Know Before Boarding Your First Carnival Cruise

Some of your ship’s fun features (like Carnival Vista’s SkyRide) won’t let your participate unless…

 

You’re wearing the right gear. You may also want to take advantage of the Fitness Center included in your room and board. And keep an eye out for any free fitness classes offered throughout the week! Carnival recommends limiting your luggage to one suitcase per person for a three- to five-day sail, but will allow up to two if your trip is any longer. A single carry-on suitcase for my six-day sail was more than adequate.

 

Most of the time, you’ll barely be able to detect that your ship is even moving. But in case you’re sensitive to motion, book a stateroom in the middle of the ship, at deck one or two, where it’s most stable. Ginger and green apples are also great for combating nausea. You can dress as over the top as you’d like, but there are restrictions when it comes to how casual you can go on formal night. Jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sportswear, baseball hats, flip-flops, and bathing suits are not permitted in the dining room when the evening’s attire is “cruise elegant.” Depending on the duration of your sail, your ship will either have one or two formal nights.

 

Beach towels, blow dryers, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are all provided in your stateroom. But be sure to pack sunscreen and aloe vera yourself (though you can purchase on board if you forget!).  Download the Carnival Hub App. Not only does the app let you have your account summary information and each day’s schedule on hand, but it’s also free to use when you connect to the ship’s WiFi. And for $5, you and your family members can stay connected via the chat feature.

 

To prevent your luggage from getting lost or mixed up, opt to bring your own luggage on board rather than utilizing the checked bag service. Not only will you have access to your belongings right way, but it will also be a hassle-free process when disembarking at the end of your trip.

 

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