Yes. All of our artists will be joining you for the full cruise and performing onboard the ship. However, there may be some cases where an artist needs to join us during the cruise or depart early due to a scheduling conflict or other family commitment.
Many of our artists will be doing formal photo sessions, which will be announced in more detail, as we get closer to sailing. Any additional autographs, photos or other interactions will be at each band/artist’s discretion.
Most bands will be playing 2 performances. Other artists will be playing at least once, with some performing multiple times.
Theatre seating for The Monsters of Rock Cruise is not assigned and therefore, General Admission. VIP guests will be given early access to the theatre performances to choose their seating.
You can view photos, deck plans and even a virtual tour of the Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas by clicking HERE.
Shore excursions will be available for purchase approximately 30-60 days prior to our sail date.
Yes, feel free to gamble from sun up to sun down as the beautiful Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas has a casino featuring slot machines, blackjack, roulette, bingo and much more! Please keep in mind that Royal Caribbean is required to close the casino (as well as other shops onboard) while we are in port.
We will release the schedule of concerts and events during embarkation. Please know that this is not something we do to torture you…but that the schedule is a delicate balancing act and we want to be sure we have made every necessary change before we release it to you. We don’t want you to miss anything due to having an incomplete or altered schedule!
Not a chance! The Independence of the Seas offers several dining options on board. These options are subject to change. CLICK HERE to view both the complimentary and specialty (not included in cruise fare) restaurant options.
If you have any food allergy or a dietary requirement that requires Kosher meals or gluten-free food products, please advise us at the time of booking. Obtaining the products for many of these requests requires 90-days notice prior to sailing, and we want to ensure that we are able to fulfill your request. Kosher Meal requests made within 90 days of sail date cannot be guaranteed. For the protection of all of our guests, it is not permissible to bring aboard any food items that would require preparation by the ship’s staff, or food items that would require cold storage in the kitchen facilities.
Royal Caribbean has an advanced roaming network available on all ships, allowing you to place and receive calls, voice mail, text messages and GPRS data using your own cell phone. Per minute rates apply; international carrier rates may apply. Cellular service onboard is turned off while the ship is in ports of call.
AT&T Cruise Ship Packages?
Discount Cruise Ship packages are now available for AT&T® mobile customers while aboard select ships. Choose from options for calling only, calling and messaging or calling, messaging and data.
How much will I be charged when I use my cell phone onboard?
The rates vary according to cellular phone carrier and the pricing /roaming plan which you have established with them directly. The charges incurred will appear on your normal mobile carrier’s bill you receive at home. For more information on exact pricing contact your carrier or visit their webpage.
Can my family call me onboard?
Yes, Royal Caribbean guests can also be contacted on our ships by calling the guests cell phone number. The service works just as it does on land. If the party does not answer, a voice message can be left on the phone and later retrieved by the guest.
How to make calls?
Dial “+” followed by country code, city code and number, just as you would when traveling abroad.
Yes. There are Wi-Fi areas located throughout the ship, staterooms included.
Please note, internet access onboard is significantly slower than high-speed connections normally experienced on land.
Current Pricing (subject to change without notice):
$20/day per device
For your convenience, all shipboard expenses are charged to your Onboard account. Sign up when you check in, establishing your method of payment with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. You may also use your debit card, however, please be advised that RCI obtains pre-authorization, as they do for all Credit Cards, and some banks hold these funds for up to 30 days. Traveler’s checks or cash can also be used as a method of payment to settle your account with an initial deposit paid in advance.
Using your debit or ATM card
- RCI does not recommend the use of a debit card as payment for your onboard folio.
- Please be advised that multiple holds will be placed on your debit card account based on your onboard purchases.
- After settling your onboard folio, these debit card holds may remain on your account up to 30 days after the cruise ends.
- To avoid overdraft charges from your bank, please make sure that you have enough available funds in your account during this hold period.
- Royal Caribbean will not be responsible for overdraft charges resulting from holds placed on Debit Card accounts.
Cash/Traveler’s Checks Procedures
You can deposit cash or US Traveler’s Checks into your onboard account.
A cash deposit of $300 per person may be placed on your account in lieu of a credit card.
Once you have exceeded the deposited amount, your account will be closed to further charges. You can deposit as much money as often as you’d like throughout the cruise, however, refunds cannot be made until the day of disembarkation for any excess. US Traveler’s Checks can be cashed onboard and are the same as cash.
