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2019 Bereavement Cruise
Barbara J. Hopkinson
Lynda Cheldelin Fell
Marguerite A. Simonetti Kershaw
Mary Lee Robinson
Melanie E. Rijkers
Burial at Sea
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Have you ever thought about scattering your loved ones cremains at sea? For cruise guests who are interested, we can coordinate a burial at sea ceremony for you. If you are interested in information about scattering your loved ones cremains while on your cruise, please complete and submit the form below. We will contact your with all the information.
A guest may bring cremated remains on board, provided they follow the following procedures and policies:
The guest must bring the deceased’s Death Certificate.
The remains have been cremated by a facility licensed to perform these services in the US, and the guest carries a certification of the compliant cremation.
The cremated remains are transported in a proper urn and remain in this urn during the entire travel.
The ashes are maintained in a leak proof and in a sealed container.
The container/urn must be able to pass through the X-ray machines as well as TSA X-ray machines.
The container must be constructed of wood, plastic, cardboard or any non-lead based ceramic.
The Guest is aware that the remains are his/her responsibility and he/she is the sole custodian of the urn/ashes; Royal Caribbean will not be responsible for the oversight or incidents. If the guest takes the urn out of the cabin, he/she is responsible for its oversight and cannot leave the urn unattended.
The urn must remain on board, and the guest may not disembark the urn and try to enter it in a port-of-call because each country has legal requirements and controls over the transportation of cremated human remains, and they must be respected.
If the guest is traveling by air, he/she needs to inquire with the airline of their own restrictions and regulations.
Burial at Sea – Dispersing of Cremated Ashes
Dispersing cremated ashes at sea is permitted. Please note the following procedures and policies:
The guest must contact the Guest Services Desk once onboard the ship. The Guest Services Staff and the Environmental & Occupational Safety Officer (EOSO) will coordinate the burial at sea.
Depending on the ship’s itinerary, a time and location will be coordinated based on the guest’s suggestions and operation requirements. The ceremony must be performed beyond twelve nautical miles from land and any restricted areas noted on the nautical charts and notices to mariners.
Once the date and time are finalized, Guest Services will notify the family of the scheduled ceremony. The family will be taken to the area by EOSO and/or a Security Officer. The family will be given privacy to disperse the ashes; the area will be secured in order to ensure privacy without disrupting other guest activities. Ashes and flowers may be dispersed but not plastic materials such as plastic ribbons, plastic flowers, plastic urns, balloons, etc. Biodegradable salt urns can be used as long as non-toxic glues are used to seal the top.
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