Royal Caribbean Internationalís highest
priority is to ensure the safety and security of all its guests and
A cruise ship is inherently secure because it is a controlled
environment with limited access. Under normal circumstances, Royal
Caribbeanís security programs are stringent. But, in light of recent
events, we have strengthened those programs even further.
In order to maintain an effective and meaningful security environment,
Royal Caribbean has established strict and highly confidential security
procedures that cannot, for obvious reasons, be discussed in detail.
Our guests, however, should be very comfortable with the additional
security measures they see during their cruise vacation. These include
increased inspections of luggage and carry-on articles, additional
security personnel and controls, and the use of canine inspections.
Royal Caribbean also is working closely with local, state, federal and
international authorities, such as the port authorities where our ships
call, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service, the U.S. Customs Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
and Interpol. This will enhance the safety and security of everyone
onboard our ships.
Additionally, every Royal Caribbean ship has a Security Officer who is a
highly trained military veteran. Every Security Officer oversees a team
of trained security personnel who are responsible for enforcing security
procedures onboard our ships.
At U.S. cruise terminals, port security includes screening procedures
similar to those found at airports. These procedures include the use of
metal detectors for embarking guests. Photo identification is required
of all guests, crew members and visitors who board any of our ships.
Royal Caribbean reminds all guests that they are required to provide
Royal Caribbean International hopes all of
this information is both helpful and reassuring to all of our guests.
- US Citizens - a passport or a birth
certificate (original or certified copy) plus a picture ID card
issued by a federal, state, or local government agency are required.
A voter registration card or Social Security card are not considered
to be proof of citizenship. Children under 16 years of age do not
require a picture ID card.
- Non-US Citizens - valid passports and
visas (when needed) are required except as follows: (1) if an
individual is a Resident Alien living in the United States, then the
only document needed is the original copy of their Alien
Registration Card (ARC or "green card") and (2) certain
Canadian and Mexican citizens who travel with alternative
documentation depending on their alien status in the United States.
- For Customs and Immigration purposes,
guests are also required to have necessary visa, passport and other
travel authorization documents based upon their nationality and
country of residence.