welcome aboard

Welcome Aboard! The waiting is almost over and soon we will be in Rock Heaven aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas! We want your time aboard the Monsters of Rock Cruise to be an unbelievable experience, so let’s make sure you are 100% prepared for the music vacation of a lifetime!

Below, is everything you need to make sure your time on board is exactly what you’ve been planning, so please review carefully…we don’t want you to miss a thing.

In case you were not aware, Royal Caribbean's daily cruise program has become digital! While we always hand out a printed schedule during embarkation, you will NOT receive a printed daily cruise program each day. The digital Cruise Compass will be accessible through the Royal Caribbean App ONLY, and we highly recommend that every guest downloads and uses the app as soon as possible. Remember, we are at sea and Mother Nature sometimes requires to move events and this is what makes the digital schedule ideal! It’s a great way to have easy access to all the info listed in the daily program on your smart device, get updates in real time, and allow you to stay in touch with other guests on board (wifi package is NOT required). For more information on the app, CLICK HERE.

Your Monsters of Rock Cruise (MORC) staff will be with you every step of the way to make your stay aboard the Independence of the Seas as comfortable as possible. Come by and see us at the Hospitality Desk located at the Guest Services desk on Deck 5 Aft, Starboard side-during our posted hours. You are now an Official Member of the MORC Family so let us know if we can help in ANY way.

It’s time to set sail on Rock’s greatest vacation...You can rest when you get home!


your seapass card

For your convenience, all shipboard expenses are charged to your Onboard Expense Account, via your SeaPass® account. This is a cashless system used for all onboard purchases and services. You will use your SeaPass® to pay for everything you purchase aboard the ship such as beverages, duty-free items, spa services, shore excursions, etc. You are not able to use personal credit cards or cash to pay for these items onboard.

Your SeaPass® Card (see sample below) is also your form of ID as you get on and off the ship. You will need to carry this card with you at ALL times. If you lose your card, please go to Guest Services (Deck 5, Starboard - Aft) immediately to get a new one. Keep your card away from water and cell phones as it can get demagnetized and stop working. 

IMPORTANT – You will NOT be able to use your Cruise Card to purchase MORC event merchandise. MORC Merchandise may be purchased using personal credit cards and cash only. Cash may be obtained via the ATM on board. Please check with the cashier regarding any applicable fees. Although cash and credit cards are accepted, at times the ability to use a credit card may be limited due to Internet speed. Therefore, we recommend bringing cash for your MORC merchandise purchases.

Your onboard account may be set up with either a credit card or as a cash account. You may establish a master account and add guests from your stateroom or another stateroom as authorized purchasers on your account. Your SeaPass® card will be set up at check-in using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Optima or Diner's Club. 

You may also use your debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo, however, please be advised that Royal Caribbean will obtain 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. Personal checks and gift cards cannot be used to settle an onboard account at the end of the cruise. 

See the Guest Services Desk on Deck 5 if you have any questions or need assistance.

your caBIN

Upon boarding the ship, cabins may still be in the process of being cleaned and not ready for guests until approximately 2-3 pm. Feel free to take a tour of the Independence of the Seas and/or grab a bite to eat up on Deck 11 at the buffet. Once your cabin is available, a ship announcement will be made, and you may head to your stateroom. 

*Please keep in mind that once on board, there will NOT be a place to check/store any bags or luggage. Be sure to check any bags you do not need until late evening with the porters in the terminal before boarding the ship.

Once you can enter your cabin, take a few minutes to freshen up, drop off your carry-on luggage and prepare to spend some time exploring. While in your cabin, be sure to look it over to make sure everything is in order as well. If your beds are not configured correctly, for example you have two twin beds and would like the two beds to be one, please call guest services or your cabin steward on the cabin telephone, or find your cabin steward outside your stateroom and inform them that they need to have the beds put together or taken apart. 

If you need additional pillows or towels, again, please inform guest services or your cabin steward so that they can deliver the additional items to you. Remember that on embarkation day the cruise staff is very busy loading passengers, luggage, and getting ready for our events and therefore your requests may not be fulfilled until later in the evening. Your stateroom is equipped with voltage plugs (110 Volts AC). However, some high-voltage hair dryers, electric razors, etc. may require a converter. 

Please note: Irons, steamers, portable fans, and extensions cords are not allowed to be taken onboard the ship. They will be confiscated.

Daily Program - The Cruise Compass

The Daily Program (Cruise Compass) gives you a summary of all bar hoursmeal hoursmerchandise store hours and concert schedules, as well as any schedule updates. This year Cruise Compass will only be available through the App. All guests need to download the Royal Caribbean App but please note you do NOT have to purchase an internet package to utilize it. Be sure to always review the Cruise Compass often as there may be schedule changes, if needed.


Are you ready for your self-guided tour? Simply walk to the upper most deck on the ship, follow the maps you will find in the stairwells, and work your way down. In the upper levels you will generally find public areas like pools, pool bars, spas, gym, sports courts/features, deck relaxation areas, buffet, specialty restaurants, observation bars, Viking Crown Lounge, children/teen areas and more. Down lower in the entertainment decks, you will find an array of bars, clubs and lounges featuring wines, specialty drinks and music. In addition, you can visit the main dining rooms, main showroom/theater, coffee bars, shopping mall, Guest Services Desk, Shore Excursion Desk, and many additional entertainment features. Although we hope you will never need it, you will find the ship’s medical center on deck 1. Please check the Daily Cruise Compass on the Royal Caribbean App or contact Guest Services for regular hours and emergency services.


Royal Caribbean makes every effort to accommodate MORC guests whenever possible. This includes dietary restrictions and allergies. The Independence of the Seas can accommodate dietary needs such as: Food allergies, Gluten-free, Low-fat, and Low-sodium. If dietary restrictions or allergies are a concern, please meet with the Head Waiter in the Main Dining Room and Restaurant Managers at other dining venues as soon as possible, to review the menus and identify selections you wish to have modified or avoided. A variety of vegetarian meals are available on all menus in the Dining Room and Windjammer Café every day. Guests do not need to make a special request for these meals.

Lactose-free/soy milk, Ensure, and kosher meals are available at no extra charge. All you must do is notify Royal Caribbean prior to sailing. Guests can contact the Royal Caribbean Special Needs Department by completing the form Guest Special Needs Form. If your request was received, you'll get an automated confirmation to the email provided within 24 hours and a personal response within 48 hours. If you do not receive this confirmation, please email special_needs@rccl.com and/or call (866) 592-7225 to confirm your needs.

Guests may not bring on board any food items other than baby food and/or dry, nonperishable snack items (cookies, crackers, chips, energy bars, etc.).

reserve shore excursions

If you did not previously make your shore excursion reservations, it is a good idea to visit the Shore Excursion Desk (located on deck 5, Starboard side-next to Guest Services) early to make sure you get the tours you desire. Normally the desks are open at embarkation, but in some cases, you may have to return during the hours posted. Hopefully, you have done your homework on the ports we will be visiting and know what you want to see and do. Talk over your plans and preferences with the Shore Excursion Agents to determine what choices are best for your party. Don’t forget to discuss all health; mobility or age (children and elderly) constraints so you book excursions that are within your group’s capabilities.

Helpful Hint! 


Do not book shore excursions or spa/beauty services that

conflict with any MORC events you wish to attend.


Today’s cruise ships feature some of the most complete and beautiful spa/fitness/beauty facilities in the world - land or sea. If you didn’t book your services online during the online check-in process, then during your tour of the ship, check them out and make your appointments early so you won’t be disappointed. Be advised that “no shows” will typically be charged so ask about cancellation policies.


Congratulations! You’ve had a busy day thus far, but the extra effort and preparation will make it smooth sailing the rest of your cruise. Find your favorite new “watering hole” and relax a bit with a refreshing cocktail.


Upon returning to your cabin, you may have received your checked luggage. If so, take the time to unpack and get organized before your evening out. Remember, there are lots of bags to distribute so please be patient; it may take until late evening to get all the bags delivered.


If you need anything pressed for the next couple of days, contact your room steward to pick up your garments so they are back in time. Try to stay ahead of the schedule by requesting future laundry and dry-cleaning services early. Please note there is a nominal fee for laundry services.

Bringing irons or steamers on board is not permitted.

wash yoUR hands

Today’s modern cruise ships are among the most spotless hotels in the world (floating or land based) and adhere to high levels of sanitation control and cleanliness. As is the case in any public space, hotel, or cruise ship, it is important to wash your hands regularly. Many ships provide hand sanitizer dispensers at locations throughout the ship so make sure that you and your party keep your hands sanitized often.

