Day of Embarkation at the Port of Miami
If you are booking a flight to and from Miami we suggest that you consider arriving a day or two earlier so that you can take advantage of the local attractions in South Florida. This also helps to avoid potential flight delays, baggage collection and transfer problems that could occur. If you are flying in the day of the cruise (Monday), we recommend that you book a flight that arrives at Miami International Airport no later than 10:30am EST.
Port/Terminal Arrival Time
Boarding is scheduled to begin as soon as the previous cruise clears customs. We expect this to begin around 11:30am, however, it could be later. You should plan to arrive at the Port of Miami no earlier than 11:00am. This will help you avoid a long wait in the terminal prior to boarding.
All passengers must be on board the ship no later than 90 minutes prior to sailing (be on board by 2:30 pm). No Exceptions!
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Approximately 10 miles (25 minutes - longer at rush hour) from the Port of Miami
- Fort Lauderdale International (FLL)
- Approximately 25 minutes (45 minutes - longer at rush hour) from the Port of Miami
Port of Miami
1015 N. America Way
Miami, FL 33132
If using a GPS, enter “PORT OF MIAMI” or the address: 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132. Once at the Port's bridge, turn off your GPS, stay in the left lane, and follow the signs to designated terminal (looks for the signs leading to the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas).
Taxi & Other Shuttle Service
Taxis/Uber/Lyft are the fastest and cheapest mode of transportation to the port from Miami International Airport: Approximately $25 each way. Fort Lauderdale International: Approximately $55 each way.
We recommend a Taxi, Uber or Lyft as these are the cheapest, fastest, and most convenient transportation options to get to the port. Shuttles are usually more expensive if traveling with friends (priced per person) and slower as you have to make several stops at the different terminals. Super Shuttle: https://www.supershuttle.com/ Go-Airport Shuttle: http://goairportshuttle.com/ are other alternative means of transportation to/from pier.
Rates are subject to change.
If you are parking at the port, drop off your party at the bag drop area (with baggage) and let them check the bags with the porters. The designated driver should proceed to the parking garage, park the car and return to his/her party at the terminal.
Parking at PortMiami's Royal Caribbean Terminal A garage is currently $28 per night ($112 total). Rates are subject to change.
Arrival at the Cruise Terminal
Checking Luggage: You may check your luggage with the porters outside of the cruise terminal, and your bags will be delivered directly to your cabin. Each piece of checked luggage must have an affixed luggage tag, listing the ship, your name, and cabin number. Additional luggage tags can be obtained from the porters if necessary. It is customary to tip the porters $1-$2 per bag. Up to two checked bags (50lbs or less) are allowed per guest.
Carry-On Bag: Be sure to bring a carry-on bag for items you may need prior to receiving your luggage, which may not arrive until the early evening.
- Carry on your:
- Passport/Identification- You will need them to check-in
- SetSail Pass- You will need it to check-in
- Money/Credit Cards- You will need a Credit Card to set up your on-board spending account
- You should also consider carrying on other essential items or valuables you may need during the first day on the ship, such as medications, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, cell phones, etc.
NOTE: DO NOT PACK YOUR PASSPORT OR CRUISE DOCUMENTS IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE. Carry on your SetSail Pass, passport or birth certificate, Government issued photo ID, and other relevant identification.
What Not to Pack: No illegal substances, no alcohol (except those allowed by Royal Caribbean below) or non-alcoholic beverages, “unsealed” food, weapons, or pets. The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited onboard Royal Caribbean cruises. All US and International laws pertaining to drug use should be respected, and will strictly be enforced.
Bringing Alcohol on board: Current Royal Caribbean Policy (Updated 3/1/2023):
Guests are NOT allowed to bring beer or liquor onboard. On embarkation day, each guest of drinking age may bring one (1) sealed 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne. Boxed wine and other containers are prohibited. Guests who purchase alcohol bottles onboard, in a port-of-call, or bring more than the one permitted bottle on boarding day, will have their items safely stored by the ship. These bottles will be returned on the last day onboard for enjoyment once home.
Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages as carry-on items on boarding day. Non-alcoholic beverages may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz.) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom. Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.
Alcoholic beverages (beer, seltzer or hard liquor) seized on embarkation day will not be returned. Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.
Checking-In at the Cruise Terminal
After dropping off your checked luggage (if required), enter the terminal and an agent will check your documentation (passport or birth certificate/photo ID), and then you will go through a security screening (similar to TSA). You will then check-in with a Royal Caribbean agent. They will review your documentation, SetSail pass (printed or shown on your phone) and take your photo (if you weren’t able to do so during your online check-in). You are now ready to board!
If you forget your SetSail pass, you will have to find the check-in desk. At that desk, you will present your passport (or birth certificate and Government Issued Photo ID) to the RCI agent. The RCI agent will assist you in checking you in and printing your SetSail pass.
Please keep your SetSail pass (whether printed or on the app) handy until you pick up your SeaPass card (aka room key or key card) at your stateroom. Your SeaPass Card will be waiting for you outside of your room door. Your SeaPass card will serve as: the key to your room door, identification on the ship, and your onboard charge card. This card will also be your form of ID to get on and off the ship at our different ports of call. You should carry this card with your as ALL times.