Can I Board a Royal Caribbean Ship If I’m Pregnant?

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. policy regarding pregnancy is derived from the Cruise Lines International Association endorsement of the American College of Emergency Physicians Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities, which can be found at https://www.acep.org/administration/resources/cruise-ships/prep—health-care-guidelines-for-cruise-ship-medical-facilities/.  This includes the guideline that “Pregnant women who have entered the 24th week of estimated fetal gestational age at any time during the cruise should not be eligible to sail with the ship.

It is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. policy that any Guest who will have entered her 24th week of pregnancy or greater, at any time during the cruise, will be prohibited from sailing.

The Guest and treating physician should consider before any cruise that there is no Obstetrician/Gynecologist available on the ship, and that pregnancies, when unstable and poorly controlled, are potentially life-threatening, especially without back up. A Guest may be at sea for several days without any immediate hospital and/or specialist back up, and that since the proposed itinerary is not within the U.S., and the availability of specialized shore side facilities can be problematic.

All guests are required to sign a health questionnaire at check-in to ensure they are aware of our pregnancy policy. If you have already booked a cruise or cruise tour and do not meet this requirement, please contact your Travel Advisor or call Royal Caribbean at (866) 562-7625 and request a Resolution Agent.

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For more frequently asked questions visit https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq.

Source: Royal Caribbean 

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12 Things You Must Know Before Purchasing a Royal Caribbean Drink Package!

One of the most popular add ons when you book a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation is Royal Caribbean’s Deluxe Beverage Package. The beverage package can be pricey, but could it could also be a fantastic value. One of the the questions that consistently comes up in our Facebook Group, Royal Cruise Group is “Should we buy the drink package?” Well we’ve prepared 12 tips that will help you decide if the package is right for you.

 

1. Pre-purchase your beverage package online

Pre-purchasing your beverage package online through the Cruise Planner is the best way to get the lowest price on beverage package! Royal will generally offer you 30% off the beverage package and will occasionally go to 40% off on select sailings. You should book the package early and if the price happens to drop you can cancel and re-book at the lower price point. Now it’s important to remember the package is priced per person, per day and they will add an 18% gratuity to the total.

 

2. All guests in the same stateroom must purchase

Royal Caribbean does require all guests over 21 years of age staying in the same stateroom to purchase the deluxe beverage package, even if only one member of your party desires to purchase the package. Now there are exceptions to this rule where they will allow you to substitute a non-alcoholic beverage package, however you will need to call in and speak with a Royal Caribbean representative to discuss your specific needs and options.

 

3. Will you drink enough to make it worthwhile?

This boils down to your individual habits while you are on vacation. It’s important to remember that the package not only covers alcoholic beverages up $13, but it also covers non-alcoholic drinks such as bottled water, freshly squeezed orange juice, specialty coffee & teas and one of our favorites… energy drinks. With all this in mind, you could easily consume north of 8 beverages a day with a mix of the above mentioned choices and still get your money’s worth.

In our past sailings we’ve started the day with specialty coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice before heading to the solarium where we would enjoy a combination of beers and premium cocktails throughout the day. Then a lot of bottled waters and finishing the day with a glass or two of wine, a redbull to keep us going and then cocktails in the casino to end the night. This ads up to an average of 10 plus beverages a day and we definitely get our money’s worth. At this rate we never felt like we were over indulging.

 

4. Call your liquor

Your beverage package includes top shelf premium brands. When ordering, instead of asking for a vodka and cran you should specify your liquor by ordering a Tito’s and cran instead as this would be included in the package. There are many premium brands available and they would be included as the package includes beverages up to $13

 

5. Try some new drinks

You’re on vacation and this is a great time to try out some new drinks and find your new favorite cocktail. Don’t like the taste of what you ordered? Put it down and order something else. We love experimenting with new beverages almost every time we sail.

 

6. Use your package at private stops

When deciding on whether to purchase the package, a stop at one of the private islands should be a consideration as it greatly increases the value of the package. When you purchase the beverage package you’re also able to use it at Royal Caribbean’s private destinations, Labadee and Perfect Day at CocoCay.

 

7. Don’t share

A common misconception of the beverage package is being able to share it with other guests. If you have purchased the package it is for you only and you will only be served 1 drink per SeaPass.

 

8. Don’t over tip

Be careful about over tipping, when you buy the package you are automatically charged an 18% gratuity on the package and that covers all drinks ordered on your voyage. However if you want to tip extra, just remember gratuity has already been included.

