We hope you're excited about your upcoming Carnival cruise! As you prepare for your journey, we want to ensure that you have the best possible experience onboard. That's why we've taken the time to compile a list of the top things you should never do while on a Carnival cruise.
Pack your carry-on accordingly. On embarkation day, you will be given the option to give your checked luggage to the porter. Make sure that your carry-on bag has all the necessary items you will need for the first few hours on board. This includes your boarding pass, passport or birth certificate, government ID, sea bands, and any medication you need. Also, make sure to bring your wine, canned or carton beverages, and lanyard with you. These items should not be placed in your checked luggage.
Don't be late coming to the ship. It is crucial to arrive early to avoid any mishaps that could cost you big time. If you miss the ship, you could lose 100% of your cruise fare and incur additional costs for a hotel and a flight back home. Set your alarm clock and arrive early, giving yourself a window of 2 to 4 hours.
CPAP machine. If you have sleep apnea, it is essential to bring your CPAP machine and sealed distilled water with you. Do not put it in your checked bag that you give to the porter; instead, bring it onboard with you in your carry-on bag.
Don't bring prohibited items. There are items that are not allowed on board, including weapons, illegal drugs, CBD products , hookahs, drones, candles, irons and more. Make sure to check the list of prohibited items before packing. Carnival Prohibited Items List
Don't smoke in non-smoking areas. Carnival has designated smoking areas, and smoking is not allowed in non-smoking areas. DO NOT smoke on your balcony. Failing to follow the rules could lead to a hefty fine.
Don't forget to purchase travel insurance. Unexpected events can happen, and it's always best to be prepared. Purchasing travel insurance can help protect you in case of cancellation, illness, or any unforeseen circumstances.
Don't Skip The Muster Drill. The muster drill is a mandatory safety drill that all passengers must attend before the ship sets sail, which provides crucial information about emergency procedures and how to use life-saving equipment in case of an emergency. Skipping the muster drill could put your safety and the safety of others at risk in the event of an emergency or get you kicked off the ship.
Don't Book Return Flight Home Too Early. Due to the possibility of unexpected delays or issues that can arise during disembarkation process, which involves customs and immigration procedures. Booking a return flight too early may result in missed flights, additional expenses for alternative travel arrangements. It is advisable to book a return flight after 12pm to avoid any potential complications.
Don't Throw Items Overboard. Throwing items overboard on a Carnival Cruise is harmful to the environment, marine life, and can result in fines or penalties up to $500 for passengers.