Learn about frequently asked questions (FAQ) from attendees, vendors, and guests at the Wireless Without Limits (WWL) Conference Cruise. Coming to wireless technology professionals in February 2017.
Are all passengers required to have a valid passport?
A valid passport is required by all passengers at embarkation and throughout the cruise and is the responsibility of the Guest. Any Guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. For further information, see the US Customs and Border Protection website. Travel documents (passports) must be valid for at least 6 months after the cruise (must be valid through 8/11/17).
The requirements above are for US citizens; non-US nationals may require entry visas in addition to their valid passports. Please check with the U.S. Department of State and the appropriate governmental offices for Haiti and Jamaica websites for current visa requirements.
Which airport should I fly into, and when?
The most convenient airport to arrive at is the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is only about 10 minutes from the Port Everglades cruise terminal. An alternate airport is the Miami International Airport (MIA), which is about 45-50 minutes away. The most afforbale rate depends on which city you are traveling in from.
We highly recommend that you arrive in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, Feb. 5th so that you may A) safely be in town the day before the cruise and B) attend the Sunday “Super Party” that evening at 6:00 pm.
What is a safe time for my departing flight on the Saturday the cruise returns to port?
To safely make your return flight in the event that we are delayed disembarking the cruise ship, plan your return flight for 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm or later.
Which hotel should I stay at the night before the cruise?
RATES AS OF AUGUST 25TH, 2016 – ALL RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
These hotels are conveniently located just a short walk away from Spazio where we hold the pre-party and watch the SuperBowl the night before the cruise. They are also only a few miles from the cruise terminal (Port Everglades) where we depart from the next day.
- The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
- From $223
- Free internet
- Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
- From $259
- Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach
- From $294
- Free Internet
- Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
- From $369
- Discounted Group Rate – Save 10% Off Standard Rates
- Use Group Code: CRB online or by calling 954-414-2643
These hotels are conveniently located very close to the Port Everglades cruise terminal, and are only a few miles from the pre-party party location (see above)
- Holiday Inn Express Ft. Lauderdale Cruise-Airport
- From $227
- Free internet
- Full breakfast included
- Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
- From $239
- Free internet
- Embassy Suites (make reservation using this link for discounted rate)
- From $249
- Discounted group rate
- 2 Double Beds or 1 King bed
- Free internet
- Made-to-order-breakfast included
- Nightly reception included from 5:30PM – 7:30PM (cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks)
- Parking at hotel while on a cruise is only $7.00/day!
- Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
- From $299
How do I arrange for transfers between the Fort Lauderdale airport and the cruise terminal?
Transfers for the day of embarkation & disembarkation only can be purchased during the online check in process, which Royal Caribbean will email all passengers about closer to the date of the cruise. Return transfers can also be purchased onboard the ship.
- Between Fort Lauderdale Airport & Port Everglades – $16.75 pp each way.
- Day of Embarkation – flights must arrive no later than 1:00 pm.
- Day of Disembarkation – flights must depart no earlier than 11:30 am.
How do I access the cruise terminal by other forms of transportation?
The Port Everglades cruise terminal is conveniently located only a few miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and is easily accessible by various forms of transportation at multiple entrances.
Taxis are readily available at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Approximate one way fare is $20.00 for 2 people.
Is parking available at the cruise terminal?
Yes. Parking at the Port Everglades for $15/day.
Is travel insurance available?
Our event partner, Sea Planners, highly recommends purchasing travel insurance. Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from every major provider in the United States. Travelers are able to quote, compare and purchase travel insurance using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and over 25,000 customer reviews. All policies purchased through Squaremouth also come with a Zero Complaint Guarantee.
Staying Connected at Sea
Will internet be available onboard our ship?
Royal Caribbean’s brand new Voom internet service will cost roughly $20/day (one device) for unlimited surf and stream wifi. Voom allows you to stay connected while onboard with pervasive wi-fi throughout the ship so you can check your emails and share your adventure. Surf, stream and share just like you do at home with Voom, the only high speed internet network at sea. With more bandwidth than all other cruise lines in the world, you will experience a reliable connection with speeds never before seen at sea. Alternately, iCafes withInternet stations are available onboard. Blocks of time can be purchased for iCafes.
Will my cellular phone work during the cruise?
Most cellular phone carriers are tied into the a maritime cellular network that provides service during a majority of the cruise. Please check with your cellular service provider to confirm if your cellular phone will work, and make sure to also ask what the costs would be for making and receiving calls and texts, and what the associated costs would be for mobile internet if your plan includes it. You may also be able to set up a short term international plan that will save you money.