**Personal checks will not be accepted, nor can they be cashed onboard.
Yes, there is an ATM located on Deck 5 near the guest services desk.
Gratuities are included in the base cabin fare of your reservation. Please note however, if you receive excellent service, you may always tip any additional amount you feel.
An 18% gratuity is automatically added to bar service beverages, mini bar items, and spa & salon services. These gratuities may be itemized on your on board receipt.
Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. The Monsters of Rock Cruise, OTB Cruises, LLC and RCI reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Please refer to ShipBoard Etiquette.
For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, our ships are designated as non-smoking; however, we recognize that some of our guests do smoke. Therefore, to provide an onboard environment that also satisfies smokers, we have designated certain areas of the ship as smoking areas.
Cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette and pipe smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas of the starboard side of all ships. To assist in locating areas where smoking is permitted, guests will find visible signage posted within all smoking areas and ashtrays that are provided for use. Outdoor areas near restricted areas, food venues, and kids play areas and pools will not allow smoking.
Casino Royale allows smoking and has a designated area for non-smoking guests. There will be visible signage indicating the non-smoking area in the casino.
Onboard all interior public spaces are smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, theater, bar, lounge, hallway, elevator, and jogging track.
Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom or any stateroom balcony. This applies to all stateroom categories onboard. If a guest is in violation of this stateroom policy, a cleaning fee of $250 USD will be applied to their SeaPass® account and may be subject to further action pursuant to the “Consequences Section” of the Guest Conduct Policy.
Cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco must be properly disposed of and never thrown overboard. Cigar and pipe tobacco is limited to designated outdoor areas and Cigar Bars. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase, possess or use tobacco onboard.
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are only permitted within the designated smoking areas.
Royal Caribbean International kindly asks all guests to please observe the smoking policy. These requests are made to provide a comfortable cruise for everyone. Guests may also inquire at Guest Services for the location of the designated smoking areas onboard.
Guests who violate this smoking policy may be subject to further action pursuant to the “Consequences Section” of this Guest Conduct Policy.
Royal Caribbean updated the smoking policy September 2013 and the above policy is in enforcement on all ships with cruises departing on or after January 1, 2014.
All staterooms have hair dryers. Staterooms do not have irons in them and they are NOT allowed. However, please use the laundry/dry cleaning service for all of your pressing needs.
There is a full laundry and dry-cleaning service available onboard for reasonable rates.
While the ship does not have self-service laundry, they do offer laundry, dry cleaning and pressing service for a nominal charge.
Irons are NOT permitted in cabins, do not bring them.
- Due to the nature of this event, babysitting services will be unavailable.
- Due to the nature of this event, children’s regularly scheduled activities will be limited and at times, unavailable.
Royal Caribbean provides Play Yards for use onboard. Play Yards are similar to a playpen. Cribs are no longer provided.
Play Yard specifics:
- For use by children unable to climb out, less than 24″ tall, and less than 30 lbs.
- Mesh on four sides sets up in less than one minute strong and stable, yet lightweight
- Approx. dimensions 28″W x 38 7/8″L x 31-1/4″H Mattress/pad is 1″ thick
- Sheets are provided Folds for storage and includes carrying bag with handle*Play Yards should be reserved in advance so that quantity can be reserved.
Due to maritime law, however, each cabin is capacity controlled and rollaway beds are not allowed.
**Infants under six (6) months of age are not permitted to sail.
- A physician and 2 nurses are on each ship to provide medical care and services at customary charges. These charges will be billed to your onboard account.
Commonly used medications are kept on board and may be prescribed by the ship’s doctor.
Please be aware that onboard medical facilities do not accept normal insurance policies. We highly recommend finding travel insurance that can cover these types of unforeseen circumstances.
CAN I BRING DRINKS ONBOARD?
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, fortified wines or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use on boarding day or while in port. Alcoholic beverages seized on boarding day will not be returned.
Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from shops on board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing.
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.
Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.
WILL DRINK PACKAGES BE OFFERED?
Cruise lines do not typically offer drink packages to chartered cruises like ours but we always try to negotiate to see if it is possible. If we are successful, an email will be sent out 30-45 days prior to sailing with all the information you will need.