WE ARE STOKED TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD WITH US!
This little wiki is supposed to help you with all of your questions as a general guideline. We will regularly update this wiki during the next months with more details about the program, excursions and the answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find your answer here, check our FAQ page or get in touch with us.
For planning your trip, we suggest you to arrive up to 3 days prior to the cruise in your departure city, let that be Cartagena or Phillipsburg. Most cruisers will do so, to already get to know each other.
We would also recommend to stick around our destination for about a week after the cruise to deepen your connections with your new friends. We also plan informal reunions afterwards.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Bring Your Friend
Invite your nomad friends and get €100 referral fee for each friend you bring on board. Your friend also gets a €100 discount.
Simply share this link with your friends and ask them to mention your name in the form: https://www.nomadcruise.com/nomad-cruise-11-you-got-invited/
So what does that mean?
When you invite a friend on Nomad Cruise and your buddy makes a booking, you get €100 referral fee AND your friend gets €100 discount on the official price. We will raise prices soon, so make sure to invite your friends as soon as possible.
And, because we trust you to bring only the best people on board with you, they’ll be able to make an instant booking and not wait in line to be approved! How exciting?
Important: The promotion is only running until FEB 22, all bookings need to be made by then.
Here are your next steps:
Spread the word on social media or send a personal message to the people you’ve already mentioned the cruise to.
Send this link to your interested friends, so they see all the details themselves and can fill in a short form. We will then send the booking link to your friend within 24h.
Get €100 referral fee after the cruise.
It’s important to remember that we have a very special community of like-minded people who care for and respect each other. So it’s really important that whoever you invite is as wonderfully open-minded and loving as you. It’s all about joyful synergy!
We’re looking forward to seeing you and your friends on board!
Changing your departure port
You can start the trip either from Cartagena (Colombia) on 18th April or from St. Maarten on 21st April. You’ll find the city of departure you’ve chosen during the booking process in your confirmation e-mail.
Should you decide to change the city of departure after you already booked your spot, you can do so without any additional admin fee for one week – afterwards we’ll have to charge a €50 extra fee. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your change request.
Right after your booking you received a confirmation e-mail including your order details and a link to pay the outstanding amount. Please review these details and pay the outstanding amount the latest 60 days prior to departure – until the 22nd February.
In case you can’t find the confirmation e-mail please check your promotions/spam folders before asking us to resend it to you.
We offer you 3 options to pay the outstanding balance:
1.Bank transfer – transaction fee within the EU is 0%
Please make sure that you refer to your order number in your transfer.
NAME: WebWorkTravel Gmbh
BANK: Kreissparkasse Halle
IBAN: DE60 4805 1580 0000 0606 24
2.Transferwise – transaction fee is 1%
Please make sure that you refer to your order number in your transfer.
BUSINESS E-MAIL: email@example.com
BUSINESS NAME: WebWorkTravel Gmbh
ADDRESS: Am Laibach 17c, 33790 Halle, , Germany
BANK: Kreissparkasse Halle
IBAN: DE60 4805 1580 0000 0606 24
3.Credit card – transaction fee is 2-3%
If you would like to pay by credit card and you can’t find the payment link in your booking confirmation, simply send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend it to you.
The speaker application is now open – if you feel like you have something to share with the community, apply here to host an event on board.
We will read through your proposal thoroughly, with the needs and main interests of our participants in mind. We unfortunately can’t accept every application, but if you’re a good match, we will get in touch with you over the next weeks.
Accommodation in Cartagena, St.Maarten and Lisbon
With regards to the recent corona virus outbreak, our tour operator informed us about a special protocol they have activated with the safety of their passengers in mind.
According to these guidelines, until further notice, they won’t allow boarding for
- Anyone who travels (or has come in contact with anyone who has traveled) “from”, “to” or “through” China and/or Hong Kong and/or Macau and/or Iran and/or South Korea and/or Italy within 15 days prior to departure. The Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention characterizes contact with an individual as coming within 2 meters of a person.
- Any person who within 15 days prior to embarkation, has had contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19, or who are currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19.
There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on:
- Guests who report feeling ill, unwell or demonstrate flu-like symptoms.
- Any guest who has traveled to, from or through Japan and/or Thailand within 15 days prior to departure.
- Guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled “from”, “to” or “through” mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Italy in the past 15 days.
Additional restrictions may be imposed based on local circumstances. For example, certain countries may deny visas or prohibit entry based on travel history or nationality.
Please keep the above regulations in mind when planning your travels before the cruise.
For those participants who leave from Cartagena, the journey starts on the 18th April. The ship will leave at 7pm, check-in will be between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm. The check-in process can take a while, so make sure you arrive early if you only make your way to Cartagena on the day of departure. If you check in, you can have free lunch on board.
This is the location of the port:
Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena
Cl. 28, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
For cruisers jumping on board in Phillipsburg, the adventure starts on the 21st April. The ship will leave at 5 pm, check-in will be between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. The check-in process will take place on board, you must embark with your bags, without receiving assistance at the port. The ship is not going to wait for you, so make sure you arrive early if you only make your way to St.Maarten on the day of departure. If you check in, you can have free lunch on board.
