What is the Steelers Cruise?
The first ever Steelers Cruise is a fully chartered black and gold cruise featuring several current and alumni players, local Pittsburgh bands and 2000 of the most dedicated Steelers fans. The cruise is fully chartered which means that the entire boat is ours! There will be live interviews with players and staff, autographs, fun activities for the kids, beach olympics and 5 days of fun and sun with Steelers staff, players and fans. It truly is a unique experience you will not want to miss!
Will I get to meet the players?
Yes! There will be over 30 players and their families on the Steelers Cruise. There are daily events and activities with players as well as casual opportunities to interact with players at the pool, restaurants, lounges, sports deck or on the beach. Players will be enjoying all that the cruise has to offer with their families so beyond getting an autograph or snapping a photo, you are very likely to come away with some very special memories that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Never before has there been an interactive event like the Steelers Cruise with this type of star line up of players.
What is included in the price of the cruise?
Dining in the main dining room, Windjammer Café, Park Café, Room Service and Coco Cay Beach BBQ. Several gourmet dining options are available for a minimal reservation fee.
Interaction with players
Daily events and competitions with players
Use of the ship’s beautiful pools, sports deck, rock climbing wall, mini golf course, theaters and more
Use of the ship’s health and fitness center
Taxes, fees, and gratuities are pre-paid and added to your reservation total ($129 per person)
What is not included in the price of the cruise?
Items of personal nature (phone calls, internet, laundry, etc.)
Spa & beauty salon
Specialty coffees, juices, soda and bottled beverages
Shore excursions while in Port
Hotel Accommodations (we have negotiated rates at nearby hotels for evening of March 9th)
Cruise insurance (highly recommended and available through Leadership League for an additional fee)
Is payment in full required at time of booking?
You may pay in full at the time of booking or enter into a payment plan. For payment plans, we require a small deposit at the time of booking to hold your cabin space. The remaining balance will be divided equally and charged to the credit card on file on the 30th of each month with final payment due no later than February 28th. Custom payment plans are available upon request.
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Do you offer travel agency commissions?
Accredited travel agents may earn a 10% commission on the Steelers Cruise. Please contact us to learn more.
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Do you offer group discounts?
We offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more cabins. Please call to receive your customized group promo code.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel by September 30, 2013 you are eligible to receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel by December 31, you are eligible to receive a 25% refund.
After January 1, 2014 there are no refunds available. Please refer to your travel insurance provider.
Do you offer a military discount?
Yes. We offer a 10% discount to military personnel. To qualify for a Military rate, at least one guest in the stateroom must be classified as one of the following, 1. Active personnel currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves or Canadian National Defense. 2. Retired from any of the divisions listed directly above. 3. Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years, or 6-months in an active war zone, in any of the United States service divisions listed above. Enter promo code: MILITARY when booking. A guest’s inability to provide proof of eligibility prior to cruising will result in the reservation being re-priced to the lowest available fare for that particular day and the guest will be responsible to pay for any differences immediately or risking denial of boarding. Offer is subject to availability. Prices are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions apply. Government taxes and fees and pre-paid gratuities are additional and not subject to the discount.
Will there be a schedule of events available for the cruise?
Yes. You will receive daily itinerary of events each day while on the ship. In addition, you may stay posted to Steelerscruise.com and www.facebook.com/SteelersCruise for updates on events. Visit the Event Details page for a sneak peak.
How do I make a reservation?
Making a reservation is easy! You can either call one of our Cruise Consultants at 412.381.5553 or toll free 877.381.5553 or you can click on the button on the top of the page to make your reservation online.
What are the terms and conditions for the Steelers Cruise?
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What information will I need to book my cabin?
To book your cabin, call 412.381.5553 or click the “book now” button at the top of the page. Please make sure to have the information below for each passenger in your cabin:
Full Legal Name as it appears on your passport (Title, First, Last)
Date of Birth
Any health concerns we should know about
The following ADDITIONAL information is needed only from the lead passenger:
- Emergency contact for the whole cabin
- Email Address
- Phone Number
Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for additional information regarding bookings and changes.
Is a passport required?
A valid passport is a requirement for air travel to / from Canada, Mexico the Caribbean and Bermuda
Effective June 1, 2009 only a valid passport (unless otherwise noted below) or other WHTI compliant document will be accepted for entry or re-entry into the United States. For a list of all approved documents visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_2223.html
U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a government-issued birth certificate and laminated government issued picture ID, denoting photo, name and date of birth. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 will be able to present either an original, notarized or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issues by DOS, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable. Voter registration cards or Social Security cards are not considered proof of citizenship.
Alien Registration Card (Green Card)
U.S. lawful permanent residents will continue to be able to use their Alien Registration Card issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other valid evidence of permanent residence status to apply for entry to United States.
Card renewal is an important matter. ARC holders (United States permanent residents) with expired cards may be considered “out of status” and may be denied entry / reentry into the United States. If your ARC was issued over 10 years ago, you should check the expiration date printed on the front of the card. If your card is expired, or it is about to expire, you should renew your card before you sail.
Who may sail?
Please make sure that everyone in your stateroom is eligible to sail.
- Infants who are at least 6 months old on the day of departure may sail.
- Women who will be less than 24 weeks into their pregnancy on the day of departure, and for the duration of the cruise, may sail. This policy is due to the risk of premature labor. Pregnant women must have a letter from their doctor 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.
- Adults aged twenty-one or older may sail. 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-five years or older;
- traveling in the same stateroom with their spouse (Proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required); or
- traveling with a parent or guardian in an accompanying stateroom.
Guests not conforming to these policies will be denied boarding and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Sorry, there are NO EXCEPTIONS to these policies.
Will I get seasick?
Seasickness is very rare on ships as large as this. The ship is equipped with stabilizers which are designed to keep it smooth and steady in the water. If you should feel queasy, medicine is available from your stateroom attendant or from the ship’s doctor.
Is there a medical staff on board?
Yes, a physician and nurse are on each ship to provide medical care and services at customary charges. Commonly used medications are kept on board and may be prescribed by the ship’s doctor.
What about my medications?
Please carry your required medication in your pocket or purse so that it will be available when needed. Checked luggage may not be accessible at all times. If you’re using any prescription drugs, vitamins or other medication on a regular basis, you should bring an adequate supply with you since these may not be readily available either aboard ship or in our ports of call. Commonly used over-the-counter medications may be purchased at the office of the ship’s doctor.
What do I do with my valuables?
We’re sure you’ll want to bring your camera, jewelry and other valuable items with you on your cruise. All staterooms and suites have mini-safes. Please note, however, that Leadership League, The Pittsburgh Steelers and Royal Caribbean are not responsible for valuables left in staterooms or elsewhere on board.
Where is the lost and found?
The Lost and Found is located at the Guest Relations Desk. If you’ve lost anything, you should report the item to the Guest Relations Desk and ask if it has been returned yet. If you find anything, please turn it in there. After the ship returns to your port of origin, all found and unclaimed articles will be sent to the company headquarters where they can be claimed.
Can I bring a radio on board?
Yes. You are welcome to bring radios, iPods, etc. for your private enjoyment. However, for the comfort of other guests, we request that headphones or ear pieces be used in public areas.
What about electrical items?
Aboard all Royal Caribbean cruise ships the current in the staterooms is 110 volts AC and is capable of handling all normal appliances such as electric razors, hair dryers and hot curlers. Royal Caribbean does supply hair dryers in all staterooms. Pressing and cleaning services are available onboard for a minimal charge and irons are not allowed in rooms—please do not pack an iron as it will be confiscated and returned to you after the cruise.
What do I need to do if I would like to make the medical staff on board aware of a medical need I have?
If you have a medical condition that requires special arrangements or treatments to travel, please call us to acquire one of our forms. It must be filled out and faxed back to us as soon as possible. Without this form, you will not board the ship.
Will I be able to get autographs from the players?
Players will be available for autographs on board. In addition, we will have structured autograph sessions with players throughout the week. Autograph session times and locations will be posted in the daily cruise compass and all guests are invited to participate on a first come-first served basis. Each guest may bring one item to have signed during scheduled autograph sessions. Some players may not be available for autographs or may be limited in what they are able to sign due to exclusive contracts. Limitations will be posted prior to autograph sessions. For specific questions regarding autograph sessions, please call us prior to sailing.
What charities benefits from this cruise?
This year’s cruise will benefit the Light of Life Mission and The Mel Blount Youth Home. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated directly to these charities. In addition, a charitable auction of Steelers memorabilia and other commemorative items donated by participating players will benefit the Mel Blount Youth Home.
Make a Wish will also benefit from this event with donated cruises for children and to the Make a Wish Foundation for charitable fund raisers.
When can I book shore excursions, make dinner reservations and print my travel documents?
Approximately 6-8 weeks before the sailing date, you will receive an email containing your exact cabin location and booking number for the cruise. The email will contain directions on how to register with Royal Caribbean online. You must complete this important step in the booking process in order to print your boarding documents for embarkation day, sign up for shore excursions, make specialty dining reservations and register a credit card for on board purchases. All guests are required to complete this online registration prior to cruising. Adults will be responsible for registering the minors in their party. If your name of date of birth appears incorrectly on Royal Caribbean it is your responsibility to contact the Steelers Cruise and notify them of the change.
Why should I consider getting to Tampa the night before we set sail?
Given this event takes place in March and there is a potential for inclement weather, we strongly suggest arriving in Tampa the night before the cruise to avoid cancelled or delayed flights and the potential to miss the embarkation.
We have negotiated rates at Tamp area hotels and will gladly assist with hotel accommodations upon request.
What is the Customs procedure upon returning to Tampa?
Detailed instructions about clearing customs will be provided by the cruise director during the departing talk on the last day of your cruise. We highly recommend you attend this important and informative talk. Below are some general guidelines to keep in mind as you shop in foreign ports.
Keep receipts for gifts and purchases: U.S. residents visiting foreign ports for 48 hours or longer have a duty-free allowance of $400, and those 21 years or older may include one liter of liquor.
What is the bed configuration in cabins onboard Brilliance of the Seas?
