HOW WILL I KNOW WHO IS PART OF THE GROUP?
Your registration will ensure we have contact details, and confirmation of all bookings. If you wish to you can connect with other attendees in the closed event Facebook Group (which is emailed to you upon deposit confirmation), or in the Board Game Geek Guild page introduction thread. We recommend using BGG as quite a few attendees do not use facebook.
In addition we will be setting up meeting times and locations every day of the cruise, and we will also be handing out lanyards for identification purposes (and to hold your cruise card). The primary purpose of the lanyard is to identify you to each other, and the second is as a memento for you to keep after the cruise.
How will we keep in touch on board?
Carnival has an app you can download and once onboard the ship you can use that app to chat to each other (you can’t use it prior to boarding for chatting). You do not need to pay for internet access to use this app, as it will work on the ship wifi without needing to connect to the internet, but the chat feature costs $9. I will also be communicating with attendees via email & via this app whilst on board the ship and if you do not wish to pay for the $9 app please let me know during the cruise and I can get news to you via alternative means.
From the last years cruise, most people communicated verbally.
Where will we play?
We will be given designated zones to play in during specific times. This will be communicated closer to the date as we are still negotiating this with the cruise line.
When will we play?
We will be arranging times for people to meet up on each day of the cruise.
We know everyone works to a different schedule and we hope that people will be able to self-organise what they play, when, where, and with whom on top of the meetup times we organise. We recommend you pre-plan some games in advance on the Geeklist “Board Game Cruise Club - 2019 Games”.
What Games will you be playing?
Whatever people bring! Cruise lines generally allow two suitcases, so you can pack one with clothes, the other with games!
In all honesty, we like a mix of games, from lightweight to heavier strategy, and we'll be bringing some of our own games in this range.
We have a BGG Geeklist set up so you can pre-arrange games or express interest in games others are bringing, this also helps avoid double-ups. You can find the list at Board Game Cruise Club - 2019 Games.
Where can I leave my games?
We recommend keeping them in your cabin between gaming sessions, we hold no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged games.
I found a better deal elsewhere, can I still be included if I book through that?
No, if you do not book through our group booking you will not be included in the event.
Can I bring my family?
Absolutely! There is quite a lot on board the cruise ship to keep everyone occupied even if they're not into board games. We suggest you also check out the information on the children’s programs on the Carnival website.
Why are you doing this outside of University/School holidays?
Unfortunately those periods cost significantly more with the cruise lines and the majority of attendees have elected to avoid the increased cost.
In 2020 we are planning a shorter cruise event sticking to the Australian coastline that we hope can cater to Teachers and Students.
I can't make it this year, will you be doing this again?
We have every intention of doing so, however next year will be an Australian coastal tour.
Are Food and Drink included in the cost of the ticket?
There are multiple restaurants on the ship, some of which are included in the cost of your ticket, and other high end restaurants which can be paid for individually.
What is the local currency in New Caledonia? Can I exchange money on board?
The local currency in New Caledonia is called the Pacific Franc. You will not be able to exchange Australian dollars for francs on board, and you will have extremely limited opportunities to do this on the islands (some islands not at all) so we recommend you do this before departure.
I have other questions about Cruises/The ship/Whats available/costs....
Do I need a passport?
Yes. You will need to also ensure you have at least 6 months validity on it.
I'm travelling alone. Can you pair me up with someone?
We have a form over on our booking page - we will use your interest there to connect you to others who are also looking to book with someone else and you can then decide if you want to book together or not.
Do I need travel insurance?
We recommend you take out travel insurance in line with the recommendations from the Smart Traveller website. New Caledonian authorities have advised that guests who do not hold travel insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation may be refused entry into New Caledonia. If you do not purchase travel insurance, you will not be able to claim for any cancellation charges, medical costs, repatriation and other expenses that may arise if things do not go according to plan. We accept no liability for lost, damaged, or stolen games, or any incidents you have during the cruise.