Boarding / Embarkation

Passenger Boarding

We’re sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You will need to have your cruise documents and government-issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) ready when arriving at the Port’s security checkpoint. For information about parking at the port, directions, or other port questions, please check out the “Cruising” section on the Port Everglades website: http://www.porteverglades.net/cruising/

Passenger boarding is from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The gangway goes up at 4:30 pm, so make plans to arrive at the Terminal no later than 4:00 pm. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is approximately 15-20 minutes from Port Everglades, depending on traffic, so plan accordingly!

You may wonder why you can’t board before 1:00 pm. It’s because we have A LOT of equipment to load on the ship in an extremely short period of time. For everyone’s convenience and safety, we work very hard to get everything on the ship BEFORE passenger boarding. Safety first!

Passengers arriving before 1:00 pm will have to wait in a “holding area” inside the Terminal until boarding begins and once you are there, you are stuck there until you board the ship. That’s no fun at all!

Passports are not required, but are strongly recommended. If you choose not to bring a passport, you must bring TWO forms of identification: 1) an original, raised-seal, state-issued (not hospital issued) birth certificate AND 2) a driver’s license. The two documents must have matching names. If for some reason the names do not match (ex., marriage, divorce, etc.), you will need a copy of a legal document(s) explaining why (ex., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.). Any discrepancies may result in delayed or denied boarding.
See Required Travel Documents

Important Reminders for a Smooth Embarkation!

  • Keep identification and cruise documents handy. Put your passport and SetSail Pass in your carry-on bag. Do not pack them in your luggage. You will need to produce these documents several times before boarding your ship.
  • Assist security. Heightened security measures at the Port help to ensure your safety. Please cooperate with security personnel to expedite boarding.
  • Tag your luggage. All luggage should have a cruise line tag attached indicating your name and stateroom number. Porters outside the cruise terminal can provide tags and help fill them out. Please be sure to tip your porter!
  • Carry valuables. Carry on any valuables, breakables, personal items and medications, along with your passport and cruise documents.

Assistance Boarding the Ship

If you need assistance boarding the ship, please notify us in advance so we may request to have a Royal Caribbean staff member to provide wheelchair assistance. Please be aware that once you are on board the ship there are no wheelchairs available for passenger use. If you would like to have a wheelchair or scooter to use during the cruise, you may bring your own or rent one from an approved wheelchair and scooter rental provider:

Non-folding wheelchairs and scooters will only fit in Handicap Accessible cabins. If you are not in an accessible cabin, your wheelchair must fold. Wheelchairs left in the hallway are considered hazards and will be removed by the ship’s crew. See Wheelchairs Onboard

What Passengers Think

This was my 11th cruise overall but my First RLC! And I can simply say it’s the BEST I have been on. It was more than anything I could have imagined. Everyone was there for one purpose, and that was to ROCK OUT! I loved all the bands, I loved how everyone was just happy (tough to come across now adays). I am HOOKED. I initially didn’t think I’d be able to attend VII, (going on a Hawaiian cruise in April 2019), but I’m working it to make it happen (my suite mates already booked me so I have a room, just gotta figure out $$-but I’LL BE THERE). I met so many great people, the music is my genre of music and it’s just a great time! Looking forward to many more, and it really is for a great cause (NAHA). m/ ROCKSTAR!!!!

Jeni, This Cruise Was Meant for ME! Jeni, This Cruise Was Meant for ME!

First time on RLC cruise and it was, by far, one of the best damn times I’ve ever had in my life! Loved every band we saw, especially Sammy, Bad Company and Artimus Pyle! Had already booked for VII before we even went on this one and won’t be giving up my reservation for anything! I do agree with another reviewer that the chair reserving/holding on the deck needs to be addressed and the smoking everywhere on deck 11 was a little much. Thank you NAHA for nailing it for us true rockers!!

Mary, Talk about a Rock-n-Roll fantasy! Mary, Talk about a Rock-n-Roll fantasy!