This is the location of the port:
A.C.Wathey Cruise Terminal
Pointe Blanche, Philipsburg, St.Maarten
At both ports we recommend having a printed version of your boarding documents on hand, as you might be asked to show them when entering the port territory.
Make sure you check the current visa requirements in effect with your country of origin. Nomad Cruise cannot be held liable for insufficient visas. You must research if with your nationality you need a visa to enter the country of your embarkation (Panama, Colombia, St.Maarten) and the Schengen Area. EU citizens do not need to manage a visa for this itinerary.
At the land stops, all nationalities are considered to be in transit (since we arrive and leave on the same day), therefore no visa arrangements are required.
To research visa requirements we recommend VisaHQ.
All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival.
Nomad Cruise does not provide insurance with your ticket. You are obliged to insure that you have sufficient health, travel and accident insurance coverage. We mean it – medical assistance on board costs a fortune otherwise.
Please research the necessary/recommended vaccinations according to your travel itinerary.
Ticket and Online Check-in
We will send you your e-ticket 2-3 weeks before departure, which will include the link to the online check-in. Although Pullmantur implied that tickets on smartphones should be sufficient, we still recommend printing your tickets. It may also help when accessing the port territory.
If you check in online, you can book additional services like the Wifi in advance, and you might even be able to cut the line on the real check-in day.
Please note that the tour operator closes the online check-in 6 days before departure. If you missed it, don’t worry – you can book all the extra services at the reception on board as well.
We will launch the official trip-related Facebook group 4-6 weeks before departure.
It’s become a Nomad Cruise tradition to organize an Opening Night the night before departure. It’s a great opportunity to meet the first nomads so we highly recommend you to join.
We’ll add the exact location and time later on.
Two nights before departure (on the 19th April) we are organizing an exclusive dinner for speakers and workshop leaders. This special event is a great opportunity to get to know each other already before we set sail, and to engage in exciting conversations with fellow speakers.
Please book your flights accordingly – we can’t wait to see you there!
You may bring as much luggage on board as your flight company allows you to. You can’t bring your pet, your car or your bike. You will check your luggage in during check-in. It will then be dropped in front of your cabin door.
We have been on ten cruises by now, and they all have been a little bit different. Our recommendations are based on our experience, and obviously, you know best what you will need on top of that.
For the Conference
- Bring your own pens and paper. Yes, we’re all super digital and stuff, but honestly, taking notes on paper sometimes is just more convenient.
- Bring your own power adapters (Type B and Type C)
- Bring a multi-socket.
- Bring all the material you may need for a meetup or mastermind session. We will provide the material for speakers of the curated program.
For Cruise Life
- Bring jackets, wraps or thin scarves for the evening jam sessions on board.
You can wear what you wish to wear, however after 7 pm they don’t allow flip flops or bathing shorts in the restaurant. There will be at least one Captain’s Dinner, where many of the general passengers will dress up more or less glamorously. You choose whether or not you want to go all suit and tie or cocktail dress.
- There have been themed nights before. ‘All white’, ‘Tropical’, ‘Pirates’, ‘Rock’n’Roll’, ’70ies’ and so on. We usually don’t stick to the rules more than necessary, but if you really care: prepare for this.
- Bring one or two swimsuits. With all the networking and socializing and conference going on, you will enjoy some downtime at the pool.
- Bring sunscreen.
- Bring your own meds. We are not allowed to give out any medication. We recommend a carry-on pharmacy with band aids, cold-meds, Ibuprofen, Voltaren, motion sickness meds, and the like. Bring hand sanitizer. Pullmantur puts up dispensers as well, and we highly encourage using it. In a narrow space like a boat, germs spread quickly, and it’s on you to do what you can to stay healthy. For the female members of the group, we recommend bringing tampons. Everything you have to buy on board will be ridiculously expensive. And parents: bring enough diapers.
- Bring books, music, small board games.
For St.Maarten and Antigua
- Don’t forget to print your ticket for entering the port and for check-in.
- The best time to visit the island where St.Maarten goes from December to April, since it is the least hot period of the year and outside the hurricane season. Daily average temperatures are between 23 and 28 °C. Bring light clothes of natural fabric, and possibly a light sweatshirt.
- The two official currencies on St. Martin are the Euro on the French side and the Florin (Netherlands Antillean guilder or florin) on the Dutch side. US Dollars are also accepted across the island. In Antigua the official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, but the US Dollar is widely accepted at most merchants, including hotels, restaurants, and car rental companies. When being quoted a price, always be sure to clarify which currency the vendor accepts.
- Spring in Portugal is mild with temperatures varying between 12 and 21 °C. Prepare with layered clothing.
- Showers are common in the Azores – so just in case, bring a rain jacket or an umbrella.
- The currency in Portugal is Euros.
We launched our preliminary program with the first set of amazing speakers. Check it out here.
