Our FAQ

Low Carb Cruise FAQ

VERY IMPORTANT: IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LOW CARB SEMINARS.

You must book through the LOW CARB GROUP via Debbie Hubbs of International Tours of Houston

We apologize if you have a favorite travel agent that you regularly use, but the cruise line will only allow us to reserve a meeting space for the total number we show BOOKED with our group. Also, your favorite agent will not be allowed to add you to the Low Carb Group.

Agent Debbie Hubbs of International Tours of Houston, is the only agent authorized to book you with the Low Carb Cruise group. She has been involved in all of our Low Carb Cruises and will help to make the process seamless and enjoyable. Thank for your understanding.

The cruise line has the authority to revise & change their procedures at any time. We do our best to keep up and inform the group as soon as we are given the updates. MOST, IF NOT ALL of your general questions about cruising can be answered at the cruise line’s website (currently http://www.royalcaribbean.com in their FAQ section.)

Debbie Hubbs – ddhubbs@msn.com

Cruise Coordinator & Travel Agent

Jimmy Moore – livinlowcarbman@charter.net

Host, Coordinator of Guest Speakers, and all around wonderful guy!

Ailsa Marshall – ailsamarshall@live.com

Guest Services, International Travel Assistant

Debbie Hubbs at ddhubbs@msn.com

480-326-8210

All group reservations must be made through agent Debbie Hubbs, LC Travel (International Tours of Houston). You may call Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines directly for general information about RCCL or the ship, but they will not give you any information about our group. You will be referred back to DEBBIE HUBBS (LC Travel) as the travel agent for the Low Carb Cruise ddhubbs@msn.com

When to register – NOW! Reservations are accepted up to approximately two weeks prior to sailing. Pricing is best the sooner you book. Prices will NOT go down closer to sailing. If you book and there is a better price or better perks offered for your cabin category (and if it is prior to final payment date) we will ask for your reservation to be repriced.

Email DEBBIE HUBBS Debbie Hubbs or by phone (480) 326-8210 for current pricing.

Seminar Fee: There is a $175 per person seminar fee payable via PayPal when you book your cruise. Send the seminar fee to the PayPal Low Carb Cruise account as a friend or family to graymadebbie@gmail.com. The rates are locked in for the group until our allotment is filled, so sign up early. After our group allotment is filled, more reservations can be made in the group but at the current cruise line rates. Rates are subject to change. The exact cost depends upon the cabin category you choose.. If rates should drop for your cabin type, or a special sale is made available by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, we will be able to submit an upgrade request or ask for our reservations to be re-priced. Registration payments must be made by debit or credit card. If for any reason a refund is required, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will refund to the original card on file. IF you have changed credit cards, you may have to wait 6-8 weeks for a refund check to be mailed to you.

Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones at the Pre-Cruise dinner. Contact Debbie Hubbs to sign up ddhubbs@msn.com 480-326-8210

This is for pre-planned group excursions. As it gets closer to sailing we will be announcing group excursions that you can join if you choose. Prices will vary according to the excursion. This is optional and there are a lot of other excursions you are free to take. Contact Debbie Hubbs at ddhubbs@msn.com

Please contact Ailsa Marshall at ailsamarshall@live.com and she will be able to assist you.

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic,  organized alphabetically by subject area.

 

ACCESSIBLE STATEROOMS

Do you require proof of disability to reserve an accessible stateroom?

We do not require proof of disability such as medical certificates or disability placards. However, during the booking process we will ask guests to attest to their need for the accessible stateroom.

 

ASSISTANCE

What kind of assistance do you provide?

We provide boarding and departure assistance with wheelchairs to guests with mobility disabilities. We also provide assistance to guests who are blind. Request assistance once you arrive at the pier or contact us prior to your cruise so we may prioritize your assistance. During peak times, there may be a wait for assistance. Our crew members are not permitted to lift our guests.

 

Do you provide priority boarding?

Guests with mobility disabilities are offered quicker processing at the pier. If boarding has not begun, we will offer pre-boarding.

 

Do you offer accessible transfers?

If requested in advance, we can arrange for accessible transportation to transfer guests between the airport and the pier. This service is offered at no extra charge to guests who have purchased transfers. Please note that accessible transportation may be limited or not available outside the U.S.

 

ASSISTIVE DEVICES

Do you provide wheelchairs or scooters?

