When do we embark and disembark?
Note the following carefully when making your flight reservations. The ship departs Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018. You must arrive at the pier at least 90 minutes prior to departure in order to board.
We highly recommend you arrive into Fort Lauderdale on Friday, February 16, one day prior to sailing so you will be assured to arrive at the ship on time on Saturday, February 17. Boarding begins on Sunday, February 17, about noon (as soon as Customs clears the ship).
The Royal Caribbean Freedom will return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, early in the morning of February 25 and disembarkation will begin about 8:30 a.m. Everyone is generally off the ship by approximately 10 a.m. RCL recommends that you schedule a return flight from Fort Lauderdale International Airport at 11:30 a.m. or later. International guests should allow an extra 60-90 minutes.
What clothing should I pack?
Light, casual clothing is suggested. Remember your swimwear, and if you plan to participate in yoga or other exercise classes, we suggest loose cotton clothing or other comfortable attire. You'll also want low-heeled, rubbersoled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear.
Bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions, depending on your destination. After 6:00 pm, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and bare feet are discouraged in the ships' public areas. The ship has two gala nights for optional evening attire at dinner. Typically, on these two nights at dinner there is a range from “smart casual” or business attire to formal wear. The weather is generally warm at this time of year, but it can be cool and breezy in the mornings and evenings out on the deck. Also, although all cabins are air conditioned and individually controlled, we are not able to control the temperature in the public spaces such as the dining room and lecture rooms, which may be cool, so a sweater or light jacket is recommended.
Do I need a passport?
US CITIZENS: PROOF OF US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED for this sailing. This can be
(1) A valid US Passport Book (preferred) or Passport Card or
(2) Birth Certificate (original or Certified Copy) PLUS Government issued Photo ID card (names on these documents MUST match).
Please be sure that your passenger first and last name listed on the invoice matches these documents. For passport application and further details, visit http://travel.state.gov. Any guest without proper documents will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund will be issued. Beyond Words, Legendary World and Royal Caribbean assume no responsibility for advising guests of immigration requirements.
NON-US CITIZENS: U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card; Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable. Additional Visa MAY be required and you are advised to check with the appropriate Consulate for details. Any guest without proper documents will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund will be issued. Beyond Words, Legendary World and Royal Caribbean assume no responsibility for advising guests of immigration requirements.
What is your cancellation policy?
Passengers who cancel or request a refund for any reason, including acts of God, medical, or family reasons are subject to the following per–person cancellation fees:
- Initial deposit is non-refundable
- 11/17/17-11/30/17--$900.00 per person plus amount paid for insurance
- 12/01/17-1/11/18--50% (or $950, whichever is greater) per person plus amount paid for insurance
- 1/12/17-2/17/17 and no-shows--No Refund
Other promotional rates may have different penalties. Inquire with Legendary World for details. We STRONGLY recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance to protect your travel investments should you need to change or cancel for unforeseen circumstances.
Proper PROOF OF US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED. This can be in the form of a valid US Passport or ORIGINAL/CERTIFIED birth certificate and valid government issued ID card. Passengers without proper documentation may be denied boarding with no refund. Legendary World, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Beyond Words Publishing are not liable for passengers arriving without proper documentation and/or denied boarding. Please call our office at 503-345-2969 with questions or visit travel.state.gov for more details.