HI everyone! I know I promised some shopping tips for this post but I found some much useful information on the Royal Caribbean website last night and some other helpful tips so I decided to share that with you today. So we have 129 days until our cruise! We are all starting to get excited. So last night we were exploring the website and I found some cool things that will help make planning the cruise and the cruise so much easier. Ok first of all...if you have a little one and have never sailed before...just know you have to reserve a crib if you need one. This is much easier than trying to lug around a pack and play. I suggest everyone sign up for the Crown and Anchor Society. This membership is free and allows you to receive point for each cruise you take. Each family member has to be signed up...it is easy and fast. Some benefits include: invitations to welcome back parties, sea pass recognition card, Exculsive triva, priority check in, Meets the Stars. As you tier up additional benefits include robes to use on board, signature lapel pin, welcome gift, mile stone regonition, and so much more...check it out!
Please sign up on the webpage under my cruises. You will need your confirmation # to do this. This allows you to see:
Itineraries: Basic details about the cruise
Precruise planner: Here you can currently order some gifts and gear including adventure gear, babies to go items, celebrations, treats, flowers, and romance packages. You can also currently presign onboard activity waivers for the Flow Rider, Ice Skating, and Rock Climbing wall. In August (maybe sooner) we will be able to use the food and drink reservations to buy those awesome soda and wine and schedule MY TIME dining, purchase EXCURSIONS!, and Sports and spa reservations to make sure you get on the FlowRider etc.
Cruise documentation: This is where you go to sign the activity waivers, get your guest vacation documents which are the tickets and the documentation you will need to board the ship and where you will complete your online check in. PLEASE READ THE "IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE" section. This explains the travel requirements. Believe it or not people have booked cruises without knowing they needed a passport and were not allowed on the ship. To outline this briefly... each United States citizen must have a US passport or WHTI or trusted travel documents. There is an exception noted that if the cruise begins and ends at the same port you can use an government issued ID and birth certificate. I would not suggest this because if you missed the boat for some reason it will be very hard to get on a plane. Please check all details on the website and with www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Cruise details: This is a breakdown of the ports, ship, stateroom and image gallery
Tips and Reminders: Suggestions from Royal Caribbean on what you need to do before you cruise. Online check-in, Excursion details, First day of cruise details, reservations, tipping, and more. It also has a timeline reminder which I am going to breakdown here for you
7/12/12 - Book hotel
8/1/12 - be sure to review your tracel documents and passport requirements
8/11-12 Plan your ground transportation
10/6/12 Last chance to reserve online using pre-cruise planner
10/19/12 - Last chance to purchase GIFTS & GEAR online
10/21/12 - BON VOYAGE!!! IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE
Another useful tip to close today...We reserved our car yesterday with Enterprise and i was able to get a mini van that fits 7 people and 5 pieces of luggage for $111!!! This does not include a car seat for Peyton because the car is being picked up at Orlando and dropped off near the hotel. This is a much cheaper option then the transfers from the airport to Cape Canaveral which can get very pricey and we have a car for the evening. Ok well I am going to go explore some more and I will be back soon to post some more helpful tips. If anyone has specific information they need please comment and I will let you know what i know:-)