Some cruise lines have gone to a wristband rather than the cruise card, but for those using the card, how will you carry your cruise card? This is something you will want to decide ahead of time so you can pack what you need.
The cruise card is your boarding pass, room key, and how you will charge any onboard purchases. Everytime you order a drink or purchase something from the shops, you will present your cruise card.
There are a few different ways to carry your cruise card, actually all four of us in my family carried our cruise ID cards differently.
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6 Ways to a carry your cruise card.
#1 Cruise Lanyard
A small hole is punched in the corner for a lanyard to attach to. A cruise lanyard is one of the most popular choices to carry your cruise card as it keeps your card easily accessible and is hard to lose.
A lanyard is how my son carries his cruise card. Carnival Cruise Lines had the hole pre punched in their cards. The shops onboard the Carnvial Dream sold Carnival lanyards if you want a cruise specific one.
This is a great option available on Amazon. I like that you can easily unclip it without having to lift if over your head.
Tip – Some cruise lanyards come with a clear cruise card holder that you would slide your card into. I do NOT recommend this type. You would have to keep sliding it in and out of that plastic sleeve. It is not as convenient as attaching the card directly to the cruise lanyard. This works for Carnival Cruise Lines. Although I have heard other cruise lines may not allow the card to be punched. A cruise card lanyard that allows your to directly clip it to your card or to use the pouch is best.
We purchased our Carnival Cruise lanyard onboard the Carnival Dream in one of the shops. It makes for a great souvenir.
Check out these great cruise lanyards on Amazon
#2 A small purse
A small purse is what I use to carry my cruise card. Below is a picture of the purse I use. It’s small and light enough not to be a bother, but allows me to carry my phone, cruise card and lip balm. I like the long strap, I wear it cross body.
I bought this inexpensive light weight purse in a little shop at the Puerto Vallarta port. Here is a similar one I found on Amazon.
#3 Coiled wrist band
My daughter uses a coiled wrist band. It would drive my crazy and be too bothersome for me but it’s how she likes to carry her cruise card. I found similar ones here.
#4 Cell phone card holder
There are card holders that attach to your cell phone or cell phone cases with built in card holders. This would be a good option to carry your cruise card if you plan on taking your phone with you everywhere.
The above is an example of a phone case with built in card holders. You can find this one on Amazon.
#5 In your pocket
My husband just carries his cruise card in his pocket. If this is you plan, be sure all you pants and shorts you pack have pockets in them.
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#6 Fanny Pack
A fanny pack is an adjustable pack that is worn around your waist. This option would allow you to carry your cruise card, phone and sunglasses all hands free.
The above fanny pack comes in many different colors. Check them out here.
If you are new to cruising you may find these helpful:
Top 15 Tips for First Time Cruisers
What to Expect on a Cruise – A Guide for First Time Cruisers
I hope this will help with your cruise planning.
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