ALL passengers are required to be on board NO LATER than 2:00 pm as we will sail at 4:00 pm.
NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for passengers that arrive after 2:00 pm.
For those of you that love crowds, enjoy standing in the Florida humidity, prefer to be annoyed by the person behind you that continues to fling his sweat onto you and step on the back of your sandal, please arrive at Port Tampa Bay at 9:00 am on Monday, February 4th, so you are nice and annoyed by the time we begin the embarkation process around 11 am.
For those that would prefer to get to the pier, check in relatively quickly in an air-conditioned building and then quickly proceed onto the ship for a cocktail, please arrive around 11 am.
ALL passengers are required to be on board NO LATER than 2:00 pm as we will sail at 4:00 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for passengers that arrive after 2:00 pm.
The ship returns to Tampa on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 am. Disembarkation will continue until all passengers have cleared customs and debarked.
The Tampa International Airport (TPA) is the closest area airport to Port Tampa Bay. Consider arriving a day or two earlier so that you can take advantage of the local attractions in the Tampa area. This also helps to avoid potential flight delays, baggage collection and transfer problems that could occur.
However, if you are arriving on the same day your cruise departs, we suggest that you schedule your arrival and departure flights as follows:
Tampa (TPA): Arrive no later than 10:00 am | Depart no earlier than 12 Noon.
You will need to print and bring your cruise documents, which should be printed before sailing as well as a Government Issued Photo ID. We STRONGLY recommend all guests travel with a valid passport, or one of the new Passport Cards. However, it is not necessarily required. PLEASE CLICK HERE for a complete explanation of the travel documentation required for embarking on Cruise to the Edge 2019.
Please keep in mind that the first AND last name on your cruise documents and your Government Issued Photo Identification MUST be an identical match. Therefore, for those not traveling with a PASSPORT, in the event of a marriage, divorce, etc. additional documents may be needed (ie: marriage certificate).
February temperatures in the Caribbean range from an average low of 68-degrees to an average high of 84-degrees. So it is suggested that you pack lightweight, “resort casual” clothing — a few swimsuits, flip-flops, sandals or deck shoes for around the pool area, sneakers, walking shoes or hiking boots for shore trips, etc. If you like to exercise or participate in sports, bring any fitness clothing and footwear you may need.
Some of the shows and activities will be taking place outdoors, and there is always the chance of it being windy, cool or even a little wet. So we suggest also packing some warmer clothing and light rain gear just to be on the safe side. Also be sure to bring your cameras, batteries and chargers, and enough film or memory cards to capture the entire event. And don’t forget ear plugs for the young ones (or yourself), sunscreen and lip balm.
For most evenings, resort casual is appropriate. However, t-shirts, shorts, and/or bare feet are not permitted in the formal dining rooms after 6:00pm. Cocktail dresses for women and suits or jacket and ties for men are typically appropriate for formal night — although we’ll have something slightly different in store our formal night. We’ll let you know more about that, and other theme days/nights as we get closer to sailing.
We recommend that you hand-carry all your travel documents (passports, birth certificates, airline tickets, etc.) medications, jewelry and any personal items that you may need in a separate carry-on bag. You should NOT put these items into checked luggage as they could become lost and prevent you from boarding the ship. Also, your luggage may take a few hours before it is delivered to your cabin.
On the last evening of your cruise your luggage will be collected for disembarkation the following morning. So you may want to pack a separate overnight bag to accommodate your last evenings’ clothes and sundries to carry off the ship with you.
No illegal substances, no alcohol (other than what is stated below in the food and alcohol policy) or non-alcoholic beverages, food, weapons or pets. The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited onboard Cruise to the Edge and RCI. All U.S. and International laws pertaining to drug use should be respected, and will be strictly enforced. Please refer to our Shipboard Etiquette Policy.
Each guest is permitted to carry a reasonable amount of personal property (including luggage) aboard the vessel; however, for your comfort and convenience, it is recommended that you limit the number of pieces you take. Keep in mind that airlines may charge for excess or oversize luggage. Charges incurred for excess or oversize baggage are the sole responsibility of the passenger. Each airline has a different limit on the amount of luggage they allow. Check with your air carrier for specific restrictions, such as allowance of pounds and any additional charges.
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, cases of water, 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.