LIFEBOAT/Muster drill 2.0


The muster (or safety) drill—is a mandatory practice at the beginning of each cruise designed to show guests where they should go in the unlikely event of an emergency, how to put on a life jacket and other safety measures. It’s incredibly important, but it’s also the least favorite part of the cruise for guests since it requires pausing your vacation just when it’s getting started.

The good news? Royal Caribbean now offers Muster 2.0! Guests can complete the drill on their own time thanks to our new eMuster™ technology, which brings the safety information they need to their mobile device via the Royal Caribbean app and stateroom TV. Then, before the ship departs, every guest just needs to visit their assembly station—a designated check-in location—where the Royal Caribbean crew can verify you’ve completed the process. No more set time, no more large group assemblies.

Traveling with young children? Please request toddler vests from your room steward or ship’s personnel.

Make sure to watch the below video Here is a video explaining the E-Muster: 

Internet & Phones


You may connect via your own personal laptop, cell phone or tablet. All cabins have access to the Internet via a wireless connection. To access the Internet, you will need to purchase an Internet package. Internet access is based on a shared satellite bandwidth and guests may experience slower connections during peak hours. 

Packages may be pre-purchased for additional savings. Once you have logged into your Royal Caribbean account, there may be additional options and savings so be sure to check it out!


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 rate applies; carrier rates may apply. Contact your carrier for your rates and roaming charges.

Cruise Ship packages are now available for AT&T® mobile customers while aboard select ships. Choose from options for calling only, calling & messaging, or calling, messaging & data. To learn more, CLICK HERE.


We HIGHLY suggest downloading the Royal Caribbean App if you have not already. Through this app you can do many things like check-in, do the E-Muster, get all the updates, check your onboard account, and see important information like the daily schedule. You do NOT have to purchase the internet package to use this app onboard. 


You can make ship-to-shore calls from your stateroom, 24 hours a day. The cost is $7.95 USD per minute and will be automatically charged to your SeaPass account.

important locations

MORC hospitality desk

Our MORC staff will be at the Guest Services Desk located on Deck 5- Aft, Starboard side. Our staff is available to answer any of your Monsters of Rock Cruise questions during our posted hours. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your MORC experience more enjoyable. When in doubt, always speak with the MORC Hospitality Desk first BEFORE the ship’s Guest Services.

Guest servIces

Ship related questions should be directed to Guest Services located on deck 5, Starboard - Aft. When in doubt, speak with the Monsters of Rock Cruise Hospitality Desk (at the Guest Services Desk located on Deck 5, Aft- Starboard side) before speaking with the ship’s Guest Services. Please understand that any questions related specifically to Monsters of Rock Cruise, must be addressed to the MORC Hospitality Desk, as this is a charter. Hours will be posted at the desk and in the Cruise Compass.


The MORC Merch store is the place for everything Monsters of Rock! The wide variety of MORC merchandise will ensure there is something for every Monster fan! Show your Rock Pride and grab some new gear! Visit the MORC Store on the Pool Deck (Deck 11).

Remember, you are NOT able to use your cruise card to purchase MORC merchandise. Both cash and credit cards are accepted. Keep in mind that at times the ability to use a credit card may be limited due to Internet speed. We highly recommend cash for these purchases.


music stages

Most artists will be performing twice during the sailing. Similar to a festival, performances will take place on multiple stages throughout the ship at varying times, with some performances taking place in venues where capacity is limited. 

Pool stage


Deck 11 - Midship


royal theatER


Deck 3 & 4 - FORWard

DECK 4 - forward



Deck 5 - FORWARD



Deck 14 - AFT

laminates & seating for shows

VIP Gold and Silver Guests: Your laminate will reflect your VIP Status on the front. Please wear your VIP laminates to ALL events on board, as these are your credentials to all things VIP, including early entry to concerts and photo experiences (please always look for a VIP entrance). You must have your VIP Laminate in order to access the VIP line. If lost, they will NOT be replaced. No exceptions.

VIP GUESTS will receive their VIP laminate at the Dining Room on Deck 5 on March 2nd (day one). If you miss VIP Check-In for any reason, please alert a MORC team member immediately.