We provide complimentary wheelchairs for getting on and off the ship. If you require a wheelchair or scooter during the cruise, you can bring your own or rent one from a company that provides rentals for cruises.

Can I bring my own assistive devices with me?

Yes, you may bring and use wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walkers, canes and other assistive devices onboard our ships. Due to safety reasons, Segways may not be used onboard.

 

Must I store my assistive device in my stateroom?

Yes, assistive devices including mobility scooters must be stored and recharged in your stateroom so fire doors, corridors and elevator lobbies are kept clear for emergency evacuation.

 

Can my assistive device fit through the stateroom door?

If your assistive device is 23 inches or less, it will fit through a standard stateroom door. If your assistive device is 32 inches or less, it will fit through an accessible stateroom door.

 

Can I bring a CPAP or BIPAP machine?

Yes, please notify us at least 30 days prior to sailing if you will need distilled water and extension cord.

 

COMPLAINT RESOLUTION OFFICIAL (CRO)

What are CROs?

CROs are available to respond to disability related concerns. They are trained on applicable U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) disability regulations and our policies and procedures for guests with disabilities. Feel free to request a CRO at our pier check-in counters at all U.S. ports of departure or at the Guest Relations Desk onboard our ships.

 

CRUISETOURS

Do you offer accessible Cruise tours in Alaska?

Yes, accessibility extends to the land portion of our Alaska Cruise tour packages. One third of our motor coaches are wheelchair lift-equipped and Wilderness Express railcars are equipped with dome-level wheelchair seating, allowing travelers with disabilities to access both levels.

 

What about other Cruise tours?

Most non-U.S. Cruise tours are not wheelchair accessible. In most cases we are unable to accommodate full-time wheelchair users. If guests are able to take steps to get into motor coaches and can maneuver in a standard hotel room, they may be accommodated. Portions of these Cruise tours may require extended periods of walking over uneven surfaces and/or steep terrain, as well as extended periods of standing and steps.

HEARING DISABILITIES

Do you provide tactile interpreters?

Yes, we provide tactile interpreters on cruises to/from U.S. and Canada only, however SSP (Support Service Provider) services are not provided. Please notify us at least 60 days prior to sailing.

 

Do you provide CART?

Yes, we provide CART (real-time captioning) services on cruises to/from the U.S. and Canada only. Please notify us at least 60 days prior to sailing.

 

 

PLANNING AHEAD

Can I travel alone?

We do not require guests with disabilities to travel with another person as a condition for traveling on our ships. However, our personnel are not required to perform personal tasks (e.g. assisting with eating, dressing, toileting or lifting) and therefore, guest requiring assistance with these functions should consider these needs when making a booking. If there is a question about the guest’s fitness to travel without personal assistance, this must be discussed with our Access Department.

 

SERVICE DOGS

Do you accept service dogs?

Yes, we accept service dogs. A service dog is defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.” Service dogs are not considered pets.

 

Do you provide sod for service dog relief areas?

Yes, sod for cruises from the U.S. can be provided; please notify us at least 30 days prior to sailing.

 

Can I bring dog food onboard?

You may bring a reasonable quantity of dog food and bowls at no charge. If refrigerated space is needed, notify us at least 30 days prior to sailing.

 

What health paperwork is required for service dogs?

Guests are responsible for obtaining all required permits for service dogs to depart the ship in non-U.S. ports. These permits must be carried on the ship, and a copy left with Guest Relations Desk once onboard. Please note that additional screening may be conducted at the pier or onboard.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

Do you offer accessible shore excursions?

Yes, we offer two options: “Easy” tours and private shore excursions with accessible transportation.

• Easy tours, designed for full-time wheelchair users, are available in various European and Caribbean ports of call. Each Easy Tour vehicle features an access ramp (or lift where available) to accommodate a limited number of wheelchairs.

• Private excursions with accessible transportation may be arranged at certain non-U.S. ports at an additional cost.

 

How do I find and book accessible shore excursions?

To find accessible shore excursions on our website and brochures, look for the word “Easy” or the wheelchair symbol next to the tour name. Please submit requests for Easy tours at least 10 business days prior to sailing and private excursions at least 21 days prior to shorexaccess@rccl.com or fax to (305) 982-2547.

 

TENDERING

What is your tender policy?

In order to safely board most tenders, guests must be able to take steps and use a collapsible manual wheelchair. In addition, power wheelchairs and mobility scooters can not be taken on tenders, unless roll-on capability is available. Inquire about tender roll-on capability at Guest Relations Desk while on board. Please note roll-on capability is not guaranteed. In some cases, tendering may preclude guests from going ashore.

