ShipRocked strongly recommends that ALL of our guests travel with a passport.
Having a valid passport will help to expedite your debarkation experience as delays may occur upon return to the United States for those without one. Additionally, this will enable guests to fly from the U.S. to meet their ship at a foreign port should they miss their scheduled port of embarkation and allow guests who must disembark the ship before their cruise ends due to an emergency to fly back to the U.S. without significant delays and complications.
The name on your cruise reservation/ticket MUST MATCH the name on your passport (or birth certificate and government-issued photo I.D., see below). Please click here regarding name changes as the result of a marriage, divorce or other legal name change, for information on additional documentation you may need to provide (such as a marriage certificate, etc).
CLICK HERE to review complete details on the documents you will need in order to board the cruise.
Guests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles.
Bottled Water – Carnival Cruise Lines has reduced pricing for (purified) bottled water which will be conveniently delivered directly to your stateroom. Once onboard, the purchase is non-refundable; guests may take home any unopened bottles.
A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard on embarkation day and must be in the guest’s carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception – At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day only, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage. All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of this exception are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided.
ShipRocked reservations specialists are unable to assist you with making your air travel, hotel, or ground transportation arrangements. However, we are pleased to provide these helpful tips to ensure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible.
The following airports are the two most convenient options for your air travel to and from ShipRocked:
Houston Hobby Airport (HOU)
42 miles (60 minutes)
George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
70 miles (90 minues)
Before The Cruise
Guests should plan to arrive the day before the cruise departs to avoid any potential flight delays, lost baggage, or other problems that may occur.
Should you need to arrive on the date of departure, we recommend that you schedule your flight arrival in Houston for no later than 11:00am-ET.
Check-in and Embarkation for the cruise will begin at 12:00pm-ET, and you must be on the ship by no later than 3:00pm, as we will set sail at 4:00pm-ET.
After The Cruise
When booking your return flight, Carnival recommends scheduling your departure from Houston for after 1:00 PM
Shortly before the cruise, you will receive an email with your ShipRocked boarding documents, which includes your Cabin Number and Booking Number. Upon arrival at the Port and at the Carnival Cruise Lines Check-In Desk, you will need to present your ShipRocked boarding documents and any other cruise related documents, along with your Passport, original or certified copy of your birth certificate, and a government issued photo I.D., and any other relevant identification.
For additional information travel documents and I.D. required to cruise, please CLICK HERE.
Carnival Cruise Line uses an E-Documents system, which will allow you to check-in online prior to the cruise, and print your boarding pass and other cruise documents, similar to an airline E-Ticket. A few weeks prior to the cruise, you will be emailed your unique booking number and will be directed to Carnival’s Online Check-In Page. Online Check-in is available anytime up to 24 hours before the date of departure. Those not able to use Carnival’s Online Check-in will still have the opportunity to check-in at the pier on the date of depature.
Port shuttles are able to transport you and your luggage to and from the parking lots to the cruise terminals, departing every 5 minutes.
Parking Rates & Payment
Overnight Parking is priced by length of stay. Total for 5 nights: $50. Acceptable payment methods for parking include cash, debit, and major credit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
For complete parking information, please CLICK HERE.
Late-January temperatures in Galveston, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula range from an average low of 65-70 degrees to an average high of 80-85 degrees. We suggest you pack lightweight, “resort casual” clothing — a few swimsuits, flip-flops, sandals or deck shoes for around the pool area, sneakers, walking shoes or hiking boots for shore trips, etc. If you like to exercise or participate in sports, bring any fitness clothing and footwear you may need. T-shirts, shorts, and/or bare feet are not permitted in the main dining rooms.
Some of the shows and activities will be taking place outdoors, and there is always the chance of it being windy, cool or even a little wet. So we suggest also packing some warmer clothing and light rain gear just to be on the safe side (we’ll also have some hoodies and long-sleeve shirts available for you in the Gift Shop!). Be sure to bring your cameras, batteries, chargers, and enough film or memory cards to capture the entire event. And don’t forget ear plugs for the young ones (or yourself), sunscreen and lip balm.
We STRONGLY recommend that you hand-carry all your travel documents (passports, birth certificates, airline tickets, etc.) medications, jewelry and any other personal items that you may need in a separate carry-on bag. You should not put these items into checked luggage as they could become lost and prevent you from boarding the ship. Also, your luggage may take a few hours before it is delivered to your cabin.
On the last evening of your cruise your luggage will be collected for disembarkation the following morning. So you may want to pack a separate overnight bag to accommodate your last evenings’ clothes and sundries to carry off the ship with you.
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, ShipRocked and Carnival Cruise Lines prohibits certain items onboard, such as weapons, candles, irons, alcohol, or other dangerous goods. According Carnival Cruise Lines’ policy, it conducts security scanning of all luggage and if prohibited items are found, they will be removed and disposed of and no compensation will be given.
Before you pack, please take the time to review the following:
Important – We suggest that all luggage be unlocked before turning it over to the porters in order to avoid any inconvenience to you or delay in delivering the luggage to your stateroom.