Carnival is launching a new online embarkation portal which will go into effect on December 15.
To comply with the new data-gathering requirements by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Carnival
Cruise Lines has established a new on-line embarkation portal that enables
guests to submit the required information for their upcoming "Fun Ship"
The new system will be launched Nov. 25, 2003, and be in effect for
all Carnival departures beginning Dec. 15, 2003.
Registering on-line prior to the voyage will also serve to streamline the
embarkation process. For guests who register prior to 40 days before
sailing, cruise documents will include a "FunPass" allowing them to "fast
track" through embarkation when they arrive at the cruise terminal. Guests
may register up to two days prior to sailing and will also have the option
of printing their own "FunPass" once the registration process is complete.
The new system is in accordance with the new DHS regulations that
require cruise lines to provide specific guest information - first, middle
and last name, gender, date of birth, nationality and permanent address -
for all U.S. guests prior to the departure of the voyage. Non-U.S. guests
must supply additional information such as country of residence, passport
and visa details (if applicable), and destination address following the
"With today's stricter security measures and data-collecting requirements,
we wanted to develop a system that complies with the new DHS regulations
while enabling our guests to board their 'Fun Ship' cruise in the quickest
and most efficient manner possible. Our new on-line embarkation portal meets
these new requirements while serving to speed up the embarkation process,"
said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.