In recent years, security procedures everywhere have become more complex and time-consuming. The goal - increased safety - is important, but we know the process can sometimes be frustrating. Here are some tips to make your security experience at Port Canaveral as smooth as possible.
1. Remember to pack the items you will need for check-in in your day bag for handy access, along with sunglasses, medications, etc.
2. When entering the north-side cruise terminal area, have your cruise ticket handy to show. This area is restricted to ticket holders only, and vehicles dropping off passengers must provide proof that there is a ticket-holder in the vehicle.
3. When entering your terminal, be prepared to show your ticket again. No one is allowed into the terminals without a valid cruise ticket for that date. Sorry, no visitors.
4. For your comfort and convenience, please plan to arrive at your cruise terminal no more than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled boarding time for your cruise. Due to U.S. Customs and Border Protection procedures, early arriving guests may not be permitted to enter the cruise terminal on arrival. Arriving in a timely manner will help you avoid a long wait in potentially warm or inclement weather conditions.
5. Be sure to have the proper identification with you. U.S. citizens need proof of citizenship in the form of a passport (valid or expired for less than 10 years), original birth certificate, state-issued certified copy of a birth certificate from the Department of Health and Vital Statistics, or original Naturalization papers. A passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended; it will significantly speed up your check-in formalities by expediting clearance by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, all guests 16 years of age or older must provide an official photo ID.
6. If the names on your travel documents are not identical to those on your cruise and airline tickets, bring proof of name change (e.g., a marriage license) OR a valid government -issued photo ID.
7. If you are traveling with a minor and both parents/legal guardians are not present, we strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter from the absent parent/legal guardian authorizing the minor to travel with you. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security. Please note that a notarized letter to this effect is required if debarking with children in Mexico.
8. Check with your cruise line: Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, or Royal Caribbean International. Onboard security procedures and requirements may vary. Carrying certain types of items on board may not be allowed. And be aware that cruise lines may restrict voyaging by pregnant women beyond a certain number of weeks (generally 27) and by babies below a minimum age.
Important Note for sailings effective 12/31/06:
The U.S. Government will require that all U.S. and Canadian citizens present proof of citizenship in the form of a passport for travel on most of our multi-day cruise itineraries, effective 12/31/06. Please make arrangements to comply with this new requirement if your cruise is returning to the United States after 12/30/06. For more information or for a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov.