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Water Shuttle Ports

Published 04/21/2015 02:49 PM   |    Updated 09/22/2020 02:20 PM
At certain ports of call, our ships anchor at sea and complimentary water shuttle service is required to transport guests between the ship and shore.  Guests should keep this in mind when planning activities ashore.  Priority water shuttle service is provided to Platinum, Diamond and guests in suites. Guests who prefer to minimize their wait time can purchase a Carnival shore excursion, a Faster to the Fun pass (subject to availability), or follow the water shuttle debarkation process outlined in the water shuttle flyer provided on board the day prior to arrival in port.  

Carnival is committed to accommodating its guests with disabilities so they can fully, yet safely, enjoy the ports of call. Whether guests with mobility limitations can board a water shuttle is subject to numerous factors, including weather and tidal conditions, which may affect the transfer from one moving vessel to another. Also, facilities in ports vary and, therefore, certain water shuttles may not be accessible to individuals using wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices. While the sea and wind conditions may be acceptable to safely board the water shuttle, fluctuations in the weather may make re-boarding to return to the ship dangerous. The final determination of whether any guest may board a water shuttle is made by the captain. Safety restrictions prohibit crew from carrying individuals on or off water shuttles.

Guests with mobility restrictions should be aware of limitations at certain ports of call requiring water shuttles. Click here for more information.  

The following ports require water shuttle service:

Domestic Cruises
  • Belize City, Belize*
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Catalina Island, California
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands*
  • Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas
  • Juneau, Alaska***
  • Ketchikan, Alaska***
  • Kona, Hawaii**
  • Princess Cays, The Bahamas
  • Sitka, Alaska***

* Limited availability of accessible water shuttles
** No accessible water shuttles available
*** Water shuttles sometimes required; varies by sailing


Europe Cruises
  • Andalsnes, Norway 
  • Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • Geiranger, Norway***
  • Grundarfjordur, Iceland 
  • Hellesylt, Norway***
  • Isles of Skye, Scotland 
  • Kotor, Montenegro
  • Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland
  • Santorini, Greece 
  • Seydisfjordur, Iceland 

* Limited availability of accessible water shuttles
** No accessible water shuttles available
*** Water shuttles sometimes required; varies by sailing


Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and South Pacific Cruises
  • Airlie Beach, Australia**
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand**
  • Benoa, Bali**
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia**
  • Cairns (Yorkey’s Knob), Australia
  • Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea**
  • Dravuni Island, Fiji**
  • Isle of Pines, New Caledonia**
  • Kiriwina, Papua New Guinea**
  • Kitava, Papua New Guinea**
  • Komodo Island, Indonesia**
  • Lifou Isle, New Caledonia**
  • Lombok, Indonesia**
  • Mare, New Caledonia**
  • Moreton Island, Australia** 
  • Moorea, French Polynesia**
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu**
  • Port Arthur, Tasmania**
  • Port Denarau, Fiji**
  • Port Douglas, Australia** 

* Limited availability of accessible water shuttles
** No accessible water shuttles available
*** Water shuttles sometimes required; varies by sailing


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