Guests can now register for the "Sail & Sign" onboard credit card system through Carnival's online embarkation portal, called Fun Pass. A secure encryption method protects the credit card information submitted through the Web site. Cruisers can also review and agree to the ticket contract. Guests can designate a responsible person and pre-register up to three cabins at once.
The benefit of this enhanced system is you can fill out the virtual paperwork from the comfort of your own home and progress more speedily through the queue on embarkation day. The online system has already proven quite popular. Since the program's launch in 2003, Carnival has found that almost 90 percent of guests take advantage of the online pre-registration option. Who wouldn't want to get to their cabin (not to mention the buffet lunch) as soon as possible?
Now if only the line would further streamline its disembarkation, a la Princess' new plan....
For more information on booking and planning your cruise on the Internet, check out At Your Service: Online Reservations.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor