We have assembled this page to give you some important Tips about a Cruise Vacation. All of the Tips listed below come from Carnival Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines.

1.Travel Documentation

Cruise Lines Reccomend you obtain a passport but as of 2017 you can travel with a United Staes Drivers License and American Issued Birth Certificate.(See Below)
Domestic Cruises (including Canada) that do not include travel to Cuba
For cruises that begin and/or end in a U.S port, the following WHTI-Compliant Documents are acceptable for cruise travel. These standard forms of documentation will enable the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler. 

U.S. Passport | Passport Card | State Enhanced Driver's License | Certificate of U.S. Naturalization 

2.Whats Included

The price of your cruise includes: 

A well deserved vacation!
Your stateroom, featuring the Carnival Comfort Bed Collection and nightly turndown service... additional stateroom features include a television, in-state room safe, individual climate control, full bathroom and ample storage space.Spectacular production shows and entertainment, including hysterical comedians Numerous lounges featuring live music and entertainment Fitness center Pools, whirlpools and waterslides Year round youth programs for kids 2-17 years of age
A variety of dining options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night in the Main Dining Room and/or Lido Restaurant.
A variety of dining options for breakfast, lunch and snacking at specialty food spots (featured on select ships), such as but not limited to: Guy's Burger Joint, Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, BlueIguana Cantina, Mongolian Wok, the Taste Bar, Sea Dogs, Fat Jimmy's Seaside BBQ and Lanai Oceanside BBQ

24 Hour Service
24-hour Pizzeria
24-hour soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt
24-hour Room Service (excluding specialty items)
The following beverages served in the Main Dining Room and 24/7 in the Lido Restaurant: non-bottled water, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, hot chocolate and non-specialty coffee and tea

3.Room Selection

Whether your idea of a perfect vacation is basking in the warm Caribbean sun or touring destinations along the Mediterranean, the perfect cruise vacation requires a lot of planning. When researching how to plan a cruise, the most important detail
(after selecting a destination) is choosing cabin accommodations on the cruise ship. Here are some additional things to consider when planning your next cruise:

With whom are you traveling?

The people you cruise with will help de­ter­mine the type of cabin you need. Most cruise ships offer staterooms or suites for additional space. Most staterooms have twin low­er beds, which can be combined to make a queen-size bed if you're cruising with a spouse or significant other. If you're traveling with friends, consider checking to see if a cabin comes with additional pullman beds. Be sure to look at bed configurations to best suit the dynamics of your group.

Where is the cabin located?

In addition to choosing the right size of cabin, it's important to ensure that it's in the right lo­ca­tion on the ship. Consult your ship's deck plans to see where the cabins are located. Keep in mind that grand suites in the very back of the ship usually have balconies along with impressive views of the ship's wake. If you book a for­ward-fac­ing balcony cabin, you will be able to enjoy the same views as the captain.
Does noise matter to you?
Before selecting a cabin, consider its proximity to dining areas and activities. Depending on your preferences, you may want to be closer to (or further away from) the action on board. When reviewing the ship's deck plan, get an idea of where the dance floors, bars, dining rooms, pools, and gym centers are located. If you're a light sleeper, consider booking a cabin away from these traditionally noisy areas.

What amenities are important to you?
Almost all cruise ship cabins come with satellite TVs and private bathrooms equipped with showers, but beyond that, not all cabins come with the same list of standard amenities. If you opt for a suite, your cabin will likely include multiple TVs, upgraded mattresses, a complimentary minibar, and a walk-in closet. Cabin amenities vary depending on the ship, so be sure to review what's included in your room when booking your cabin.

Do you want an unobstructed view of the ocean?

Consider the amount of time you plan to spend inside your cabin. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your cabin, a good view of the ocean will be important. Interior staterooms don't offer ocean views. However, balcony cabins often offer floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a small seating area on a private patio, as do most mini-suites and suites. Ocean-view cabins offer a window but no private balcony that can be partially or fully obstructed depending on the cabin location, so be sure to check if there's any obstruction.
When learning how to plan a cruise, consider these points in order to choose the cabin that suits your needs and preferences. With the ideal location and room size, your perfect vacation is bound to be a success.

4.Shore Excursions

Snorkeling through coral reefs, exploring ancient Roman ruins, hiking on glaciers, shopping at local outdoor markets -- all of these shoreside activities are as much a part of the cruise experience as enjoying the onboard amenities of your ship. Indeed, half the fun of taking a cruise is exploring exciting new places -- tropical islands, bustling metropolises, exotic countries.

To enhance each port visit (as well as to increase their profits), cruise lines offer organized shore excursions on all ships for additional fees. These land-based trips run the gamut from sightseeing city tours to cultural events and active pursuits. You can take a sunset pleasure cruise in St. Lucia, visit penguin colonies in the Falkland Islands, go wine tasting in Provence or bike through Copenhagen. The tours can be booked onboard at your ship's excursions desk or online before you depart on your trip.

The benefits of booking ship-sponsored tours are many. You can skip the hassle of arranging your own onshore activities, you'll know the tour provider is licensed and reputable, and the ship won't depart until all of its tour buses have returned -- even the tardy ones. You might also meet other shipmates whose company you'll enjoy back on the ship.


Drinking Alcohol On Board

The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop Staff are in question that the guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.   

