Carnival Cruise Credit Card

May 17, 2016
Step 6- Balance Transfers

Sail & Sign is Carnival's cashless on board credit program, which allows guests to charge on board purchases and gratuities directly to a personal account for convenience throughout the cruise. The Sail & Sign Card must be utilized for all money transactions on board as cash will not be an accepted form of payment.

Personalized Sail & Sign cards will be provided to all guests (including minors) and are valid for use immediately upon boarding the ship.

Guest Services can provide guests with a balance update at any time throughout the cruise. In addition, guests can view their balance update at a Sail & Sign Kiosk or on their stateroom interactive television (in most ships but excluding Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Sunshine).

On the final morning of the cruise, a statement detailing all purchases made with the Sail & Sign card will be delivered to the guest's stateroom. In our ongoing green efforts, the following ships will no longer deliver statements to the staterooms: Carnival Glory, Carnival Imagination and Carnival Magic; guests can view their statements at a Sail & Sign Kiosk, at Guest Services or on their stateroom interactive television.


Sail & Sign Accounts Opened with Cash or Traveler’s Checks

  • Guests may activate their Sail & Sign account on Carnival.com, My Cruise Manager - Online Check-In or on the first day of the cruise at embarkation.
  • Guests must deposit cash (U.S currency) or Traveler’s Checks at Guest Services on the first day of the cruise. The following minimum cash deposits are recommended:
  • 2 - 4 day cruise: $100 USD per person
  • 5 - 8 day cruise: $200 USD per person
  • 9 days or longer: $350 USD per person
  • Sail & Sign Accounts Opened with a Credit Card or Debit Card

  • The guest’s credit card or debit card will be swiped at embarkation with an initial hold placed on file as a deposit::
  • 2 - 5 day cruise: $100 USD per credit card or debit card
  • 6 days or longer: $200 USD per credit card or debit card
  • Throughout the cruise, additional holds will be obtained as needed when the Sail & Sign Account exceeds the amount of deposit Carnival has on file.
  • If a credit card is presented, this will reduce the amount available on the credit card for other purchases.
  • If a debit/check-cashing card is presented, the hold will restrict the available cash in the checking account.
  • Any remaining hold after the end of the cruise will automatically be released by the guest’s issuing bank within a time period determined by the bank.
  • If the guest replaces a credit/debit card previously used, the hold will remain on the account. This will reduce the amount of funds available on the credit/debit card account. The release of this/these hold(s) is entirely up to the issuing bank and can take from 3 to 7 business days after the cruise returns for the funds to be released.
  • All charges will automatically be billed to the guest's credit card at the end of the voyage. The total amount will be applied to the credit card presented during registration.
  • Acceptable Cards

  • Visa Card and Visa Gift Card
  • MasterCard and MasterCard Gift Card
  • An ATM/Debit Cashing Card may be used as long as it is a registered MasterCard or Visa Card.
  • The Discover Card and Discover Gift Card
  • American Express Card only
  • Diner’s Club and Diner's Club Gift Card
  • JCB Card only
  • Note: Gift Cards may also be referred to as ‘secured’ or ‘pre-loaded’ credit cards or ‘Travel Funds Card’.

    Not Acceptable Cards

  • Gift Cards and Travel Funds Cards issued by: American Express; Optima
  • Keychain (mini) credit cards
  • The American Express ‘Persona Select’
  • ATM/Debit Cashing Card other than those registered by MasterCard or Visa Card.
  • Use of a Credit Card by a Third Party

    We accept credit cards belonging to a non-sailing individual. During the online check-in process, an authorization form is provided for guests who will be using a credit card belonging to an individual who is not on the cruise. This form will need to be filled out and printed. At embarkation, the guest will need to present:

  • The completed 'Letter of Authorization for Use of a Credit Card by Third Party/Guest' – the signature on the letter of authorization must match the signature on the back of the credit card.
  • A legible copy of the non-sailing individual’s credit card with signature (both sides – front and back). It is not required for the guest to carry the physical credit card with them onboard.
  • A legible copy of the non-sailing individual’s government issued photo ID with signature (example: Driver’s License)
  • Source: help.carnival.com
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