Carnival Cruise Luggage Size & Weight Restrictions

Carnival Cruise Line’s luggage limits are a little different from some other cruise lines, so it’s important that you know what you can bring before you start to pack for your cruise.

While the Carnival luggage policy has no restrictions on how many bags you can bring, there are some weight limits and suitcase size requirements that you must follow.

In this guide, I’ll go over all of the Carnival luggage restrictions, so that you know exactly how much luggage you can bring, as well as what items are allowed and not allowed on Carnival cruise ships.

Carnival Cruise Luggage Limit

On a Carnival cruise, there’s no limit to the amount of luggage that you can bring, but each bag should weigh less than 70 pounds, and it must be small enough to fit through the x-ray machine and to be stored under the bed in your stateroom.

Any bags that you check in will be taken from you outside the port and delivered to your stateroom. You can also bring carry-on bags with your essentials and valuables.

Carnival’s own website sets a size limit of 140cm x 60cm x 40cm and the 70lb/32kg weight limit. This is for the benefit of the porters, more than anything. The weight likely won’t be checked at port, but if you do overpack, then please make sure you tip the porters generously!

Carnival luggage

Three Carnival Cruise Luggage Rules You Must Know

1. You Can Take as Many Bags as You Want

Carnival Cruise Line suggests that guests check in only one bag per person for 3- to 5-day cruises and no more than two bags per person for longer cruises. This is just a suggestion though – you can actually bring as many bags as you like, since there are no Carnival luggage limits.

It’s up to you whether you bring formalwear on a Carnival cruise – many people don’t – so two bags per person should be more than enough for even the longest cruise.

Suggested read: Things To Know About Formal Night On A Carnival Cruise

If you bring more bags than this, you may struggle to store them under the bed. You can use the wardrobe if you prefer, but most people prefer to put cases under the bed to maximise storage space.

If you need to bring a lot of luggage on a cruise, having suitcases of different sizes will allow you to store the smaller bag inside the larger one.

This is my favourite luggage set – (Read the review)

2. Each Bag Must Weigh Less Than 70 Lbs

Each bag that you bring on a Carnival cruise should weigh no more than 70 pounds (32kg) because porters must be able to lift them safely. If you need to bring more than this, you should split your luggage into two smaller bags.

It’s unlikely that the weight will be checked, but bear in mind Carnival sets this rule on their website. Many people have told me that they have packed a heavier bag than this and had no problems.

luggage porters

If you are flying to join your cruise, you should also be aware of any luggage weight restrictions that the airline may have.

3. Bags Must Not Be Too Large

On a Carnival cruise, checked and carry-on bags must be small enough to fit through the x-ray machine and to be stored under the bed in your room. The maximum allowed Carnival luggage size is 16 inches high and 24 inches wide. Length does not matter.

How To Measure Luggage For A Carnival Cruise

Sometimes, people can get confused when measuring luggage for a Carnival cruise because 16 inches high doesn’t sound like a lot. However, you need to ensure that your suitcase is laid flat as it would be when stored under the bed, not standing tall as it would be when you pull it along.

how to measure luggage for a Carnival cruise

Here’s how to measure your luggage:

  1. Lay your bag flat
  2. Measure the height from bottom to top
  3. Measure the width from left to right
  4. The longest measurement, the length, isn’t needed
  5. Remember to include any wheels or handles
  6. Make sure that the height is less than 16 inches and the width is less than 24 inches

You can store the bags in the wardrobe if you prefer, but most people find it’s much easier to put cases under the bed.

Don’t Forget To Affix Your Luggage Tags!

Luggage tags will enable the cruise ship porters to deliver your luggage to your stateroom.

After you have completed the online check-in for your Carnival cruise, you will receive your personalised luggage tags within your electronic documents. You can access these here:

You should print out your luggage tags at home. Black and white is fine – you don’t need to print Carnival luggage tags in colour.

Before you arrive at the port you should fasten your luggage tags to your baggage. If you don’t have enough tags, don’t worry, you can get extra ones from the curbside porters.

If the cabin number on your luggage tag says TBA, the porters will retag your luggage with the correct cabin number.

How to Put on Luggage Tags

After printing your luggage tags you should fold them according to the instructions on the paper. You can affix the luggage tags to your bags using staples or tape.

Because luggage tags are made of paper, there’s a risk that can come off, particularly if you’re flying to the cruise port or if it is raining. For this reason, it’s a good idea to wait until you’re at the port to attach the tags.

If your luggage tags come off, there could be delays in getting your luggage. If your luggage doesn’t arrive in your stateroom, you’ll need to head down to guest services to find out what happened to it.

Read more about luggage tags.

