Carnival Cruise Line is adding 5 additional cruise ships to line's successful staggered embarkation program. The company first tested staggered check-in in October 2015 in Galveston. After a successful test pilot program, Carnival began to roll the process out to other embarkation cities. With these new additions, embarkation ports that will have the staggered check-in program are Long Beach (Los Angeles), Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), Mobile, Barcelona, Charleston, Miami, Galveston, Honolulu, New Orleans and Norfolk.
Beginning in October, the five following Carnival cruise ships will switch over to staggered embarkation:
- Carnival Imagination (October 6)
- Carnival Inspiration (October 7)
- Carnival Miracle (October 8)
- Carnival Conquest (October 9)
- Carnival Fantasy (November 9)
How does staggered check-in work?
Passengers will check-in online before their cruise like they normally would. When checking in, they will select a check-in window, complete all required travel information and print out their boarding passes. On embarkation day, they will fill out a quick document, go through security, and board the ship. The cruise line is hoping that this will help streamline the embarkation process and enhance the boarding experience.