Departure Ports and Destinations

What are the benefits of cruising over other types of travel?
Of course there are pros and cons to all types of travel, but cruising has become a popular option for a number of reasons:

With so much included in the price – like meals, onboard performances and more – cruising offers fantastic value for money.
A variety of onboard and onshore activities make cruising fun for everyone from spa-lovers to adventure-seekers to sun worshippers.
Travelling from port to port is a breeze, with no need to worry about directions or unpacking. You'll wake up in an amazing new place, refreshed and ready to explore.
What makes Royal Caribbean different from other cruise lines?
At Royal Caribbean we're continually striving to make your cruise holiday a unique and unforgettable experience. Our guests can sail to over 170 exciting destinations onboard the most innovative and impressive ships in the industry. And we're always looking for new ways to help you explore the world – with exciting excursions, unique onboard amenities and more – all while offering our exceptional Gold Anchor Service.
Where do Royal Caribbean cruises depart from?
Royal Caribbean depart from a number of  destinations worldwide and these can change from year to year, as and when we introduce new and exciting itineraries. See our extensive list of departure ports here.
What destinations does Royal Caribbean travel to?
Royal Caribbean visit a number of destinations worldwide and these can change from year to year, as and when we introduce new and exciting itineraries. To see the extensive list of our ports of call, please click here.
Can I embark or disembark at a port other than the departure port?
Yes! Sometimes called 'Partial Cruises' this allow you to enjoy part of your cruise holiday in the event that you are unable to meet the ship in the scheduled boarding port, or would like to end your cruise earlier than the scheduled departure date.

Requests for security clearance concerning late boarding or early departure must be submitted in writing to the Guest Flight Operations office for consideration at least one week prior to sailing date. Guests must have a confirmed reservation in order to receive clearance. If the reservation was made by a travel agency, the agency must submit the request on the guests behalf. Guests with reservations made directly through Royal Caribbean International or royalcaribbean.co.uk can submit their request by calling 0844 493 4070.

If guests are pre-approved for boarding/departure in an alternate port of call, the ship's security staff is notified to expect the guests at the designated port. The approved guests are responsible for making all travel arrangements and will incur any additional expenses (for flights, hotels, transfers to the pier, etc). The cruise price will not be discounted if guests decide to take a 'Partial Cruise', even though they are not travelling for the full duration.

Restrictions: Certain countries, such as the U.S., Italy and Norway, have cabotage laws affecting passenger movements. These laws restrict foreign flag passenger vessels (such as those operated by Royal Caribbean) from transporting guests from one port to another port in the same country. In the U.S., the cabotage law applicable to the cruise industry is commonly called the Jones Act but is legally titled the Passengers Services Act. A brief summary of this U.S. law follows:

If a passenger (as listed on a vessel passenger manifest) embarks in a U.S. port and the vessel calls in a nearby foreign port (such as Ensenada, Grand Cayman and Nassau) and then returns to the U.S., the person must disembark in the same U.S. port. A passenger who embarks and disembarks in two different U.S. ports (such as Los Angeles and San Diego) would result in the carrier (not the violator) being fined. The vessel must call in a distant foreign port before the U.S. embarkation and disembarkation ports can differ. The nearest distant foreign ports are in or off the coast of South America. If either the passenger's embarkation port or disembarkation port is in a foreign country, then the provisions of this cabotage law do not apply. Nor do they apply in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Similar passenger movement restrictions exist for cruise vessels calling in Italy and Norway.

Royal Caribbean International maintains the right to deviate from any scheduled port of call without prior notice. Royal Caribbean International is not legally liable for any loss to guests caused by reason of the deviation. In addition, while Royal Caribbean International will attempt to follow our published schedules as closely as possible, they are not responsible if the published times at any ports of call cannot be adhered to. However, Royal Caribbean International will attempt to keep our guests informed of any changes.
Do all cruises depart from and arrive at the same port?
While most cruises are round trips, departing from and to the same port, some itineraries begin at one port and end in a different one (sometimes these are called 'one-way' itineraries). Many cruisers enjoy this type of itinerary because it offers an extra port to explore before or after the cruise.  Our repositioning itineraries and sailings that travel through the Panama Canal are just two examples but there are many others. Make sure you check the cruise itinerary when reserving your holiday or airline tickets to see if your cruise is a round trip or one-way.