 

VISUAL DISABILITIES

Do you provide braille formatted material?

No, however we provide Qualified Readers onboard our ships for guests who are blind or have low vision

 

What is a Qualified Reader?

Select crewmembers have been trained as Qualified Readers to read written material such as the daily Cruise Compass and shore excursions information. Waiters will also read dining menus upon request. Please request a qualified reader at Guest Relations upon boarding.

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CRUISE

PLANNING AHEAD

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

We encourage you to notify us of your needs at the time of booking, however to guarantee availability of specific equipment or services, please provide at least:

• 60 days notice if you need sign language interpreting services

• 30 days notice if you need special equipment or services (see list below) to accommodate your disability

If we do not receive enough advance notice, we will make reasonable efforts to provide requested equipment or services, but we do not guarantee they will be provided.

To customize your accommodations to meet your specific needs, contact your travel agent or complete the Guest Special Needs Form on-line at www.RoyalCaribbean.com/SpecialNeedsForm

 

LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES REQUIRING ADVANCE NOTICE

60 days prior to sailing

• Sign language interpreting services

 

30 days prior to sailing

• Commode chair

• Shower stool

• Transfer bench

• Service animal relief area

• Large print materials

• TTY

• Visual-tactile alert system

• Assistive listening device

• Mini-refrigerator

• Sharps container

• Distilled water

• Extension cord

• Oxygen supply delivery

• Dialysis supply delivery

• Closed captioned television (Only on Monarch of the Seas)

OTHER DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

These services and features ensure that more guests can sail away on an incredible Royal Caribbean International vacation, without a worry in the world.

SPECIAL DIETS

Royal Caribbean can accommodate guests with a variety of special dietary needs at no charge.

We offer low-sodium, low-fat and gluten-free items on our menus. There is no need to notify us in advance. Check with your Head Waiter for assistance with selecting appropriate menu items.

Lactose-free/soy milk and Ensure are available at no extra charge. Simply notify us at least 45 days prior to sailing and 90 days for European/South American itineraries.

• We can accommodate most food allergies in the main dining room. Once you are on the ship, speak with our Head Waiter to discuss your needs and review your menu selections for the next day. For complex food allergies contact our Access Department for assistance. Please note we may not be able to accommodate all food allergies.

 

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Children with disabilities, including autism, will love our fun-filled, complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program. Some of the accommodations for our youngest special-needs travelers include:

• Adventure Ocean grouping by ability (rather than age)

• Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exception

• Pagers for parents of children in Adventure Ocean program

• Babysitting services in stateroom (age restrictions apply)

ONBOARD MEDICAL SERVICES

Every Royal Caribbean ship offers limited professional medical services for a reasonable fee. These physicians and nurses can be found in the onboard medical facility.

 

OXYGEN

All types of oxygen are permitted onboard. Please notify the Access Department as to the type, quantity and delivery schedule of your oxygen. Oxygen must be stored in your stateroom.

 

DIALYSIS

Guests requiring continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis are welcome onboard. Guests should bring onboard or arrange to have delivered all necessary supplies and equipment needed to perform the dialysis. Please have your supplier contact our Access Department to request clearance for port delivery.

We are unable to administer or assist with hemo-dialysis treatments. However, guests using self-administered hemo-dialysis equipment are welcome to sail under certain requirements; contact our Access Department for details. Otherwise, guests requiring physician assisted dialysis may make arrangements by contacting a service provider who specializes in this service.

PEOPLE OF SHORT STATURE

People of short stature love cruising too. With many of our accessibility offerings, such as lowered Guest Service counters and lowered playing tables in Casino Royale, height doesn’t get in the way of an excellent cruise vacation experience.

 

PERSONS OF SIZE

Larger guests are always welcome onboard. Armless chairs and special seating are provided throughout the ship and in various venues for your comfort and convenience. Larger guests may find our accessible staterooms with wider doors, roll-in showers and grab bars more accommodating.

 

COGNITIVE, INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Royal Caribbean welcomes guests with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Upon request, every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations to meet the needs of guests with these disabilities. Some of these may include:

• Priority boarding

• Boarding and departure assistance

• Priority disembarkation

 

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If you have another disability or medical condition that has not been mentioned, please inquire how we might make reasonable accommodations to meet your specific needs. Please note that not all accommodations may be able to be provided.

