What will I need to travel?

1.  Proof of Identity

  • U.S. Citizens

Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise and is the responsibility of the guest.  Any guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel, and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to show a U.S. passport.  A PASSPORT is the easiest form of ID and is recommended.  If you do not have a passport, you should be prepared to provide a valid government-issued photo ID (i.e. Driver’s License) and proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of a government-issued (not hospital-issued) U.S. birth certificate. 

It is important that guest names on travel documents be identical to those on the cruise booking.  Otherwise, proof of name change (i.e. a marriage license) AND a valid driver’s license or government-issued photo ID must be presented.

If you would like to order a passport or just renew one, there is still time. Please click on the link below for more information about obtaining a passport.


  • Non-U.S. Citizens

​Non-U.S. Citizens are required to carry a valid, unexpired passport and a Multiple Entry Visa, if applicable. In addition, guests must contact the appropriate embassy or consulate of the countries they will be visiting for specific travel documentation requirements. Carnival assumes no responsibility for advising guests of Immigration requirements.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Non-U.S citizens that are eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid, unexpired machine readable passport that includes specified security features (biometric identifiers). In addition, travelers are required to have an electronic travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). 

Mexican Citizens who are traveling with a Border Crossing Card must also present a valid, unexpired Mexican passport.

2.  Boarding Pass and Luggage Tags

Please note that you will not receive a cruise ticket booklet.  You will receive a letter by mail that includes your Booking Number by approximately 6 weeks prior to the sailing.  You will use your Booking Number to complete the Carnival FunPass Registration online.  The Carnival FunPass is a timesaving pre-arrival check-in system that collects citizenship and return travel arrangement information from every cruise passenger.  FunPass Registration is required.  Please follow the steps below to complete the FunPass Registration.  

  • Go to www.Carnival.com, and click on the “Manage” tab near the top of the page.  
  • Once on the next page, click on “Booking Quick Access” near the bottom of the page.  Please put all of your information into the pop-up box, and click "Submit". (Your Individual Booking Number will be required, and there is only one Booking Number per stateroom.)  
  • On the next page, under "To-Do List", click on the down arrow next to "View Details", and select "Online Check-In".  Then, begin entering information for all guests in the stateroom, as requested.
  • Once all of your information has been submitted, your check-in process will be complete.  You will be able to “Print & Save My Cruise Documents”, including your FunPass Boarding Pass and Luggage Tags.

If you are unable to print your Boarding Pass or your Luggage Tags, please call Carnival Customer Service at 1-800-764-7419, and they will be able to assist you.  If you need additional Luggage Tags, the porters will have them for you when you arrive at the Port of New Orleans.

You must complete FunPass registration by 11:59 pm (EST) on February 12, 2017; however, it is highly recommended that you complete the check-in at least 4 days prior to the sailing to allow time for any necessary corrections to your guest information, if applicable.  Your FunPass will be your initial boarding pass.

Optional Items


If you are coming in a day early and purchasing one of our hotel packages offered below, your transportation to and from the Port of New Orleans is covered.  If you are not, we recommend purchasing a bus transfer from Carnival Cruise Lines.  Additional information about Carnival's transfers can be found at www.Carnival.com/cruise-transfers/default.aspx


If you are planning on arriving a day early in New Orleans, we have you covered.  For your conveinence, we are offering 3 different pricing levels.  Each of these is for one night lodging on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  We love-making things hassle free for our guests. Enjoy a day in New Orleans before we sail on 2/13/2017. To reserve your hotel package, please call our Reservation Team at 1-855-208-8822.

Comfort Inn New Orleans Airport:  Newly renovated Comfort Inn New Orleans Airport will get you rested and ready for your cruise. With quality and value in mind, this package includes complementary hot breakfast and transportation to the hotel, transportation to port for embarkation, and return transportation to the New Orleans Airport upon debarkation.  Price: $255 / Couple

Courtyard New Orleans: Downtown near the French Quarter is close to everything the Big Easy has to offer. This conveniently located Hotel is within steps of dozens of excellent dining and attractions like the World War II Museum, Café Du Monde, and the New Orleans streetcars.  This package includes transportation to the hotel, pier, and return to the airport upon debarkation.  Price: $390 / Couple

J.W. Marriott New Orleans: Experience the epitome of old-world charm and modern convenience at the J. W. Marriott New Orleans.  This newly renovated hotel has luxurious and elegantly appointed rooms that will make you feel at home.  Famous attractions like the Cafe Du Monde, Bourbon Street, The World War II Museum, and historic St. Charles Street are right outside your door. This package includes transportation to the hotel, pier, and return to the airport upon debarkation. Price: $410 / Couple

Travel Insurance

FamilyLife strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect your vacation. We offer coverage through TravelSafe Protect-A-Group Insurance coverage. The Comprehensive Plus Plan covers 75% for CANCELLATIONS FOR ANY REASON. If you would cancel your trip because of concerns from a Travel Advisory given by CDC, WHO, or State Dept. etc., the Comprehensive Plus plan will cover those reasons (subject to the rules of the policy)You can download the details of the Comprehensive Plus Plan 915P, or call our Reservation Team at 855-208-8822 for more details.  Learn more on the Love Like You Mean It Terms and Conditions.  

We REALLY urge our guests to purchase travel insurance.  

Special Needs

Please be sure to download the appropriate forms listed below and email back to FamilyLife at lovelikeyoumeanit@familylife.com

  • Call 855-208-8822 if you need additional assistance with emailing forms.

Download the Special Needs Form (Alert us of wheelchair details, medications requiring injections, oxygen you will be bringing, etc.)

Download the Pregnancy Notification Form is you will be pregnant for the cruise.

Download the Oxygen Assist Acknowlegement Form if you will be bringing oxygen assist for health reasons (BiPAP, CPAP, Concentrator, Nebulizer, etc.)

Special Needs at Sea, a Special Needs Group, Inc. company, is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. They also offer a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase. Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks, and convention centers.