If you’ve travelled abroad before, chances are you have purchased a power converter or adapter kit that travels wherever you do. In fact, a multi-function power adapter and converter is one of the most essential pieces of equipment to pack these days, thanks to the bevvy of electronic gadgets that many of us have become attached to.
There’s a big difference between an adapter and a converter.
An adapter is simply that – a plug that allows you to connect a North American appliance to a European (or other country)’s wall socket. These can be used with devices like laptop computers that already have a transformer to convert the current from 110 to 220v.
For electrical appliances without a transformer, you will need to purchase a power converter. Usually, these can come in an all-in-one package that combines several different plug types with a built-in converter. How can you tell which is which? An easy rule of thumb: if it’s cheap, you’ve likely picked up an adapter. If it is expensive, it’s your converter.
So how can you tell what your appliances can take? Have a look at the label on the back of the device; if it has a range between 100 and 240v, it has a converter built into it. Common examples of this are some types of camera battery chargers, laptop power supplies, and so on.
But what about your river cruise ship – do you need an adapter or converter while onboard? Find out using our handy guide below:
AmaWaterways: Electricity on board all ships is 220v, with 2-pin (European-style) power outlets. You will need an adapter, and/or converter depending on which electrical appliances you bring with you.
Avalon Waterways: Electricity on board is 220v. The bathrooms have a dual 220v/110-120v plug for shavers and small appliances. You will need an adapter or converter to use in other outlets in the stateroom for any small personal items such as a razor, curling iron or alarm clock. In the Galápagos, electrical outlets are 110v with American type outlets.
Scenic Tours: 220 V and international power adaptors required.
Tauck: 220v power is used onboard.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: 220V power is most common; some ships also have 110V outlets.
Viking River Cruises: Onboard electricity is 220V; for more detailed information on plugs and adapters click here. Staterooms will have one or two 115V outlets for North American guests to use with shavers, etc., in the bathroom and/or desk area.