Bringing water or wine on board the ship.

 John’s tip on water: I suggest packing an empty water bottle and refill at water stations on the ship. Easier and no cost. RCCL info below: 

On boarding day, each stateroom may bring up to two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne, as long as one guest is of legal drinking age. Corkscrews will be provided for guests to enjoy their drinks in their stateroom. If guests wish to enjoy their wine or champagne in our dining or bar venues, there will be a corkage fee applied.

Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom.

Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.

Passport Information

Passports! – Everyone needs a passport!  Even the children.  Please make this your first priority after booking! Check with you local post office or online for how to apply (See Link under Passport – How to Apply for a Passport).  

** Underage children traveling with a single parent or non-parent.  A letter of Consent from the non-traveling parent is recommended.  Fill out this form:

Passport – How To Apply for a Passport

Processing Time

It normally takes 4-6 weeks for your passport application to be process and passport be mailed to you.

Check Passport Status

Royal Caribbean drinks packages explained

Drink packages, Dining and excursions:  The best place to look at drink packages, specialty dining and Royal Caribbean excursion pricing is on the RCCL website. Pick the tab, “already booked” and go to “Cruise Planner”.  You will need your reservation number that will be on your invoice from John the Travel Agent.

Pick the tab, “already booked” and go to “Cruise Planner”.  You will need your reservation number that will be on your invoice from John the Travel Agent.

Cruise Information

Come join us for a 5 night Christmas cruise on Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise.

This cruise is a nice 5 day cruise which is selling out fast. As of February 2019 the ship seems to have sold out of 17 of the 36 categories available.  

If you book by March 6th you will qualify for a $50 On Board Credit. 

Leaving from: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Date: Monday December 23, 2019 to Saturday December 28, 2019

Visiting: Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Cruising | George Town, Grand Cayman | Cozumel, Mexico |Cruising | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Payments – After the initial deposit is made, the final due date is September 14, 2019.  This is not negotiable!  Royal Caribbean will cancel the booking and refund the deposit less any penalties for non-refundable deposits, etc. If you would like to set up a monthly payment plan, the travel agent can do that for you.  Just email or call the travel agent and let them know how much you want to pay.  OR you can also tell us how much to automatically charge to your account each month if you would like.  

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $14.50 per person, per day ($17.50 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers’ SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. An 18 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs and spa treatments. The currency used onboard is U.S. dollars.

  • Total Gratuities for 5 days (non-suite) $72.50 per person
  • Total Gratuities for 5 days (suite) $87.50 per person

Military Discount

Royal Caribbean isn’t offering a military discount right now sadly.  But, the Travel Agent will give an additional $25 On Board Credit to any DD-214 military personnel.  

* Travel Insurance – We highly recommend the optional travel insurance.  Attached is the quick list of coverages.  Insurance is by the cost of the trip.  So you will see the scale noted in this printout as well.  To have coverage with no look back for pre-existing conditions, insurance must be paid for within 14 days of the date the trip is booked. 

Cost of Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance Benefits