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Getting Prepared

You've booked the cruise. Congratulations. Here are a few things to think about. First, your passport can't have less than six months on it before it needs to be renewed. (If that's the case, renew it now.) Next, consider how you're getting to the ship and whether you need a transfer from the airport. Also, please print your luggage tags-so it will be very clear which ship you're sailing on, the dates you're going, and the stateroom you're occupying. And, last but not least, think about what are you going to wear!

A few things you should know about before you cruise.


Travel Documents

Documents you'll need in order to sail:
(1) Express Pass (obtained via online check-in), or embarkation forms
(2) Valid passport (no photocopies) - for exceptions, see the Passport Requirements section
(3) Visa, if applicable - for more details, see the Visas section
(4) Health papers, if applicable - for more information, see the Health/Inoculations section

See the complete Cruise Ticket Contract here.

Why is having the required documentation important?
Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from disembarking or entering a country, and may be subject to fines.

Also, it is important that the name on the reservation be exactly as it is stated on the passport or other official citizenship document. If a name has changed since the document was issued (ie.marriage/divorce), it is required that the document be updated with the new name, or provide official supporting document(s) of the name change. Otherwise, it may result in delay or possible denial of boarding.

Our Recommendation

Celebrity Cruises® strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity during their cruise (and if traveling to Ecuador, it is required). This greatly assists guests who may need to fly out of the United States to meet their ship at the next available port should they miss their scheduled embarkation in a U.S. port; guests entering the U.S. at the end of their cruise; and guests needing to fly to the U.S. before their cruise ends because of medical, family, personal or business emergencies, missing a ship's departure from a port of call, involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct, or other reasons. Guests who need to fly to the United States before their cruise ends will likely experience significant delays and complications related to booking airline tickets and entering the United States if they do not have a valid U.S. passport with them. For additional passport information, visit the U.S Department of State website or the passport service of your choice, such as CIBT website - Passport and Visa Service. For more information on Special Groups (requirements for U.S. and Canadian children, groups of children, U.S. Military...), please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Cruise/Cruisetour Documents

Your cruise/cruisetour documents provide information relevant to the sailing. Normally, documents will be received 30-50 days prior to sailing, assuming cruise elements are finalized and payments made. Group and Air/Sea documents require additional steps and will normally be received within 30 days of sailing.

Documentation for bookings will be provided electronically via the Internet (eDocs). A printed version of the cruise document can be obtained for a fee of $35 per book.

Documents may not be provided in advance for bookings finalized the week of sailing; you will obtain pertinent details at the pier prior to boarding and onboard the ship. Regardless of document status, no one will be allowed passage unless his or her name appears on the ship's guest manifest. All cruise/cruisetour tickets and air arrangements are valid only for the named passenger and may not be sold or transferred.

Guest Embarkation Forms

In order to make your boarding process as simple as possible, we offer an online method for providing information we need before you can embark on the vessel. Just visit Celebrity Cruises Online Check-In to fill out your embarkation forms. For those who do not provide the information online, embarkation forms will automatically be included with your cruise documents. Please fill out these forms before you leave.

NOTE: Applicable laws and regulations may require Celebrity to collect and pass on to governmental and other authorized bodies certain personal and other details related to you. If you fail to supply the details requested fully and accurately, you may not be permitted to board the ship or your flight. If, as a result of your failure to comply with the foregoing, Celebrity incurs any fines, surcharges or other financial penalty, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

Make sure you have the proper forms of identification needed for your particular trip. Give yourself plenty of time to obtain or renew your passport, if necessary.

Resources:
Online Check-in

Passport Requirements

Before leaving home, please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the required travel documents you will be asked to provide prior to boarding the ship.

CAUTION: The requirements described below are government regulations and policies. They are subject to change without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents, such as passports, visas, inoculation certificate and family legal documents, are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries. For your protection (and if traveling to Ecuador, it is required), we recommend that your passport expiration date not occur within six (6) months following the voyage termination date.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country and maybe subject to fines.