Registration & Booking
Am I automatically registered for the conference when I book my cabin, or is there a separate registration fee?
Booking your cabin through our conference site registration portal will automatically register you for the 2017 Wireless Without Limits Conference. In fact, that is the only way to register. There is no separate registration fee, by the way. The conference itself is free. Attendees just need to book their own cabin.
Are participants required to book cabins through the WWL registration portal?
YES. All participants must book their cabins through our conference site registration portal. Admittance will not be permitted for any portion of our conference program, on or off the ship, to those booking a cabin elsewhere. Please see the question on this page entitled, “What are the advantages of booking through the WWL registration portal?” for more information.
What are the advantages of booking through the required WWL registration portal?
The advantages of booking through our registration portal into our group far outweigh any slight difference in rates that you may find. Things included in our cabin rates that are NOT included for the general public are:
- The entire WWL conference (there is no registration fee!).*
- Our pre-event Super Bowl party in Ft. Lauderdale for you and your guests.
- Several cocktail receptions onboard for you and your guests.
- 20% discount on unlimited WiFi package for you and your guests.
- Other possible activities such as excursions and/or private events onboard for you and your guests.
- Conference t-shirt for you and your guests.
- Flexibility is better with our groups vs an individual booking. Complete payment and final names are required earlier for individuals. For our group, cancellation may be made without penalty up until June 1st, and names changes may be made all the way until Nov. 1st at no penalty!
*Please not that no one booking a cabin outside of our registration portal will be admitted to any aspect of the conference.
IMPORTANT: See also the question below, “What is included with my cabin, and what costs extra?” for more information.
When will I be assigned my actual cabin?
Approximately 4-6 weeks prior to sailing, you will receive an email containing your stateroom number and booking number for the cruise.
Can I book a cabin for two passengers now and add a 3rd or 4th passenger to my cabin later?
For all cabin classes except Promenade, a cabin booked initially for two passengers may be swapped for a cabin of the same class that accommodates up to 4 passengers, depending on availability at the time of the change. If available, a 3rd or 4th passenger may be added at the 3rd and 4th passenger rate in affect for our group at that time. (Rates for adding a 3rd or 4th passenger cannot be guaranteed until the time of the change.)
Are name changes allowed?
Name changes may be made only by the person originally making the reservation using the online reservation system. Name changes are permitted until November 1, 2016. After that time, the ability to change names cannot be guaranteed, and if possible may incur a change fee. Please submit your name change requests to email@example.com.
What is the cabin cancellation policy?
Cancellation Fee Schedule:
- Cancel before June 1, 2016 – NO PENALTY
- Cancel between June 2, 2016 and August 5, 2016 – LOSS OF DEPOSIT
- Cancel between August 6, 2016 and October 1, 2016 – 50% of TOTAL COST
- Cancel between October 2, 2016 and February 6, 2017 – NO REFUND
Cabin Rates & Related Costs
What is included with my cabin, and what costs extra?
Your cruise includes:
- Your selected cabin accommodations
- Main dining room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
- More complimentary options including Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Sorrento’s Pizza, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service*
- Some beverages onboard (water, lemonade and iced tea)
- Most entertainment onboard
- Access to 22 bars, clubs, and lounges that never have a cover (drinks are not included)
- FlowRider® surf simulator
- Rock-climbing wall
- Ice-skating rink
- Mini-golf course
- Full-sized basketball court
- Full-sized boxing ring
- 4 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
- 6 whirlpools, two of them cantilevered whirlpools overlooking the ocean
- NEW poolside, outdoor movie screen
- State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with classes including yoga and tai chi
- Library and Card Room
- Complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program
- Royal Babies® & Royal Tots® program
NEW Royal Babies & TotsSM Nursery**
- Teen lounge areas and disco
- H2O Zone kids’ water park
- Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures
*Late night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5:00 a.m.**Charges may apply for babysitting services depending on age of child and time of day.IMPORTANT: See also the question above, “What are the advantages of booking through the WWL registration portal?” for additional inclusions related to our conference program and activities.The following services are NOT included in the cruise price:
- Specialty restaurants: Chops Grille steakhouse and Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant
- Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Cupcake Cupboard
- All alcoholic beverages and most non-alcoholic beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)
- Shore excursions
- Medical Services
- Internet Access
- Ship to Shore Telephone calls
- Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
- Spa and Salon services
- Gambling, art auction, gift shops, and photographs
- Video Arcade
- Private babysitting**
Why are cabin rates different than Royal Caribbean's site, and will rates change?
