One of the great things about cruise holidays is that many of the details are already taken care of for you. That said, a little preparation goes a long way, especially for international travel. Here you’ll find all the essential pre-cruise planning info – including documents you’ll need, tips about check-in, shore excursions and more.
We’ve got you and your travel crew covered with real-time updates on any type of event that may affect your cruise. From weather advisories to Royal Caribbean breaking news to any operational changes that may alter your travel plans – you can always check back here for itinerary updates. It’s up-to-date and reliable, so that you can be prepared and plan accordingly. And of course, if you need further assistance, you can always call us on 1800 754 500 (AU) or 0800 102 123 (NZ) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
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While you’re packing your bags for your cruise adventure, it’s important to ensure that you bring all the necessary travel documents. Depending on your nationality, age (whether you’re a minor or adult) and the country you’re visiting, the requirements may vary. Here, we make it easy for you with a clear, seamless and – most importantly – accurate guide for each port of call and country of origin. This way, you can clear up any questions you have about the valid travel and health documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates that you’ll need while abroad. We answer the most detailed frequently asked questions and include links that take you straight to the original source – like The Centres for Disease Control and World Health Organization – so that you’re fully prepared for the best holiday ever.
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Getting ready for your cruise adventure? Check-in speeds up the process at the port so you can get to the thrills onboard faster. It’s easy to do and you’ll get to skip filling in forms at the pier. Up to 72 hours before your sail date, you can check-in online or with the Royal Caribbean International app* with the 6 items listed below. The system will time out after 30 minutes, so double check that you have everything below for each guest in your group before starting. On your actual day of sailing, you and everyone in your group will only need your signed SetSail pass, identification documents and the credit card that you registered with to board – it’s that easy.
*Check-in via app is available for select ships.
If you’re looking to score the biggest savings available for all your cruise essentials – Cruise Planner is for you. This easy-to-use online portal is where you’ll make all your pre-cruise purchases, including shore excursions, speciality dining, beverage packages, Internet, spa services and more. It’s user-friendly and you’ll score the best pre-cruise prices on all your holiday add-ons. You can even customise your trip to fit your travel style with the Cruise Planner calendar. Broken down by location, date, arrival and departure time – it automatically populates as you make your selections. Plan before you board your cruise and start saving today right here.
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Close your eyes and imagine your ideal holiday day. Maybe it’s snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia – or kicking back in a private cabana at Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. Whatever type of travel you seek and whichever destination you’ve chosen to explore, you can delve deeper into discovery on a shore excursion. Search by port of call, region, ship or sail date. And choose from all kinds of adventures, like scuba excursions, off-the-beaten track adventures, local culinary classes or a curated Royal Private Journey tour by clicking here.
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'What should I pack?' That’s a common question we all ask when preparing for any holiday. While onboard, the right look will vary by venue, and you can check out our quick cheat sheet that breaks down the difference between casual, smart casual, formal and more. In general, make sure to pack deck-friendly shoes that are low-heeled and comfortable walking shoes for your days ashore. Also, pack a few swimsuits so you’ll always have a dry-one handy. And we always suggest that you carry all medications in their original prescription bottles in your carry-on, just in case – along with three days of extra medication in the unlikely event of any type of unexpected change to your itinerary. After all, preparation is key to a fun and safe adventure.
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Now that you’re all packed, you probably have some questions about what to do with your luggage. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered here too. You have the option to carry your bags onboard or check it in before you sail. For an additional fee, we offer Luggage Valet Program so you can skip traditional airport check-in. Your bags will be seamlessly transported directly from your stateroom to the airport and onto your flight – meaning you barely have to lift a finger. You’ll also be able to check in for your flight onboard and receive your airline boarding passes, luggage tags and baggage claim checks in your stateroom. This option is available for international and domestic flights, with the exception of Delta Airlines international flights.
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To keep boarding day running smoothly and get your luggage delivered to you, we issue baggage tags and instructions electronically ahead of your sailing through The Royal Guest eDocs. They are ship-specific and include your sailing date, stateroom and deck number. To expedite your check-in at the port, we recommend securing your luggage tags before you leave your house. However, if you have misplaced your tags, Royal Caribbean Porters at the pier have additional generic tags available for your convenience.
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It’s never too early to start thinking about which holiday keepsakes you’ll bring home from your trip. And with so many places to shop in port, we decided to create Royal Portfolio, a convenient port shopping guide now available for the iPad, too. This downloadable app makes it easy to go from ship to shore to shop. Filled with interactive maps, bonus content and more – you can plan your shopping expedition or just take a sneak peek of what awaits.
If you’re looking to gear up before your journey, check out Royal Gifts for clothing that will keep you looking sharp and ready to set sail. Choose from tote bags, pool essentials, plush towels and fashionable sarongs. Or if you’re celebrating a special occasion, make it even more memorable with room decorations, personalised shirts, in-stateroom sweet treats and more.
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One of the most common questions people ask about is currency. While onboard, you’ll have an Onboard Expense Account linked directly to your SeaPass for any purchases or services. SeaPass cards are administered at the pier or will be in your stateroom upon arrival, depending on your ship. For more information about setting up your SeaPass, click here. While you won’t need cash onboard, we do have cash machines on each ship along with limited currency conversion services for your days ashore. For foreign currency, we use the daily market rates published by the New York-based financial service company, Bloomberg.
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As you’re getting ready for your upcoming cruise, maybe you’re already dreaming about where to go for your next Royal Caribbean holiday. We get it – and even better, we give you a reason to turn those daydreams into reality. NextCruise lets your plan a future cruise and score up to USD 500 in onboard credit – directly onboard your current sailing. You’re guaranteed to lock in the richest offer on any sailing with a deposit as low as USD 100 per person on select fares. There are other benefits too, including the option to pay now and choose your actual itinerary at a later time, along with savings of up to 10% on future shore excursions. You can also book up to three cruise rooms for yourself, friends or family with the same benefits – onboard – look out for the NextCruise Desk onboard or call us for more information.
EXPLORE THE NEXTCRUISE PROGRAM
Seamless adventures are now just a tap away for guests with the new Royal Caribbean International app. The app packs a list of features that make it easier for guests to plan and manage their holiday, including access to daily plans and deck maps, reservations for dining and shore excursions, and more. The Royal Caribbean International app is free to download and use for both iOS and Android devices – no Internet package is required.
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