We will have the best possible mix of the following event types on our conference:
30-45 minutes, open to everyone
Keynotes are usually short but packed full of valuable info for all of us. So we’re talking motivational speeches and stories, general business thoughts and ideas as well as guidance around personal development and so on. Keynotes are held by experienced speakers only.
180 minutes, 30-50 people
This is our longest format, providing the skilled and passionate facilitators with enough time to teach their topic thoroughly. You will work, get involved, and practice on the spot.
90 minutes, up to 200 people
Specials are shared experiences, activities that are practiced by many of us all at once. Think of meditation sessions or ecstatic dancing, taught by experienced teachers.
We will have 2 stops during our trip: in St.John’s (Antigua) and in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel). At each location, we will have a – mostly free – program suggestion and a recommended venue to meet-up on shore. We will announce all details about this a few weeks before departure.
This will be our itinerary for the days on land:
- Wednesday 22/Apr/20 St. John’s, Antigua 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday 29/Apr/20 Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
There are three main meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style. There is a big variety of fruits, veggies, salads, meats, starchy sides and desserts. We dine in the à-la-carte restaurant. You can choose from a couple of different options for a three-course meal.
There is always at least one vegetarian option, and gluten and lactose free menus have also been implemented on board. In addition to the offers on this menu, the culinary team will be happy to adjust dishes from the daily regular menu to your dietary needs, always with a 24 hour in advance order to your Waiter/Maître.
If you are vegan, gluten and/or lactose intolerant, or have any allergies or special needs, please let us know beforehand so we can communicate this to the ship and order your meals separately.
All basic drinks on the cruise are included. However, you can enjoy high-end brands if you opt for the premium package that you can arrange to book during your online check-in once you received your ticket or on board at the reception.
Let’s say that the Wifi quality is not exactly fiber optic. We faced a different situation on each trip, so it’s hard to make a general statement. During Nomad Cruise 6 and 3 it was quite steady. On Nomad Cruise 4 it was good most of the times, but wasn’t working at all for 3 days. We’ve become very cautious after the wifi-connection completely collapsed on NC 2 – too many of us used it at the same time. We’re in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after all!
We recommend being prepared. Don’t expect anything – appreciate everything is pretty much the ideal strategy here.
While this sounds like a total downer, we were surprised to learn, that a large number of participants used the cruise for a digital detox. They only ever logged in during island stops and other than that kept their devices off. They reported a positive change in their behavior, increased their level of relaxation, and many said that it felt like the first true vacation in years.
Satellite Internet doesn’t come cheap, which is why we recommend a digital detox-focused on making connections with those on board. All those who do, usually feel relaxed for the first time in a very long time and are really able to get stuff done, as they aren’t distracted by incessant emails or Facebook notifications.
For those who cannot live without it, you’re looking at about €50-€70 for 250 minutes. There is also an unlimited Wifi plan available, and you can get online for about €12-€15 per day. To get the unlimited pack, you will have to pay the €12-€15 per day for each day of the cruise from the first day you buy it until our arrival and can only access the Wifi with one device at a time. Prices are subject to change and examples out of our experience.
You can buy the unlimited pack in advance here after you received your ticket with your booking details or on board at the reception.
The ship does offer a laundry service, but it’s quite expensive. We suggest you wait for a special deal. Every couple of days Pullmantur offers a special for their participants. Calculate between €15-30 per medium load.
AFTER THE CRUISE
We arrive in Lisbon at 9:30 pm on the 1st May. We spend the night on the board and will disembark the next morning, on the 2nd May. We suggest not to make early flight arrangements because disembarkation can take a while. We will tell you all about the check-out process at our closing ceremony on the last evening.
This is the location of port:
Lisbon Cruise Terminal-Av. Infante Dom Henrique – Armazém B – 1900-264 Lisboa
In general we can encourage you to stick around for about two-four weeks after the cruise and discover Portugal together with us. We will add more details on our plans after arrival in the ‘Meet-up Plans’ section.
The disembarkation can be about as dragging as the embarkation. Since the process might take a while, we advice against booking early flights.
We will tell you all you need to know about the check-out process during our Closing Ceremony.
If your schedule is flexible, we recommend you to book an additional week in your calendar and stick around in Portugal with us.
We’ll be back with more details about our meet-up plans later on, but we can already promise that we’ll have amazing times at amazing places!
Take normal security precautions in St.Maarten and Antigua, just as you would at home or anywhere else. Most visits are trouble-free. However, petty theft and street crime occur.
There is violent crime among members of the illegal drugs world, but this rarely affects tourists. The main tourist areas are generally safe, but you should take sensible precautions. Avoid remote areas at night. Do not take valuables to the beach. Make sure purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch.
The islands continue to be used to smuggle illegal drugs from South America to Europe and North America. You should have a heightened sense of awareness of this problem and never leave bags unattended. Under no circumstances should you discuss or agree to carry a package for anyone.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SET OUT ON ANOTHER AMAZING ADVENTURE WITH YOU!
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