ALL SHOWS ARE OPEN SEATING SHOWS: All shows on the Monsters of Rock Cruise are open seating and guests can attend any show they like. Doors for all closed sound check shows are estimated to open 15-30 minutes before the scheduled start time. However, please remember that this is Rock ‘N Roll and the schedule is jam packed. We appreciate your patience should show times be adjusted.

VIP Guests will receive priority entrance (be on the lookout for a VIP entrance) entering in the following order: GOLD VIP followed by SILVER VIP. After all VIPs in the queue have entered, doors will open, and all guests may enter at that time. Once the venue is open to all guests, no special VIP seating is available.


There will be a few photo experiences* scheduled with our performers during the cruise. MORC photographers will be taking all photos and you may download your photos at no cost using the link: www.VIPCruisePhotos.com. Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for all photos to be uploaded.

Please note that due to the number of MORC performers, guests, and the limited time available, the artists will not be able to sign autographs during these sessions.

Helpful Hint! 


If you get photos taken from the ship’s photographers at any time and wish to purchase, you must visit the photo gallery on Deck 3, midship on or before the last night of the cruise. These photos will NOT be available once the cruise has ended.

Dining & bars

COMPLimentary Dining Options

The Independence of the Seas has many dining options available. Those listed below are included in the price of your cruise fare. In addition, Room Service is available although some charges may apply. All dining times will be listed on board the ship in your Daily Cruise Program.

Main Dining Room

Deck 4 Only

Cafe Promenade

Deck 5, Aft


Deck 5, Forward


Deck 11, Aft


Dining aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas is about having choices. Enjoy delicious comfort foods as well as more exotic choices from the complimentary dining options listed above. Or widen your palette further and choose from our specialty restaurants for a cover charge. Whether it’s a cheeseburger you have a desire for or a dinner with some of your closest MORC friends, your dinner is ready when you are.

Chops Grille ℠


Deck 11

Giovanni's Table


Deck 11, Aft


Hibachi & Sushi

Deck 5, Forward

Chef's Table

Fine Dining/Gourmet

Deck 4, Aft

Johnny Rockets®

Burger Cafe

Deck 12, Aft

Fish & Ships Grille ℠

Seafood / Fast Food

Deck 11, Aft

Sugar Beach ℠


Deck 5, Forward




Deck 11, Aft

Room Service*



*A service charge of just $7.95 per room delivery will be added to your onboard account. Items under the Continental Breakfast selection remain complimentary. Fees are waived for guests in Grand Suites and above. An 18% gratuity is additional and will automatically be added to your check.

our advice on dining

If you are hoping to take advantage of some of the specialty restaurants on board (and we HIGHLY recommend you do), be sure to book your reservation as soon as possible, as reservations fill up fast. Also, remember that the specialty restaurants listed above are not included in your cruise fare and have an additional charge that will be added to your onboard account. 

All the complimentary dining options on the Monsters of Rock Cruise are Open Seating, so if you are going to dine in the dining room, be sure to check the daily program for the hours of operation and go when it is right for you. A note for MORC Guests that dine in the main dining room – ONLY Deck 4 will be open. Deck 3 & 5 are closed to MORC Guests.


Please see your daily schedule for the hours for all bars.

onboard policies

All guests are required to follow and adhere to all posted onboard policies, Royal Caribbean’s Guest Code of Conduct follow all guidelines outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the booking, as well as the Shipboard Etiquette as listed on our website. Failure to do so shall result in immediate disembarkation from the vessel. This is including, but not limited to, smoking, alcohol consumption, illegal substances, guest behavior, intentional or unintentional damage to the vessel, and more. We thank you in advance for your cooperation…let’s have a fun and safe sailing!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have seen multiple discussions and have received emails about Edibles and other cannabis products. Any and all cannabis products are prohibited on all cruise ships and there are no exceptions for the 2024 Monsters of Rock Cruise. Any guests who bring on these products will be removed from the ship and possibly listed on the “No Sail” list with Royal Caribbean. In additional this is a federal offense, and the consequences are not worth it, please don’t risk it!


Royal Caribbean ships are are designated as non-smoking; however, they recognize that some of guests do smoke. To provide an onboard environment that meets all needs, certain areas of the ship have been designated as smoking areas.

Smoking refers to the use of cigarettes, cigars, all types of electronic vaping (such as e-cigarettes, vapes, mods, etc.), and pipe smoking.

  • Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areasmust be properly disposed of, and never be thrown overboard.
  • We’ll have visible signage posted in areas where smoking is permitted, and ashtrays that are provided for use.
  • Cigar and pipe tobacco are limited to designated outdoor areas and Cigar Bars.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess, or use tobacco on sailings beginning in U.S. ports. For sailings beginning in all other ports, the minimum age is 18 years old.

Onboard Casino

  • Casino Royale® allows smoking and has designated areas for both smoking and non-smoking guests. There will be visible signage indicating the smoking and the non-smoking area in the casino.

Other Spaces Onboard – Smoke Free

  • Onboard all interior public spaces are smoke free. Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, theater, bar, lounge, hallway, elevator, and jogging track. Outdoor areas near restricted areas, food venues, and kids play areas and pools will not allow smoking.
  • Smoking/vaping is not permitted inside any stateroom and any stateroom balcony. 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 actions*.

Royal Caribbean International kindly asks all guests to please observe the smoking policy. These requests are made to provide a comfortable cruise for everyone. These requests are made to provide a comfortable cruise for everyone. Guests who violate this smoking policy may result in one or more enforcement actions* as described on page 2 of their Guest Conduct Policy.


Royal Caribbean's Guest Conduct Policy may be enforced, up to and including disembarkation, if a guest violates any alcohol policy. Guests under the age of 21 will not have alcohol returned to them.

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 Royal Caribbean's Guest Conduct Policy.

Royal Caribbean reserves the right to revoke or otherwise restrict drinking privileges of any guest, regardless of age.


Effective immediately on all sailings, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean is as follows.

  • The minimum age to consume alcohol on Royal Caribbean ships on sailings originating in North America or the Caribbean is twenty-one (21).

The Company retains the right, on rare occasions, to raise the minimum age of alcohol consumption on any sailing when local laws require or permit such a modification.

Please Note: With exceptions of adult-themed events (Adult Comedy Show, Late Night Theme Events, etc.) and adult-themed locations such as the Adult Night Club there are generally no restrictions for parents to bring minors into a bar. Guests should be advised to take notice of the guidance provided in the Cruise Compass as events and locations vary by ship and itinerary.

Bringing Alcohol Onboard

Guests are NOT allowed to bring wine, beer, or hard liquor onboard for consumption or any other use.

Alcoholic beverages (beer, seltzer, or hard liquor) seized on embarkation day will be returned at the end of the voyage provided that they are in the original sealed package. 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 the legal drinking age, 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 Royal Caribbean's Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them. Please Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2024: Due to charter rules from Royal Caribbean, guests are no longer permitted to bring ANY beverage onboard. This includes, but is not limited to: wine, beer, hard liquor, fortified wine, bottled water, and/or any other non-alcoholic beverage onboard for consumption or any other use. This includes boarding on embarkation day or returning from any port of call. Any beverage confiscated may not be returned, so don’t risk it!


Photography with fixed camera lens is permitted, however, professional cameras (video or still) or cameras with detachable lens are not permitted. Out of respect for the performers, please refrain from flash photography during ALL Concerts. In addition, any and all videotaping or audio recording is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.


Please be aware that a professional video crew will be on board shooting footage to be used for the promotion of future Monsters of Rock Cruise events. When the video team is shooting in any location/venue on the ship, your presence in said location/venue acknowledges your permission for your likeness to be used in the future for non-commercial broadcast promotional videos or still pictures. If you do not wish to be filmed, please notify the video crew, and be prepared to exit the location/venue for a short time until taping is complete. Thank you for your cooperation.


IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MOR: Due to the behavior exhibited on other charters on Royal Caribbean previously, we will be under scrutiny again regarding use of illegal substances, violent acts (between passengers/spousal), destructive acts to the ship, and other behavior detrimental to crew and passengers. The Monsters of Rock Cruise family has previously shown respect for the crew and fellow passengers, and we encourage you to join us in keeping it that way. Let’s have a great time as we continue our unblemished record of good behavior. Thanks!