No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

U.S. Cruises, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) - Open Loop - OR U.S. Cruises that Begin and/or End in Canadian Ports

U.S. Citizens
U.S. citizens that board a cruise ship at a port within the U.S., travel only within the Western Hemisphere and return to a different U.S. port on the same ship will require a valid Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Card such as Nexus, Sentri or Fast.

Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens that board a cruise ship at a port within the U.S., travel within the Western Hemisphere and return to a different U.S. port on the same ship will require a valid Passport, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Card such as Nexus, Sentri, or Fast.

All Others
All other citizens that board a cruise ship at a port within the U.S., travel within the Western Hemisphere and return to a different U.S. port on the same ship will require a valid Passport or U.S. Alien Registration Card.

U.S. Cruises, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) - Closed Loop

U.S. Citizens
Option 1: U.S. citizens that board a cruise ship at a port within the U.S., travel within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship will require a valid Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Card such as Nexus, Sentri or Fast.

Option 2: In the absence of any of the documents listed above, U.S. citizens will need to present BOTH an identification and citizenship document from each of the lists below in order to board the ship.

Identification Document

  • Government Issued photo identification card

Citizenship Documents
  • U.S. Government Issued Birth Certificate (original)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (original)
  • U.S. Consular Birth Abroad Certificate (original)

Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens that board a cruise ship at a port within the U.S., travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same port on the same ship will require a valid Passport, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Card such as Nexus, Sentri, or Fast.

All Others
All other citizens that board a cruise ship at a port in the U.S., travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship will require a valid Passport or U.S. Alien Registration Card.

Consecutive Sailings

Guests on consecutive sailings must ensure they have the proper travel documents for their cruise vacation.

International Air Travel

All travelers, including children, must present a valid passport or secure travel document when entering the United States by air.

Visas

Please contact the Embassy (Consular Services) of each country on your sailing itinerary or the visa service of your choice for specific visa requirements, information, forms and fees for your nationality.

Click here for more information on Visa Requirements

Visa Waiver Program

This is a pre-travel authorization program for U.S. bound travelers from Visa Waiver Countries. This is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is mandatory, and all travelers, regardless of age, from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required to complete an online application similar to the I-94W and obtain an ESTA approval prior to boarding a carrier by air or sea to the United States under the VWP. For complete details, please refer to the VWP. ESTA website.

Guests who apply electronically will be required to present their ESTA authorization approval receipt in order to board the vessel on applicable voyages.

For countries currently listed on the U.S. Government website that are participating in the Visa Waiver Program, please visit the U.S. Department of State.

Travelers from the VWP countries seeking to enter the United States will also be required to have in their possession a machine-readable passport.

For Passport requirements for Visa Waiver Program applicants, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Inoculations/Health

All guests must ensure they are medically fit for travel. As such, we remind you to check with your physician at least 4 to 6 weeks before sailing to make sure you are up to date with any required immunizations or vaccines you may need (including but not limited to certification of yellow fever vaccination) to ensure you will be permitted to visit each of the exciting destinations and tours on your itinerary.

For further information, you may contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Traveler's Health website or call toll-free at 1-800-232-4636.

Family Legal Documents

Should the last names of the parent and minor child traveling with them differ, the parent is required to present the child's valid passport and visa (if required) and the child's Government Issued birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy). The name of the parent(s) and the child must be linked through legal documentation.

Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of any minor child traveling with them are required to present the child's valid passport and visa (if required) or the child's Government Issued birth certificate (original, a notarized copy or a certified copy) and an original notarized letter signed by at least one of the child's parents. The notarized letter from the child's parent must authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise and must authorize the traveling adult to supervise the child and permit any medical treatment that must be administered to the child. If a non-parent adult is a legal guardian, the adult must present a certified Certificate of Guardianship with respect to the child.

