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Bead Cruise 2014!

8-night Bahamas Cruise
on Royal Caribbean's "Explorer of the Seas"
March 21, 2014

For more information on Bead Cruise 2014 please visit www.beadcruise.com or Click Here to join our email list!

There's nothing like a quick getaway in the sun. And there's no better way to do it than to pay a visit to the amazing ports we visit on our Bahamas cruise! Explore Royal Carribean's private island, CocoCay, experience the wonders of Paradise Island, or check out Atlantis Aquaventure. It's a dream vacation you'll never forget!

Important Travel Information

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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 ˝ 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. Your flight into the airport should arrive no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, March 21st if flying into Newark Liberty International Airport. The departure time for Saturday, March 29th is after 1:00 pm. If you are flying into JFK International then the arrival time is no later than 11:00 am on Friday, March 21st and the departure time for Saturday, March 29th is after 2:00 pm. The transfers thru RCCL are $28.50 one way or $57 round trip if flying in and out of Newark. The transfers thru RCCL are $45 one way or $90 round trip if flying in and out of JFK.. The departure transfers from the ship to each airport run every 30 minutes. Please note that these prices are subject to change.
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:
14 Port Terminal Boulevard
Bayonne, N.J. 07002-5038

Directions
From Newark International Airport (9 miles):
-Exit the airport, following signs to the NJ Turnpike.
-Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 14A.
-Pay toll at exit and continue straight (after traffic light onto bridge) onto Route 440.
-Follow signs for Route 440 South.
-Continue on Route 440 South to Port Terminal Blvd.
-Turn left at Port Terminal Blvd. (there is a traffic light at the intersection).
-This is the entrance for the "Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor" or the old "Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne."
-Continue straight and approach the guard gate.
-Continue past the guard gate and follow the signs to the cruise terminal.

From NJ Turnpike north or south:
-Exit the airport, following signs to the NJ Turnpike.
-Take the NJ Turnpike to exit 14A.
-Pay toll at exit and continue straight (after traffic light onto bridge) onto Route 440.
-Follow signs for Route 440 South.
-Continue on Route 440 South to Port Terminal Blvd.
-Turn left at Port Terminal Blvd. (there is a traffic light at the intersection).
-This is the entrance for the "Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor" or the old "Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne."
-Continue straight and approach the guard gate.
-Continue past the guard gate and follow the signs to the cruise terminal.

From NYC, via the Lincoln Tunnel:
-Take the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey.
-Follow I-495 West to the NJ Turnpike/I-95.
-Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A - Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

From NYC, via the Holland Tunnel:
-Take the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey.
-Take the NJ Turnpike west to exit 14A. Follow directions above from Exit 14 A.

From the West, via I-80:
-Take I-80 East to I-95 South
-Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A- Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

From the west, via I-78:
-Take I-78 East directly to the NJ Turnpike.
-Take the NJ Turnpike east to Exit 14A- Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

From the east/Staten Island/Long Island:
-Take the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Staten Island.
-Take I-287 West.
-Take Route 440 North to and over the Bayonne Bridge.
-Continue on Route 440 North approximately 3 miles.
-Make a right into the Bayonne Ocean Terminal.
-Continue straight and approach the guard gate.
-Continue past the guard gate and follow the signs to the cruise terminal.

From the Bronx/Connecticut/New England:
-Proceed to and across the George Washington Bridge.
-Follow signs for the New Jersey Turnpike/I-95 South.
-Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A - Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

From Westchester County:
-Take I-684 South to I-287 West
-Take I-287 West to I-87 South.
-Follow signs to and over the George Washington Bridge.
-Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A - Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

From Rockland County:
-Take the Palisades Parkway South to I-80 West.
-Follow signs for the New JerseyTurnpike/I-95 South.
-Take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 14A - Bayonne. Follow directions above from Exit 14A.

Transportation
By train:
-Take the PATH Rapid Transit System train from Manhattan to Jersey City or Hoboken.
-Outside the PATH Station, take the NJ Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train to Bayonne.
-Get off at the 34th Street Station in Bayonne.
-You are now directly across Route 440 from the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, which includes the Cape Liberty Cruise Port.
-Call one of the three Bayonne taxi cab companies to drive you to the cruise port, which is about two miles east of the Light Rail line.

By bus:
-East Coast regional Motorcoach Program (a service provided by Entertainment Tours) - call (800) 310-9900 for reservations or book online. Please contact Entertainment Tours for rates and pick up locations.
-From the Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 99S bus to Bayonne.
-The 99S bus travels along Kennedy Boulevard into Bayonne and stops on request every three blocks.
-When you reach 33rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne, you will be at the closest point on the bus route to the cruise port.
-Call one of the three Bayonne taxi cab companies to drive you to the cruise port, which is about three miles east of Kennedy Boulevard.

Parking Information
A safe, secured parking facility, operated by Central Parking, is conveniently located adjacent to the cruise terminal. Parking fees are $19 per day (subject to change). Cash, traveler's checks and major credit cards are accepted. No reservations are necessary. At this time, there is no covered or valet parking at Cape Liberty Cruise Port.
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.
Please Note
The road leading into the port is currently under construction. This construction is causing traffic congestion in and out of the port. In order to avoid traffic caused by the construction, guests are encouraged not to arrive at the port until after 12:00 p.m. This construction will not cause the ship’s departure to be delayed, nor will it affect the ship’s arrival into the next port of call. Please remember that guests are required to be checked in no later than 90 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time.
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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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