Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can my family get in touch with me while I'm on the ship, in case of emergency?

They can call the RCCL operator at 1-888-724-7447 and ask for the Mariner of the Seas. They will then connect them with the ship. It is $7.95 per minute with a max of 10 minutes.

Q: Since the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is Non-Refundable, what are my options if I can not sail?

The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is, and has always been, a non-refundable booking due to it being a chartered cruise.  We have listed some options for you to consider should you not be able to sail with us.

1) If you have paid for travel insurance, you will need to start the claim process with Allianz Travel, or your insurance carrier.

2) If you elected to not take insurance, you can do one of the following:

     -Transfer you booking to a family member or friend

     -Donate your cabin to a Cancer Survivor!

     -Sell your cabin to someone you know.

The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will not resell your cabin for you.  You must actively find another person to take your booking.

Q: What are the requirements to sail, as it pertains to COVID-19?

Please see the most current information and requirements issued by Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean Healthy Sail Information

Q: What is the window for taking the pre-sailing Covid-19 test for the 2022 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer?

You must test in the 48 hour window prior to sailing. We sail on February 17, 2022 which means you need a test on February 15th or 16th, 2022. See this link for more information. Testing Window Info

Q: Where do the proceeds from the Buckeye Cruise go to?

Proceeds from the Buckeye Cruise benefit The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, as well as the Buckeye Cruise Fund a Need project at The James.  Some auction packages benefit other specific charitable funds.

Q: What is the required age to sail?

A parent or legal guardian must accompany a guest under the age of 21; infants MUST be at least 6 months to sail.

Q: Is there a charge for children under 2?

Yes, Infants 6 months through age 2 will pay $279.

Q: Does the name on my reservation need to match the name on my identification?

Yes, it must match your first and last name only as it appears on your valid drivers license; if not correct it could result in possible denial of boarding on the ship plus be subject to a change fee. *NOTE: Passports are highly recommended but not required. If you are using your passport as form of identification, your name will need to match exactly what is on your passport.

Q: What type of identification do I need for the cruise?

Passengers 17 and Older will need a valid driver’s license or government issued laminated photo ID, certified government issued birth certificate (with a raised seal), and if you are a woman who has been married or divorced, you will need a certified copy of your marriage license or your divorce decree. You MUST have each of these documents if you are not traveling with a passport. If you are using a passport that is the only identification you will need. If you are traveling with a child under the age of 16 they can present a certified government issued birth certificate.

Q: Should I purchase travel insurance?

Travel Partners in Dublin / The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer recommends travel insurance for this special charter sailing. All packages for this event are non-refundable. To learn more about travel insurance, visit our travel Insurance carrier's page or call the office, 614-792-6204.

Q: When should I schedule my flight to Orlando for the 2022 Buckeye Cruise?

Travel Partners recommends flying into Florida the day before we sail, especially if you live in the Midwest, as weather delays often occur. If that is not possible, please make sure that your flight arrives at least three hours prior to ship departure time. The All Aboard time is 4:30pm, and you MUST be on the ship one hour before that time.

Q: When should I schedule my return flight?

We recommend scheduling your return flight after 11:30am on the day we return to port.

Q: What is the name of the Port and address from where we sail? And is there parking there?

Port Canaveral -9050 Discovery Rd, Port Canaveral, FL 32920. Yes, there is a parking garage adjacent to the terminal.  The cost is $17 per night to park there.


Parking information Here

Q: What terminal at Port of Canaveral will the 2022 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer be sailing out of?

We will be cruising out of Terminal 1

Q: I've booked my cruise, now what?

You should receive a copy of your invoice via email from one of our Buckeye Cruise representatives. Your information will be submitted to Royal Caribbean, and a reservation/booking id# will be created. You will receive notification of that number via email from the Buckeye Cruise office. Your reservation/booking id# will allow you to complete the cruise registration process, set up your ship account and to book your shore excursions. The reservation process cannot be completed until 90‐days prior to sailing, so hold on to this very important information! When the registration window and shore excursion window opens up, you will be notified by the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer office via email to complete your registration and Set Sail Pass. At that time, retrieve your email and complete the registration on royalcaribbean.com PLEASE READ ALL YOUR BUCKEYE CRUISE FOR CANCER EMAILS, to be aware of important next steps and early opportunities.

Q: What is the dress attire for this sailing?

Casual or Buckeye attire is accepted for this private charter. Golf shirts, slacks, capris, blouses, skirts, and dresses are acceptable attire for the dining room. Shorts are not permitted in the formal dining room.

Q: Is there merchandise available to me to purchase for the autograph session on board?

We do have a poster for sale with all the participating Buckeye Greats on the ship.  That makes for a great piece to be autographed.  But you are also able to bring your own items to have autographed. Only ONE autograph per athlete, unless you buy into the autograph session multiple times.  We also offer pre-signed footballs and helmets with all the Buckeye Greats signatures on them, so you can skip the autograph sessions.  These are available on our Merchandise Order Form. 

Q: What if I cannot travel- can someone go in my place?

Yes! You can do a name change at least 14 days prior to sailing. There is no refund for cancellation unless you purchase the applicable insurance.

Q: Can I bring my own wheelchair/walker on board ship?

Yes, please advise the booking agent when making your cruise reservations.

Q: Do I need to advise the cruise line of any medical conditions?

Yes, any passenger requiring medical treatment or attention must be reported at the time of booking. Example-guest using wheelchairs, hearing or visual disabilities, special diets, oxygen therapy and dialysis.

Q: Can we get married or renew our vows on board the ship?

Please contact Royal Romance Consultants at 1-888-933-7225 or visit www.royalcarribean.com/weddings

Q: Can I order a gift, flowers or a fruit basket for someone sailing on this special charter?

Yes, you may order an item for a passenger within 120 days of departure with their confirmation number that Royal Caribbean will assign them.

Q: Can I order a gift certificate?

Yes, you can purchase a gift certificate for you, a friend or family member to use as onboard credit toward the spa, casino, gift shops and more. To purchase please call the office to make arrangements, 614-792-6204.

Q: Do I get a refund if the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is cancelled?

Should the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer be cancelled by Royal Caribbean, any booked guest with a current reservation will be refunded. If the Buckeye Cruise occurs and you cancel your trip, you would need travel insurance to cover the reimbursement of travel expenses paid.

Q: Can I bring my grandchild or my child's friend on board the sailing?

All nonfamily children under the age of 18 must have a notarized letter from one parent or guardian authorizing sailing with the family, plus authorization to allow emergency medical treatment and permission to sign waivers on behalf of the minor.(Rock climbing) The specific activities permitted must be noted on the letter. Grandparents or any other relatives cannot be a substitute for a parent.

Q: What beverages are complimentary?

Fresh brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, assorted teas, ice tea and lemonade in the restaurants. Juice is complimentary during breakfast.

Q: Are there alcohol packages available on the Buckeye Cruise?

No, there are no alcohol packages available on the ship, however there are soda and water packages available for purchase.

Q: What are the new dining times on the Buckeye Cruise?

Early dining is at 5:30pm and Late dining is at 7:45pm

Q: Is there shampoo/soap and hair dryers in the cabins?


Q: Is there an iron in my Cabin, or should I bring my own?

No. Irons and steamers are prohibited.

Q: Are the Royal Caribbean shore excursions the only excursions available?

No. But the Royal Caribbean shore excursions are highly recommended. Royal Caribbean ensures that you will have an excellent vacation experience by choosing their partners, who have a history of being safe and credible.

Q: If I am pregnant, can I sail on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer?

Guests cannot sail beyond 23 weeks of pregnancy.