Field Trip Guidelines & FAQ

School Cruise Code of Conduct


Our goal at the Gateway Clipper Fleet is to ensure that everyone has and enjoyable time aboard a school cruise. Misbehavior by any student or school group can affect everyone else on the cruise. With that in mind, the Gateway Clipper Fleet reserves the right to deny future booking to any school group that does not adhere to this Code of Conduct.


Students' Code of Conduct


School field trips are meant to be fun, yet educational, experiences for students and teachers alike. The success of these field trips depends upon the conduct of not only the students, but also the supervision provided by teachers and chaperones while on our cruise. In order to better serve the students, the Gateway Clipper Fleet does our best to keep students of like age groups together on our cruises. However, there is potential for any school cruise to have students of varying ages (elementary up through high school). In order for everyone to get the most out of our educational cruises, the following Code of Conduct must be adhered to at all times.

Expectations of Students


  • The behavioral standards that are expected of students while on school property are the standards that are expected while on the cruise.
  • Students must  follow the directions and instructions of their teachers and chaperones, as well as, the directives of the boat crew at all times.
  • Students must remain in the presence of a teacher or chaperone at all times.
  • Students must conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Students must respect private and public property.
  • Students shall not engage in horseplay, running or any behavior that endangers themselves or others.

Expectations of Teachers & Chaperones


  • The level of student supervision and discipline that is expected of teachers while on school property is the same level that is expected while on the cruise.
  • Teachers and chaperones are jointly responsible for monitoring and maintaining orderly student conduct while on the boat.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Chevron down How do I make a reservation?
  • Reservations cannot be made online, however, we ask that you book your student dining cruise or field trip by emailing us at [email protected] and providing us with the following information:

    SCHOOL NAME
    TEACHER NAME
    PREFERRED DATE(S)
    NUMBER OF STUDENTS

    Once we receive your inquiry, our Education Cruise Managers will contact you and help you plan a great day for your students!

    Please note that submitting an inquiry DOES NOT CONFIRM a reservation, you must speak with a Education Cruise Manager to complete the reservation process.

  • Chevron down Is there a minimum group size?
  • No, there is not a minimum group size for any student cruise.  The student rate is set and is not dependent on group size.

  • Chevron down How do I know that my reservation is confirmed?
  • You will receive a contract; once the contract is signed and returned to us with deposit your trip is confirmed.

  • Chevron down Do I need to place a deposit?
  • Yes, a 50% deposit is due ONE MONTH after finalizing booking of a Sightseeing Field Trip.  A 25% deposit is due TWO WEEKS after finalizing booking of a Student Dining Cruise.

  • Chevron down How do I pay for my visit?
  • Total payment is due 2 WEEKS PRIOR to sailing date for a Sightseeing Field Trip.  Total payment is due ONE MONTH PRIOR to the sailing date for a Student Dining Cruise.  We will not allow a group to sail if total payment is not received.

  • Chevron down What happens if my attendance decreases after I have guaranteed and paid for a total guest count?
  • Due to the high demand for these trips, we are unable to refund any tickets that might not be used.

  • Chevron down What forms of payment do you accept?
  • We will accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Money Orders, Cash and Checks made out to the Gateway Clipper Fleet.