Carnival Testing New Sail and Sign System

Carnival is testing a new cabin key distribution system in which keys are placed in a sealed envelope in the mailbox outside of the guest’s stateroom door, designed to streamline the embarkation process. Staterooms remain locked until the guest enters the cabin.

 How it Works?

Boarding generally starts around 12:30 p.m. and guests may access their staterooms at 1:30 p.m.  Members of the line’s Diamond/Platinum VIFP loyalty program or those guests who have purchased the line’s Faster to the Fun program may access their stateroom as soon as they board the vessel.

For guests that don’t have immediate access to their stateroom, they can use their stateroom number and name to make purchases onboard.

 Currently On

  • Carnival Vista
  • Carnival Splendor

If these pilot programs are successful, Carnival will move to more ships in 2017. So far the program has gotten great response from guests.


10 Responses

  1. We just got on the Triumph and they didn’t take my picture. Wonder if they are using one from a prior cruise.

  2. I didn’t think of that. Just seems less secure to me. And I’m not sure how it saves time?

  3. So what keeps someone from just walking by a cabin and taking your S&S cards from the mailbox?

  4. This is causing me to rethink my choice of preferred cruise lines. for myself and my clients

  5. This is very similar to how it used to be. When I first cruised on Royal Caribbean in 1994, you boarded the ship and your cabin keys were waiting for you inside the cabin, so it’s not a new idea.

  6. I can just imagine a bunch of idiots going down the hall and moving and shuffling the envelopes to different mailboxes! Chaos!

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