is internet available onboard?

Internet service is available on most of our ships as part of your all-inclusive cruise package.  Please see the specific cruise page for details.  Please note this is a satellite connection so speeds are slow with breaks in service due to movement and location.  Each ship is different, and some ships may not have wifi due to its remote locations.  Please call for details. 

Is there smoking on the ship?

Every ship is different with most vessels designating a specific area on the sun deck to accommodate those who wish to smoke.  There is no smoking in the cabins.

Do all rooms have full private facilities?

Yes, each stateroom has a fully equipped bathroom and shower.

Is there a TV in my stateroom?

Yes, there is satellite TV in each stateroom, though TV selections are limited with some cruises offer a wide assortment of movie and TV options. Mekong cruise and some of our other expedition cruises to some of our remote destinations, there are no TV’s in room (daily newspapers are supplied and usually internet). 

Is there a safe in the room?

Yes, each stateroom has a personal safe for your use. 

Is English spoken on ship?

English is the common language spoken on board and there is also an English-speaking Cruise Director.  

Is sightseeing included?

Yes as part of your VCC all-inclusive tour package, tours as listed in the tour itinerary are included.  Additional options may be offered when you are on the ship.  Time is also allowed for selfexploration. 

What dates should I book my air?

This depends on your departure and arrival airports.  From the USA for example you need to depart no later than one day prior to your ships boarding. You may begin to disembark the ship early am on your last day. Please allow enough time to get to the airport and check into your flight.

Will you assist me book my air?

Yes, we can help book your air. There will be a booking fee on top of the airfare if booked through us.  Your best bet is the airline internet site for best pricing.  Groups of 10 or more departing and returning together many be eligible for a group air discount.  Please call for details. 

Is there a fitness area onboard the ship?

Yes, but depends on the ship.  Some have a full spa with full treatment facilities, indoor or outdoor pool, fitness area with stationary bikes, including indoor sauna and Jacuzzi.   

Is there a doctor onboard?

 The ship always sails close to shore, in the event of an emergency, medical service can be request promptly.  

Is there laundry service onboard?

Laundry service is available onboard for a fee. 

What is the cuisine?

All meals on board are prepared by the ships chefs under the supervision of our VCC culinary team.  All food and standards for the program will strictly vegan. 

Can you accommodate special diet requests?

Yes, we can accommodate special diets and food allergies for many needs. Please be sure to inform us at least one month prior to departure about your needs to find out if they can be accommodated and give us ample time to prepare.  Last minute request cannot be guaranteed.

What is the dress code?

During the day time casual attire is the norm. At dinner it is casual nice with a collar shirt (e.g. Polo) and pants required. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes for our tour days!

Can we reserve a table in the dining room?

The ship has an open seating policy. This way you can meet new people. If you would like to dine with a special group of friends please arrive at dinner early when the dining room first opens.  Larger groups have the option of reserving their tables ahead of time.

Is wine, and beverages available with meals?

Vegan wine and beverages are included at all meals as part of your VCC all-inclusive program

How big is the ship?

Easy to get around as there are only two or three passenger decks plus the sun deck.

What is the currency and can we use credit cards?

All European countries you will visit on the cruise (including on the ship) except for Hungary will use the Euro. The ship and many locations accept major credit cards; however, in small towns they may not be widely accepted especially on our Asia and Amazonas cruises. In these cases, you should have some local currency. ATM machines are located throughout most of Europe.  In Asia payment can be made in dollars in Real in Brazil. 

Is a passport required?

Yes, a passport is required with at least six months of validity left from the date of your return.   

At a number of destinations guest may have to purchase visas to enter that country or may have the option as with our Mekong cruise, guests may purchase visas on board.  Instructions will be supplied prior to cruise departure. 

Amazon cruise a Brazilian visa may be required based on your nationality.  Please inquire when purchasing your air tickets.

Is there tipping onboard the ship?

Our policy is to collect $150 per person prior to departure to take care of all gratuities of non-Vegan Culinary Cruises staff.  This includes local guides and crew.

What do you recommend for those passengers with mobility concerns?

Gentle Walker Program & Guest Who May Need Additional Assistance: We welcome guests with limited mobility but want all guests to understand that challenges will exist on board and during shore excursions. Our ships do not have elevators and have split-level decks and/or significant thresholds that could make movement difficult, as there are stairs between decks. Shore excursions may require movement over cobblestones or up and down stairs; accordingly, a physically challenged guest will require the services of a responsible adult since crew availability is severely limited in most circumstances. Motorized scooters are not typically suited or can be used on-board. 

What about Vegan bath and bed products on the cruises?

On every VCC cruise we include vegan only bath products and bed linens.


What People are Saying

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“Our experience was unique in that we were able to tour a lot of territory and a variety of places with minimal inconvenience. The fact that our boat was always with us and there were no long bus rides or waits made this mode of travel extremely enjoyable. Also, the food was outstanding. Vegan Culinary Cruises certainly gets highest recommendation.”

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“A fabulous experience! Having the ship close by when touring is a real convenience. The cuisine by chef Malcolm was always delicious and plentiful. The planning and scheduling were always well done and with consideration given to all participants.”

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