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Hey guys!
I just booked my cruise for March 4th on Rhapsody. I ordered it through onetravel.com They sent me a confirmation email, but that's all I received. I was expecting more.
What all do I need to bring with me, as far as paper work goes?
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You should go to the Royal Caribbean web site and with your confrimation number you can log on and fill out the paperwork for boarding. The site also has a lot of valuable information on what documents are required for immigration purposes plus tips on what to pack, excursions available, description of your ship and its amenities and other like information.

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Hey guys!
I just booked my cruise for March 4th on Rhapsody. I ordered it through onetravel.com They sent me a confirmation email, but that's all I received. I was expecting more.
What all do I need to bring with me, as far as paper work goes?
Congratulations on your booking!

By way of documentation, you will need ALL of the following, as applicable to your itinerary.

>> 1. Airline Tickets, if Flying to the Port of Embarkation

>> 2. Cruise Ticket and Express Boarding Pass (Printed from Cruise Line's Web Site after Completion of Immigration and Emergency Contact Information

>> 3. Transfer Vouchers, if Using Cruise Line's Transfer Service

>> 4. Hotel Vouchers, if Using Cruise Line's Pre-Cruise or Post-Cruise Hotel Package

>> 5. Passport

>> 6. Pharmacy Containers with Original Labels (Traceable to Original Prescriptions) for ALL Prescription Medicines, Syringes and Needles, Etc.

If the cruise both leavea from and returns to the United States, you may bring BOTH alternative proof if citizenship (official birth certificate or naturalization papers) AND official proof of identity issued by a goverment agency (driver's license, voter registration card, military id card, etc.) iinstead of a passport. Nonetheless, you'll go through immigration much more quickly upon your return to the United States if you have a valid passport.

Note that a passport is now REQUIRED if you enter or leave the United States by air.

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I know this is kind of a dumb question and it depends on the individual, but how much money might I spend on this cruise? What costs money?


Also, I have not yet booked excursions. Would it be cheaper to book those outside of the cruiseline?
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HGeffen,

[quote="You"]I know this is kind of a dumb question and it depends on the individual, but how much money might I spend on this cruise? What costs money?[quote]

You can figure about $10 per person per day for tips aboard ship ($14 per person per day if you have butler service).

It's generally best to buy casino chips with cash (some cruise lines levy a surcharge for chips billed to shipboard accounts), so bring whatever cash you expect to gamble. This also includes cash to cover the charges for Bingo if you play that game.

All of the other shipboard charges will go onto your shipboard account, for which you will need cash aboard ship only if you plan to settle your shipboard account with cash rather than wth a credit card.

Be sure to bring about $50 per person for meals and incidentals en route to and from the ship. You may also want to bring cash to pay your taxi or airport shuttle fare, airport parking, or other similar expenses.

Finally, I usually budget about $50 per port of call for souvenirs, shopping, etc, but dedicated shoppers will want to bring more.

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Also, I have not yet booked excursions. Would it be cheaper to book those outside of the cruiseline?
You might save a couple dollars per person on each excursion, but there's also a significant down side to booking independent excursions.

>> 1. The ship's shore excursions leave from the pier or the cruise terminal. Excursions that you book on your own may leave from the operator's facility, which may be some distance from the pier. A taxi across town to the operator's facility and back to the pier may well cost more than your savings.

>> 2. If one of the ship's excursions gets delayed in traffic, etc., the ship either waits for it or makes alternate arrangements to get the affected passengers back aboard. If you book the same excursion on your own and miss sailing due to the same delay, you get to pay the air fare to rejoin the ship in the next port of call, your lodging on land, and your meals.

>> 3. If the ship cancels the port of call for any reason, the cruise line will reimburse the full cost of the ship's shore excursions. If you book an excursion on your own, you could forfeit the price as a "no show." The same is true in tender ports, where shore excursions have priority for tenders taking passengers ashore.

>> 4. The cruise line vets the ship's excursions to ensure that the transporrs are safe and that the descriptions are accurage. If you book on your own, you don't have this confidence.

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