Embarkation Terminal Check-In Procedures

Embarkation Check-In Time
Check-in time and ship departures times may vary according to the embarkation port and/or ship you are cruising on - check here for the times for your cruise.


Guests who have purchased Carnival's optional transfers

Arrival at the Airport

  • Guests will be met by the Meet & Greet Staff either on the arrival level (just beyond security check point) or the Baggage Claim area. 
  • Guests will claim their own luggage while in the Baggage Claim area.
  • The Meet & Greet Staff will gather all Carnival guests and lead them (with their luggage) to the motor coaches once there are enough guests to fill up a motor coach.

Arrival at the Cruise Terminal

  • Guests will debark the motor coach and claim their luggage. They may elect to bring their own luggage on board if it does not exceed 24"w x 16"h (no length restriction). Should the luggage be larger in size, guests must turn it over to a porter; customary tip for this service is $1.00 per bag.
  • Note: We suggest all luggage be unlocked before turning over to the porters in order to avoid any inconvenience or delay in delivering the luggage to the stateroom. Should the guest choose not to unlock the bags and prohibited items are found during screening, the luggage will be retained until the guest can open it in front of security personnel.
  • Note: We highly recommend our guests to personally carry any valuables, medications and items requiring special handling onto the ship.
  • Guests will proceed into the cruise terminal for check-in.


Guests Arriving at the Cruise Terminal by Personal Vehicle

Arrival at the Cruise Terminal

  • Guests will follow the directions to the Port. They will pass through Port Authority Security and must show their cruise boarding pass (or Edocs) and Photo I.D.
  • Guests will continue to the Baggage Drop-Off area to hand over their luggage to a Porter; customary tip is $1.00 per bag. However, if the luggage does not exceed 24"w x 16"h (no length restriction), guests may elect to bring their own bags on board.
  • Note: We suggest all luggage be unlocked before turning over to the porters in order to avoid any inconvenience or delay in delivering the luggage to the stateroom. Should the guest choose not to unlock the bags and prohibited items are found during screening, the luggage will be retained until the guest can open it in front of security personnel.
  • Note: We highly recommend our guests to personally carry any valuables, medications and items requiring special handling onto the ship.
  • Guests driving the vehicles will drop-off the traveling companions at the cruise terminal and proceed to park at the designated area. Depending on the distance to/from the parking area/terminal, guests (drivers) will either walk to the terminal or board a complimentary shuttle.
  • Guests will proceed into the cruise terminal for Check-In.


Embarkation Process for All Guests

  • Guests must present their cruise boarding pass as they enter the terminal lobby. 
  • Guests will proceed through the Security X-ray checkpoint with their carry-on luggage; luggage larger than 24"W x 16"H (no length restrictions) will not be permitted through the security machines and must be checked with a porter outside the terminal. 
  • Guests will continue to the check-in counter. The following must be presented:
    • Proof of citizenship and photo I.D
    • Sail & Sign Application
    • Boarding Pass
  • Guests will be issued a Sail & Sign card, which will be used during the cruise for:
    • Sail & Sign – purchases made throughout the cruise
    • Stateroom key
    • A-Pass – used anytime guests gets on and off the ship in ports
  • Guests will have a "Welcome Aboard" photo taken by our Ship's Photo Staff which will be available for purchase on board the ship.
  • Guests will continue to the A-Pass kiosk where we will capture a required security photo. 
  • At this time, guests will proceed on board for the cruise vacation.


Guests Wishing to Sightsee After Boarding the Ship on Embarkation Day

After checking in and boarding the ship, if a guest wishes to disembark the ship to sightsee at the home port, they may do so as long as they return at least 30 minutes prior to ship departure. They will need to carry with them the following:

  • Travel documents including photo ID
  • Sail & Sign card
  • Check-In Boarding Pass

 

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