Posted February 28th, 2014, 02:27 PM
Haha herding cats is right!! Right now I have my hands full chasing down info for non-sailors. People do NOT want to give up their info! Also, a bunch of people in our group changed their dining times without me knowing, which is fine but Carnival is telling me that a group dinner on our wedding night may not be possible now. I'm going to need a serious vacation from this vacation!!
I am dreading
getting the info from non-sailing guests. With my STD, I did a "preliminary RSVP", just to get some idea of who may come, knowing that I wouldn't get all of them back and some people wouldn't know for sure that far in advance. I only go about 1/2 back. And most of the ones I received back were from the people that I already knew were coming (parents & siblings). So, I know that getting the info will be a nightmare. Plus, I know of a few people that are still unsure about going or not. So, I'm trying to make it VERY clear in my invites/final rsvp that this is critical. We've also tried to have a little fun with it, rather than just demanding their personal info, and keep telling people that we are important enough that we need to have homeland security as wedding bouncers and they are pretty strict with the guest list, to better protect us. We also try to clarify that its no more invasive than going through security at the airport, which they will all do to get there anyway. So, I'm hoping that will make it less daunting. But, I know I will have several to track down.
And for group dining, we told everyone to book through our PVP and do the late dining. I know of at least one person who booked on their own, and even though I gave them our booking number to link to for dining, failed to do so. So, I know I need to clarify that at some point to get then included in our group. Otherwise I think everyone is set up for the same dinner and set up in the group, but I also know some people have complained about dinner that late, especially people with younger kids. Although it made sense with getting back to ship at 6pm on port days, so you have time to shower and clean up. And we've just told them that there are enough other meal options that the kids could eat earlier or get an early snack. But, they just changed our itinerary, so we get back on ship by 5pm at 2 of the 3 ports, so we may end up trying to change to early dinner now. Although, 1/2 our guests are from west coast, so 6pm dinner would be 3pm back home, which is early. The rest of the guests are east coast, so 8pm is late. So I know they would love to split between the 2 times, but they understand how important to us it is to have everyone together, so hopefully they don't ruin that.
If you haven't already, you may want to opt for the Anytime Dining, although that is much harder to get the whole group sitting together and usually means longer waiting to get seated. If you do that, call dining department ahead of time to see if they can arrange a group seating or go to maître de as soon as you get onboard (or assign someone else to do it) to try and set it up. Although, even that requires getting everyone on the same page and signed up for anytime dining.
Carnival Fascination - Dec. 2009
- Jacksonville, FL to Key West & Nassau
Carnival Dream Wedding Cruise - June 22-29, 2014
- New Orleans, LA to Cozumel, Belize, & Isle Roatan