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”
cruise. 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
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
“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.
To access the new system, guests can log on to Carnival’s
web site, http://www.carnival.com/mycruise
on the “OnLine FunPass” icon.