Guest Liability

If, as a result of your lack of proper documentation, a fine or other cost is incurred by Celebrity Cruises, you agree to indemnify Celebrity Cruises for such expenses. It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify all travel, inoculation and health requirements and obtain and have available, when necessary, the appropriate valid travel documents, such as passports and visas; inoculation documents, such as Yellow Fever certificates; and other health requirements.

Packing for your cruise

To better help you prepare for your vacation, here are some guidelines on what to pack. Keep in mind that 'relaxed elegance' are the bywords for dress onboard each of Celebrity Cruises' ships. And though your own taste, interests and destinations will determine what you pack, you'll need three types of clothing: casual shipboard attire or day wear, comfortable apparel for sightseeing and evening wear.

What to Pack

OK. So what do you pack? You'll need three types of clothing-casual or day wear, clothes for sightseeing (this clothing also needs to take into account what excursions you have planned) and evening wear. When you're on the ship or in a port of call, stylish resort wear is fine for everyone. If you're traveling in a warmer climate, this includes walking shorts and polo shirts, swimsuits and cover-ups, lightweight slacks or skirts and a light sweater. For cooler climates, you'll want casual clothing that can be layered. Don't forget to pack a raincoat or umbrella, and perhaps a waterproof hat and gloves. On any Celebrity Cruise it's smart to bring comfortable, rubber-soled shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. And, remember to pack your prescription medications and other personal care items you'll need.

What not to Pack

For the safety of our guests and crew there are certain items that are not allowed onboard. If these are found they will be confiscated. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, explosives, and dangerous chemicals will not be returned.

  • Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas
  • Sharp Objects, including knives and scissors*
  • Illegal Drugs & Substances
  • Candles & Incense
  • Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, Electrical Extension Cords, & Hot Plates
  • Baseball Bats, Hockey Sticks, Cricket Bats, Bows and Arrows
  • Skateboards & Surfboards
  • Martial Arts Gear
  • Self-Defense Gear, including handcuffs, pepper spray and night sticks
  • Flammable Liquids and Explosives, including lighter fluid and fireworks
  • HAM Radios
  • Dangerous Chemicals, including bleach and paint
  • Alcoholic Beverages**

*Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blade length less than 4 inches are allowed.

**Two bottles wine per stateroom are allowed on embarkation day, subject to corkage fees.

Evening Attire

Evenings aboard Celebrity include two types of dress: "Smart Casual and Above" and "Formal."

"Smart Casual and Above"

Ladies: Skirt or pants (no holes, rips or tears) with a sweater or blouse.

Gentlemen: Pants (no holes, rips or tears) with a sports shirt or sweater. Shirts must have sleeves.

"Formal" attire:

Ladies: Cocktail dress, gown, or a dressy pantsuit.

Gentlemen: Tuxedo, suit or dinner jacket with slacks.

Note: T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant or specialty restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours. The dress code will be enforced at all restaurants. And guests are asked to follow the "Smart Casual and Above" dress code in the Celebrity Theater for all evening performances.

The daily program, delivered to your stateroom and available at the Guest Relations Desk, will be your guide to the appropriate attire each evening. A casual dress code applies at all times onboard Celebrity Xpedition®.

Baggage Tips

Each passenger 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. Guests who have made air arrangements on their own or with Celebrity Cruises should check with their air carrier for specific baggage policies related to the following: Number of bags allowed, baggage weight restrictions, baggage size restrictions, special conditions for sports equipment, or additional restrictions, as the air carrier may impose additional fees for some or all of these items. Celebrity Cruises will not be responsible for any additional fees incurred as a result of carrier baggage restrictions.

Bring an overnight bag for your last night at sea. Staff will collect your bags the night before you leave the ship, and you will need an overnight bag to carry your night clothes and toiletries.

Be sure to identify all your bags, including carry-ons. Use your Celebrity Cruises luggage tags, which should be filled out and affixed to each piece before you leave home.

Insure all luggage and valuables. Celebrity Cruises cannot be responsible for their loss or damage. Baggage protection, as well as a variety of other coverages designed to protect you during your cruise vacation, are offered through CruiseCare Vacation Protection.

Check to see that your tickets, boarding card and other documents are in order, and pack them in a bag that you carry with you. Your Embarkation Card and Celebrity SeaPass® Account application should be completed before you arrive at the pier.

Transportation

Celebrity's ChoiceAir®Air

Introducing our new Celebrity's ChoiceAir program
Celebrity's ChoiceAir® program is enhanced with Premium Benefits that give you everything you want in airfare service: the best value, the assurance that you'll get to your ship, the flexibility to choose your favorite airline and flights, and the security in knowing you have round-the-clock support throughout your travels. Includes:

Lowest Airfare Guarantee
We guarantee the lowest airfare available. If you find a lower fare within 24 hours of booking, we'll award you 110% of the difference to spend on board your cruise-a benefit no other cruise line offers.

Assured Arrival
We have experts on hand monitoring your flights, and if any delays or cancellations jeopardize your travel plans, we work quickly with the airline to get you on the next available flight to get you to your ship.

Your Choice Flights
You have the flexibility to search different airlines and flights, so it's easy to find exactly what you want. And, we save you time by filtering out flights that won't work with your cruise.

24/7 Support
We have Celebrity Air Agents available 24/7 to help ensure you air travel is as carefree as your cruise. Just call. They'll do whatever they can to help.

Search for Flights with Celebrity's ChoiceAir®

Should you have any problems when booking your Air, or if you would like to make a change to an existing ChoiceAir reservation, our Support Desk 1-800-533-7803 is available Monday through Friday from 8AM-8PM EST and Saturday through Sun from 9AM -8PM EST. Please note that Celebrity charges all guests that book through ChoiceAir a non-refundable fee of $15 per person for domestic North American destinations and $25 per person for International destinations.

Please Note: The Department of Homeland Security will now require all Domestic US Airlines and International Airlines flying to/from the US to collect and forward the following information for each passenger: Passenger's Full Name (as it appears on government issued IDs i.e. Passport, Driver's License), Date of Birth and Gender. Please contact your airline no later than 72 hours (3 days) prior to flight departure to confirm your flights and provide them with this required information. Failure to do so may result in check-in delays or denied boarding. If you have any questions, please contact the airline directly.

ChoiceAir® Plus
With ChoiceAir Plus, a professional air agent will work with you personally to book your reservations. ChoiceAir Plus is ideal when you have complex travel arrangements for multiple guests, from different cities, when you want to extend your travel dates, or make intermittent stops during your trip.

ChoiceAir Plus may be requested over the phone for both Individual and Group Travel. The phone number is 1-800-533-7803. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 Pm EST. ChoiceAir Plus Fees are $50 for North American sailings and $60 for International sailings.

Please note: Due to limited air space, the use of co-terminals may be required (e.g. flying into Seattle while sailing out of Vancouver).

*Guests from some cities may be required to travel on "red-eye" flights or arrive the day before sailing.

We reserve the right to choose the air carrier, routing and city airport from each gateway city and further reserve the right to substitute charter or commuter flights for scheduled air service without notice. Airline tickets we issue are highly restrictive and you may find that your ticket cannot be exchanged, reissued or revalidated for another carrier or routing. Once your ticket has been issued, any changes to the ticket you request us to make shall be at our discretion and a fee may apply for each such change. You may be able to make changes by contacting the airline directly and any changes or fees imposed shall be borne by you. If you cancel your cruise after air tickets have been issued, you may be subject to airline cancellation fees.

Transfers

Transfer Program
When purchasing a standard Air/Sea package through Celebrity Cruises, the ground transportation between the airport and the ship is included. Should you purchase a hotel package with your cruise and standard air, your transportation is included between the airport, hotel and ship. Transfers are not included when flights are purchased through Celebrity's ChoiceAir® and must be purchased separately.

If you make your own arrangements
You might want to purchase ground transportation to the ship. Transfers are available for purchase from the arrival airport to the pier on day of sailing and from the pier to the departure airport on debarkation day only. When reserving this service, please remember we require your flight arrival information in order to promptly meet you.

