GET READY TO TRAVEL!
We are so glad you are joining us for NurseCon at Sea 2022! We are ready to set sail on April 25th. But first, there are some important things you need to know.
Important Travel Information
Guests should plan to arrive at the port no later than 1:30 pm on the day of departure. If you fail to arrive in time for check-in, you may be denied boarding of the ship. The ship operates on a strict schedule and does not wait for any passengers, so please plan ahead and arrive on time.
April 25, 2022
Plan to arrive at the Port of Miami no later than 1:30 pm. The Check-In process begins 45 days prior to our sailing. During the Royal Caribbean check-in process, you will be assigned an exact arrival time (if you have a choice of times, we recommend the earliest time available). You will need to bring all of your travel documentation including:
- A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after the cruise. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a “baby feet” hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver’s License or picture ID issued by the government.
- COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that shows you received the final dose of your vaccine at least 14 days before sailing. This is required for all guests, with no exceptions or exemptions.
- COVID-19 Test Result: All guests will need to present a printed copy of their negative COVID-19 result. Approved, lab-monitored, PCR or Rapid Antigen tests should be taken no more than 48 hours before your arrival time.
- Health Questionnaire to be completed on the Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.
April 29, 2022
The debarkation process begins back at the Port of Miami around 7:00 am and all guests must be off the ship no later than 9:30 am. If you plan to fly home this day, we recommend that you book a flight that departs after 12:00 pm to give yourself ample time to get to the airport. Delays may occur at the port from time to time.
Once you arrive at the port you will proceed through customs and then make your way to the transportation center. It is your responsibility to arrange for transportation away from the port so please have a plan together. There are a number of taxis and rideshare services available to transfer you to the airport or hotel. If you parked in the garage it is a short elevator ride back to your vehicle.
NurseCon at Sea check-in begins 45 days before our sailing. When you check-in online, it saves time. You won’t have to fill out any forms at the pier. When you and your party arrive, you’ll just need your signed SetSail pass, identification documents, COVID-19 vaccination card, negative COVID-19 test, and credit card that you register online.
First, gather the following information for all the guests you’re checking in:
- Reservation Details: Ship, sailing date, and Royal Caribbean Number (see above)
- Documentation Information: Passport or appropriate proof of citizenship and identification for each guest on your reservation
- Home Address
- Emergency Contact Information
- Travel Plans (for before and after your cruise)
- Transportation: During your online check-in process it will ask a few questions regarding your transportation plans. Guests are responsible for their own transportation; Uber is a great option! It will also ask what time you will be arriving, please select the earliest time available.
- Credit Card (for your Onboard Expense Account)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Card
Next, click on the ‘Check-In Online’ button below. This will take you to Royal Caribbean’s online check-in. If you already have a Royal Caribbean account, you may enter your username and password. If you do not already have a Royal Caribbean account, you will need to create an account.
Once you have logged in or created your account, click on the ‘Add a cruise’ button and follow Royal Caribbean’s instructions to add your cruise reservation to your account and complete the online check-in process.
You can also use the Royal Caribbean App to check-in! Download it on the App Store or Google Play.
Once you are checked-in, print or save your SetSail Pass. Having your SetSail Pass when you arrive at the pier will allow you to skip the check-in counters!
Royal Caribbean Extras
All standard Royal Caribbean entertainment, dining and activities are included with your NurseCon at Sea reservation!
But, if you want to amplify your experience aboard NurseCon at Sea, you may choose to purchase extras directly from Royal Caribbean:
Drink Packages: Quench your thirst onboard with a beverage package that gets you the best value on your favorite drinks, from Coca-Cola® to fine wine, premium and frozen cocktails to a full selection of beers, fruit juices to Evian® water.
Shore Excursions: The world is yours to explore. Make the most of it by reserving shore excursions in Nassau and Perfect Day at Coco Cay. There’s an excursion for everyone, from adventure seekers to foodies, history buffs to animal lovers. This is your chance to get to the heart of the most exciting destinations in the world.
Internet: Stay connected while onboard with VOOM – the fastest internet at sea. Share your NurseCon at Sea adventure to Facebook and Instagram, post videos to YouTube, and have face‑to‑face conversations via Google Hangouts and Skype. Plus, you can even stream movies, games, and apps via your personal accounts.
Specialty Dining: Reserve your table at any of the specialty restaurants, from signature steakhouses to authentic Italian cuisine and more. Unleash your inner foodie at our specialty restaurants when you save with our packages.
Spa & Fitness: At the Vitality Spa, relaxation and rejuvenation rules. Indulge in a variety of treatments that will leave you feeling like new. With treatments for everyone, you’re bound to find at least one amazing indulgence at the spa. Reservations fill up fast so take advantage of booking before we sail.
Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with these required travel documents. The requirements described below are required by government regulations and policies. They are subject to change without notice.
UNITED STATES CITIZENS
You MUST have the following: A United States passport or passport card, valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the cruise (highly recommended). If you do not have a passport that meets these requirements, we highly recommend that you submit an application immediately. More information is available here.
Exceptions: United States citizens on cruises that begin and end at the same port in the United States can use an original government-issued picture ID (i.e. driver’s license) AND an original government-issued birth certificate or original Naturalization Certificate. Note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are NOT acceptable. Military identification cards, voter registration cards and Social Security cards are NOT considered proof of citizenship.
UNITED STATES PERMANENT RESIDENTS
You MUST have the following: The United States Permanent Resident Card – AND – A passport from your home country is strongly recommended.
ALL OTHER NATIONALITIES
You MUST have the following: Passport from your home country – AND – Multiple entry United States visa (if applicable). All non-United States passport holders should contact the Embassy (Consular Services) of each country on your cruise or VisaCentral for specific visa requirements, information, forms, and fees for your nationality. It is the responsibility of the guest to identify, obtain and present necessary visas before the start of their cruise vacation. Requirements vary based on the guest’s nationality and countries visiting during the cruise.
It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the end date of the cruise. Guests must have their cruise documents, COVID-19 vaccination card, lab-monitored negative COVID-19 test, and travel documentation available and have an assigned stateroom in their name. If you do not have proper documentation and/or an assigned stateroom in your name, you will not be able to board the ship. The name on the cruise line reservation must match the name on the passport book or other identification documents. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding the ship, or from disembarking or entering a country, and may be subject to fines.
Also, it is important that the name on the reservation be exactly as it is stated on the passport or another official citizenship document. If a name has changed since the document was issued (i.e. marriage or divorce), it is required that the document is updated with the new name, or provide an official supporting document(s) of the name change. Otherwise, it may result in delay or possible denial of boarding. Please reach out to us immediately if you have changed your name since booking NurseCon at Sea.
Getting to the Port of Miami
With NurseCon at Sea right around the corner, we want to make sure you have everything you need to book your travel to and from the ship. Getting to the port of Miami is easy, but you need to plan ahead. Once you and your crew are on board NurseCon at Sea, we’ll set sail on The Ultimate Nursing Conference!
Getting to the Port of Miami is your responsibility. We recommend that you plan to be there no later than 1:30 pm on the day of departure (April 25, 2022). For flights home, we recommend that you book no earlier than 12:00 pm in the afternoon (April 29, 2022). There are a number of ways to get to the Port of Miami:
Port of Miami – Dodge Island
1015 N America Way
Miami, FL 33132
Directions to the Port of Miami
From Miami International Airport (7 miles):
Via Port Tunnel: Take 836 East through the toll.
Continue onto FL836 E/I-395 E, then keep right to merge onto MacArthur Causeway.
Use the left 2 lanes to take the exit towards Port of Miami Tunnel and follow the signs to your pier terminal.
Via Port Bridge: Take 836 East through the toll.
Exit at US1 N.E. 2nd Avenue/Biscayne Boulevard, proceed straight through one light, and then turn right at the second light onto Biscayne Boulevard (US1).
Stay in your left-hand lane and turn left into the Port of Miami on N.E. 5th Street.
Drive across the bridge and follow signs to your pier terminal.
From Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (26 miles):
Via Port Tunnel: Take I-95 South to Exit 2D toward I-395 E/Miami Beach.
Merge onto MacArthur Causeway.
Use the left 2 lanes to take the exit towards Port of Miami Tunnel and follow the signs for your pier terminal.
Via Port Bridge: Take I-95 South to Exit 3B, N.W. 8th Street.
Turn left onto 5th Street and continue straight until you reach the Port of Miami entrance.
Drive across the bridge and follow signs to your pier terminal.
The guest parking garage is located right at the pier. Rates are $25.00 USD per day for regular vehicles. Rates will vary for larger vehicles. If the vehicle is over 20′ in length then an additional $20.00 is added per day, all oversized vehicles can only park in Lot #2. (Rates are subject to change without notice by the Port of Miami). Rates are payable by cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover only), or any major U.S. Travelers Check. Please note that debit cards are not accepted.
We recommend using Uber or Lyft from your airport or hotel. Rideshares are typically the best way to get around Miami. Royal Caribbean has airport transportation options available inside their Cruise Planner system. Please log into Cruise Planner for availability (see below). If you are staying at a hotel the night before, please check to see if they offer shuttle bus services to the Port of Miami.