All double occupancy staterooms are equipped with two twin beds, which can be converted to one queen bed. All triple occupancy staterooms are equipped with two twin beds/queen and either a bunk bed or convertible chair/sofa. All quad occupancy staterooms are equipped with two twin beds/queen and either two bunk beds or a convertible sofa.
Can the ship accommodate special dietary needs?
Royal Caribbean can accommodate special diets onboard. These diets have been created in consultation with a dietary specialist; selections offered are for lunch and dinner in the main dining room only. Sample diets include: vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, kosher meals, gluten free, lactose free. Please notify us at least two weeks prior to the cruise if you have any special dietary needs.
What types of accessibility options are available in cabins?
There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible cabins available onboard the ship. For people that do not use a wheelchair, but still need minimal assistance, bars and raised toilet seats can be accommodated in most cabins. In addition, disposal units for needles, refrigerators for medication, and oxygen tanks can be put into most cabins upon request. All of these items are on a limited basis and should be requested immediately to ensure availability. Please contact us directly if you have an accessibility need.
Will my cell phone work while at sea or in ports of call during the cruise?
You should contact your cell phone provider regarding International roaming rates. While sailing, Cellular at Sea is available to make and receive calls if you have international roaming capabilities on your cell phone – this can be very expensive to use. Once onboard, inquire about rates.
Are there irons and ironing boards available in the cabins onboard Brilliance of the Seas?
None of the cabins onboard Brilliance of the Seas have irons or ironing boards. However, there is a full laundry and dry-cleaning service available onboard for a reasonable rate. Please also note that irons are strictly prohibited onboard the ship. If you choose to bring one with you, it will be confiscated from your luggage before sailing.
How do I make purchases onboard Brilliance of the Seas?
Brilliance of the Seas operates on a cashless system. Guests can validate their SeaPass card with their Visa, MasterCard, Novus, or American Express card, or sign for payment by cash or traveler’s check. Guests can then sign all on-board services and purchases to their account. At the end of the cruise, guests will receive a completely itemized statement.
Royal Caribbean does not accept personal checks, and only U.S. currency is accepted aboard the ships. There is an ATM located onboard the ship.
Is room service complimentary to all guests onboard Brilliance of the Seas?
A select room service menu is available to all guests on a complimentary basis. Please note a nominal fee applies between midnight and 5:00am.
How do I make changes to my existing reservation?
Changes to your reservations may be made up to 4 weeks prior to sailing by calling a Steelers Cruise concierge.
When is the deadline to make name changes to my reservation?
You have up to 4 weeks prior to sailing to make name changes. When you receive your booking ID please confirm that the name on your reservation matches the name on your passport or you may be denied boarding. Leadership League, the Pittsburgh Steelers nor Royal Caribbean will be responsible for misspelled names.
Do I need to tip the cruise ship staff at the end of the cruise?
For the Steelers Cruise, gratuities are prepaid with final payment (which includes stateroom steward, dining room waiter, bus boy and head waiter). If someone went above and beyond to assist you, you are more than welcome to give them an additional gratuity.
What time should I arrive at the pier?
Guests should arrive at the pier between 11:00 a. m. and 2:00 p.m. and no later than 3:00 p.m. If you do not complete the Online Check-In on the cruise line’s website in advance, as required, you will need additional time (more than two hours) to complete the registration process at the pier.
How early can I board the ship?
Guests may be able to board the ship as early as 11:30am, as long as US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has given clearance to begin boarding.
What is the Smoking Policy onboard?
Royal Caribbean ships are non-smoking; however, there are designated public and private areas on the ship where smoking is allowed. Please see the onboard daily newsletter, Cruise Compass, for a list of designated areas.
What items are not allowed onboard Brilliance of the Seas?
Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of our guests and crew are prohibited. The following are examples of items that guests are not allowed to bring onboard. These and other similar items will be confiscated upon being found. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, flammable liquids, explosives, and dangerous chemicals will not be returned.
- Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas
- Sharp objects, including all knives and scissors (Note: Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blade length less than 4 inches are allowed.)
- Illegal drugs & substances
- Candles & incense
- Coffee makers, clothes irons, hot plates
- Baseball bats, hockey sticks, cricket bats, bows & arrows
- Skateboards & surfboards
- Martial arts gear
- Self-defense gear, including handcuffs, pepper spray, night sticks
- Flammable liquids and explosives, including lighter fluid and fireworks
- HAM radios
- Dangerous chemicals, including bleach and paint
Can I bring liquor or non-alcoholic beverages (from home or from a port) onboard?
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Guests may bring personal wine and champagne onboard only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any public area, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.
Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with the Royal Caribbean Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.
Who is Leadership League and what is your relationship with the Steelers?
Leadership League and its Travelers Service division is a productions company and the travel partner of the Pittsburgh Steelers handling all of their travel needs. We are operating as the travel partner and event coordinator for the Steelers Cruise. We are a Pittsburgh based company with a travel division, a productions division and a consulting division with a mission to “Do Good through Sport.” We partner with sports teams to create unique experiences such as Cruises, Camps, Concerts and Leadership Conferences. You may learn more about Leadership League at www.leadershipleague.com.