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Onboard Attire:
During the day, casual dress is perfect whether indoors or out. For lounging by the pool, pack bathing suits and a pair of casual shoes (e.g., flip flops, sandals, sneakers). Guests will also need some casual shorts and a couple of t-shirts or a cover-up for getting to and from the pool areas.

If guests are planning to visit our onboard fitness center, pack extra shorts, t-shirts and socks for working out in- plus a pair of tennis or running shoes/sneakers.

If guests are cruising to Northern Europe or Alaska, remember that nights on deck can be cool. Bring sweaters, jackets and long pants. And if guests will be touring any museums, cathedrals or churches, it’s always wise to dress conservatively. Guests may also want to bring a raincoat, hiking shoes and a travel umbrella.

Dining Room Dress Code:
At no time are bare feet or bathing suits allowed; also shorts during dinner. We offer casual dining every evening in the Windjammer Cafe except the last night of the cruise. Smart casual attire will also be needed for some of our specialty restaurants.

Casual: Sundresses or pants and blouses
Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuit
Formal: Cocktail dresses

Casual: Sports shirts and slacks
Smart Casual: Jackets and ties
Formal: Suits and ties, or tuxedos*

The number of smart casual and formal nights is at the ship’s discretion and the days they fall on may also vary.

Cruise Length Casual Nights Smart Casual Nights Formal Nights
3-Night 2 0 1
4-Night 3 0 1
5-Night 3 1 1
6-Night 3 1 2
7-Night 4 1 2


New Gratuities:
Effective March 1, 2013, all passengers would be charged an automatic daily gratuity for the crew members in the dining room and housekeeping that serve are traditionally tipped.

Royal Caribbean will add an automatic daily gratuity of $12.00 USD ($14.25 USD for Suite guests) to the onboard account of each guest to be shared by Dining Services Staff, Stateroom Attendants and Other Housekeeping Services Personnel. This new gratuity replaces the previously optional gratuity guidelines.

A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to your bar bill or wine check when you are served.

Note: These gratuities apply to guests of all ages. All onboard gratuities can be adjusted by visiting guest relations desk onboard the ship and ask to change the automatic gratuity charges if they feel service is not up to the expected levels..

Before Leaving Home:
Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship.

Caution: The requirements described below are required by government regulations and policies. They are subject to change without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents such as a passport, visas, inoculation certificate and family legal documents are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country and may be subject to fines. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring the proper documentation.

We strongly recommend that all guest travel with a valid Passport with an expiration date of not less than six (6) months from the last day of travel.

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same U.S. port) will be able to enter or depart the U.S. with a valid passport book, U.S. Passport Card, U.S. or Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program Card such as a Nexus Card, Sentri Card or Fast Card. In the absence of any of the documents listed above, guests will be required to present BOTH an identification and citizenship document from each of the lists below in order to embark our vessel. The name on both documents needs to match the name on the cruise line reservation. If it does not as a result of marriage or divorce, guests will need to provide their state, county or province issued marriage license or divorce decree. Guests who legally change their name will need to present a court document.

Closed-Loop Identification Documents:

  • Laminated driver’s license or identification card issued by federal, state, provincial, country, territory or municipal authority
  • All identification documents must have a photo, name and date of birth

Closed-Loop Citizenship Documents (Government issued):

  • U.S. Birth Certificate (original)
  • U.S. Birth Abroad Certificate (original)
  • U.S. Naturalization Certificate (original)
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (original)

A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original or a copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issues by DOS, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Smoking Policy:

Under the new policy, smoking will not be permitted in staterooms and on stateroom balconies fleet wide on all ships. Additionally, all indoor public spaces will be smoke free, with the exception of the Casino, the Connoisseur Club on Freedom and Voyager Class ships, and one designated smoking venue on ships sailing from Chinese homeports.  In the Casino, there will be designated smoking and non-smoking areas. Additionally, Outdoor smoking areas will be designated on the starboard side of all ships; with the exception of Oasis-class ships that will allow smoking on the port side of the ships.

The indoor smoking areas allow tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Cigars and pipe tobacco can be enjoyed in designated outdoor areas, or in the cigar club on the ships that offer this venue. Effective 1/1/2014

Alcoholic Beverages:

Guests are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. Security may inspect containers (including water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, canteens, etc.) at any time and will dispose of alcohol concealed in such containers. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased from onboard shops or in ports-of-call (which must be presented to security upon re-boarding), will be secured by ship’s personnel. Alcohol secured by ship’s personnel will be returned to guests just prior to the conclusion of their cruise vacation. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

Guests who violate any alcohol policy, including but not limited to underage drinking; providing alcohol to minors or young adults; possessing, concealing or attempting to conceal alcoholic items in their luggage, when boarding or while onboard; engaging in alcohol drinking games; or failing to consume alcohol responsibly, will be considered for discipline under the provisions of this policy.


Failure to act in accordance with this policy may result in:

 Intervention by Security, other management personnel, or law enforcement;

 Removal of certain onboard privileges, which may include being detained, quarantined or confined in a stateroom or holding cell;

 Confiscation of illegal/contraband/prohibited items (may be turned over to law

enforcement authorities);

 Denial of boarding on the current or any future Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation;

 Reporting of incidents to government and law enforcement authorities for following legal action;

Removal from a ship at the next port-of-call. Guests removed from a Royal Caribbean International ship pursuant to this policy are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation home, at their expense. Documentation requirements for re-entry into the guest’s home country are also the responsibility of the guest.

Establishing and articulating a Guest Conduct Policy helps ensure that all guests are able to enjoy a fantastic, safe and secure cruise vacation experience. Royal Caribbean International appreciates your support of this policy and hopes this will be the best vacation you have ever had.

Disclaimer: These tips are provided as a courtesy. This document serves only as a tip sheet and not a full listing of terms and policies. In addtion, it in no way mitigates the traveler’s responsibility to know the current and most recent terms and policies for all of their travel plans exclusive of what is provided on this tip sheet.