To purchase your Celebrity Cruises Guest Transfer or for additional information consult our Celebrity Vacation Planners or your travel agent.

Standard Air/Sea Guests
When purchasing a "Standard Air/Sea Package" through Celebrity Cruises, the ground transportation between the airport and the ship is included. Should you purchase a hotel package with your cruise and standard air, your transportation is included between the airport, hotel and ship.

Cruisetour-only Guest
Transfers are included in your Cruisetour package.

Resources:
Choice Air

Buses

Departures to/from Bayonne, N.J
This service is offered in the following cities: Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; Braintree, MA; Worcester, MA; Springfield, MA; Hartford, CT; Warwick, RI; New London, CT; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Manchester, NH; Salem NH; Woburn, MA; Framingham, MA; Long Island, NY.

For prices, availability and pick-up locations, please call Academy Buses at 1-800-310-9900 or book online.

Departures from Miami & Port Everglades, FL
This service is offered in the following cities: Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota South, Venice, Tampa/Brandon, Sun City Center, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, North Naples, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Vero Beach, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Orlando and Fort Pierce.

For prices, availability and pick-up locations, please call Celebrity Cruises at 1-800- 327-6700 or contact your Travel Agent.

Resources:
Academy Buses

Luggage Tag Information

At Celebrity, we make your embarkation experience even more enjoyable by tending to the details ahead of time. This includes providing qualified guests with their personalized ship luggage tags weeks before their cruise.

Each Luggage Tag Mailer contains eight (8) colorized tags, specific to your ship, sailing date and stateroom assignment. Simply attach your luggage tags to the appropriate luggage items prior to your arrival, and we'll whisk them to your stateroom upon embarkation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Guests must have their cruise documents available and have an assigned stateroom in their name.
  • Or, if booked under a Guarantee, have been advised on their stateroom assignment and are in possession of their cruise documents.
  • Requests for Celebrity's Luggage Tag Mailer must be made no later than 14 days prior to the sailing date.

Additional Details

  • Guests who take advantage of this program can expect to receive their ship luggage tags by mail within several business days.
  • Guest who receive paper documents and have an assigned stateroom will find their personalized ship luggage tags inside their booklet.
  • Guests who do not qualify for this program can secure their ship luggage tags from our Porters at the pier.

Special Health Concerns

Planning Ahead

While we don't require information about the extent of your disability, the more information you can share with us about your specific needs, the better we are able to assist you.

You must provide 72 hours advance notice if you are traveling with a group of 10 or more guests with disabilities.

List of Equipment and Services Requiring Advance Notice

60 days advance notice prior to sailing:

  • • Sign language interpreting services

30 days advance notice prior to sailing:

  • • Raised toilet seat
  • • Commode chair
  • • Shower stool
  • • Transfer bench
  • • Service animal relief area
  • • Braille materials
  • • Large print materials
  • • TTY
  • • Visual-tactile alert system
  • • Assistive listening device
  • • Medical refrigerator
  • • Sharps container
  • • Distilled water
  • • Extension cord
  • • Oxygen supply delivery
  • • Dialysis supply delivery

If we do not receive enough advance notice, we will make reasonable efforts to provide requested equipment and/or services.

Boarding Your Ship

It is your responsibility to arrive on time for boarding. Please check with your travel agent to confirm boarding and departure times. Due to government regulations requiring cruise lines to submit final departure manifests at least 60 minutes prior to sailing, you are requested to complete Online Check-in no later than 3 days prior to your cruise. Failure to check in and be onboard at least 60 minutes in advance will constitute a no-show. Your booking will be canceled, and cancellation charges will be assessed.

Note: For security reasons, guests are not allowed to bring visitors on board Celebrity vessels in any port.

Celebrity Cruises strongly recommend that all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise.

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Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Our Extend Your Stay optional program allows you to extend your European cruise vacation, remain onboard and enjoy some of the ship services until 90 minutes prior to the next departure. Learn More

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