WHERE IS DANCE AT SEA?

Dance At Sea is hosted aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Inspiration Ship embarking from Long Beach, CA cruising to Ensenada, Mexico.

WHEN CAN I BOOK?

You can book your United By 8: Dance At Sea starting Wednesday, November 23, 2018 until September 30, 2019. *Space is limited and may be fully booked before September 30, 2019.

WHAT DOES THE DANCER PRICE INCLUDE?

All meals on the ship, dance classes, group activity(s), T-shirt and a FUN experience. *Adult beverages are not included

WHAT DOES THE NON DANCER PRICE INCLUDE?

All meals on the ship, group activity(s), T-shirt and a FUN experience. *Adult beverages are not included

WHAT UNITED BY 8 ACTIVITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING UNITED BY 8 DANCE AT SEA?

Speciality dance classes featuring Broadway, Contemporary, Dance It Out™, GROOV3™, Hip Hop, Old School Skinny, and WERQ™. Plus Yoga/Stretch classes and themed Dance Party experiences.

WHAT IS A GROUP ACTIVITY?

This refers to any activity hosted by United By 8 and can include, but not limited to: Sail Away Party, Themed Dance Event while onshore and more to be announced.

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (YOUTH AND ADULTS) ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CRUISE?

Entertainment and Activities on Carnival Cruise: Inspiration https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4228

WHAT'S THE AGE LIMIT FOR DANCE CLASSES?

United By 8: Dance At Sea is open to the whole family. Dance classes (Dancer Pass) are for 18+.

ARE WE GIVEN "FREE" TIME?

While nothing is mandatory while aboard, we would LOVE to see your smile and dancing feet at as many United By 8 activities scheduled.

IF A REGISTERED NON-DANCER WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A DANCE CLASS, HOW MUCH EXTRA IS IT?

It is $25 per dance class. * Space is limited and not guaranteed. If a class is full, you will be added to a waiting list.

WHAT IS THE AGE SOMEONE CAN CRUISE?

Cruise fares are per person which includes children and infants. When traveling with 2 full fare guests, additional guests in the same stateroom pay a discounted cruise fare. Children less than 2 years of age are not required to extend gratuities.

Infants must be at least 6 months of age at the time of embarkation in order to sail. Children must be at least 12 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail on trans-ocean crossings and remote itineraries, where there are more than 2 consecutive sea days.

WHAT ARE THE AGES FOR THE YOUTH PROGRAM?

IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN?

Yes, there's an option to split payment. As of August 20th, you can split into 2 even increments until August 31st. Fees will be auto-deducted 1 month following your registration date.

CAN I RECEIVE CARNIVAL VIFP REWARDS CREDIT IF I'VE TRAVELED WITH CARNIVAL CRUISE BEFORE?

Any rewards will be linked to your VIFP if you were a past guest. Please add your VIFP (ID) number when you register.

WHERE DO WE BOARD THE SHIP?

231 Windsor Way, Long Beach, CA

WHAT TIME DO WE LEAVE? WHAT TIME TO WE GET BACK?

Friday, November 8th - Boarding time is between 2:00-5:00pm by scheduled appointments during Carnival's pre-registration.
* Details on registration will be sent via email from United By 8 as we get closer to sail date.
* All cabin-mates are required to select a boarding time and ALL are to board at the same time.

Monday, November 11th - Arrival back to Long Beach port is at 7:00am. Earliest to disembark the ship is 9am.
*We recommend not booking a flight any earlier than 11:00am to be safe.

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE PORT IN ENSENADA, MEXICO?

We will get off for an all group activity in Ensenada on Sunday, November 10th. We would to thrilled to have everyone there to enjoy another epic Dance Finale. Encouraged not to miss.
*Of course you can elect to participate in the all group dance activity and/or have fun as you please i.e. Book an excursion

HOW CAN WE GET TO THE SHIP (EMBARKMENT LOCATION IN LONG BEACH, CA)?

There are several options cruisers can take to get to the ship:
1) You can partner up with others and carpool
2) You can Lyft/Uber
3) Drive yourself and park at the Long Beach port parking lot Cruise Terminal Information and Parking: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4834

DO WE NEED A PASSPORT?

Yes and No. Having a valid passport makes it easier to travel to Mexico and back, BUT you can opt to bring your birth certificate and valid identification card to use as ID verification.

WHAT IS TRAVEL INSURANCE?

In life, you never really know what may happen…but you can rely on the Vacation Protection trip cancellation. If you need to cancel for some of the most common reasons (severe weather, illness, etc.) you'll get 100% of the cost of your trip back. If you need to cancel for any reason not listed in the plan — any reason at all — you'll get 75% back in a Future Cruise Credit Certificate.

WHAT ARE THE PREPAID GRATUITIES? CAN I GIVE MY OWN GRATUITY? WHAT AMOUNT IS CUSTOMARY? PERCENTAGE%?

It is customary for our guests to extend gratuities to the shipboard staff in appreciation for their hard work and exceptional service. 100% of your gratuities are distributed to the crew who you interact with, such as your stateroom attendants, dining, bar and culinary services staff, as well as others who work behind the scenes to enhance your overall cruise experience. Applying this charge automatically streamlines the recognition process and ensures our crew will share in your generosity. To help you plan, we have provided the recommended guidelines below: Standard Staterooms: $13.99 USD per person, per day Suite Staterooms: $15.99 USD per person, per day You may pay this daily gratuity in two different ways: PRE-PAY and SAIL AND SIGN

Pre-Pay / Sail & Sign

Gratuities can be added at the time of booking or anytime up to the sail date via the Carnival website using your booking number provided by United By 8 once full payment has been made.