Also, note that guests should be fit for travel. We do not require guests to travel with a companion; however, our personnel are not required to perform personal tasks.

Coming soon!

In order to PARTICIPATE in the Low Carb Cruise,
you MUST sign up through the group

 Access to the Low Carb Meetings, special events and discounts are limited to those who booked with the group and have an official “Name Badge”

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines allows us to reserve the meeting spaces according to the number of guests listed with our group.  This also applies to seating for dinner – in order to sit with the group you must have registered with the group.

Sometimes throughout the year, you may see advertised specials that appear cheaper than our rates.  If there is an actual “sale”, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will notify us of fare changes. Debbie Hubbs works with Royal Caribbean to get you the best available price.

There are special fares that pop up occasionally that do NOT apply to our group – these are non-refundable, not transferable, etc.

The “cheaper prices” do NOT included  the group amenities that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines rewards us such as the free private cocktail party, the on-board cabin credits which can range from $25 to $75 per cabin, and the right to reserve the private meeting spaces for the seminars.  Not to mention, the fantastic seminars during the day and dinner with the group every evening.

Sometimes throughout the year, you may see advertised specials that appear cheaper than our rates. If there is an actual “sale”, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will notify us of fare changes. Debbie Hubbs works with Royal Caribbean to get you the best available price.

There are special fares that pop up occasionally that do NOT apply to our group – these are non-refundable, not transferable, etc.

The “cheaper prices” do NOT included the group amenities that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines rewards us such as the free private cocktail party, the on-board cabin credits which can range from $25 to $75 per cabin, and the right to reserve the private meeting spaces for the seminars. Not to mention, the fantastic seminars during the day and dinner with the group every evening.

In order to PARTICIPATE in the Low Carb Cruise,
you MUST sign up through the group

Access to the Low Carb Meetings, special events and discounts are limited to those who booked with the group and have an official “Name Badge”

Full deposit of $500 per cabin is due when reservation is confirmed.

For some of the cabins that are considered popular (Spa Suites, Grand Suites, etc), Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines MAY request ½ of the total fare as a down payment to reserve.

Final payment (balance) due date: FEBRUARY 5, 2018.

If you register any time BEFORE the FINAL payment is due, you will still be included in the group rates for the allotted cabins that are available at time of registration.

IF you register with the group AFTER the FINAL payment is due, You will still register with the group, but will be subject to whatever rates and cabins are available to the general public at that time. This is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’s policy.

Solo, Triples, quads, & handicap rooms — We are NOT allowed to HOLD any of these cabins in our group allotment, but we can reserve them as requested. If you would like one of these types of rooms please contact Debbie Hubbs to get a current “quote” for the room rate – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines reserves the right to book these on a “first come, first serve” basis because they are very popular. A “Full deposit” (see above) will be required to hold all cabins.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s policy changes – Please know that any changes that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines might make to their policies are beyond our control. We will do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner of any changes that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines may require.

For U.S. Citizens a copy of your birth certificate and a valid U.S. government issued photo identification card (including driver’s license) is acceptable for a “closed loop” cruise (departing and returning to the same port), However, passports are strongly recommended. If there should be an medical emergency, and you need to fly back to the United States, you will not be allowed back in the U.S. without a passport.

Please check the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines website before registering to make sure this policy has not changed. If you only have a birth certificate and government photo ID, some shore excursions may be limited. This is why PASSPORTS are recommended for all travelers.

Non-U.S. Citizens must have a valid passport.

It is extremely important that your name and your birth date match your I.D.

Please be sure to review your confirmation receipt and inform us of any changes that need to be submitted to RCCL.

Please provide all of the following information in this format

  • Basic registration information from the Online Registration Form
  • Credit Card Authorization Form – available via Email from Debbie Hubbs ddhubbs@msn.com
  • You MUST have enter your name exactly as it appears on your passport / I.D.
  • You MUST have your full birth date – day, month, year in this form: DDMMMYYYY, 06JAN1953
  • You MUST have a valid emergency contact phone number (best place to reach you)
  • You MUST have an email address and cell phone number that you can be reached at prior to the cruise for any last minute messages.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Low Carb Cruise, and Debbie Hubbs do NOT choose or “assign” your cabin mate. We only book the reservations, so you will have to arrange your OWN cabin mate.

