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Preparing for Cruise FAQs

When can I board the ship?

It is advisable to arrive at the pier at least two-three hours before the scheduled departure time, as cruise check in closes in most cases, 90 minutes prior to departure. Guests arriving after this will not be permitted to board.

How do I get to the ship from the airport? Can I get a transfer?

Passengers arriving at the airport can usually get a taxi from the airport to the pier. Most cruise companies can also arrange a airport to pier transfer for a fee. This needs to be pre-booked with your travel agent or TIRUN, the local representative of your cruise company. If you buy a transfer, a representative of the cruise liner will meet you at the airport and provide transportation between the airport and the pier.

What to pack?

Be sure to pack your camera, suntan lotion and your swimsuit. Besides these, normally three types of clothing is required - casual, smart casuals and formal.
Casual attire: shorts, t- shirts, slacks, trousers, jeans, skirts and sun dresses
Smart casuals: Dresses and skirts for women and trousers and jackets for men
Formal: Cocktail dresses for women and suits or jacket and ties or tuxedos for men. It is possible to rent tuxedo on most ships. Alternately your country's traditional national dress will do, in case a cocktail dress is not suitable for you. Indian women can wear saris and men can wear a 'sherwani' if they so wish. Check how many formal nights there are on your sailing and pack the requisite number of clothing.
Pack a windcheater and sweater for cool days and chilly evenings on the deck. A pair of walking shoes or hiking boots will be good idea for the days you plan to go sightseeing. You may also want to bring raincoat and umbrella. The onboard voltage is normally 110/220 volts, so bring along an adapter if necessary. Hair dryers are provided in every cabin, so you don't need to carry one.

Are there any restrictions on what I cannot bring onboard?

You cannot bring any item that is dangerous or illegal. Drugs, arms, guns, explosives, animals and flammable items fall into this category. So be sure you do not bring these.

Why should I use the online check-in process?

If you use the online check-in option, this will save you time at check in as you will not have to fill in elaborate forms.
On Royal Caribbean, once you have completed the online check-in successfully, you will get a Set Sail Pass that will expedite your check-in at the pier. Please note that online check must be completed at least 3 days prior to your sail date.
If you have your Set Sail Pass, look for the Set Sail Pass counter at the pier and you will have to present the following documents:

  • Set sail Pass
  • Passport or identification document
  • Credit Card to be used for onboard expenses

If you are sailing on Celebrity Cruises, please visit the official website and log in to My Celebrity and complete the online check-in process. Once completed, you will receive an Xpress Pass that you need to carry with you and this will make sure your check in at the pier is expedited.

What about dining options?

There are two dinner seatings in the main dining hall on board cruise ships. At the time of booking, please request your preference. You can choose from the main dining which usually at 6.15 pm or late dining which is at 8.30 pm.Complimentary Room Service is also available in your cabin, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner and the midnight buffets.

On Royal Caribbean ships there is such a thing called My Time Dining that means you can choose your preferred time of dining anytime between 6.00 pm and 9.30 pm. It gives you flexibility and is applicable in the main dining room.

Other than the main dining room most ships have specialty restaurants on board and there is a cover charge of about USD 30 per head - it is recommended to make reservations in advance if you want to dine at one of these restaurants

Can I bring my own liquor on board?

Guests are not allowed to bring their own liquor on board for consumption or any other purpose. If you have purchased alcoholic beverages ashore or from the shop onboard, you will have to deposit it with the ship and it will be delivered to your cabin on the last day of your sailing.

Can my friends and family come and visit me on the ship?

Due to security reasons, friends or family are not allowed to come on board to visit you at any port.