Ready, Get Set, GO!
Things To Know Before You Go.
for your cruise vacation can be half the fun. On a Royal Caribbean
vacation, nearly everything is taken care of and, in order to help you get
ready, I've put together this collection of some of the most
commonly asked questions.
documents will I need to travel?
are recommended for all US citizens for all travel outside of the United
States. All guests are required to submit acceptable proof of identity.
that will be accepted as proof of identity are: a passport; a federal,
state, or a local government-issued picture ID card; an original or
certified copy of your birth certificate with one of the following photo
ID cards: state driver's license; US company employee ID card; or an ID
card issued by a private identification card service. A voter's
registration card is no longer acceptable on its own, but may be used as
citizens residing in the United States must show valid Alien Registration
(green) cards prior to boarding the ship. Please double check with
your government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine your own
should bring a passport. If you do not have a passport two valid forms of
photo I.D. need to be brought, e.g original birth certificate, driver's
license, Canadian citizen card.
are responsible for bringing all travel documents such as passports,
visas, proof of citizenship, etc., required for boarding and reentry into
the US. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring the
required documentation. For your protection, Royal Caribbean recommends
that your passport expiration date not occur within six (6) months of the
voyage termination date.
always recommend making photocopies of the following and keeping them in a
separate place from the originals: passport, birth certificate, driver's
license, citizen card, credit cards, personal checks, ATM banking cards.
If you should lose the originals the photocopies can help in restoring
Caribbean Packing Information
general, be comfortable. Days onboard are casual. And in the evening,
things get as formal as you wish or casual chic. Definitely no jeans at
night ! In the daytime you'll be most
comfortable in sports clothes and resort wear. Shoes should be low-heeled
for deck activities. Bring a few swimsuits so you'll always have a dry
one. Also make sure to bring a cover-up for your swimsuit for traveling
between your cabin and the pool decks. The air conditioning in the
corridors makes for a sharp contrast when you enter the ship still wet and
warm from the sun.
Don't forget your camera, binoculars and a swimsuit! (Towels are
provided.) Good idea to bring a money belt as well for when you go
about blow-dryers, electric razors, adaptors & laundry?
your blow dryer and electric razor (you won't need an adaptor). For a very
sensible fee, they will do your laundry and dry cleaning in just one day.
can I board the ship?
may begin boarding the ship at 2:00 P.M. It's your responsibility to
arrive on time. The latest a guest can board the ship is 60 minutes before
and where do I check in?
present your cruise documents to one of the Royal Caribbean receptionists
in the cruise terminal. They will issue you a Passenger Cruise Card, which
will server as you identification card for boarding and re-boarding the
ship. It also acts as a SuperCharge Card for the onboard purchases as well
as indicating your dining room seating assignment.
about Dining? And Room Service?
you make your cruise vacation reservations, tell me whether you'd like to
have dinner at 6:15pm (main seating) or 8:30pm (second seating). Your
seating time will be noted on your cruise ticket, and your Passenger
Cruise Card will indicate your pre-assigned table number. If preferred
dining is not available, you can be put on a wait list. Dining will be
cleared closer to the sailing date based on availability. I
recommend the second seating since it gives you more time ashore.
For your convenience, complimentary 24-hour Room Service is also available
- in addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack service and midnight
will have your choice of the following: Sunrise coffee on deck,
breakfast-in-bed, full breakfast in dining room, pool-side lunch, dining
room lunch, afternoon tea,
snacks, cocktails, dining room dinner and a midnight buffet. Of course, if you
somehow manage to get hungry in between, there's always 24-hour room
are the onboard dress codes?
are three distinct types of "evenings" on board - casual, smart
casual and formal. Suggested guidelines for these evenings are as follows.
evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:
summer dresses, skirts or slacks and blouses for women; sport shirts and trousers for
Casual: dressed or pantsuits for women; jackets for men
cocktail dresses for women; suits and ties, or tuxedos for men. Basically
what you would wear to a summer formal wedding is right. Dark suit for men
on formal nights or white dinner jacket with dark pants is fine. You can
also rent tuxedos onboard.
you'll need comfortable walking shoes, as well as a hat and sunscreen from
Again, these are guidelines and your evenings attire is left up to
your discretion. In addition, Royal Caribbean International does provide
alternative casual dining in the Windjammer Cafe onboard on each of the formal
evenings if you don't want to ever dress up. Personally however I feel
that we don't get enough chances in our busy lives to get gussied up so
these evenings are always very special and always the best nights for
dining in the dining room.
is your smoking policy?
the comfort of the guests, designated smoking and nonsmoking areas are
available in all lounges. Cigar and pipe smoking is only permitted on the
ships' outer decks. Smoking is not permitted at any time in dining areas.
All showrooms are nonsmoking during performances.
Do I Pay For Onboard Purchases?
convenience the passengers use the Supercharge signing system. This system
allows you to charge all onboard purchases simply by presenting your
validated Passenger Cruise Card which is issued to you upon boarding.
Your Supercharge charges will be automatically applied to your Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, Optima, Diners Club International or
Discover card allowing for fast and convenient debarkation. On the last
morning of your cruise, an itemized, carefully audited statement of your
account will be delivered to your stateroom for verification. Supercharge
is used for all purchases on board except those few instances where they require cash such as gratuities (other than wine and bar service),
casino gambling and foreign exchange.
you don't want to use a credit card, simply advise at check-in and they
will note on your account that you are paying with cash or travelers
checks at the end of the cruise. You can verify your charges at the
pursers desk on a daily basis to know what has been charged to your cabin.
are the tipping guidelines?
Caribbean encourages guests to recognize excellence. The following amounts
are suggestions only. Dining room waiters and cabin stewards are typically
"tipped" $3.50 per guest per day; assistance waiters, $2.00 per
guest per day. Your cabin steward should get $ 3.00 a day. Note: A 15%
gratuity will be added to all bar and wine checks.
much money should I bring?
price of the cruise includes ship accommodations, meals, some beverages
and most entertainment. The amount of money needed for items of a personal
nature, such as shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, photos, gratuities, etc. will be at your discretion.
about shore excursions?
If you book at least 45 days prior to sailing, you'll receive a complete
description of shore excursions along with your cruise documents. Once
you're on board, I will give you a shore excursion suggestion booklet with
the best choices at each destination. I have been to each of these
destinations dozens of times and I can best assist you in which tour is
worth the money and those which are not worth wasting your money on.
As well the knowledgeable staff at
the shore excursion desk can assist you with planning and any questions
you may have. Tours can be arranged and purchased onboard using your
do I need to do on the last night of the cruise vacation?
Here's a quick checklist of things you should do on the evening before you
return home: *Extend customary gratuities to those who have made your
cruise vacation an unforgettable experience.; *Pack your bags and place
them outside your stateroom door by midnight. Your cabin steward will give
you a colored tag for each piece of luggage. Please put your name and home
address on each tag and remove all loose straps and hooks. Carry fragile
and valuable items (such as jewelry, cameras, etc. with you. Those with
earlier flights will be dis-embarked first. Make sure your flights are no
earlier than 11 am to return home.
should I prepare for customs?
Instruction about clearing customs will be provided by the Cruise Director
during the debarkation talk on the last day of the cruise. We highly
recommend that you attend this important and informative talk.