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Boarding card

The boarding card also serves as an onboard payment method for drinks, excursions, gratuities, etc. All expenditures are added to your onboard account via  your boarding card, meaning that you don’t need to carry any money with you while on board.


Booking/travel documents

When you receive your booking confirmation and travel documents, please be sure to check that all information is correct and complete. You are required to inform us immediately if you find any inaccuracies or should any travel documents be incomplete.


Cabin description:

All cabins are comfortably furnished and feature a shower/WC, bathrobe, hairdryer,

2 single beds or one French bed, telephone, TV, DVD player, full minibar (for a fee) and a drawer with a lock.


Cabin service:

Our cabin service is available 24 hours a day (extra service for a fee).


Changes to the route:

We have the right to make necessary changes to the route, if they are reasonable and do not affect the character of the holiday.


Children and teenagers:

Children that are not three months old at the time of embarkation are not permitted. On all routes with three or more consecutive days at sea, children must be at least 12 months old at the time of embarkation. On board there is no special children’s and teenagers’ entertainment program. No childcare service is available.


Credit card payments:

In advance you can pay for your holiday with VISA, Mastercard and American Express. Concerning payment on board, please kindly read here “Boarding card” and “Onboard currency”.


Customs regulations:

Please make note of the customs regulations of each particular country. In some countries the import of food, plants and animals is generally forbidden. Archaeological founds cannot be exported.


Daily program:
Information about the ship and the routing, as well as the program containing all activities for the following day is delivered to your cabin in the evening of the previous day.

Dress code:
For day-to-day life on board the ship we recommend wearing sports-casual clothing
and comfortable shoes, as well as bringing jumpers and jackets, as the temperature can vary greatly between the indoor areas and outdoor areas. We ask that you do not wear bathing costumes in the restaurants, and for special occasions we recommend formal wear. Please also wear suitable clothing for excursions and for the gym.

Coffee and tea from the self-service machines in the buffetrestaurant Verandah are free of charge and available all day while opening hours.


In general 220V AC with 2-pin European plug; bathroom also has 110V for electric razors.

You should time your arrival and departure so that you arrive at the ship at least 3 hours before embarkation/disembarkation. Check-in ends one hour before the ship is put out to sea. To ensure that you have enough time for disembarkation and the completion of necessary formalities in each country, we ask that you plan your return flight or onward journey with plenty of time to spare. In general you will receive extensive information about the disembarkation in the evening, 2 days before the end of the cruise.

Entertainment and fitness:
During your cruise you can make use of a small selection of fitness equipment, a sauna and an outdoor pool. A hairdresser, massages and doctor are available for a fee. An evening show provides daily entertainment.


Entry requirements:

Passengers should contact their foreign offices. You require a passport which is valid for a further 6 months after the end of the cruise. Children require their own passport. Children entries in the passports of their parents are no longer valid.



At every port a multitude of diverse offerings await you. You can book excursions from our excursions office on board.



At the end of a cruise it is traditional to honor the crew with generous gratuities.

The amount of gratuity is of course entirely your decision. A standard gratuity rate is € 6 per guest per night. Because there are many employees working behind the scenes to give you an enjoyable holiday you can elect to have the recommended gratuity added to your onboard account. This amount is then distributed evenly to

all employees that have been responsible for your well-being. Of course you can also

decide on your own amount of gratuity when making the final payment of your onboard account.


Guests with limited mobility

The ship and the cabins are not suitable for wheelchairs.


Health advice/vaccinations:

Before booking a cruise you should get information in good time about vaccinations and protection from infections, as well as other prophylaxis measures. You should also consider consulting your doctor.




Internet access:

There are several internet devices on board. Use is for a fee. Charges are approx. € 0.30 per minute. The fees are added to your onboard account.





Our ship has an onboard library with numerous books, board games and DVDs

available to guests to borrow. The books can be borrowed for the duration of the trip or can be read in the library itself.



We ask that guests refrain from throwing litter or objects into the sea and support us in protecting the oceans against environmental pollution.





Full board is available, comprising breakfast, pre-lunch snacks (pizza, pasta, soup), lunch, afternoon snacks (coffee/tea and cake), dinner and midnight snacks. Shape your day as you wish and enjoy your freedom on board. In the evenings in the main restaurant there are two meal times available. The first begins between 6 pm and 6.30 pm, the second between 8 pm and 8.30 pm. Should you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when booking and we will try to meet your demands. Subject to change without prior notice.


Medical assistance:

There is a doctor on board our ship. For opening hours please consult your daily

onboard magazine. The fees are added to your onboard account. We recommend a separate receipt to give to your health insurance provider. Please ask your insurance company for more specific details. We recommend that you obtain health insurance for foreign travel and travel cancellation insurance.


Onboard currency:

The onboard currency is Euro. In addition all common credit cards are accepted (VISA, Mastercard, American Express). Neither traveler’s cheques, Eurocheques nor Maestrocards are accepted.


Onboard entertainment:

Performances and events take place in the Sirocco-Lounge. Live music is played at the Yacht Club in the evenings. For more detailed information please consult your daily schedule on board.


Onboard manifest:

Before your cruise we require certain information about you in order to produce a

passenger manifest. This ensures faster processing by governing bodies for the ship at the various ports and shortens waiting times. The information is subject to data protection laws. We ask that you send us your onboard manifest at least 6 weeks before departure.



German, Austrian and Swiss nationals require a passport that is still valid for six months after the end of the holiday. Invalid travel documents can lead to the refusal of carriage or substantial costs for the passenger. For all other nationals, we ask that you ask your relevant consulate about entry requirements. Children require their own passport. An entry in the parent‘s passport is no longer valid.



Pets are not permitted on board.


Pregnant passengers:

Pregnant passengers who at the time of embarkation are in the 21st week of  pregnancy must present a medical certificate of fitness to travel. Carriage is not permitted from the 22nd week of pregnancy.



Each passenger is required to take part in sea emergency training which takes place at the start of the cruise. This is to make you familiar with safety arrangements on board the ship. The ship complies with all international standards of the IMO (International Maritime Organization).


Sea sickness:

Sea sickness has become a rarity due to the stabilizers that the ship has become equipped with. Should you nevertheless suffer from sea sickness, please notify reception or contact the onboard doctor.


Services not included:

Please note that the following services are not included in the travel price: arrival and departure to the cruise, parking space, shore excursions, drinks, personal expenditures, gratuities, pre and post programs.



Smoking is only permitted in specially designated areas on the outside deck.


When buying souvenirs on land please be aware of import conditions and the protection of species law.

Sun loungers and deck chairs:

For passengers there are sun loungers and deck chairs available free of charge and without prior notice. Pool towels are also provided.


Visa regulations

For cruising the Red Sea with the BERLIN, a visa fee of €25 is required and payable in cash directly at the airport of Hurghada or Marsa Alam for European, Swiss and Russian passport-holders. For all other nationals, we ask that you ask your relevant consulate about entry requirements.