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Know Before You Go

Living at sea takes some preparation, but Team Carnival is here to help. Here is what you will need to prepare before coming aboard.
  • Before You Leave Home
  • Whether you are a new or returning team member, if you are traveling from outside the United States, you must have the following documents with you prior to your departure from home:

    • Passport - valid for at least one year. United States Citizens (USC) need a current passport.
    • C1/D MULTIPLE ENTRY visas - valid for at least one year. Please make sure your last name and first name are correct and in the proper location. (Not necessary for USCs, ARC or Canadians.)
    • Letter of employment - Your employment or re-employment letter will identify you as an employee of Carnival Cruise Lines and will allow you to leave your country to enter the United States.
    • Complete, original Carnival Cruise Lines Medical documents - including all laboratory and X-ray results.
    • Airline ticket - from your hometown to your ship’s home port city. Ensure the name, date, departure and arrival cities are correct on your airline ticket.
    • Make sure you have your hotel and transportation information as well as contact phone numbers.

    Keep all these items in a secure place, with you or in a carry-on bag. Do not pack these items in your luggage, in case the bag does not arrive at your destination airport, along with your documents. Keeping your documents together in a folder or envelope and close at hand will make it easier for you when you arrive in the U.S.

    Confirm your arrival to Carnival Cruise Lines at least 21 days prior, by faxing or e-mailing your confirmation sheet.
  • What Will I Need?
  • It is recommended that team members bring at least a two-week supply of toiletries and personal hygiene products. Team members can restock/purchase new supplies when in port. Items you should bring include:

    • Deodorant
    • Soap
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Perfume or cologne
    • Brush/Comb
    • Razor
    • Shaving cream
    • Make-up
    • Feminine products
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Beach towel
    • Sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher

    Additionally, a high quality, battery-powered alarm clock is strongly recommended.
  • What's Not Permitted
  • The following articles will not be permitted onboard:

    • Firearms and weapons of any kind
    • Transformers
    • Knives
    • Irons
    • Electric water/food heaters
    • Drugs or controlled substances without proof of proper prescription
  • Language Standards
  • It is required that all team members be fluent in English.  Your English fluency will be evaluated and verified during the selection process.  The main language on board all of our ships is English. You should be comfortable conversing in English with our guests for both guest service and safety reasons.
  • Cash and Currency
  • Do I need to bring cash with me?

    It is suggested that you bring at least $200 U.S. dollars in cash and, if possible, a major credit card for emergencies or unforeseen expenses until you receive your first pay.
  • Luggage and Packing
  • Bring only what you need. Cabin space on the ship is limited and team members tend to accumulate items during their time onboard. Collapsible strong luggage is helpful for increased cabin space. Although most ships operate in tropical climates, there may be occasions when warmer clothing is needed. Be sure to include at least one set of warm clothing, along with casual clothing and beachwear. (Alaska itineraries as well as ships sailing from Vancouver, Seattle, Boston, Baltimore, New York, Norfolk, etc. may require warmer clothing).

    Please check with your airline for any baggage weight restrictions. Any baggage weight in excess could result in extra fees imposed by the airline.

    At some homeports, before boarding your assigned vessel, team members may be required to submit their luggage through X-ray machines for screening. You will be supplied with stickers labeled "TEAM MEMBER.” which should be placed on the luggage tag to ensure your luggage is separated from those of guests. Please ensure you label your luggage accordingly and proceed to the crew gate to board the ship. Your luggage will then be loaded onto the ship. You may collect it onboard later that day. Please keep your passport, medical, contract, medication and safety certificates with you. Do not place them in the luggage for screening. You are permitted to carry personal items such as laptops, cameras, and hand carry-on items to the ship with you. All other luggage must be screened.

    Your luggage will be available for collection following the Orientation Program. The location for pick up onboard will be provided during this orientation.