YES, you may pay separately from your cabin mate. We will need the credit card authorization form & information on a separate form for each person in the cabin.

IF you are looking for a cabin mate, but have not found one by the time the first deposit is due, you can reserve the cabin with a single, full deposit ($250 or 1/2 down depending upon the cabin type). When you find a person to add as your cabin mate, they will pay the other half of the deposit when they are added to the reservation. Please be aware that you might be subject to a “Single Supplement” fee. This fee can be removed once a cabin mate is secured for the reservation.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines prices the cabins “per person” but assumes there will be TWO in the cabin. Example: IF the rate is $900 per person, it will cost $1,800 to book the cabin!!!

Please be aware that the financial arrangements with your cabin mate are between the two (or three) of you. We will only make changes as you request them. We are not responsible for the individual bookkeeping. Be sure to keep your statements & confirmations that show your payments.

YES, there are cabins called Triples, Quads, and even Quints! These require FULL deposit at time of booking. These cabins are limited and subject to availability. (Some cabins require 50% down) ** See the room descriptions for the cabin types and the number of guests they can accommodate.

IF there are 3 to 4 people in a cabin the price is NOT simply divided by that number. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will charge full fare for the first two people and a slightly discounted rate for the 3rd person. Example: 1st person $900, 2nd person $900, and 3rd person $450 (plus taxes & fees).

IF you want to split the total fare between your cabin-mates, it will be up to you to handle how the total amount is paid. We CAN submit split payments for you, but the confirmation will reflect the total charge. Also, we will not keep these records for you – please take care of your own bookkeeping. We assume no responsibility for these transactions between cabin mates.

You may travel as a single, but a double fare will be charged. Rooms are priced based on double occupancy. Debbie will give you an exact quote when your cabin is booked.

After you have filled out the form, you should receive an emailed confirmation within 5 days. If you have not heard back from anyone within 5 days, please contact Debbie Hubbs by email at ddhubbs@msn.com.

You are encouraged to look over the confirmation for the accuracy of your names and dates. Notify Debbie Hubbs if there are any changes that need to be submitted. This is important to do in advance. It would be unfortunate to discover an error at embarkation!

You can receive a FULL 100% refund up to the final payment deadline. AFTER the last payment date, refunds are pro-rated, depending upon the time left before the sail date.

A full explanation of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines refund policy is available at http://www.royalcaribbean.com

If you have a cabin mate and they have to cancel, you will be held responsible for the balance on the cabin (i.e. their part). The best thing would be to find another cabin mate! You can change cabin mates up to 2 weeks prior to sailing, without penalty. (*some exceptions may apply)

The first “guest” on a reservation cannot be CHANGED. If the first guest must cancel, then the second guest will be ‘rebooked’ and will become the lead name on the reservation.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has addressed many of these questions, divided into 5 parts: Planning, Reserving, Preparing, Onboard, and Afterward. All of this information can be found at Royal Caribbean FAQ

You will need a Set Sail pass to physically check in prior to boarding the ship. This is your boarding pass. You will get more information on this AFTER your reservation has been paid in full. Set Sail Passes are printed from the Royal Caribbean website after your online registration is completed closer to the time of sailing. If for some reason you are unable to print your Set Sail Pass, the RCCL people will help you get checked in at the port without it. This will just slow down the boarding process.

The “SeaPass” card is a card that will be given to you when you check in. It serves as your room key, I.D. and your “credit card” while on the cruise. After your reservation has been paid in full, and closer to the time of sailing, you will go online with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and “register” your specific choices, including what debit/credit card you want to be associated with your “SeaPass” card, etc. (Once on board the ship (not before), you may go to the purser/information desk and put cash down on your account, instead of using a debit or credit card).

Each person is responsible for making their own flight and travel arrangements.

YES! Please go to “Hotel Package” tab for more details

When: TBA

What: Special Low Carb Dinner and presentation

Dress: Business Casual

These arrangements are booked separately from the hotel reservation! Contact Debbie Hubbs.

When it is completed, a copy will be posted in the Facebook group. This is usually 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure.

Low Carb Cruise T-shirts will be available from an online source. You will be instructed when and how to place your order. Debbie Hubbs will let the group know when these are available. You may also contact Debbie at ddhubbs@msn.com

If you arrive by car, you can park at one of the available facilities for their fee (payable in advance). They will shuttle you to the Cruise Terminal.