All guests embarking on the Independence of the Seas, March 2-7, 2024 (Monsters of Rock Cruise) have agreed that by doing so they accept and abide by the Shipboard Etiquette. This Shipboard Etiquette summarizes and repeats terms that Passengers have already received and agreed to at the time of your booking, as part of the Terms & Conditions and Passenger Ticket Contract provided to passengers by Monsters of Rock Cruise (MORC), On the Blue Cruises, Inc. (OTB), and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCI). The purpose of providing you with this Shipboard Etiquette is simply to foster a shipboard environment in which all Passengers can have a wonderful Cruise experience.  


OTB and RCI have a Zero Tolerance Policy and will not permit behavior by any Monsters of Rock Cruise Passenger (“Passengers”) which negatively impacts the comfort, enjoyment, health, safety or well-being of other Passengers, its’ performers and/or staff, or the ship’s crew. In addition, violent, abusive, or disrespectful behavior caused by the use of alcohol and/or an illegal substance shall not be tolerated. Passengers agree to comply with this policy, and further acknowledge that OTB and RCI reserve the right to refuse or discontinue passage to any Passenger who, in OTB and RCI’S sole judgment, is conducting himself or herself in a manner that adversely affects the cruise experience of other Passengers. This also includes but is not limited to: spousal abuse or violence directed at a family member. In all cases, OTB and RCI shall not be liable for any damages, refund, or other compensation, including travel costs or any other claim as a result of such behavior.

Passengers acknowledge and understand that producing musical performances and appearances on a cruise ship involves building a stage, installing lighting and sound equipment, and setting up other related equipment, including wire and electrical equipment. OTB and RCI will use good faith efforts to do this in a safe manner. Nevertheless, for your safety and the safety of others, Passengers must stay away from and not touch any such materials or equipment, as improper use or interference with such materials or equipment can result in injuries to Passenger’s person, including, but not limited to, falls. In addition, you must avoid any contact whatsoever, whether purposeful, inadvertent, or accidental with any production materials or equipment that may be present in the general vicinity of the staging areas around the ship. As set forth below, OTB, RCI, and the Released Parties (defined below) shall have no responsibility or liability for any injuries you suffer as a result of your purposeful, inadvertent or accidental contact with such materials or equipment.


OTB and RCI have a “Zero Tolerance” policy regarding the use, possession, or distribution of any and all illegal controlled substances by Passengers aboard the ship. Passengers agree to comply with this policy and further acknowledge that any violation of this policy will result in disembarkation from the vessel. Passengers acknowledge that it is OTB and RCI’s policy to report incidents of illegal activity or behavior to the appropriate law enforcement authorities for appropriate legal action. In such cases, OTB and RCI shall not be liable for any damages, refund, or other compensation, including travel costs or any other claim as a result of such behavior.


OTB and RCI have a “Zero Tolerance” policy regarding intentional damage to the vessel or accidental damage to the vessel as a result of general negligence, alcohol intoxication or the influence of an illegal substance. Passengers causing any such damage agree to pay for identified damage prior to disembarking the vessel. All passengers must agree to comply with this policy, and further acknowledge that any violation of this policy may result in disembarkation from the vessel. All passengers acknowledge that it is OTB and RCI’s policy to report incidents of illegal activity or behavior to the appropriate law enforcement authorities for appropriate legal action. In such cases, OTB and RCI shall not be liable for any damages, refund, or other compensation, including travel costs or any other claim as a result of such behavior.


During the Cruise, including all performances and events, it is forbidden for Passengers to:

(a) Try to access areas or sections during performances that are restricted to certain ticket holders unless your ticket permits such access (i.e., VIP areas, backstage areas, artists’ lounges); 

(b) climb onto ladders, tables, fences, lighting equipment (including towers and columns), sound equipment, or other equipment related to performances; 

(c) obstruct entrances and exits to the performance areas or fail to move out of an area if directed by security; 

(d) wear a disguise to avoid being recognized at a Cruise event if Passenger has been barred from attending such event; 

(e) wear clothing, hold up signs, harass other passengers, make gestures, or otherwise do anything that in the reasonable discretion of OTB, RCI or security personnel are xenophobic, offensive, pornographic, illegal, discriminatory, or racially motivated; 

(f) be under the influence of illegal drugs or substances and/or act in a way to reasonably cause security personnel to believe that you are in an impaired state (such as being inebriated); 

(g) disturb the enjoyment of the Cruise by other passengers or compromise the safety of any person; 

(h) throw or shoot any object in a manner that may be harmful to others or that may interfere with the enjoyment of the Cruise by another person; 


(i) refuse to follow the directions of security personnel; 

(j) litter in any fashion; or


(k) steal any possessions of any person or entity.

