5. Bring along a lightweight flashlight and batteries
6. Cost of private trips
tours using smaller buses and vans for family groups or
groups joining together to visit places not on the bus
routes cost extra. The private tours will be booked
separately ahead of the cruise and the fees for vehicle,
guide, driver or driver/guide will be paid at the
conclusion of each trip, according to the kind of vehicle
used, the number of hours on route and the distance
traveled. Tips are paid in person to the providers
when the passengers get off the vehicle.
Car, driver and guide -
$35USD per hour
Van, driver and guide (up to
6 passengers) - $40USD per hour
Bigger van or small bus (up
to 15 passengers) - $45USD per hour
7. Ukrainian currency
The Ukrainian currency is
called Hryvnia (pronounced grieve-nah). The currency
code name is UAH. The name dates back to the currency
of the Kievan Rus a millenium ago. Originally it
referred to a silver or gold pendant of a particular
weight worn by women. You can only exchange for
Hryvnia in Ukraine. They are not offered in U.S.
and Canadian banks.
Passengers will not need a
lot of Hryvnia on the cruise, except to buy souvenirs
at small street stalls. At the end of the cruise bar
bills can be paid by VISA and Mastercard. US and
EU paper currency can be easily exchanged everywhere
at banks and street kiosks. The rates are all
controlled and clearly marked.
Currency exchange rates are hard to predict
for July 2018:
Currently (February, 2018):
1 Canadian dollar = 21.30 Hryvnia (UAH)
1 US dollar = 26.83 Hryvnia (UAH)
8. Odessa harbour -
where is the ship?
be very easy to find. The cruise ship harbor is located at
the foot of the famous Potemkin Steps. You can take the
funicular (short railway) both ways instead of walking a
lot of steps. The harbor is located very close to the
Opera, shopping, etc.
9. WiFi on the ship
will be free WiFi on the ship but not with great bandwidth or
reliability. WiFi reception will be
better in public areas than in the cabins/suites. There will be free WiFi in many of
the coffee shops and restaurants in the cities
we visit. If
internet communication is very important to you, check
with your service provider how you can buy Ukrainian
(or European) coverage for your Iphone, etc. It will
typically cost ten dollars per day.
10. Tipping on the ship
a) Tips to all ship staff are included
in the cruise price.
b) Tips to guides and drivers on scheduled city and
village bus routes are also included.
Passengers can add additional tips for special service
to the above
c) Private trips
Passengers pay the tips directly to guides and drivers