If you are getting a ride, the driver can pull up to the Cruise Terminal, similar to dropping off someone at the airport.

Guests may begin boarding the ship between approximately 11am and 3 pm or when the previous guests have all been disembarked.

The very last allowable time for boarding is 3pm

Each piece of luggage will need to have the special Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines luggage tags on them. You will be able to print these out after your ticket is paid in full. The tags will have the information on them needed to get your luggage to your assigned cabin!

You will need to have your PASSPORT/I.D. and your “SeaPass” in your hand as you enter the terminal and go through the stations. (You will not need the other printed information)

Once you get on the ship you can either go get a bite to eat at the grill, explore the ship, chat with friends, or check out your cabin. Your Luggage will NOT be in your cabin until later (between 3-5pm), hopefully before dinner.

Muster is a safety drill in which all passengers must participate. You will be informed where to report by posted Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines employees. This will occur around 4pm, before we pull out of the dock.

This information is posted in the FAQ section at Royal Caribbean Customer Support FAQs

Access / Login – You will be given an instruction sheet when you get onboard the ship with the details of how to purchase internet time and how to log in.

Costs – varies depending on the number of minutes you purchase. There are fees associated with internet use through Wi-Fi and at the Internet Cafe.

Printing – is available.

Be SURE you know the policy of your individual carrier before using your phone on the ship.

We recommend that you DO NOT use your cell phone on the ship. It is a good idea to turn them off or put them on airplane mode. Roaming charges are VERY costly on the ships.

General Information:

www.lowcarbcruiseinfo.com
(specific low carb cruise info and registration form)

http://www.porteverglades.net/cruising
(specific info about transportation, parking, hotels, things to do, etc.)

To get to know others:

– The private “Low Carb Cruise Group” on Facebook

– Jimmy’s links: www.livinlavidalowcarb.com

At meetings – There are absolutely NO special requirements other than “clothes” for the meetings. It can get a little cold in the meeting rooms so a light wrap is advised.

On ship – You will see ALL MANNER of dress. You are on vacation – be comfortable.

At dinner – NOW this is the only place with a dress code. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines asks that no one wear shorts, t-shirts, or bathing suits into the dining rooms. These are totally acceptable on the Lido Deck and in the grill – but NOT in the dining room.

On excursions/shore – The important thing here is safety. Please wear sun protection, appropriate shoes, & carry your I.D. close to your body.

On formal nights – These can be as simple as your “Sunday” dress or as formal as a ball gown. We have seen an array of fashion on these nights. It is a great time that many of us get to dress up so we take full advantage! Even tuxedos can be rented online https://tuxedorentals.rccl.com/tuxedo/tuxrental.nsf before we sail. It is also a time to get some GREAT portraits taken.

NO formal night for you? – not a problem! The Windjammer buffet area and the café will also be serving food. It is your vacation and your choice!

There are special events for the LOW CARB Group

Cocktail party – As part of the amenities for our group, we will qualify for a “free” cocktail party. Enjoy a relaxing time to mingle with other low carb friends. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines always tries to accommodate our low carb lifestyle, but not everyone completely understands.. Please be kind and just ignore any high carb drinks that might be offered.

Low Carb Meetings – These will take place in a Conference room (usually on Deck two). on the days we are sailing, The meeting place, along with the schedule of speakers, will be on your itinerary.

Door Prizes– Donations from the speakers and various Low Carb vendors will be available. (Vendors & Guest Speakers: IF you have items you would like to donate for the door prizes, please contact Jimmy Moorelivinlowcarbman@charter.net, Debbie Hubbs or Ailsa Marshall.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines events also offers a tremendous diversity of activities, which are listed in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines newsletter, which is delivered to your room each evening):

Bingo – money & free cruises are given away.

Movies – shown throughout the evening on the big screen, outdoors

Trivia – various trivia games throughout the ship.

Spa – Get a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or a fancy up-do for the formal night.

Live Shows – musicals, dance shows, skating show, etc.

And So Much More!!

An excursion is a “reserved” event or destination that you plan in advance – something to do while on shore. This includes snorkeling, sight-seeing, hiking, and more. These range in price from $35 and up.

There may be special Low Carb Group excursions set up just for the group. We will let you know about those.

The excursions that are available for our cruise will be listed on your reservation after you have paid in full. You will be able to go online and register your information and pick your excursions from a long list that will be available. You can sort these by type of activity, cost, or strenuousness.

