Welcome to Odyssean Travel's Explorer Community Forum!
This Forum is a place where you can share your own first-hand experiences to help others plan better trips, ask a question of an industry insider or recent visitor, or to seek out information to help plan your own cruise or vacation.
Most of all, it is a place to have fun talking about the types of life-changing experiences we can only enjoy through cruise & travel!
Please take the time to read or review the following requirements for use and personal conduct when contributing to this forum:
We're a friendly, positive community. It starts with you!
Positive comments are always preferred, we ask that your posts remain constructive, helpful, or otherwise respectful.
Please refrain from the use of foul or hurtful language. Comments intended to harm or incense others are not welcome here.
Our community is built on trust, part of that trust means knowing who it is you're sharing with! For this reason we require you use your real name when creating and maintaining your profile, and where sharing any content or feedback on this site.
Full first and last names are preferred
We'll accept a first initial with full last name or full first name with last initial.
We can't accept any pseudonym or fake name, unfortunately.
If you're here representing a business, please remember that the above rules apply. That means you should designate a real person on your team to be the appropriate representative here in our Explorer Community Forum and you might avoid using a logo or commercial marketing materials in your profile picture.
No solicitation, spam, or poor quality links
Help us keep the community a helpful place. We're a community of world-travelers seeking amazing experiences, people don't participate so they can be bombarded with ads and solicitations.
Linking off of our site in your posts & personal profile is not prohibited, but you should link to a place which adds value and not one which distracts from the conversation. Such links should not be commercial in nature or link to competing businesses or services without prior approval.
Anyone adding affiliate links or other tracking methods to links will be immediately banned.
You are also asked not to repeatedly use any tagging features of this forum in attempt to attract the attention of another user.
Stay on topic, stay focused
Along with abstaining from promotions and spam, please help us keep the forum tidy and easy to use:
Search your query before asking a new question
Allow others to help you in their own time, do not cross-post or bump posts
Conversations can take a life of their own, it's meant to be fun! But try not to become a force for distraction
Quality of posts and content
We're not asking you to channel your inner Shakespeare, but we do encourage proper spelling and grammar, and to format your posts so they are easy to read.
ALL CAPS posts will be deleted.
This forum should remain a helpful if not vital travel planning resource. Please help us keep it that way by sharing only your own experiences, and to keep those recommendations both current and accurate.
The forum is a more helpful resource if you can voice your thoughts and opinions in a constructive manner. Remember that the world of travel brings us in contact with many standards and practices which might be vastly different than what we're accustomed to at home.
Personal & shared security
Some categories are private, some are not. All are on the internet.
For your safety we suggest you do not share personal contact information at any time. You should not share that of others, even if you think you have their permission. Why not invite them into the Forum instead and put them in touch with whomever needs their input!
Access to certain private categories may depend on subscription or community membership and participation, but if you'd like a new private category please let the admins know.
We strongly encourage you get the good word out about our community, but where you do have access to a private category, you should respect the trust of that little travel tribe and refrain from sharing or taking screenshots for distribution.
At no time will your travel advisor or the Odyssean Travel Team request your personal or payment information in this forum. Do not share this info at any time with anyone in relation to a post here or conversation you have not initiated with your Odyssean Travel advisor.
If someone has contacted you on this site or off-site in relation to your personal contact or payment information, please let the admins know immediately.
Copyright, intellectual property, and permission
We strongly encourage you to share your own trip experiences! Photos and videos lend themselves well to online storytelling, helping paint a more vivid picture of your tale. However, your story shouldn't come at a cost to others. At no time should you be posting anything which violates the rights of others, including copyright or intellectual property.
Ideally that means sharing your own photos or videos, but you should also have permission from the people and businesses featured in your content.
In general, be good!
Common sense applies, but we've built this platform for sharing and the types of personal growth which only comes from travel!
Quotes, rates, and accuracy of information
By using this Forum you understand that anything shared here by any party is intended for information purposes only and does not at any time constitute a quote for travel purchases.
You should contact your Odyssean Travel Team or dedicated advisor for real quotes featuring the most accurate information, rates, and availability in planning or booking your trip.
Finally, this is not a place for legal advice
These forums are not a place to seek legal advice.
Anything shared in these forums is not to be construed as legal advice.