Frequently Asked Questions

Keith Jones, the man behind the Grown & Sexy Cruise phenomenon is first and foremost an entertainer. His accomplishments include being one of the pioneers of Miami Bass Music, a successful radio personality, and restaurateur. As founder of Grown & Sexy Cruises, Keith “DJ KJ” Jones’ objective was to provide people a safe & affordable way to travel the world. Since its inception, his vision has expanded from one cruise a year, to three (3) cruises, weekend events around the country, an annual all-inclusive Jamaica land vacation, and 1 exotic trip per year to bucket list destinations such as Dubai & Bangkok. G&S is now one of the fastest growing Black travel groups in America. The trips offer incredible value where you can enjoy nightly theme parties, celebrity DJ’s, comedy shows, seminars, ‘Praise at Sea’ and more. Travel with us and leave with new found friendships, inspiration & motivation.
Just about everything is included in your price. Enjoy warm, full meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner with your choice of buffet style or the main dining room. The Local offers classic pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere 24-hours a day. Garden Café this complimentary restaurant serves buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Norwegian Bliss offers three complimentary Main Dining Rooms aboard and they are Manhattan Room, Savor Main Dining Room and Taste Main Dining Room each providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. G&S has included the deluxe beverage package in your cruise fare at a discounted rate, which also includes gratuity for the bartenders. Quench your thirst with unlimited drinks top shelf spirits & cocktails, wines by the glass & bottled or draft beef up to $15 plus soda, juice and non-alcoholic beverages. Lots of entertainment is included in your rate including live bands & Broadway style shows, game shows, dance classes and more
You could cruise and not spend any money, but there are optional items you may want to budget for. Gambling, shopping and spa treatments all cost extra. There are some specialty restaurants that have a cover charge. Room service is available any time of the day or night - simply order from the room service menu located in your stateroom/suite (service charge of $7.95* applies). An 18% gratuity is additional and will automatically be added to your check. Drinks from room service or the mini bar are not included in your beverage package. Last but not least, when you arrive to each island, it is possible to explore on your own, but if you wanted to participate in activities or parties on the islands, there would be an extra charge involved.
On Norwegian Bliss, the cabin categories are as follows:
• Studio Stateroom (virtual window and access to Studio Lounge)
• Inside Stateroom (no window)
• Oceanview Stateroom (small window)
• Balcony Stateroom (cabin + private balcony area)
• Mini Suite (cabin + private balcony area)
• Haven: Haven Spa Suite with Balcony, Haven Forward-Facing Penthouse with Balcony, Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony, Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Large Balcony, Haven Aft-Facing Penthouse with Balcony, Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony, Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Large Balcony, & Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony (Access to Haven Courtyard, Haven Pool, Haven Lounge, & Haven Restaurant)

Cabins have a bathroom, television, vanity, safe & hair dryer. Most cabins have beds can be separated to make 2 beds, or one queen bed. Some category staterooms have a king sized bed. Most triple & quad staterooms over bunk bed style pullman beds. Select categories offer a sofabed
The sooner the better! Prices and payment plans are at their lowest when the group is first promoted. As the travel date gets closer and cabin categories sell out, you will see prices increase and the initial money required will be higher.
This is a large group that has been given discounted prices and a payment plan, so you know the type of cabin you are in, but not assigned a specific cabin until final payment. If you prefer to choose your stateroom up front, we can arrange that, but the deposit will be higher. Please call for details.
Cruise fares are normally provided as double occupancy. A single supplement is an added charge that the cruise line imposes when you want your own stateroom. The good part about booking a cabin as a single, is that you always have the option of adding a guest down the road if you want to, while locking in the pricing once you deposit is made.
As this is a large travel group, we have lots of single travelers that make lifelong friends on our trips, and of course there are also many travelers looking for roommates. We have found over the years that rather than being assigned a roommate, people like to get to know each other a bit online, so G&S set up a Facebook page just for those looking for roommates. Just click on the link and join the group to get started with the roommate concierge. Facebook Group
Gratuities are tips for the cabin stewards, the waiters and waitresses in the restaurants and cafes on the ship. These employees work hard and long hours, so although its voluntary, our guests always want to take care of the dedicated staff, so we have included it in the price. This way you don’t have to worry about it during the cruise.
The discounted rates and payment plans offered come with a caveat. The cruise line wants a guarantee that cabins will be sold, or they will impose a penalty. This is why we provide all the information up front during the booking process to that the terms are clear. That being said, we understand that unexpected things can happen, which is why we strongly suggest that you protect your investment by purchasing travel insurance. This way, if you are cancelling for a covered reason, the penalty will be reimbursed to you by the insurance. Please email us at [email protected] and we can send a complimentary brochure & quote so that you can review.
Once a payment is more than 5 days past due, a late fee of $25 is imposed. If a reservation is more than 10 days past due and you have not called or emailed to get an approved payment plan with the cruise line, your reservation will be cancelled. Should your reservation be cancelled due to lack of payment and you want to re-activate down the road, it is possible the cruise line will not reinstate your reservation, and that prices would be quoted at today’s rate vs. the group rate when you initially booked. It is much better to be proactive & reach out to us so that we can work on your behalf prior to a reservation being cancelled and losing your money.
There is a strict payment plan in place, however we understand that sometimes unexpected things can happen. For extenuating circumstances that can be proved in writing such as job less, injury, death in the family, etc. we can often get the cruise line to grand an extension. It’s important you call us before the payment deadline and not after it is past due.
Per the booking terms, the cruise line has a per person penalty, which is why the funds cannot be transferred to someone else booked on the trip. You can however find someone new to cruise in your place, pay a name change fee, and they can take over your payments from there. Please note, name changes can only be done when an account is current. Past due or cancelled reservations are not eligible for name changes.
Life happens. It may be something unexpected while on your cruise or even an emergency while you are on your trip. We strongly encourage you to consider the purchase of travel insurance to cover unexpected events such as loss of income, medical emergencies for you or someone in your immediate family before and during the trip, a death in the family, natural disasters, and other unforeseen events. Every year we have passengers that lose their investment, because they “didn’t think it could happen to them” or thought there would be an exception for their circumstances. It can often cost as little as $80 to protect your vacation investment. Prices do vary based on your age and the amount of trip that you are insuring. Please email us for a free quote & brochure on the insurance coverage.
Every year there are a limited number of VIP packages available. Please email [email protected] for details.
You can purchase G&S merchandise on our cruises, or at our online store and we’ll ship to you. Visit
If you have any medical, physical or special needs such as a food allergy or restriction, bringing insulin injections, traveling with a C-Pap machine, or are pregnant please contact us at 866-475-7023 before making your reservation.
For U.S. citizens, a valid passport is recommended. The passport must expire at least 6 months after your travel date. You can also travel with both a drivers license & an original birth certificate (copies are not accepted by customs.) Visas are not required for U.S. citizens. For all other travelers please check your local consulate.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you are flying, please check your State's requirement for a REAL ID which is required for domestic air travel after October 2020. REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card. For info by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map. Update: Due to COVID-19 the new deadline for REAL ID is October 1, 2021.
Arrival: Please plan to make your arrival no later than 12 pm. Departure: Due to weather and traffic conditions, we recommend booking a flight out of LAX no earlier than 1 pm. If you arrive on the day of sailing and leave on the day the cruise ends, transfers can be purchased to & from the airport from NCL.
You have a choice of 2 specialty dinners included in your price. Specialty Dining Packages are honored in the following specialty restaurants: American Diner, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Food Republic, Italian, Le Bistro, Los Lobos, Margaritaville at Sea, Moderno Churrascaria, Ocean Blue and Bayamo by Ocean Blue, Pincho Tapas Bar, Q Texas Smokehouse, Raw Bar, Sushi and Teppanyaki. You can make reservations 90 days prior to your cruise Online in NCL's "Dining" section at Your room keycard will be coded and tagged with a sticker. The restaurant staff will request to see your room keycard for verification prior to service. Please keep it handy. All Specialty Restaurant menu items are included except Seafood Platter in Raw Bar. Additional entrée charges may apply. For Food Republic, Pincho, Sushi and Wasabi, an SDP meal includes 4 menu items.
The safety and well-being of guests and team members are Norwegian Cruise Line’s number one priority. The company has a Chief Medical Officer on staff as well as dozens of medical professionals throughout its fleet, and it continues to consult with The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make the best decisions possible and take appropriate action as needed. Norwegian Cruise Line is very proud of the protocols and preventative measures it has in place to address concerns regarding COVID-19. There will be enhanced extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols on board all voyages and health screenings of passengers and crew members. Any guest or crew member with a temperature detected at or above 100.4F/38C will not be able to cruise. While on board, any guest or crew member who exhibits symptoms of any respiratory illness, flu-like symptoms, cough or a fever above 100.4F/38C will be subject to additional screening at the onboard Medical Centre. Isolation wards will be created in the ships’ medical centres to treat passengers concerned they may have been exposed to coronavirus (Covid-19). Ships are upgrading their air filtration systems.
The goal is to have things in place so that you can enjoy a relaxing, safe, stress-free getaway. Although final information has yet to be released, these are some of the changes that you may experience. Initially in Aug/Sept ships will set sail with less guests. At check in, there will be a medical questionnaire & screening, possibly with touch-less temperature checks. Passenger luggage will be disinfected prior to delivery to the cabins. There will be enhanced sanitation including a deep cleaning of cabins in-between each cruise. Guests may be asked to wear masks in certain areas. Dining tables will be spaced 6 ft. apart. Buffet will not be self-serve, but rather staff will serve you and lines will only get in certain directions to ensure a flow of guests. Capacity in the shops may be limited. Shows may have limited capacity, so they will offer them more frequently. You may find plexiglass in more areas of the ship between staff & guests. This may vary by cruise line & ship. We will provide information specific to our cruise as soon as it becomes available.
If this sailing is suspended by Norwegian Cruise Line, you would be offered a choice of a 125% future cruise credit (so 25% extra over what you paid,) that could be moved to another cruise OR you would be able to obtain a refund. Please note, refunds can take up to 90 days as of 8/18/20.

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