ALL passengers are required to be on board NO LATER than 3:00 pm as we will sail at 5:00 pm.
NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for passengers that arrive after 3:00 pm.
For those of you that love crowds, enjoy standing in the hot Florida sun and humidity, prefer to be annoyed by the person behind you that continues to fling his sweat onto you and step on the back of your sandal, please arrive at PortMiami at 11:00 am so you are nice and annoyed by the time we begin the embarkation process around 12 pm.
For those that would prefer to get to the pier, check in relatively quickly in an air-conditioned building and then quickly proceed onto the ship for a cocktail, please arrive around 1 pm.
The ship returns to Miami on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 am. Disembarkation will continue until all passengers have cleared customs and debarked.
The Miami International Airport (MIA) is the closest area airport to Port Miami. Consider arriving a day or two earlier so that you can take advantage of the local attractions in the South Florida area as well as our Complimentary Pre-Party (location and details TBA). This also helps to avoid potential flight delays, baggage collection and transfer problems that could occur.
However, if you are arriving on the same day your cruise departs, we suggest that you schedule your arrival and departure flights as follows:
Miami (MIA): Arrive no later than 11:00 am | Depart no earlier than 12 Noon
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL): arrive no later than 10:00 am | Depart no earlier than 1:00 pm.
You will need to print and bring your cruise documents, which will be emailed to you one week before the sailing as well as a Government Issued Photo ID. We STRONGLY recommend all guests travel with a valid passport, or one of the new Passport Cards. However, it is not necessarily required. PLEASE CLICK HERE for a complete explanation of the travel documentation required for embarking on The The Def Leppard Cruise.
Please keep in mind that the first AND last name on your cruise documents and your Government Issued Photo Identification MUST be an identical match. Therefore, for those not traveling with a PASSPORT, in the event of a marriage, divorce, etc. additional documents may be needed (ie: marriage certificate).
January temperatures in the Bahamas range from an average low of 64-degrees to an average high of 79-degrees. So it is suggested that you pack lightweight, “resort casual” clothing — a few swimsuits, flip-flops, sandals or deck shoes for around the pool area, sneakers, walking shoes or hiking boots for shore trips, etc. If you like to exercise or participate in sports, bring any fitness clothing and footwear you may need.
Some of the shows and activities will be taking place outdoors, and there is always the chance of it being windy, cool or even a little wet. So we suggest also packing some warmer clothing and light rain gear just to be on the safe side. Also be sure to bring your cameras, batteries and chargers, and enough film or memory cards to capture the entire event. And don’t forget ear plugs for the young ones (or yourself), sunscreen and lip balm.
For most evenings, resort casual is appropriate. However, t-shirts, shorts, and/or bare feet are not permitted in the formal dining rooms after 6:00pm. Cocktail dresses for women and suits or jacket and ties for men are typically appropriate for formal night — although we’ll have something slightly different in store our formal night. We’ll let you know more about that, and other theme days/nights as we get closer to sailing.
We recommend that you hand-carry all your travel documents (passports, birth certificates, airline tickets, etc.) medications, jewelry and any personal items that you may need in a separate carry-on bag. You should not put these items into checked luggage as they could become lost and prevent you from boarding the ship. Also, your luggage may take a few hours before it is delivered to your cabin.
On the last evening of your cruise your luggage will be collected for disembarkation the following morning. So you may want to pack a separate overnight bag to accommodate your last evenings’ clothes and sundries to carry off the ship with you.
No illegal substances, no alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages, food, weapons or pets. The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited onboard The Def Leppard Cruise and MSC Cruises. All US and international laws pertaining to drug use should be respected, and will be strictly enforced. Please refer to our Shipboard Etiquette.
There is no limit to how many bags you can bring onboard, however storage space in cabins is limited. All carry on and checked bags will go through security. Make sure your luggage is tagged with the MSC luggage tags you will receive in your cruise packs. You will be able to obtain more at the pier.
MSC Cruises does not permit passengers to bring any food or beverage onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. The Def Leppard Cruise and MSC Cruises reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in ports of call will be retained by MSC Cruises until the end of the voyage.