IF you don’t know which excursions you want do, you can always wait and book these on the ship. Sometimes it is good to find out what other people in our group might be doing and go with them!

IF you prefer NOT to book an excursion, that is totally fine. There is PLENTY to do right on the ship. This ship is a destination in and of itself. It is up to you.

Some people have rented a taxi, scooter, or car and done their own thing. Others have spent the day shopping in the port.

You can either prepay the gratuities when you register, or you can wait for them to be charged on your bill the last night of the cruise. At this time the rate is $13.50 per person, per night (7 nights). This tip is split between the room steward, the waiter, & the wait staff. It does NOT include room service or the Maitre’d, or the porters.
Tipping can be quite daunting. It is recommended to carry one and five dollar bills on you.

Embarkation – it is customary to tip the luggage handler a few of dollars

Debarkation – it is customary to tip the luggage handler a few dollars

Room service – it is customary to tip a couple of dollars for this free, 24/7 service

Room steward – not mandatory or expected, but a nice gesture for someone who has kept your room clean & tidy. Go to breakfast – Come back – room clean. Go to meetings – Come back – room clean. Take a nap, go to dinner – Come back – room clean. It is wonderful!

Waiter / wait staff – This is not mandatory, but a nice gesture. IF you have received exceptional service, you might consider tipping your waiter an extra little amount on the side.

You have the option for prepaid gratuities and/or travel insurance (insurance for USA only). If you did NOT mark it on the registration form, it will NOT be assumed. You MUST let me know if you want travel insurance or to include pre-paid gratuities.

More information on tipping can be found here: RCCL FAQ Gratuities
We HIGHLY recommend travel insurance. In addition to unforeseen emergencies, insurance usually covers lost luggage too.

NO, all of the food will NOT be Low Carb, but there are plenty of Low Carb options.

The ship holds 5000+ passengers so Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will not change the menu just for us. It has been our experience, however, that the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines chef will go out of his way to make sure we have plenty of options.

– Fresh berries & cream – they have a limited amount of fruit, but will provide this for dinner upon request (if possible & available).

– Also, there are unlimited amounts of protein rich foods always available!

If you have food allergies be sure to let us know and we can put your name on a list that will be given to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Even with that list though, be sure to let your individual waiters know about your allergies. If your allergies are severe enough to require bringing your own food, please get a note from your doctor. This will help get your food items through the port customs.

No Carb Police!

We have a LOT of different people in our group. Some of them are Paleo / Low Carbers and some are NOT. Some are just family members along for the vacation.

None of us have reached perfection. We encourage everyone to resist the urge to compare and evaluate what is on other people’s plates. Everyone is at a different place on this journey. Please be loving and kind to those in our group that may not eat exactly what you eat. What we NEED is someone to listen, care, and share about how they overcame the obstacles in this journey, not a critic or judge.

You should feel right at home! We are a diverse group of health conscience people on the journey. You will see young, old, tall, short, wide, and narrow people on this cruise. There are NO judgments allowed. You are welcome just like you are. We all choose not to critique the plates or the diners, and always try to see things in perspective. Love relieves a lot of stress. Choose to let go, relax, and enjoy the trip. It can be very beneficial for your health! Enjoy the time and take advantage of all those things that are positive!

Debarkation is explained in detail via the television in your room. There will also be printed flyers & custom forms delivered to your room the day before we return to port.

Debarkation usually begins by 8:00am, and it can sometimes take a couple of hours to get through customs. If you are flying out, PLEASE be careful to allow enough time to get through customs AND make the long drive back to the airport. It could take less time, BUT to be on the safe side, you might want to consider allowing about 4-5 hours for the entire process.

Luggage for Debarkation:

Self – IF you opt to carry your own luggage off the ship, you will be directed to the times each deck is released. Usually “Self Check” guests are allowed off the ship first. This is essential if you have an early flight.

Luggage check – IF you have your luggage checked the night before (by 11pm), it will be waiting for you in the terminal when you get off the ship in a special, marked section. You will be instructed to wait until your deck is released. This allows time for a leisurely breakfast, last hugs, and to sit and rest. You will, however, still have to carry your luggage through customs after you pick it up in the terminal.

There are a lot of online resources including packing guides, cruise tips and suggestions, etc.

For General Cruise information and reviews — http://www.cruisecritic.com is a good one.

Once you are paid and registered you can also use the Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner .