Frequently Asked Questions
Why Bhagwat on Sea ?
As we all know that the enjoyment is much more in charter cruise than in general cruise. Shri Giriraj Parmarth Seva Trust’s main objective is to serve the devotees and to provide them with full spiritual atmosphere on the cruise so that western culture present on that cruise also gets influenced with the Indian culture. Keeping this in mind, last year Bhagwat Katha was organized on the charter cruise which was appreciated by the nation and it also gained the status of historical narrative and so all the devotees who experienced this historical event, in one voice has said that it became an inseparable golden experience of their life. The trust always tries to organize Bhagwat katha on the charter cruise so that they can provide every facilities what we or the devotees need. In a general cruise everything is pre planned so no changes can be done but on the charter cruise every section of the society irrespective of age can enjoy the facilities of their own choice and can experience the different moments of life.

Why Costa Classica ?
With its friendly and sparkling personality, Costa Classica is one of the best loved ships in the fleet. Recently refurbished, it's now even more beautiful, modern and comfortable. In the Tivoli Restaurant, exquisite murals transform windows into scenes from the renaissance and Roman Times. The tabletops in the Puccini Ballroom depict scenes from famed Puccini operas. Situated high atop the ship, Galileo Disco and Observatory offers 360 degree views

What is the tour program ?
Please see the program on previous pages (to be linked to the relevant page) A detailed tour program (with all relevant information and minute details such as flights booked for you) will be handed over to you after booking. Please go through it thoroughly. Always keep the itinerary with you during the entire journey and refer to it whenever you want to know on what next to do!

How to handle baggage and travel documents?
  • It is recommended that you travel light with minimum possible luggage.
  • All big sized suitcases & trolley-bags have to be checked-in at the time of collecting boarding pass at the airport. This means that they will go separately as cargo to your destination (in the same flight). Weight of the checked-in baggage should not be more than 20 kgs for both flights and cruise
  • In case you are not boarding a direct flight and taking a connecting flight (at Bangkok or Singapore), please check-in your baggage directly till Hong Kong.
  • You have the option of keeping one small sized bag with you as a cabin (hand) baggage which will remain with you at all times that should not be more than 6 kgs.
  • You may carry your few pieces of clothing and travel documents, etc. in your hand baggage. Following items are not allowed in the cabin baggage– knifes, razors, nail cutters, batteries (batteries inside the camera are allowed), scissors, lighters, matches or any such item that the security can consider dangerous. Your cabin baggage should ideally contain at-least one night’s clothing and some toiletries but below 100 ml. and in plastic containers only.
  • Please carry your necessary medicines but with doctor’s prescription. This will be helpful in any unfortunate case of delayed/ missed baggage.
  • All your baggage should be neatly labeled with your name and address. Ask for baggage tags from us.
  • ENSURE THAT YOUR PASSPORT, AIR TICKET, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, IMMIGRATION CARDS AND/ OR ALL OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ARE IN YOUR HAND BAGGAGE. DO NOT PUT THEM INSIDE YOUR CHECK-IN BAGGAGE.
  • We also recommend that you carry with you a photocopy of the first, second and the last pages of your passport and also the visa page and the airtickets separately (not with originals). Please also keep the traveller cheques receipts separately, as should you lose these Traveller Cheques, the receipt will facilitate early replacement.

What are departure airport formalities?
  • It is recommended that you travel light with minimum possible luggage.
  • Enter the airport. Keep ticket and passport in hand as security personnel will check to allow entry.
  • Check-in baggage to be x-rayed. Don’t do x-ray of the cabin baggage. This will be done later. Once x-rayed, security will seal the baggage.
  • Proceed towards the check-in counter keeping passport and air ticket in hand. You will get your boarding pass there that will mention the seat number allotted to you in the flight.
  • The check-in counter will stick one numbered label per bag behind your ticket or boarding pass. If you check-in 3 bags, they will give you 3 such stickers. They need to be taken care-off till the time you reclaim your baggage at the destination
  • Also collect India Immigration Card from the check-in counter and fill-it in all respects.
  • Thereafter, proceed to the Immigrations Counters, again with all documents in hand. While at Immigrations Counter, you should be able to tell your personal & family details (as reflecting on your passport), where you are going, why, how many days, which airlines, which hotel, etc. Your passport will be stamped for exit. You cannot come back to the departure/check-in area after this.
  • Customs to be done thereafter. You need to declare anything expensive (Cameras, Watches, Computers etc.) that you are taking and want to prove on return that same has not been purchased at the destination. Foreign Exchange currency also to be declared if exceeding than USD 10000 under Basic Travel Quota. You must keep the official forex receipts against each passport.
  • We also recommend that you carry with you a photocopy of the first, second and the last pages of your passport and also the visa page and the airtickets separately (not with originals). Please also keep the traveller cheques receipts separately, as should you lose these Traveller Cheques, the receipt will facilitate early replacement.
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