Guests may also add their pre-paid gratuities via www.UnitedBy8.com as an Add-On. Login in; Go to CART, and purchase GRATUITY.
If a guest has not pre-paid the gratuities, the recommended per person amount will be posted to their Sail & Sign account on the second to last day of the cruise with a credit card. This is a requirement for all guests (except for guests under 2 years).
Gratuity: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1123/kw/gratuity

CAN WE PURCHASE EXTRA EXCURSIONS?

Yes, you can. Please note that they may conflict with United By 8 schedule. Carnival's Shore Excursion Program: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2854
* You can also opt to purchase an excursion with a travel guide once arriving to Ensenada.

WHAT ARE THE CABIN ACCOMMODATIONS? WHAT'S THE SET-UP?

You may choose your accommodations based on 4 criteria: Cabin Occupancy, Cabin Style, Cabin Location and Cabin Placement
1.) Cabin Occupancy: Single, Double, Trio, Quad
2.) Cabin Style: Interior, Exterior, Suite (Grand or Junior)
3.) Cabin Location: Front, Middle, Back (Aft)
4.) Cabin Placement: Basic, Standard, Deluxe, Premium

WHAT DOES CABIN PLACEMENT MEAN?

Cabin placement refers to the deck level of your cabin. A cruiser may select to be placed higher on the ship which adds a convenience i.e. less steps on your fitbit

CAN I DETERMINE WHICH DECK I CAN BE ON?

You cannot select your specific deck; however, by choosing basic, standard, deluxe or premium, the deck level will move up accordingly.

WHERE SHOULD MY CABIN BE LOCATED TO MINIMIZE A "ROCKY" TRIP?

Typically, middle cabins are best suited for minimum "rocking".

WHAT IF I WANT TO ROOM WITH A FRIEND?

Please make sure to list any roommates you wish to have when registering. ALL members of your party will need to register on United By 8 website before we can officially berth your cabin on the ship.
ALL members of your cabin must select ALL criteria the SAME: Cabin Occupancy, Cabin Style, Cabin Location, Cabin Placement, and Gratitues. *Any discrepancies will DELAY the berthing process which can include increase in rate (due to Carnival Cruise price changes). **Any discrepancies will be adjusted to match the highest option selected.

CAN YOU ASSIGN A ROOMMATE TO ME IF I DON'T HAVE ONE BUT WISH TO STAY IN MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY ROOM?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to address assignments. As a courtesy, we can connect you to our Facebook group and you can announce that you are looking for a roommate. Please email unitedby8@gmail.com with your facebook handle.
We suggest double occupancy because finding one (1) cabin mates is easier than looking for 2 or more. If you're having a challenge to finding a cabin mate(s), we encourage you to wait on registering for the dance cruise until all has been finalized.

WHAT TO BRING?

All you would need to be comfortable and READY for a weekend experience. Bring toiletries and other necessities.
Additional suggestions: Extension cord, satchel/backpack, cantene/refillable water bottle, air freshener/Poppourri,

WHAT TO WEAR?

Make sure to bring a combination of day wear (walk on the cruise deck), night wear (warm clothes), party wear (looking snazzy), and of course dance attire. Be on the lookout for our Themed Party announcement...can't wait to see the creativity!! What to Wear: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1093

ARE THERE ANY TOILETRIES PROVIDED?

Expect a few amenities similarly provided by a hotel. We recommend bringing your own.

ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT WE CAN BRING?

WHAT IS THE LIQUOR AND BEVERAGE POLICY? CAN I BRING LIQUOR?

Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on the ship except by adults 21 years of age. Guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage. All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of this exception are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided. See additional liquor and beverage policies: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2633

IS SMOKING ALLOWED? WHAT IS THE SMOKING POLICY?

Carnival Cruise Line is dedicated to the safety of all guests and crew. We want all our guests to have a safe, fun and memorable vacation. Smoking is a fire and safety hazard on a ship. Consequently, it is strictly limited to specific exterior deck areas and designated casino/nightclub spaces that can be monitored. All guests are expected to adhere to the following safety guidelines: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3839

ARE THERE MENU OPTIONS? VEGAN? VEGETARIAN? ETC.

All dietary options are available for your liking.

WHAT ARE THE DINING TIMES?

It's open dining; buffet style, as well as, fine dining (reservation required). United By 8 will provide a schedule and encourage you to join us for our selected meal time and location, but you are free to partake in any meal time and/or location

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SICK?

Should a guest require medical attention while aboard one of our vessels, the Medical Center staff is available to assist 24 hours a day. The on board medical centers are staffed and equipped to treat routine medical conditions as well as to initiate stabilization of more serious conditions. Physicians are available to render services at a customary fee. While at sea or in port, the availability of medical care may be limited.

Medical Center Hours

The Medical Center on board has daily office hours which are listed in the Fun Times. The medical staff is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies. The hours may vary from ship to ship and whether the ship is in port or at sea:

Medical Center Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm Doctor's Hours: 8:00am-11:00am; 3:00pm-6:00pm Home Port Hours: 3:00pm-6:00pm Note: Routine hours subject to temporary change due to extenuating circumstances. https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1136

WHAT IS THE REFUND/ CANCELLATION POLICY?

Until September 1, 2019: Fully refundable (less $70 service and processing fees)
September 2- 30, 2019: 50% of the total fare (less $70 service and processing fees)
October 1, 2019 and beyond: Nonrefundable (unless you purchased travel insurance, less $70 service and processing fees)
*See your travel insurance policy rules
**Please note the refund policy differs from Carnival Cruise due to the policy of our group booking

CHEERS! Beverage Program

CHEERS! is an all-inclusive beverage program that allows guests to enjoy a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by paying a flat daily rate. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase CHEERS! and each adult assigned to the same stateroom must purchase the program. If you are not interested in alcoholic beverages, try our Bottomless Bubbles package for unlimited soda. For more details - https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1106