Carnival Sensation

Although it is not technically required, we strongly recommends that ALL of our guests travel with a passport, valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel. Having a valid passport will help to expedite the debarkation experience as delays may be expected 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.

CLICK HERE to review complete details on the documents you will need in order to board the cruise.

Shortly before the cruise, you will receive an email with your Ship-Hop boarding documents, which includes your Cabin Number and Booking Number. Upon arrival at the Port Of Miami and at the Carnival Cruise Lines Check-In Desk, you will need to present your Ship-Hop 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.

Boarding will be denied to any person who will enter her third trimester (27th; twenty-seventh week) of pregnancy by the time of the Cruise or during the cruise and to infants under six (6) months old.

By booking the Cruise, you warrant that you, and those traveling with you, are physically fit to travel at the time of embarkation.  You assume all risks associated with travel and transportation on the Cruise. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited and/or delayed. Per our Terms & Conditions, you acknowledge that all or part of the Cruise may be in areas where medical care and/or evacuation may not be available. You agree to indemnify and reimburse SR and/or CCL in the event that either party, in its sole discretion, to advance to you the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation and/or medical care provided ashore, as well as transportation and/or lodging in connection therewith. SR shall have no responsibility to advance any such costs.

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.


The two closest airports that can most conveniently accommodate your travel plans to and from Ship-Hop are:

Miami International Airport (MIA)
Located approximately 9 miles (20 minutes) from the Port of Miami

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Located approximately 30 miles (40 minutes) from the Port of Miami

CLICK HERE for information on ground transpiration options to and from the Port of Miami.

CLICK HERE for information on our Official Hotel partners

Before The Cruise

We recommend that you plan to arrive the day before the cruise departs (or earlier). This will help to avoid any potential flight delays, lost baggage or other problems that could occur. Should you need to arrive on the departure date of the cruise, we recommend that you schedule your flight arrival in Miami for no later than 12:00pm-ET, or Fort Lauderdale for no later 11:00am-ET.

Please Note: Check-in and Embarkation for the cruise will begin at 12:00pm-ET, and you must be on the ship by no later than 2:30pm, as we will set sail at 4:00pm-ET.

After The Cruise

We recommend that you arrange your return flight to leave Miami after 12:00pm-ET, or Fort Lauderdale after 1:00pm-ET.

We recommend you plan to arrive in Miami a day (or more) before the cruise, so you can experience all that the Magic City and Miami Beach have to offer — And also so you don’t miss our bumpin’ Pre-Party!  You can check out our Hotel page for any special offers as we get closer to the cruise, and other suggestions on where to stay.

Port of Miami

1015 North America Way
Miami, FL 33132

To/From Airports

Miami Int’l Airport (MIA)
Approximately 9 miles (20 minutes)

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport (FLL)
Approximately 30 miles (40 minutes)

Click Here for additional information on airport transfers, rental cars, taxi and shuttle service

Driving Directions

Via the Port Miami Tunnel
 Take I-95 North or South to I-395 East (Miami Beach)
 Continue on I-395 East/MacArthur Causeway – Port Miami Tunnel entrance is on your left
 Follow signage to Cruise Terminals D/E

Via Downtown/Port Bridge
 Take I-95 South and exit 3B-Bayside
 Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left
 Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge
 Continue over the bridge and follow signage to Cruise Terminals D/E

Parking at the Port Of Miami is $20.00 per night (subject to change)

 Accepted forms of payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, any major U.S. Traveler’s Check – Please Note: Debit Cards are not accepted.
 All facilities patrolled by security
 Garage Parking / Parking Lot #2 (open, outdoor lot)
 Designated disabled permit parking spaces are available in each garage
 Spaces are available for oversized vehicles in Parking Lot #2 only, across from Terminal E.
 Vehicles longer than 20’ are charged an additional $20.00 per night.
 Due to security precautions Car/Shuttle rental company facilities are not located on the Port of Miami premises.

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.

Mid-January temperatures in Miami, Key West, and Cozumel range from an average low of 60-70 degrees to an average high of 80-90 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.

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.

Guests are not allowed to bring onboard the vessel any intoxicating liquors/beverages (see “, firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition, explosive substances or any goods of a dangerous nature, nor animals of any kind, except service or guide animals, provided the passenger notifies Carrier prior to the cruise of his intention to bring such animal and agrees to take sole responsibility for any expense, damage, injuries or losses associated with or caused by such animal. All US and international laws pertaining to drug use should be respected, and will be strictly enforced. Please refer to our Zero Tolerance Policy.

A detailed list of items prohibited on Carnival Cruise Line ships is listed here

Each guest may bring onboard a reasonable amount of baggage. All luggage must be stored in the passenger’s cabin. Pets, dangerous or illegal items such as weapons, explosives, combustible substances, non-prescription controlled substances, or illegal drugs may not be brought onboard the ship. Any such items shall be surrendered to security at embarkation and may be disposed of at the sole discretion of CCL. All luggage hand-carried or checked, and your person are subject to security inspections that may involve physical search. Curbside porters are available at the pier during embarkation to take luggage to the vessel. Please be sure each piece of luggage is locked and has a tag listing your name, ship, and stateroom number. CCL and SR assume no responsibility for carry-on luggage. Any luggage left at the pier will be forwarded at the guest’s expense. Claims for luggage loss or damage must be made in writing to debarkation personnel prior to leaving the pier area. All luggage must be stored in the passenger’s cabin. Pets, dangerous or illegal items such as weapons, explosives, combustible substances, non-prescription controlled substances, or illegal drugs may not be brought onboard the ship. Any such items shall be surrendered to security at embarkation and may be disposed of at the sole discretion of CCL. All luggage hand-carried or checked is subject to search.

Guests are prohibited from bringing any 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.

  • A $15 USD corkage fee, per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, steakhouse or bar. A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle served that was not bought on the premises.

The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop Staff are in question that the guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.

Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone.