frequently asked questions

What documentation 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 AND 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 or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778.


What are onboard gratutites?

Gratuities must be pre-paid for the entire cruise at the time of final payment. This includes gratuities for the Stateroom (or Suite) steward, head waiter, waiter and assistant waiter. A total of $90.65 will be added to each guest at the time of final payment ($116.70 will be charged per person for all suite guests). This prepayment allows Ligonier more flexibility to reserve group events and group dining room arrangements.

What to pack?

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.

Onboard attire...
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.

Dinner attire...
There are two distinct types of evenings onboard: casual, smart casual and formal.
Suggested guidelines for these nights are:

3 Casual Nights: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women.
1 Formal Night: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses, gown or dress pantsuit 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.

Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from shops onboard will be stored by the ship and delivered to you on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.


Can I bring liquor or non-alcoholic beverages (from home or from a port) onboard?

Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, fortified wines or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use on boarding day or while in port. Alcoholic beverages seized on boarding day will not be returned.

Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing.

Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.

Is internet access available from the ship?

Internet access is available onboard for a fee. There are 2 options to stay connected while onboard.

1. Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
All you need is a wireless device with wifi capability.

2. Wired (iCafes)
Internet stations are available onboard, the location of which vary depending on the ship.

High Speed WiFi is available onboard Oasis Class ships.

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 or cruisetour. 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.


How do I pay for onboard purchases?

All of Royal Caribbean International ships operate on a "cashless" system, meaning your boarding card, (also known as your SeaPass card), will be used as a charge card to make all onboard purchases. Normally to activate this SeaPass® account, most guests provide a credit card, (American Express, Optima, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Diner's Club), to have these purchases charged to at the end of their cruise. Additionally, the SeaPass system may be activated with traveler's checks, debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo, or cash.

A running tab of all your purchases will be kept under separate folio numbers for each guest and an itemized statement left in your stateroom the night before disembarkation. If you provided a credit card and there are no discrepancies, the amount will be charged to your account on the morning of disembarkation. If you have used traveler's checks or cash to activate the account, you will need to settle the account at the Guest Relations desk, (to either receive a reimbursement of the unused amount you originally left or to pay the balance of what you have charged over the amount of what you originally left).

Please note:
RCCL requires guests to place a deposit if they are paying for their SeaPass account with cash. There is a $500 daily limit on cash accounts for 7+ night sailings and $300 for 2/3/4/5 night sailings. Once the daily cash limit is reached, we will call the guest and inform the guest that the limit has been reached.


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. They 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 the 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.

Thanks to the award-winning Adventure Ocean® youth program, college educated Youth Staff have developed age-appropriate curriculums to engage and entertain kids of all ages, along with partners such as Crayola® and Fisher-Price®. Royal Babies and Royal Tots, ages 0-3, will enjoy activities designed to foster parent/child bonding and development. Aquanauts, 3-5, will have fun becoming certified Jr. Adventure Scientists, while Explorers, 6-8, celebrate in themed parties just for them. Voyagers, 9-11, enjoy the tween-scene and older kids are free to be themselves in Teen Only venues like Fuel Night Club and the Living Room. They'll love it so much the only thing you might wish for is a little more time with your kids.


How do I pre-purchase drink packages?

Purchase fantastic wine packages and select the beverage packages you want before you board.

Advanced reservations using our Pre-Cruise Planner can be reserved online by CLICKING HERE 90 to 7 days before your sail date. If you are sailing in less than 7 days, you will need to make your reservations onboard.


Shore excursions

Shore excursions can be the highlight of any cruise – especially when you make plans in advance that allow you to fellowship with members of the Ligonier Ministries group. That is why Sovereign is working with Ligonier to create our own plans for shore excursions on this cruise so that you may have a more rewarding experience altogether. Please stay tuned for details and registration.

Travel information

  • Booking Your Flight

    We highly recommend arriving at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) 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 March 19th, please book your flight to depart after 1:00pm from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

    Bus transfers

    In order to assist you in every facet of the trip, Sovereign will be offering you affordable, secure, and monitored transportation from our hotel to Port Canaveral and returning from Port Canaveral to the airport with your fellow Ligonier guests. All participants in our transfers will be given priority early embarkation with Sovereign. Cost and details for this transfer will be sent out as we approach the sailing date.

    Hotel Arrangements

    Hotel information for cruisers will be forthcoming.

    Directions to
    • Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #1
      9050 Discovery Road
      Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
      Port Canaveral website
    • From Orlando International Airport (MCO) This airport is approximately 45 minutes west of Port Canaveral. Take the North Exit from the Airport, staying to the right, to S.R. 528 (Beachline Expressway) East. Take S.R. 528 directly to Port Canaveral.
    • From Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). The airport is approximately 1 hour northwest of Port Canaveral. Exit the airport south to the Central Florida Greenway (Toll Road 417). Go south 23 miles to S.R. 528's (the Beachline Expressway) eastbound exit. Go east (37 miles) to the Port.


    • Parking
      Parking at Port Canaveral is approximately $128.00 for a 7 Day cruise. *Rates are subject to change without notice. For the latest information, please contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831 or CLICK HERE to visit their website.
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