Our locked in WWL group rates can be a little less or more than the general public’s rates. Sailing demand, group perks provided, and other issues factor into a slight variance in rates that Royal Caribbean offers to the general public vs a group block like ours.The advantages of booking into our group far outweigh any slight increase in rates we may be paying in those cases. See “What are the advantages of booking through the WWL registration portal?” for more information. Our locked in rates will not change, but the public’s rates will fluctuate according to demand. Once we sell out of our initial block, rates for additional cabins added to our block may be higher IF they are even available. So to be safe, book your cabins early!
What is the break down of the various costs associated with the cabin, including fees and tips?
Base rates are the same for the first and second guest in the cabin. However, if an individual occupies the cabin alone, they pay double the base rate. Costs are slightly lower for third and fourth passengers sharing a stateroom with two full-fare passengers. Rates do not change based on age. (There are no child or senior discounts.)Taxes, Fees, and Port Charges
Taxes, fees, and port charges are $100.41 per person total, for all stateroom categories.Gratuities
Gratuities for Suites are $79.75 per person for the entire cruise ($15.95 per person per day). The cost is $64.75 per person for the entire cruise ($12.95 per person per day) for Junior Suites and all other staterooms. Gratuities are not included in your cruise rate and will be charged to your onboard folio.
Is there a discounted rate for children?
Because Royal Caribbean cruise vacations offer so many special activities for children, there is not a discounted “children’s rate.” However, anyone staying in the same stateroom with two full-fare paying guests will pay a special third and/or fourth guest base rate. So if you intend on having your children stay in your stateroom, their base rate will be lower. For example, the base rate is about 15% lower for the 3rd and 4th guest in an Interior stateroom.
Restrictions & Requirements
How old must a passenger be to travel independently?
Adults aged twenty-one or older on the day of departure, February 6, 2017, may sail on their own. The Cruise Line shall refuse boarding to any guest under the age of twenty-one unless the guest is:
- Traveling in the same stateroom with an individual twenty-one years or older; or
- Traveling in the same stateroom with their spouse (proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required)
What are the requirements related to minors?
Any guest under the age of 18 on the day of departure, February 6, 2017, shall be considered a minor and must travel with a parent or legal guardian.
What is the age requirement for children to go on the cruise?
Infants who are at least 6 months old on the day of departure, February 6, 2017, may sail.
What are the pregnancy requirements for the cruise?
Women who will be less than 24 weeks into their pregnancy on the last day the cruise, February 11, 2017, will be permitted to sail. This policy is due to the risk of premature labor. Pregnant women must have a letter from their doctor (on the physician’s letterhead) stating how far along (in weeks) their pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise, that mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not high-risk. This letter is required no less than 6 weeks prior to sailing.
How to Prepare
What forms do I need to complete prior to the cruise, and when?
Approximately 4-6 weeks prior to sailing, you will receive an email containing your stateroom number and booking number for the cruise. The email will contain directions on how to register with ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL online in order to print your boarding documents for embarkation day, sign up for shore excursions, and register a credit card for onboard purchases. All guests are required to complete this online registration prior to cruising. Adults will be responsible for registering the minors in their party. Every passenger must be registered with ROYAL CARIBBEAN before the sailing date. While guests may indicate cabin, location, deck or other preferences on their Booking Form, the Cruise Line and Sea Planners Group, LLC and its third party partners cannot guarantee the availability of any specific stateroom, deck or location to a booking.
Is babysitting available onboard?
Babysitting is offered both in a group setting, and individually in your stateroom. In stateroom babysitting must be reserved through the Guest Relations Desk (Purser’s Desk) at least 24 hours in advance. It cannot be reserved prior to the cruise vacation and there is no guarantee that sitters will be available. The service is offered between 8:00 am and 2:00 am when personnel is available. Sitters will be assigned on a first come first served basisChildren MUST be at least 1 year old. Approximate Rate: $19 per hour for up to three children within the same family. Times and prices are subject to change without notice. Payment will be made using your onboard SeaPass card.
What is the dress code?
Generally speaking, the dress code is “smart casual.” For the ladies this means skirt or pants (no holes, rips or tears) with a blouse, and for the gentlemen, pants (no holes, rips or tears) with a collared shirt. Swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurants or specialty restaurants. T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops are acceptable for lunch.
Optional Formal Night or Specialty Restaurants
There is one night on the cruise that is designated Captain’s Night for which “cruise elegant” is recommended, but not required. It will be the first sea day evening. It is just a dress code for dinner – there is no other event associated with it. For the ladies this means a cocktail dress or pantsuit. For the gentlemen, this means a suit (black tie is optional). This attire would also be adequate for the specialty restaurants, should you choose to dine there.