The next day, Sandra receives a call from the travel agent. She wonders if there are more problems. However, the agent is only calling to give her some information and to ask a few questions.
Travel agent: Hi, this is your travel agent, Jan.
Sandra: Hi, Jan. Is there another problem?
Jan: No, everything looks great; I just need some
information from you.
Sandra: That's a relief; I thought sure something
had to be cancelled! What information do you
Jan: I need your passport numbers, emergency
telephone contacts, what type of stateroom you
prefer, and what hour seating you want.
Sandra: I don't know Donita's passport number, but
I can give you mine when I come to the office
to get our documents. Write us down for the
late dinner seating. Then we won't have to rush
back to the ship if we are in port. My emergency
contact number will be my daughter, Jenny. Her
number is 530-1862.
Jan: What about the stateroom? I can reserve one in
the middle of the ship on the 3rd or 5th deck.
There is a price difference.
Sandra: Let us have the least expensive one. I
know we won't be in our room very much, as there
is so much to do onboard.
Jan: You're right, and most of the rooms are about
the same size. When I travel, I like to get a
room as far below deck as possible because you
don't feel the ship moving quite as much.
Sandra: That's a good idea. I don't get sea-sick,
but I think Donita does. She plans on taking
motion sickness medication with her.
Jan: That reminds me. Any medicine you take with
you needs to be in the original container. Don't
pack it in your suitcase, just in case it is
delayed or lost.
Sandra: Thanks for telling me that; I'll pass on
that information to Donita. Is there anything
else we should know?
Jan: Well, I thought you might like to know a
little about the dress code on the ship. During
the day, you can wear comfortable clothes, but
you need to dress-up for dinner. There are 3
formal nights, 3 semi-formal nights and the rest
Sandra: Hmm. I might have to go shopping for
another formal dress. What is meant by
Jan: It just means to dress in good taste, no
bathing suits or short shorts in the dining
room. Skirts or pant suits for the woman. The
men need to wear slacks and shirts. I'll give
you more details when you stop for the
Sandra: What if there are people who don't want to
dress-up? What do they do?
Jan: There is another dining room where food is
served cafeteria style. It is close to the
swimming pool, so guests have to wear a cover-up
over their suits to eat inside. There is also a
self-service kiosk next to the pool with tacos,
pizza, and salad. It's a very popular place for
families. Kids don't like dressing-up for dinner
and sometimes parents don't want to either.
Sandra: It sounds like the staff has thought of
something to please everyone.
Jan: I agree. There's even a suggestion box onboard
to improve or add services. I like the idea that
kids have their own club and planned activities.
Sandra: I'm really looking forward to this trip.
It's like taking all of the conveniences of home
with you while exploring different countries.
Jan: I couldn't agree more. There's a library,
jewelry store, gift shop, tobacco and liquor
store, beauty salon, physical fitness center,
nightclubs with dancing, laundry rooms, and so
many planned activities.
Sandra: Planned activities?
Jan: Yes, there's a cruise director who will
announce the activities for the day or week.
There is everything from golf, to tennis, and
shuffleboard to lots of inside games, too.
Sandra: I wish we were leaving tomorrow
instead of in two weeks! We'll be in the office
in the afternoon for our appointment at 2 for
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