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

2018 was our first Rock Legends Cruise and as soon as we got off the boat we booked RLC7 for 2019. The entire experience was such a good vibe. Everybody on board from passengers to artists are just having a great time. It’s not hard to do when everyone around you is happy.

Kris Bennett, RLC6 Kris Bennett, RLC6

This was our first RLC, we REALLY wanted to do this one because of Uriah Heep and The Circle. The fact that Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, and Bad Company were on it also just sweetened the pot. It was our first time seeing Todd Rundgren, Gary Hoey, Quiet Riot, Artimus Pyle and Elvin Bishop, who were all great! We caught parts of some of the other bands and unfortunately some not at all. We didn’t leave the ship at all because there just too much GREAT music!
The artist we met were all very nice. Loved the Meet and Greets. And now we have new bands to follow.
My only complaints ( and they wouldn’t stop my husband and I from returning) were the saving of the chairs with towels, and the staff in the buffet room seemed ill equipped to handle the crowds, which were predictable. Also, I thought the buffet room should have had longer daytime hours, that would have helped with tables not available. But we weren’t there for the food or the destination. We were there for the non stop music. Gary Hoey and the All Star Jam was the best surprise, we didn’t move for 3 hours, didn’t want to miss a second of that great show. Gary was a terrific host.
We will be back! Oh and fun swag too!

Beckie Webster, Terrific Beckie Webster, Terrific