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 Barcelona (see our accommodation suggestions below). 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, click here to see our Brazil Guide.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
We launched a referral program for Nomad Cruise 9, so you can invite your Nomad Friends and get paid for each friend you bring on board before 20th October.
So what does that mean?
When you invite a friend on Nomad Cruise 9 and your buddy makes a booking you get €200 cashback AND your friend gets €200 discount on the official price.
The important thing is that whoever you invite is as wonderfully open-minded and loving as you. And that you only share the special booking link with them, and don’t spread it publicly on social media.
Find out all you need to know about our referral program here: https://www.nomadcruise.com/nomad-cruise-9-invite-your-friend/
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 until the 19th of September of within 5 days after your booking.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
If you arrive early and will stay in Barcelona for a few days, head over to Gracia, a hip part of town. Casa Gracia has some great offers for dorms, single or double rooms, apartments and it’s also equipped with large common areas to get some last minute work done. The best part is that if you book on their website and apply the promo code “CASACRUISE”, you’ll get 15% off the price and free breakfast.
Our journey starts on the 18th November. The ship will leave at 5pm, check-in will be between 11:00am and 3.30pm. The check-in process can take a while, so make sure you arrive early if you only make your way to Barcelona on the day of departure. If you check in, you can have free lunch on board.
This is the location of the port:
Adossat Quay, Terminal A,B or C
Puerto de Barcelona
08039 Barcelona, Spain
You can access the port by taxi or by a shuttle bus leaving from the monument of Christopher Columbus. For further info on how to get to the port, read this article full of useful info on the different options.
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 territory of the Schengen Area and Brazil (as we leave the Schengen territory in Gibraltar and re-enter it in Tenerife, a multiply-entry Schengen visa is required). In Cape Verde we can go ashore without a visa. In Gibraltar, until further notice, we’ll also be considered as being in transit, therefore we won’t need a visa. Crossing to nearby Spain is not recommended however, as a UK visa will be required to re-enter Gibraltar.
Please note that unless you come from one of the visa exempt countries, you must obtain a visa BEFORE entering Brazil. Please do your own research to find out which rule implies to you.
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 vaccinations according to your travel itinerary and note that there is an ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil, so avoid mosquito bites.
We will send you your e-ticket 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.
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 meet at Bestial Restaurant – Ramon Trias Fargas, 2-4 08005 Barcelona – from 8 pm.
Two nights before departure (on the 16th November) 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 eight 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 Spain, Gibraltar and Cape Verde
- Don’t forget to print your ticket for entering the port and for check-in.
- Starting out from Barcelona and visiting Gibraltar, we will have temperatures sometimes exceeding 20 °C, and an average temperature of 17–18 °C during the day and 8–9 °C at night. Temperatures will rise as we will be sailing towards the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.
- The currency in Spain is Euros. In Gibraltar, the Gibraltar pound is pegged to – and exchangeable with – the British pound sterling at par value. In Cape Verde the currency called escudo.
- Prepare for some humid, tropical weather, that varies depending on the places you visit.
- The currency in Brazil is Brazilian real.
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 practised by many of us all at once. Think of meditation sessions or ecstatic dancing, taught by experienced teachers.
We will have 3 stops during our trip: in Gibraltar, Tenerife and Mindelo. 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 20/Nov/19 Gibraltar, United Kingdom 8:00am – 2:00pm
- Friday 22/Nov/19 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain 1:00pm – 9:00pm
- Monday 25/Nov/19 Mindelo, Cape Verde 8:00am – 4:00pm
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 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 at Recife at 08.00 in the morning on 30th November. 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:
Terminal Maritimo de Passageiros Do Porto do Recife
Avenida Alfredo Lisboa,Armazém 7,Bairro do Recife
In general we can encourage you to stick around for about two-four weeks after the cruise and discover Brazil together with us. For more details on our plans after arrival, scroll down to 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 Brazil 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! We’ve already prepared Brazil travel guide for you, check it out here.
Brazil has a reputation as an unsafe place, and while it’s not entirely undeserved, it is often overblown. You should not let fear overshadow your stay! Brazil is an overall safe country for most tourist and if you use common sense and take the precautions listed below, you are very unlikely to come to any harm – although you might still have something stolen somewhere along the way. The tips in this section apply everywhere, but be particularly alert in Rio, Salvador, Recife and in remote areas.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling to tourist locations, crowded public venues, or when going to major transportation centers or on public transportation, especially at night.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry, or showing luxury products as cameras, phones, ipads, laptops.
- Don’t carry large sums of money and consider wearing a money belt.
- Leave your passport and other valuables in a safe place but carry a copy and another form of photo ID.
- Don’t take anything unnecessary to city beaches (bathing suit, towel, small amount of cash – nothing else!).
- If threatened, hand over your valuables without resistance. Don’t try to be a hero!
- Bank and credit card fraud is common, including card cloning from ATMs. Keep sight of your card at all times. Use ATMs inside buildings and before doing so, be very aware of your surroundings.
- After dark, don’t ever walk along empty streets, in deserted parks or on urban beaches and stay in groups.
- Use taxis after sunset instead of walking.
- Avoid Favelas at any cost – If you’re using GPS navigation, whether by car or on foot, make sure that the suggested route doesn’t take you into a favela.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SET OUT ON ANOTHER AMAZING ADVENTURE WITH YOU!
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