Carnival Cruise Luggage Tag Holders

A great solution to the problem of paper cruise luggage tags coming off is to buy luggage tag holders. These are pretty cheap and a good investment as you can use them on every cruise that you go on in the future.

Luggage tag holders mean that you don’t need to bother with tape or staples. They’re waterproof and durable, so you’ll know that your luggage tags are always secure.

Different cruise lines have different-sized luggage tags and Carnival luggage tags are generally wider than Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.

I like these luggage tag holders because they will fit the tags for all cruise lines, including Carnival…

Can You Carry Your Own Luggage on a Carnival Cruise?

You may carry your own luggage on a Carnival cruise if you wish, but it makes much more sense to let the porters deliver it to your stateroom for you. If you arrive less than two hours before the ship’s sailing time, you will miss the baggage service and will have to carry your own bags onto the ship.

Read more about carrying your own luggage on a cruise.

How Much to Tip Cruise Luggage Porters

When you take a cruise, it’s customary to tip curbside porters $1 per bag for helping with your luggage. Curbside porters don’t work for the cruise line, they are employed by the port.

Suggested read: How Much To Tip Cruise Staff

What Can You Bring On A Carnival Cruise?

Carnival Cruise Line has strict requirements about what you can and cannot bring onto its cruise ships. Knowing what you can not bring on a Carnival cruise is important as they do check luggage and they will confiscate any prohibited items.


You are allowed to bring food and snacks on a Carnival cruise as long as they are pre-packaged and unopened. Homemade food is not allowed to be brought onto Carnival cruise ships. Candy and potato chips are fine to bring.


You are allowed to bring only one 750ml bottle of wine and 12 cans or cartons (not bottles) of soft drinks or soda per person on a Carnival cruise. You are not allowed to bring any other drinks.


On a Carnival cruise, each guest aged 21 or over may bring one 750ml bottle of wine or Champagne. Beer and liquor are not allowed. You must bring the wine in your carry-on luggage and drink it in your stateroom. If you wish to drink it in a dining room or bar, you will be charged a corkage fee of $15 per bottle.

Read more: Can You Bring Alcohol On A Cruise?


On a Carnival cruise, each adult may bring one 750ml bottle of wine or Champagne to be consumed in your stateroom. Pack this in your carry-on luggage, not your checked bag.

bringing wine on a cruise


Each guest may bring a 12-pack of soda on a Carnival cruise. This must be in cans or cartons up to 12 ounces (350ml) in size. Instead of soda, you could bring other non-alcoholic drinks like sparkling water, juice or milk.

Red Bull

Carnival Cruise Line treats Red Bull and other energy drinks as soft drinks. This means that you can bring 12 cans on Red Bull with you in your carry-on luggage when you board the ship. You can consume it in your stateroom.


You cannot bring bottled water on a Carnival cruise, but you can buy 12 bottles, which will be delivered to your stateroom for $9.95. If you need distilled water for medical reasons or for babies, you can bring this in your carry-on luggage or purchase it from room service for $3.00 per gallon.

You can buy bottled water here:

A Cooler

On a Carnival cruise, you may bring a small cooler, no larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches to store non-alcoholic beverages or medications. You must bring this as carry-on luggage.

Your Own Cup

You are allowed to bring your own personal cup, such as a Yeti cup, or reusable water bottle on a Carnival cruise. Any size is fine and you can use it to drink whatever you like.

If you plan to fill your cup from a public water or coffee machine, please use a clean drinking vessel first and then decant it for public hygiene reasons.

A Vape

Vape pens are allowed on Carnival cruise ships. Vaping is treated the same as smoking, so you’re only allowed to vape in designated areas and not in your stateroom or on your balcony.

Read more: What You Must Know About Vaping On A Cruise

A Fan

You are allowed to bring a fan on a Carnival cruise. The rooms have good air conditioning and your room steward will be able to provide a fan on request. But, if you prefer to bring your own fan from home, that’s okay too.

An Iron

Clothing irons and travel irons are not allowed to be brought onto Carnival cruise ships. However, flat irons for straightening and curling hair are allowed. There’s no reason why you can’t use this to remove creases from your clothing.

There are also laundry rooms on Carnival cruise ships where you can go to iron your clothes should you need to.

Read more: How To Do Laundry on Cruise Ships: The Ultimate Guide

A Steamer

Clothes steamers are banned from Carnival cruise ships along with any other electrical appliance that produces heat. If you need to steam you clothes, you can iron them in the laundry room or send them for speciality cleaning.

A Corkscrew

You are allowed to bring a corkscrew on a Carnival cruise and it’s recommended that you do indeed bring one if you plan to bring a bottle of wine with a cork to drink in your stateroom. If you forget to pack a wine opener, you can also request one from your room steward.

