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Bead Cruise 2015: Our 10th Anniversary Cruise!

8 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
on Royal Caribbean's "Independence of the Seas"
Feb. 14, 2015

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...Eastern Caribbean cruise….private paradise, Labadee, with their pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and spectacular water activities. It's native charm and natural beauty makes it a destination not to be missed. It's a dream vacation you'll never forget!

Important Travel Information

What documents are required to sail?
What do I need to know about airfare or driving to the port?
When do I need to arrive?
When can I expect my documents to arrive in the mail?
What should I pack?

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WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SAIL?

Guests without valid documentation will be denied boarding and no refund issued, no exceptions! DON'T RISK IT, GET A PASSPORT NOW!

Passport Requirements
A valid passport is a requirement for air travel to / from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Effective June 1, 2009 only a valid passport (unless otherwise noted below) or other WHTI compliant document will be accepted for entry or re-entry into the United States. For a list of all approved documents visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html#compliant_document

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate and laminated government issued picture ID, denoting photo, name and date of birth. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original or a certified copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issues by DOS, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For additional passport information visit the State Department's Website. You can also find additional information on Royal Caribbean's website: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Passport Requirements

Royal Caribbean International and Memory Cruisin' strongly recommend that all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise. Guests will need a passport should they have to fly out of the United States to meet their ship at the next available port if they miss their scheduled embarkation in a U.S. port; if they need to fly back 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 for other reasons.

Obtaining/renewing a passport
For information on obtaining or renewing a passport, visit the State Department's Website.
If your passport expires within 6 months from your cruise date, you will need to have your passport renewed prior to sailing.

** IMPORTANT! Make sure all cruise documents match exactly with the names on your Valid Passport. Please contact us immediately if you have any questions regarding documentation issues.
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WHAT ABOUT AIRFARE OR DRIVING TO THE PORT?Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the cruise ship. It's IMPORTANT to note that you MUST be onboard the ship at LEAST 1 ½ hours prior to departure. Those with long flights should arrive the day prior to the cruise to allow adequate time to get to the cruise ship prior to the departure time. It's also wise to leave a large time cushion as airline delays, traffic delays, and route closures are always a possibility. If flying into FLL, please arrive by Saturday, Feb. 14 no later than 1:30 pm and depart on Sunday Feb. 22 after 11:30 am. If flying into MIA, please arrive by Saturday, Feb. 14 no later than 12:30 pm and depart on Sunday, Feb. 22 after 12:30 pm. Transfers from FLL are $16.75 each way or $33.50 round trip. Transfers from MIA are $30 each way or $60 round trip.
You can also choose to arrange for a shuttle or taxi to the cruise terminal on your own.

*It is important that you do NOT make flight arrangements until after the final payment deadline as each cruise must have a certain number of participants registered for the cruise to be guaranteed to go. You should contact Memory Cruisin' prior to arranging your airfare to and from the cruise.*

Directions to the Pier:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

Directions
From Fort Lauderdale International Airport (5 miles):
-Exit the airport and follow signs for I-595 East/Port Everglades. Continue to the last exit on I-595 East and follow the signs to Port Everglades.
-This will automatically take you to the Port Everglades security entrance.
-From there, follow the directional signs for your designated ship's pier terminal.

From Miami International Airport (30 miles):
-Take 836 East to I-95 North.
-Exit I-95 North at 595 East.
-Follow 595 to the end; then follow the Port Everglades signs.

Parking Information
After dropping off your checked luggage at the pier terminal with the porters and cruise line representative, proceed to the appropriate parking garage for that terminal. Rates are $15 USD per day for the regular vehicles and $19 for the oversized vehicles (rates subject to change without notice by the Port Authority). For additional information or vehicle size restrictions, please contact USA Parking at (954)468-3680.
Security at the Pier
Please expect delays related to security and immigration procedures when arriving at the pier to board the ship. These procedures have been designed for your safety and all attempts will be made to expedite you through the process as quickly as possible. For additional information on Port Everglades visit the port website. For any day of travel concerns you may have, please contact us at (800) 256-6649 or (305) 539-4107.
Bus Information
Our Florida Bus Program is provided by Cruise Connection of Florida. For rates, availability and pick up locations, please contact their Reservations center at (800) 327-6700.
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WHEN DO I NEED TO ARRIVE? You can begin boarding around 11:00am (check-in time is between 11 am and 3 pm). Check your cruise ticket for preferred arrival time. You should plan to arrive at least 2 hours before your ship is scheduled to depart. Be sure to allow time for traffic, parking, and boarding. It is your responsibility to arrive on time. In preparation for prompt departure, cruise check-in will close 90 minutes prior to sailing. Guests arriving after this time will not be permitted to board, absolutely no exceptions! When boarding is closed, it's closed and no refunds will be given.
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WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY DOCUMENTS TO ARRIVE IN THE MAIL? Cruise documents are now in the form of E-Documents. Once you have paid your final cruise payment you can login under your name and booking # and complete your online check-in. Once you have completed all of your information you will be able to print out your E-Documents. Please note that documents and luggage tags are no longer mailed to you.
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WHAT SHOULD I PACK? Days onboard are casual and you'll be most comfortable in sport clothes and resort wear. Shoes should be low-heeled for deck activities. Bring a few swimsuits so you'll always have a dry one. You don't have to bring towels, as they are provided.

For evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:
Casual: Pants and blouses for women, sport shirts and pants for men
Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men
Formal: Cocktail dresses for women, suits and ties or tuxedos for men (you can arrange to rent a tuxedo onboard)
Ashore, you'll need comfortable walking shoes as well as a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun. Don't forget your camera with extra batteries, as well as a light jacket in case the weather gets a little cool. top

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