Bringing Liquor and Beverages Onboard - Embarkation

Guests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles.
A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard on embarkation day and must be in the guest's carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.

Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception - At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day only, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage. All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of this exception are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided.

A $15 USD corkage fee, per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, steakhouse or bar. A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle served that was not bought on the premises.

Bottled Water

We know some of our guests are accustomed to bringing on their own supply of bottled water so as part of this policy we have significantly reduced the pricing for (purified) bottled water which will be conveniently delivered directly to your stateroom. Once onboard, the purchase is non-refundable; guests may take home any unopened bottles.

Pricing is as follows: 

$4.50 USD for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for pre-cruise purchase. Please visit The Fun Shops at www.carnival.com/FunShops/in-stateroom-beverages/water to place your order before your cruise to ensure we have an ample supply onboard.

$4.50 USD (plus gratuity) for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for purchase onboard by contacting Room Service.   
Distilled Water

Guests may bring on board distilled water for use with a CPAP machine or nursery water for families with babies and packed in carry-on luggage.Distilled water may also be purchased onboard at $3.00 USD per gallon by contacting Room Service. The CPAP machine must be packed in carry-on luggage.


Guests are prohibited from bringing large coolers onboard since screening and movement of large coolers through embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security process. However small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12” x 12” x 12” for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage.

Purchasing Liquor During the Cruise

Liquor purchased onboard and taken home may be subject to Customs duty and must be declared on the Customs Declaration form. For details on your duty-free allowance, click here.

Ports of Call

All alcohol purchased in ports will be stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained items will be available for collection in a designated lounge on the morning of debarkation for cruise durations 5 days and less; for cruise durations 6 days and more, alcohol will be delivered to guest staterooms after 7:00pm, the evening prior to debarkation (some exceptions may apply).

A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased onboard. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.

The Fun Shops (onboard)

All alcohol purchased in The Fun Shops onboard will be stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained items will be available for collection in a designated lounge on the morning of debarkation for cruise durations 5 days and less; for cruise durations 6 days and more, alcohol will be delivered to guest staterooms after 7:00pm, the evening prior to debarkation (some exceptions may apply).
The Fun Shops (pre-cruise orders)

All products sold containing alcohol have a limit of two products per booking (whether booked online or a telephone order). This includes alcohol, wine, champagne and beer. A ‘pack’ or ‘package’ is considered one product.

Alcohol pre-purchased through The Fun Shops for on board consumption is designed for in-stateroom entertainment only. Guests cannot take liquor bottles with them to public areas. Only wine or champagne that is ordered through The Fun Shops can be served in the dining room or Steakhouse. If the item is not consumed on board during the cruise, the guest may take it home provided the bottle has not been opened.  

6.Pre Cruise Registration

Guests may check-in online from the time their booking is deposited, up until 11:59pm ET, the day prior to the sail date. Every effort should be made by guests to check-in online. Failure to provide this information by this time may result in a delay at embarkation.

Upon completion of 'Online Check-In', guests will be able to print their cruise documents, including luggage tags, boarding passes and more. Additionally, within 'New Cruise Details' guests will be able to view their reservation, purchase shore excursions, set your dining preferences, make spa appointments and view Frequently Asked Questions. Guests using our Air Program can also access their flight information.

All guests are required to check-in at embarkation at least 60 minutes prior to the published sailing time. Guests who have completed their 'Online Check-In' will go through a quick verification process. 

If you have problems using 'Online Check-In: please contact Cruisng With You 

7.Port Parking

Long Beach Cruise Terminal
231 Windsor Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Travel Time: 23 miles from Los Angeles International Airport; travel time is approximately 50 minutes. 12 miles from Long Beach Airport; travel time is approximately 20 minutes.

Parking:  $19.00 USD per day
Rates subject to change
5-Story, 1450 space parking garage.
Full payment due upon exiting the parking garage.
Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit.
Accepted forms of payment: U.S Dollars; major credit cards.
No advance reservations required.
Oversized vehicles will be charged per parking space.
Due to height restrictions in the garage, RV's may have to utilize the adjacent outdoor parking facilities.

LosAngeles Cruise Terminal
Berth 93
San Pedro, CA 90731

Parking: $17.00 USD per day
Payments can be made using cash, traveler's checks, and credit cards.
Parking at the Port of LA is available for overnight extended stays, seven days a week 24 hours a day. No reservations are needed. There are courtesy shuttles to provide transportation to and from your vehicle on days that have scheduled departures.

8.Expectant Mothers
Guest understands and acknowledges  in addition to the limitations on medical care described in Clause 2(a) of the cruise ticket contract, prenatal and early infant care, in particular, may require specialized diagnostic facilities and/or treatment that are not obtainable during the cruise on board the ship and/or ashore in ports of call. Therefore, guest agrees not to book a cruise or board the ship if she will enter the 24th week of estimated fetal gestational age before or at any time during the cruise.

9.Children On Board
On a Carnival cruise, kids can enjoy all the best parts of summer camp and family vacation, all in one! They start by splitting up into three different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. Our counselors, each with education or childcare experience, are there to make sure everyone in these small groups has an amazing time. And they do, with tons of fun-filled, age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, dancing, movies, toy-time and video gaming!

11.Special Needs
Cruise Lines are aware of many special needs required by passengers. Please lets us know of your special needs when booking.
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