Frequently asked questions


What if I need to cancel my cruise?

We require your cancellation be sent in writing via mail, e-mail or fax (512) 469-0179. Please send e-mail cancellation requests to:

What is your cancellation policy?

Each cruise will have it’s own cancellation deadline, if you choose to cancel your cruise before that deadline you will receive a full refund with $100 per person deducted as a cancellation fee. However, any cancellations made after the deadline are non refundable. For this reason, we send a travel insurance application to you upon completing your reservation. We recommend purchasing travel insurance within 15 days of making your reservation in order to qualify for the most comprehensive offered.

Could you tell me about your newsletter?

We have a monthly newsletter that is sent to anyone who signed up for our email list. As a member of our email list, you will not receive any other emails from third parties or spam, and your name will not be shared. If you would like to sign up for our newsletter list, scroll to the bottom of this page and add your email!


Discounts, promotions, and sales must be taken at the time of booking. Discounts that are not taken at the time of booking are not retroactive but may be used on future cruises if applicable. Discounts may not be combined with any other offers.

Do I need a passport?

Passports are required for ALL of our cruises. If you would like to obtain a passport, please click here.

Is there an age requirement for this cruise?

All passengers must be 18 years of age or older.

My plans have changed and I cannot go on the cruise. Can I transfer the cabin to another party?

Yes! You may transfer your cabin to another party for a $100 per person fee.  All you have to do is notify us in writing. (See previous paragraph.)

I have already booked my cruise but have changed my name and/or have a new cabin mate, how do I notify you of that change?

Please notify us in writing of any changes in name or cabin mate.  E-mail, fax, or snail mail are all acceptable. Please be sure to include your name, cabin number, and cruise along with the names and contact information of the new passengers. 


Fax: 512-469-0179

Mailing address: Bare Necessities 904 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705

Can we have more than two people per cabin?

Yes you may. The cost of a third or fourth person will vary from cruise to cruise but is always a fraction of the full stateroom cost. If you plan to do this, be sure to pick a stateroom that is equipped with extra beds such as a pull-out sofa. Our agents will be happy to assist you in identifying these cabins.

What is included with my cabin purchase?

While each of our cruises may vary, the cost will include your accommodations for the duration of your trip, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining room. Most times, beverages such as coffee, tea, water and juice are also included; however, alcoholic drinks and name-brand sodas are offered at an additional cost.

How far in advance should I book my cruise?

We recommend booking as soon as a new cruise is announced to ensure that you get first pick of your stateroom. (The least expensive and most expensive cabins sell out very quickly.)

I am traveling by myself. How can I get a roommate?

The price of all of our cabins are based on double occupancy. You are welcome to occupy a cabin by yourself*. However, you will be responsible for paying the full cabin fare (the two person rate). If you so choose, we can assist you in finding a cabin mate. We will take your information (name and email) to add to a complete list of single passengers, this list will then be emailed to all singles at which point you may contact one another to make necessary arrangements.

*On some cruises, a single cruiser may be required to pay additional fees for sailing solo in a stateroom. All our rates are based on double occupancy and many cruise lines now require that we guarantee this in our contract. We are always happy to assist singles in finding a roommate.

Are there any locations on the ship that are considered more desirable than others?

If you’re prone to sea-sickness, midship is the most stable. However, it is always a matter of personal preference. Rest assured, we go to great lengths to make sure every passenger is comfortable.

How do I make a reservation for one of your cruises?

Online reservations are available 24/7 or may be made by phone Monday- Friday 9AM – 5PM Central at 800-743-0405. Please feel free to call with questions, or use the feeback button to connect with our agents.

Is the entire cruise ship clothing free? When do I need to be clothed?

Onboard all of our ships there are only three situations that require clothing:

    1. While docked in port.
    2. In the main and specialty dining rooms.
    3. At the Captain’s Gala Cocktail Party.

    While in port and in the dining rooms, casual attire such as shorts and T-shirts are acceptable, but lingerie, fetish wear, robes are prohibited. Otherwise, you may be nude throughout the ship morning, noon, and night.

Is formal wear required at any time or during the Captain’s Party?

No. While many passengers do choose to wear cocktail or evening wear to the Captain’s Gala, it is not required. Shorts and a T-shirt are acceptable.

Are there theme nights on the cruises?

In addition to the standard theme nights offered by each cruise line, Bare Necessities will always add a few extra evening themes. Some examples of past themes are: “Mardi Gras”, “Undressed To Kill: James Bond Night,” “Out of This World,” and a passenger talent show.

What is the proper etiquette aboard your cruises?

Proper etiquette onboard a Bare Necessities Cruise is not any different from proper etiquette in any other social situation: use common sense. For complete details, please read our Decorum page.

Are your cruises geared towards a specific group or demographic?

We embrace the wide diversity of people that are attracted to social nude recreation. We welcome people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicites, sexual orientations, and age ranges.

What forms of payment do you take?

You may pay by check, money order, or credit card. (Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express are all accepted.)


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