WHAT DOCUMENTATIONS DO I NEED TO BRING?
Guests arriving at embarkation without proper documentation may not join the voyage and will NOT be entitled to a refund.
U.S. citizens taking "closed-loop" cruises are not required to have a passport, but will need proof of citizenship such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) as well as a government-issued photo ID. Children are also required to bring proof of citizenship, and if 16 and over, a photo ID is also required.
Although a passport is not required for U.S. citizens taking "closed loop" cruises, we strongly recommend all guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond completion of travel). Having a passport will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event they miss their scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if they need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency. Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain further details. For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov.
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT
As our cruise will be leaving during the height of the holiday season and during peak winter weather, we highly recommend arriving at the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) one day prior to the sailing date to avoid any delays that may cause you to miss the ship.
For your return trip home on January 8th, please book your flight to depart after 2:00pm from the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Please remember that the rule of thumb for the cheapest flights is to book between 18-24 days before your intended departure date.
Sovereign will be arranging a pre and post cruise hotel in Houston, TX for those who will be needing accommodations. Please stay tuned for details.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PORT
Port of Galveston
2702 Harborside Dr. Pier 27
From George Bush International Airport (IAH) (71 miles):
-Exit the airport and turn right onto Eastex FRWY/US-59.
-Merge onto US-59 S via the ramp on the left.
-Take I-45 south to Exit 1C, and turn left (east) onto Harborside Drive/Hwy 275.
-Continue about 4.7 miles to Kempner / 22nd street (which is the street leading into the Cruise Ship Terminal entrance), and turn left.
-The are adjacent to the terminal is for loading/unloading luggage curbside only.
Port shuttle buses will take guest parking to terminal and vs.
On the first day...
For the first day of your cruise, pack a small carry-on bag with your travel documents, a change of clothes, bathing suit, workout clothes, and any medications you may need. That way you don't have to wait for your checked bags to arrive in your stateroom.
Shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses and sundresses are all perfect during the day, whether indoors or out.
For lounging by the pool, pack two bathing suits (an extra suit in case the other is wet) and a pair of casual shoes (e.g., flip-flops, sandals, sneakers). You'll also need some casual shorts and a couple of t-shirts or a cover-up for getting to and from the pool areas.
If you're planning to visit our onboard fitness center, be sure to bring extra shorts, t-shirts and socks that you won't mind working out in - plus a pair of tennis or running shoes/sneakers.
There are three distinct types of evenings onboard: casual, smart casual and formal.
Suggested guidelines for these nights are:
Casual Nights: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women
Smart Casual Night: Jackets and ties for men, dresses or pantsuits for women
1 Formal Night: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses for women.
Remember, shorts, T-shirts, and bathing suits are not considered appropriate attire in the dining rooms at dinner. Casual dress dining is available nightly in the Windjammer Cafe. And be aware you'll also need smart casual attire for some of the specialty restaurants.
WHAT NOT TO PACK?
For the safely of our guests, the following items are not allowed onboard and will be confiscated upon being found: Electrical Transformers, Coffee Makers, Candles, Irons, Illegal Drugs, Flammable Liquids and Explosives, such as fireworks. For security purposes, we also recommend not packing any valuables (such as jewelry) in your checked luggage.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS?
There's no better way to excite every member of your family than with a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. We offer a huge variety of activities onboard and excursions on shore, so you can explore and have fun as a group or break out and do the things you each love most.
Many of our excursions offer the excitement and wonder that appeal to all ages. Be sure to check the descriptions to pick the ones your family will enjoy.
Onboard, our Adventure Ocean Youth Program offers adventure (and education) for kids ages 3-17 with different activities and programs for different age groups. For our youngest guests and their parents, we offer Fisher-Price Playgroups with interactive sessions for 6 to 36-month-olds developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price.
IS INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE FROM THE SHIP?
Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
There will be designated "Hot Spots" throughout the ship
To use our WI-FI access, you'll need:
A laptop, Windows operating system, and 802.11b Wireless networking capability
The cost for Wi-Fi access through your own laptop is:
Base rate is $.55 per minute or choose from one of our prepaid packages:
$28.00 for 60 minutes
$38.00 for 90 minutes
$55.00 for 150 minutes
The Internet Cafe/Workstation
These stations provide access to e-mail and the Internet, plus direct connections to favorite websites for stock, sports and entertainment updates. You can also send virtual postcards while at sea, and in ports-of-call worldwide. If you don't have an e-mail account, you can also establish one onboard.
The cost is $.55 per minute or you can choose a prepaid package:
$28.00 for 60 minutes
$38.00 for 90 minutes
$55.00 for 150 minutes
Prices are subject to change without notice.
WHAT IS ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S POLICY ON CRUISING WHILE PREGNANT?
Royal Caribbean International cannot accept guests who will have entered their 24th week of pregnancy by the beginning of, or at any time during the cruise. A physician's "Fit to Travel" note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) your pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that you are in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.