Embarkation Information

Important information for departing passengers:

  • The cruise terminal entrance opens at 8:00 a.m. or two hours after the ship arrives; however, do not arrive prior to the embarkation time on your ticket.
  • Please have your ticket ready upon entering the Cruise Maryland Terminal Building.
  • Due to security restrictions, no one will be allowed in the passenger building without a valid cruise ticket and government photo ID or valid passport (preferred).
  • Identify all your bags including carry-ons, using your cruise line luggage tags.  Tags should be completed and affixed to each piece of luggage before you arrive at the terminal. If you do not have tags, upon entry to the terminal, visit the tent marked "Cruise Luggage Tags" (located on your left as you enter) to receive your tags.
  • All visitors will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon entering the cruise terminal (e.g., state driver's license, passport or official identification with photograph). All minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • Refer to the cruise line's website for instructions on procedures prior to your cruise.


New Boarding Requirement

Land and Sea Travel

  • A valid passport is required for travel to/from Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
  • Effective June 1, 2009 only a valid passport (unless otherwise noted below) or other WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) compliant documents will be accepted for entry or re-entry into the United States. For a list of all approved documents visit: www.travel.state.gov
  • U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the U.S.) will be able to enter or depart the country with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate and laminated government-issued picture ID showing name and date of birth. A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 can present either an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State, or Certificate of Naturalization issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Additional Passport information updates, click here.

IMPORTANT: Change in documentation & check-in requirements for U.S. departures; Effective Immediately - ALL CRUISE PASSENGERS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security require all cruise lines to provide final passenger manifests 60 minutes prior to departure from U.S. ports. This means that ALL passengers must arrive at the pier for check-in, at least 90 minutes to 2 hours, prior to the ship's scheduled departure time, so they can be processed and onboard, at least 60 minutes before sailing, or they can be denied boarding.  This is a major change, from the current boarding procedure!

Alcohol Policy

  • Refer to Carnival website FAQ's Can I Bring Liquor On Board? (www.carnival.com)
  • Refer to Royal Caribbean website Customer Support: FAQ's-Food and Beverage (www.rccl.com)​

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