 

9. Do you have to purchase a package?

No, The beverage package is a nice way to splurge but is not required. The free beverages included are tap water, milk, tea, coffee (regular and decaf), lemonade, iced tea, flavored waters, juices (at breakfast and not fresh squeezed) and hot chocolate. If you’re deciding to purchase the beverage package you’ll need to decide whether you will drink enough each day over the entire duration of your cruise to cover the cost of the package. Take into consideration the number of days of your sailing, how many days you’ll be off the ship (excluding the private destinations) and the number of drinks you think you’ll have on a daily basis. These are all very important factors when making a determination on the beverage package. The bottom line is no it’s not required but definitely nice to have if you enjoy adult beverages, premium teas and coffee, sodas and such.

 

10. Don’t overlook the non-alcoholic beverages

If you’ve ordered the Deluxe Beverage Package it also includes numerous other non-alcoholic beverages on the ship such as: Bottled water, fresh squeezed orange juice, latte’s, espresso, red bull and more.

 

11. It works at restaurants.

When you sit down for dinner at a specialty restaurant or the main dining room don’t forget your package works there also. You can order anything from a glass of wine to a hand crafted cocktail, even a cappuccino with your dessert. This is something that is easily overlooked when calculating how many beverages you’ll consume daily.

 

12. It’s truly unlimited

Unlike other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean’s beverage packages are truly unlimited. The only time you can expect not to be served is if you have had too much to drink and you’re really showing it. Just remember to keep it classy!

 

Let’s break down the 3  beverage package options Royal Caribbean currently offers for 2020.

 

Classic Soda Package

Coca-Cola souvenir cup and unlimited soda at any venue onboard or at the private islands as well as Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountain beverage refills.

Onboard pricing is currently $12.99 – $15.00/per day for 2019-2020 sailings.

 

Refreshment Package

  • A Coca-Cola souvenir cup 
  • Unlimited soda at any venue onboard or at the private islands and Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage refills 
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails)
  • Bottled still and sparkling water
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Fresh-squeezed juices

Onboard pricing is currently $29.00 – $38.00/per day for 2020 sailings

 

Deluxe Beverage Package

  • A Coca-Cola souvenir cup 
  • Unlimited soda at any venue onboard or at the private islands and Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage refills 
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails)
  • Bottled still and sparkling water
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Fresh-squeezed juices
  • Spirits and Liquor cocktails
  • Beer 
  • Wine by the Glass
  • A 40% discount on bottled wines priced up to $100
  • and 20% discount on wine bottle prices above $100

Onboard pricing is currently  $63.00 – $89.00/per day for 2020 sailings

Average Beverage Costs Without a Beverage Package Before Gratuity

Cappuccino $4.00
Espresso $2.50
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice $4.95
Red Bull $4.50
Wine White/Red/Sparking $10.00-$16.00
Beer $6.50
Cocktails/Frozen Drinks $11.00
Water Bottle $3.25
Sodas $2.95

Beverage Cost Breakdown

We have created a sample beverage cost breakdown of a typical cruise based on what we consume on a 7 day cruise with 3 stops and one of which is a private island.

Onboard pricing is currently  $63.00 – $89.00/per day for 2020 sailings so let’s find a number right in the middle and say they are $76 per person per day for the purposes of this cost breakdown.

beverage breakdown

We hope this has helped you when deciding whether or not to purchase the beverage package. 

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What To Pack and What To Leave For a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise

On the last day of our 7 day Royal Caribbean cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, we laid out everything on the bed and couch to get an idea of how much we overpacked and to come up with a way to fit everything with all the souvenirs we got. There was plenty we didn’t use and definitely didn’t need to pack.

In this video we go over all the items we packed, all the items we shouldn’t have packed and the reasons why.

Hopefully we can go into our next cruise a little wiser and a lot more prepared.

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23 Items That You Might Forget To Pack On Your Next Cruise

Whether you are packing for a short 3 day cruise or a nice 9 day, we hope you remember to bring your socks, swimsuit and the sunscreen on your next Royal Caribbean Cruise. But there may be a few items that you didn’t think of packing that just might make your cruise a little bit more comfortable no matter the length.

We’ve poked through all the forums and groups to see what everyone was saying that they just have to pack on their vacation. Here are the top 23 items that you might not think of packing on your next cruise (in no particular order).

Air Freshener

On a cruise where most staterooms average at 140 sq. ft., sometimes there is no running from the stick. For the times that you can’t, consider spraying a little poo-pourri before you go. That why you and your cabin-mates won’t be fighting by the end of your vacation.

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Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray

SeaPass Lanyard

Your SeaPass is one of the most important things on your cruise, so why not keep it close and protected with a lanyard.

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Cruise Lanyard Sea pass Holders

Laundry Detergent

Most Royal Caribbean ships offer laundry services but sometimes you just want to wash that swimsuit or those comfy shorts you have been wearing all week long. Let’s face it, we all over pack and think we are going to have at least 3 costume changes a day but the reality is we just want to wear that same pair of shorts and run over to the pool most days. This travel sink packets are the perfect alternative to pouring detergent in a small water bottle and risking it opening up and spilling all over your things.

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Tide Travel Sink Packets

Shower Organizer

From the cruises we’ve been on and the many photos and videos we’ve seen, there is no hooks for your loofah and a dispenser of just a shampoo or a 2 in one stuck to the wall. Also, the bathroom storage isn’t enough most of the time. A shower organizer is the perfect place to hang over the shower head and keep the things you need most in your shower.

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Shower Caddy Tote
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8 Pockets Mesh Shower Organizer Hanging Caddy

Magnetic Hooks

Magnets are your friend on a cruise, from decorating your stateroom door to hanging things on the wall, also because you can’t use tape. These heavy duty magnetic hooks are lifesaver for hanging wet swim suits, towels, room key lanyards etc.

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80 lbs Heavy Duty Magnet Hooks

Highlighter

Great for highlighting what you want to do in the cruise compass.

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Accent Pocket Style Highlighter, Assorted Colors

Folding Cubes

With the limited storage space in your average stateroom, and our tendencies to over back, bringing along a couple folding cubes really come in handy to keep your belongings organized and not all over the couch. They definitely come in handy when you’re traveling with kids.

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Foldable Cloth Storage Cube

Pop up hamper

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Mesh Popup Laundry Hamper

Over the door Organizer

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Over-the-Door Hanging Shoe Organizer

First-aid kit

Going to medical on the ships are expensive so unless you need care for something serious, then its probably better to bring a little first aid kit. You will be eating food you don’t regularly as well as being more active so don’t forget the over the counter meds like tums or IBProfin!

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Travel First Aid Kit

Daily pill container

This handy and cheap item has many functions when traveling. Aside from the obvious, to separate your daily medication, it also comes in handy for things like bringing your over the counter medicine and jewelry, especially so your necklaces don’t get tangled.

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7 Day Pill Box Case

Pain relief cream

If you strain something during an excursion, rock wall climbing or just being more active than normal, you might want to have a small bottle or pain relief cream such as Biofreeze.

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Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On

Towel Clips

To keep your towels from blowing away while your taking a dip in the pool.

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Beach Towel Clips

Luggage Tag Sleeves

Keep your luggage tag protected from the elements so the crew knows where your luggage are going on embarkation day and when you disembark the ship!

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Cruise Luggage Tag Holder

Travel Bottles

No need to use up all your luggage space for big bottles of conditioner, body wash and lotions. Save that room for souvenirs and those cute strappy sandals. Note: Most ships only provide shampoo or a shampoo and conditioner in one as well as small bars of soap.

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16 Pack Travel Bottles Set

Nausea Relief

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Sea-Band Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband

Chaffing Cream

I’m not sure if there is anything worse to ruin a vacation like chaffing. On top of packing the right shorts, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially on excursions when you are walking with wet shorts. Anything to help reduce that friction and water proof is probably a plus.

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Chafe Cream

Reusable Straws

Royal Caribbean, as well as many others in the hospitality business have switched to paper straws which…to put it frank, stink. It is great they are doing their part to save the environment but after 2 sips, the straw general turns to mush. Because of that, reusable straws have become popular for obvious reasons.

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Reusable Silicone Collapsible Straws – 4 Pack
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12-Pack Reusable Stainless Steel Straws with Case

Thermal Cups

This is one you may not want to forget, especially if you don’t buy a beverage package. There are 2 important reasons for bringing a thermal cup such as a yeti or tervis. The first is so you can bring up water to your cabin when you’re ready to go to bed. The second: since the Royal Caribbean allows you to pack 2 bottles of wine, a cup is convenient to bring up to your room and come back down with a full cup to resume your vacation festivities.

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Vintage Mermaid Collage Tumbler

Chapstick

If you remembered your sunscreen then you are ahead of the game (because buying any of the basics on board is very expensive) however don’t forget the small things like lipbalm, especially one with spf protection. Yes, your lips can get burned by the sun too and that’s not fun for photos on formal night.

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ChapStick

Selfie stick

So you can get those amazing scenic selfies without asking people to take your picture.

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Selfie Stick

Dry erase boards

When traveling with a large group and you are split up in multiple staterooms, dry erase boards really come in handy to keep outside your stateroom door and let the other know where you are, what’s going on and to leave messages for each other.

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Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Hangers

Only once out of the few cruises we’ve been on have their been extra hangers left in the closet of our stateroom. I always bring a few extras with me because the closets generally only have a few.

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Hangers

 

Don’t forget to not over stuff your luggage so you can have some room for souvenirs!

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