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Whether you’re old or young, adventurous or laidback, you will find plenty to do on the fun Carnival ships.


Guests aged 21 and over may only bring one standard sized bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne in their carry-on luggage, but only one bottle per person. A corkage fee of $10.00 applies if you wish to drink it in the main dining room, while the charge is $14.00 should you wish to drink it in the steakhouse. Any guest who brings in more than they are allowed will have their alcohol confiscated until the end of the cruise; alcoholic drinks that are unsealed will be disposed of.

Any alcohol purchased at a port-of-call will be retained and held by Carnival until the end of the cruise, as will any alcohol purchased in one of the onboard gift shops. Guests must be 21 years of age and older to drink alcohol. Guests who don’t appear to be over 21 will be asked for photo identification and will not be allowed to drink if they can’t produce such identification. 

Those 13 and under can be booked in their own staterooms but they must be either next to or directly across the hall from the stateroom their parents or grandparents are in. Furthermore, minors cannot be booked into a balcony stateroom or a connecting stateroom unless they are booked along with their parents or grandparents. Those aged 14-17 can be booked in their own staterooms up to 3 staterooms away from the one their parents or grandparents have booked. Those 18 and older are not required to have their own stateroom close to their parents or grandparents’ stateroom, nor are they required to even be on the same deck.

Guests must be 21 on embarkation day to travel by themselves. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian over the age of 25 staying in the same stateroom. An exception is made, however, for legally married and same gender union couples if both are under 21 years old. Suitable documentation is required to confirm marriage status.

Those between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult when in the spa and fitness areas and those under 12 are not permitted in these areas. Guests under 18 should be supervised by an adult at all times in all of the ship’s public areas and are allowed in the dance club until 10pm, at which time they will be required to leave. The Midnight Shows are adult-oriented comedy shows only for those over the age of 18.  Those under 13 need parental permission to use the pools and ride the waterslides, for which additional height restrictions apply. Guests need to be 18 or over to enter the casino and make use of its facilities. 

Carnival requires guests to dress casually throughout the day. During evening meals there are two dress codes: Cruise Casual and Cruise Elegant. Most evenings will require Cruise Casual attire, while those not wanting to dress formally can go to the Lido Restaurant, which requires Cruise Casual attire every evening of the cruise. Shirts and shoes are mandatory in the Lido Restaurant

The Cruise Casual Dining Dress Code requires that men wear collared sports shirts, long dress shorts, khakis, sports slacks and jeans, though cut-offs are not permitted. Women are required to wear summer dressed, Capri pants, dress shorts, casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses and jeans, though cut-offs are not allowed.

The following items of clothing are not permitted for grown men and women during Cruise Casual dining: flip-flops, swimsuit attire, shorts, gym shorts, basketball shorts, baseball hats, sleeveless men’s shirts and cut-off jeans.

The Cruise Elegant Dining Dress Code stipulates that men wear dress shirts, dress slacks, sports coat and, should they choose, tuxedos, suits and ties. Women should wear pantsuits, cocktail dresses, elegant skirts and blouses and evening gowns, if they so wish.

During Cruise Elegant dinners, the following are prohibited: flip-flops, shorts, gym shorts, T-shirts, swimming attire, baseball hats, jeans and cut-off jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts and sportswear.

For cruises to New England, Canada and Alaska, jackets, raincoats and sweaters are recommended, as well as extra layers of casual clothing. For those going to glaciers, it is recommended that you bring a heavy sweater, an umbrella and raincoat. This also applies to those cruising to South America and Europe. Those visiting the Vatican should note that bare legs and shoulders are not permitted and should dress accordingly.

Note that all footwear with wheels is prohibited. 

The minimum age for sailing Hawaiian, Transatlantic and South American cruises is 12 months, whereas everywhere else, it is 6 months. If air travel is involved in your cruise and you have taken advantage of the Fly-Aweigh program, infants of 6-23 months will be charged the ‘Cruise-Only’ rate so long as they sit on their parent’s lap for the flight. Once an infant reaches 24 months, they will require their own ticket. If a parent feels their infant who is younger than 24 months needs their own seat on the flight, they will be charged at the typical Fly-Aweigh rate. 

For the health and safety of mother and child, pregnant women are only permitted to sail if they have been pregnant for 24 completed weeks or less at the time of disembarkation. A doctor’s letter is required: this must state that both the mother and baby are in good health, they are fit for travel and that the pregnancy is not high risk. It must also state the estimated date of delivery.

On Carnival ships smoking in public is only allowed in the dance clubs and in designated areas of the casino and the adjoining casino bar. The jazz clubs on the following ships also permit smoking: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Victory.

As for outdoor areas, there are designated smoking areas on the starboard side of every ship where guests can also smoke cigars, whilst electronic cigarettes are only permitted in the designated smoking areas.

Smoking is prohibited in all guest staterooms except balcony staterooms, though guests are only allowed to smoke cigarettes and cigars outdoors on their balcony. Those who smoke inside their guestroom will face a fine of $250.00 to clean the room, which will be added to their Sail & Sign account.

However, smoking is also prohibited in all Spa Suites and Staterooms including on the balcony. These rooms can be found on the following ships: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Splendor and Carnival Sunshine.

Gratuities for dining and stateroom staff are billed to your Sail & Sign account at a rate of $11.50 per day. This comprises:

$2.00 – entertainment, kitchen, hotel and guest services.

$3.70 – stateroom services

$5.00 – dining services.

The same rate applies for Cruises to Nowhere, though gratuities must be prepaid. On Barbados cruises, all gratuities are prepaid and are automatically added during the booking process.

Gratuities will be posted to your Sail & Sign account from the second day of your cruise and you can adjust them whenever you so wish prior to disembarking in accordance with the level of service you have experienced. If the onboard service is sub-standard, simply speak to someone at the Guest Services desk.

Whenever you purchase a beverage, 15% of the total bill is added to your Sail & Sign charge. You are free to tip room service staff whenever you so wish.

Note that gratuities are not applicable for those under two years of age. 

Wi-fi is available throughout each ship and all devices that have the standard Wireless 802.11b card installed should be able to connect to the ship’s Wi-fi without restrictions. Once you have connected to the ship’s Wi-fi, you will be instructed to create an account and accept the pricing charges, which is the same throughout the whole ship, whether you access the Internet on your own device or in the Internet café. All charges will be added to your Sail & Sign account. All users have to pay a one-off activation fee of $3.95. Guests can take advantage of Time Plans, which offer cheaper rates and can be transferred between guests’ personal devices and the computers in the ship’s Internet café.

Time Plan pricing is as follows:

480 minutes for $159.00

240 minutes for $89.00

120 minutes for $59.00

45 minutes for $29.00

Or if you pay as you go, it is $0.75 per minute.

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