Best Royal Caribbean Cruise

January 25, 2017
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  • Some beverages cost extra
  • High-capacity ships may feel crowded, especially around the holidays
  • Not all amenities are covered in cruise rates

On Board

Although Royal Caribbean cruises depart from ports all over the world, the company's primary clientele is based in North America. The company attracts cruisers in their 30s, 40s and 50s, many of whom travel with their families. You are more likely to encounter multigenerational groups on trips that are shorter than seven days and overlap with the winter holidays and school vacations in the spring and summer — during these times, cruise ships may be filled to capacity.

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On Shore

Royal Caribbean offers a wide selection of shore excursions that range from horseback riding, wildlife watching and golf expeditions to helicopter tours, 4x4 off-road drives and scuba adventures. You can explore new cities on a guided sightseeing excursion, or tour new flavors on a culinary discovery tour. Shore excursions vary ...

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Before You Book

  • All cruise fares are per person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom. The price of your cruise will include meals in the ship's main dining areas, access to most sports and leisure facilities and evening shows. Internet access, gratuity and some food, beverages and amenities cost extra.
  • Children younger than 6 months are not allowed on Royal Caribbean cruises. On Transpacific, Transatlantic, Hawaiian and some South American sailings, guests must be at least 12 months old to sail. Individuals must be 21 years or older to sail unaccompanied from North America and 18 for cruises departing from South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Cruise prices do not cover taxes and fees.
  • Your cruise must be paid in full at least 60 days prior to departure for three-, four- or five-night trips and 75 days prior to departure for itineraries lasting six nights or longer.
  • You can cancel your cruise for a full refund if you notify Royal Caribbean 60 days prior to departure for a three-, four- or five-night cruise; 75 days before a voyage lasting seven nights or longer; or 90 days if you're sailing during a holiday season. If you miss those deadlines, cancellation penalties vary.
  • For a to service fee, Royal Caribbean's AIR2SEA program will guarantee you pay the lowest airfare for flights to and from your departure port. If you sign up for the AIR2SEA program, Royal Caribbean will also help you handle any delays and cancellations that may jeopardize your cruise plans.

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  • Royal Caribbean encourages you to check in for your cruise no later than three days prior to departure on the Royal Caribbean website. If you complete the online check-in process, you will need to arrive at the pier at least 60 minutes before the boat is scheduled to leave. If you do not register in advance, plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the ship is scheduled to depart.
  • For trips that begin and end in the United States, you will need a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) and a government-issued birth certificate or naturalization certificate. All other cruises require a passport that is valid for six months after you return from your trip.
  • You must ensure that you are physically fit for cruise travel. The World Health Organization provides a list of vaccines needed on a country-by-country basis. Royal Caribbean also requires that you bring any necessary inoculation records with you.
  • Onboard medical care is not covered in the cost of your cruise. Before you depart, make sure you have all of your required medications.
  • Shore excursions, meals at specialty restaurants and certain onboard fitness classes, spa treatments and entertainment offerings can be reserved four to 180 days prior to departure using Royal Caribbean's Pre-Cruise Planner.

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