A Pocket Knife

Carnival Cruise Line no longer allows guests to bring knives on board, even if the blade is small. The only exception is scuba diving knives. These must be checked into the security department and checked out when you visit a port.

A Drone

Since May 2022, Carnival has completely banned drones from their cruise ships. It used to be the case that you could bring one in your luggage to use outside of the ship and port area. But now, you must check it in with the Chief Security Officer.


Carnival Cruise Line prohibits marijuana of all kinds, including medical marijuana with a prescription and CBD. Passengers get lifetime bans if they try to bring CBD products onboard.

Read more: What You Need To Know About Bringing Weed on a Cruise

Carnival Cruise Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed on Carnival cruise ships:

  • Illegal drugs, kava, CBD and medical marijuana
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Explosives and fireworks
  • Compressed gases (except for personal grooming)
  • Alcohol (except for one 750ml bottle of wine per person)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks (except for 12 cans or cartons per person)
  • Electrical appliances that produce heat (except for hairdryers and hair irons/curlers)
  • Knives, scissors and open razors
  • Handcuffs or restraints
  • Hoverboards and footwear with wheels, including Heelys
  • Emergency radio beacons, communication scanners and satellite phones
  • Lasers
  • Boomboxes and large radios
  • Candles and incense
  • Helium balloons
  • Inflatable paddling pools
  • Hookahs
  • Surfboards, boats and canoes
  • Fish

You can see a full list of Carnival prohibited items and other Carnival cruise packing rules here.

What To Put In Your Carry-on Bag

In your carry-on bag you should pack:

  • Passport or ID
  • Travel documents
  • Mobile phone
  • Medication
  • Valuable items like jewellery and laptops
  • Wine
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses and/or reading glasses
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Kids essentials

You may not receive your main luggage until later in the afternoon, so be sure to pack everything that you might need on the first day of your cruise, including your swimsuit if you might want to go swimming.

Suggested read: The Best Carry-On Bags For A Cruise

Does Carnival Search Your Luggage?

All luggage going onto a Carnival cruise ship will go through an X-ray scanner. This is primarily to check for alcohol, weapons and explosives It could also be checked by sniffer dogs. Any luggage that looks suspicious will be opened up for a full check, so it’s important that you leave your bags unlocked when checking in.

You’ll find more info on when and how luggage is searched here.

searching luggage at cruise port


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20 thoughts on “Carnival Cruise Luggage Size & Weight Restrictions”

  1. can you put all your toiletries toothpaste shampoo perfume & make-up and more on your carry on curling iron & blow dryer too?

    • Yes, you can put whatever you like in there.

  2. Are there any restrictions on toiletries size on carry on?

    • You can bring any size you like, there are no limits.

  3. can we bring clippers for my sons beard

    • Yes, you can.

  4. Is a backpack considered a personal item or a carry on ?

  5. Can we check in 2 luggage for a 4 day cruise. One bag is our toiletries

    • Yes you can

    • Can your carry-on be a small roller bag?

      • Yes, it can be whatever you like.

  6. Can I bring a 40oz insulated. Non spill drinking water glass.

    • There’s nothing specific mentioned in the terms, but I’ve seen a few people post on cruise forums saying that they take their own tumblers and bottles onboard. You could check with the cruise line to be sure before you sail – they’ll be able to tell you the definitive answer.

  7. Nothing but clothes and toiletries in ours, but the cut the zipper pulls from the locks. Never had that happen before.

  8. I’m wanting to bring some items for our friends in Cozumel I want to know if I can take a bag off the ship in Cozumel.

    • You should be fine taking a bag off the ship, but it will likely be searched to make sure you’re not taking anything ashore that you’re not allowed to. So it depends on the items you want to take to your friends. Enjoy your cruise! Jenni.

  9. Is a small purse considered a carry on?

  10. Are we allowed to bring the disposable twin-blade razors for shaving? Are we allowed to bring a small Swiss Army knife (2 1/4 inches long by 3/4 inch wide when closed; 3 3/4 inches when the small knife is opened out. The knife’s actual dimension is 1 1/2 inches long by 1/4 wide, with a small scissors, 1 1/2 inches long. Both the knife and the scissors fold into the total knife. What about sewing needles to repair any garment? What about tweezers for eyebrows, etc?

    • Hi. As per the Carnival restrictions, you cannot bring a knife or scissors. But you can bring closed blade razors, a sewing kit or eyebrow tweezers. Enjoy your cruise. Jenni

  11. Thank you for all information I saved all INFO THANK YOU

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