Podfather - The Cruise 2024

Review the Checklist below to see if there is anything you need to handle so your cruise experience can be as stress free as possible.

Passport/Visa Requirements

It is highly recommended that you cruise with a passport, though not strictly required for U.S. residents sailing from and returning to a U.S. port.

All guests (U.S. Citizens and non-U.S.), please review the requirements HERE

Review your passport documentation and confirm expiration date and that the name on your passport matches the legal name listed for your booking.

Booking Process

Review the How to Join Podfather - the Cruise for instructions on purchase of badges, cabins, etc. to get booked for Podfather - The Cruise

Final Review and Purchase Deadline

Before February 12, 2024,


Review the Extras to review Travel insurance, Port Transfers, Wifi, Drink/Dining Packages, and Excursions. Final opportunity to purchase these items is February 12, 2024.

We have also arranged for some group excursions that can be purchased at the links below:

Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Shuttle

Kailua-Kona: Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Pre-Cruise Hotel

We have arranged a block rate at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.

Per the contract, to get our group rate, you will need to purchase your stay through the group as opposed to directly through the hotel. You may purchase the number of nights you need in the merch item here: Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Price includes a complimentary breakfast buffet

Pre-Cruise Shuttle

We have arranged for a group shuttle to from the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach to the port via a tour of Pearl Harbor. If you are not interested in the tour of Pearl Harbor, you will need to make your own arrangements for arriving at the port.

Purchase the tour plus shuttle here: Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Shuttle. Seats are limited.

We will not however be arranging a group shuttle after the cruise. We anticipate most will want to go straight to the airport instead of back to the group hotel, and that can be accomplished by purchasing a Departure Transfer via RCCL.

If you are flying in the morning of embarkation you can purchase a Royal Caribbean Shuttle directly from the airport out to the cruise port here: Port Transfers. Please read the details for this merch item completely so we can get the transfer arranged for you.


It is helpful to review the weather forecast for our port destinations, as well as the nature of your excursions to plan your packing. You may want to consider packing layers to allow for all kinds of weather and room temperatures.

Also, because this is a 9-day cruise, the cruise ship generally schedules 2 "formal" nights. On formal nights, dress recommendation is much nicer than normal - suits and ties, cocktail dresses, tuxedos, formal wear, etc.

Dress recommendations for other nights are slacks/pants, casual, business casual, but no shorts/swimwear in the dining rooms. RCCL Dress Code

Games - We won't have a dedicated library per se, but feel free to bring a few of your favorites to share with others on the cruise.

Food/Drink: What kind of food or drinks am I allowed to bring onboard? | Royal Caribbean Cruises

Prohibited Items: What Items Are Prohibited Onboard A Cruise Ship? | Royal Caribbean Cruises

Special Needs If you have any special needs that will need accommodation from the cruise line, please see here: Guest Special Needs | Royal Caribbean Cruises

Royal App

We strongly recommend getting the Royal Caribbean App installed on your phone. The app provides the required emergency drill information, an up-to-date calendar of ship activities, stays on "ship time", has a map of the ship, the ability to help you book some excursions, and has a chat feature that can be used with members of your group on the cruise ship so you don't have to use cell phone data.

The Royal App is also the preferred method for "check in" beginning 45 days before (and no later than three days before) your cruise. You can review the following Royal Caribbean FAQ's regarding the check-in process:

Royal Caribbean Account

If you have never cruised with Royal Caribbean before, please create an account on the Royal Caribbean site. The account will allow you to add your booking number (added to your badge information when we receive it). Once your cruise booking is attached to your account, you then have access to purchasing dining/drink packages, excursions, purchasing wifi packages, etc.

Your account will also have a Crown & Anchor Society number tied to it. As you cruise, you accumulate points that will increase your status and privileges in the Royal Caribbean system.


If you have any questions not answered through any of the links on this site, email us directly at info@qwyx.events.