embarkation and throughout the cruise. It is
the responsibility of the guest to bring all
required travel documents. Any guest without
proper documents will not be allowed to board
the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will
be issued. Carnival and Victory Voyage
assumes no responsibility for advising guests of immigration requirements.
U.S. citizens traveling on cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port must show proof of citizenship (such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate) and a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license). For a complete list of accepted documents, see www.travel.state.gov.
U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card. Canadian citizens must present a valid passport. Non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport and a valid, unexpired U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa, if applicable.
Passports are required for air travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, The Bahamas and Bermuda. This will impact our Canadian guests that travel by air to or from any of our U.S. embarkation ports. This will also enable guests to fly from the U.S. to meet their ship at the first port should they miss their scheduled embarkation and allow guests that must debark the ship before their cruise ends to fly back to the U.S without significant delays and complications.
Guest names on travel documents (passport, Alien Resident Card, birth certificate, etc.) must be identical to those on the cruise and airline tickets. Otherwise, proof of name change (e.g., a marriage license) or a valid driver’s license (or other government-issued photo ID) must be presented.
On occasion, non-U.S. citizens and U.S. Alien Residents may be asked to surrender their passport and/or Alien Resident Card at time of embarkation. These documents will be returned upon completion of the Immigration inspection at the time of debarkation. Non-U.S. citizens that are eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Pilot Program, must still have a valid unexpired passport. U.S. State Department regulations require all guests traveling from visa-waiver countries be in possession of a machine-readable passport that includes a biometric identifier – e.g., embedded digital photograph. Otherwise, guests will be required to obtain a U.S. Multiple Re-entry Visa. Guests without proper identification may be refused boarding or entry into the United States.
When traveling with a minor and both parents/legal guardians are not cruising, we strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter from the absent parent/legal guardian authorizing the minor to travel with you. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to the above requirements, all guests 16 years of age or older must provide an official photo ID.
Important Embarkation Arrival Advisory and Embarkation Process
Government regulations for U.S. departure ports require that a final departure manifest is submitted 60 minutes prior to departure. Guests must provide us with the required information prior to embarkation. Guests that do not complete the registration process prior to embarkation are required to check-in at least 90 minutes prior to the published sailing time.
In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will no longer be accepting oral declarations to satisfy the requirements for identity and citizenship documentation. Guests must present the proper travel documentation at embarkation. For complete information on the required travel documentation, please visit the U.S. Government website (www.travel.state.gov).
Arrival at the Cruise Terminal
Guests will follow the directions to the Port and pass through Port Authority Security.
Guests will be asked to show Proof of I.D. and Cruise Documents.
Guests will drop off their luggage at the Baggage Drop-Off area and give the luggage to the Porter; the customary tip for this service is $1.00 per bag.
Guests will park their car in the designated parking area and walk back to the terminal; depending on the distance, some cruise terminals have a complimentary shuttle from the parking area to the terminal.
Guest will proceed into the cruise terminal for Check-In.
The Embarkation Check-In Process
Guests will pass through the X-ray Security Machines with their carry-on bags. Luggage larger than 24″ x 16″ will not be permitted through the security machine and must be checked-in with a curbside porter.
Guests will proceed to the Check-In area. The embarkation process will include submitting cruise documents, showing proof of travel documentation and issuing a credit card (if applicable) for their Sail & Sign Account.
All guests must activate his/her Sail & Sign Account with a credit card (Amex, Visa, Discover, JCB, Visa/ MasterCard gift cards and MasterCard ) or opt to pay with cash. The credit card must be present at embarkation and the cash is deposited on board at the Information/Purser’s Desk.
Each guest will be issued a stateroom key and a Sail & Sign card. The Sail & Sign Card is used to charge to their Sail & Sign Account and get on/off the ship.
Guests will have a “Welcome Aboard” photo taken by the Ship’s Photo Staff. The photo will be on display later in the cruise for purchase.
The Security Personnel will take guest’s Sail Sign Card and with the onboard security system, imbed a full color, digital photograph together with personal database information directly onto the Sail Sign Card.