In the event of a violation of the Shipboard Etiquette or the Terms & Conditions and/or Passenger Contract by passenger during a performance and/or the Cruise, Passenger acknowledges that security personnel will act quickly to protect the artists, crew, and other passengers, and to prevent Passenger from disrupting the performance or creating safety issues for others. Such action may include prohibiting Passenger from attending Cruise performances and events, and/or removing Passenger from the Cruise (at any port), at Passenger’s sole expense and responsibility.


RCI’s process for disembarking the ship could not be any easier! With both the option to check your bag the night before and retrieve it once you reach the pier or “Express Departure” where you can hand carry your own luggage and be the first to disembark…embarkation day will be a breeze and you can choose which option is right for you. 

If you choose to have Royal Caribbean assist you, be on the lookout for numbered luggage tags that will be delivered to your cabin toward the end of your cruise. The numbers are in sequential order and correspond to what time your luggage will be ready. Please be sure to visit Guest Services if you need a lower number to disembark earlier

Once you have the correct luggage tag number, be sure to fill out the luggage tags and place them on your luggage before putting your bags outside your stateroom door. Bags must be out in the hallway by 10:00 pm the night before our arrival. Remember, you will be putting your luggage outside your door and will not have access to your luggage in the morning. We strongly suggest that you have a small carry-on bag for your morning essentials and toiletries.

In addition, guests may be asked to fill out a US Customs form, which will be provided to you the night prior to disembarkation, along with instructions, if needed.

Once you have cleared customs, you will depart the terminal. There are plenty of taxis that will be waiting outside for departing guests.




1 (888) 724-7447 (within the United States)

1 (321) 953-9003 (outside the United States)

Ship’s passengers may be contacted via telephone using the above phone numbers. Please have the ship Name (Independence of the Seas) as well as credit card information handy. The cost is $7.95 USD a minute and can be charged to a MasterCard® or Visa®.  From outside the U.S. additional long-distance charges will also apply.  We advise that your friends, co-workers and relatives use only in case of an emergency.


1 (855) 505-6672





1 (866) 562-7625



1015 N. America Way

Miami, FL 33132



Is this your first time cruising? Confused on which way is Aft and which is Starboard? Look no further as we have put together a list of unfamiliar terms that you may hear while sailing with us, but always remember, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!

  •  Aft – Close to, at, or toward the stern or tail (back of the ship)

  • Atrium - The central court of a cruise ship that typically can be seen from more than one story of the ship’s interior. 

  • Bow - The very front of the ship.

  • Bridge - The navigational control center.

  • Disembark - To unload either passengers or cargo from a ship.

  • Dock - Where your ship 'parks' when in port.

  • Forward - The front or near the front of the ship.

  • Gangway - Allows you access on and off the ship. 

  • Hospitality Desk – Located at the Guest Services Desk on Deck 5, Aft- Starboard side, and staffed with Monsters of Rock Cruise personnel to answer any questions relating to your MORC vacation. Please visit the hospitality desk if you have questions unless they are specifically related to your onboard account or shore excursions.

  • Mid Ship - The middle of the ship.  

  • Muster – To come together or assemble aboard ship for inspection or roll call. (Mandatory for all passengers before we sail). 

  • Muster Station – A specific location on ship to gather, based on stateroom assignment.

  • Pier – A structure built out over the water and supported by pillars or piles: used as a landing place.

  • Port – The left side of a ship as one faces forward. 

  • Port of Call – Regular stopover(s) on a cruise itinerary.

  • Guest Services – For questions regarding your cruise account, your stateroom and anything directly related to the ship itself, please visit the ship’s Guest Services Desk Located on Deck 5, Starboard - Aft.

  • Ship – You always cruise on a "ship", never a "boat.”

  • Starboard – The right side of the ship as one faces forward. 

  • Stateroom – Your cabin or berth.

  • Stateroom Steward – A person whose work is to maintain the guests' staterooms while onboard. If you have any questions about your stateroom, please refer to your Stateroom/Cabin Steward. 

  • Stern – The very back of the ship.

  • Tender – A boat for carrying passengers to or from a ship close to shore.

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