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Old June 29th, 2011, 02:16 PM
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Disclaimer (for those who see everyone as having an agenda!): The following lists are only to serve for comparative purposes for anyone who is interested. It is NOT intended to be critical of Carnival, but rather to show what perks other lines treat their suite guests to. Note that some of the listed "perks" are standard in ALL cabins, thus are simply filler. Some of these are really impressive, others are just fluff. For example, I don't want the butler to unpack my luggage!! Please note that the extra perks are not without cost! In some cases a substantial premium (several hundred to thousands more) is required. Generally though, you get what you pay for. Whether that is of "value" to you, is your call.


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CARNIVAL:


A spacious room, that includes VIP check-in during embarkation

Stateroom amenities:
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Vanity dressing table
  • Television
  • Soft, comfortable, and cozy linens
  • Hairdryer/Bathrobes
  • 24-hour stateroom service
  • Ample closet and drawer space

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NCL:

Special Services

> Distinctive Keycard
> Butler and concierge service
> Butler to unpack your luggage
> Access to Concierge Lounge
Eats, Treats & Libations
> Champagne, custom selection of liquor, fruit, bottled water and sodas (Owner’s suite and above)
> Sparkling wine, bottled water and fruit
> Mini-Bar and espresso/cappuccino machine
> 24-hour room service with special suite menu
> Full in-room breakfast menu
> Treats delivered right to your door each night
> Invitations to exclusive breakfast, lunch, and cocktail party
Thoughtful Touches
> Fresh flower arrangement
> Bliss collection by NCL pillow-top mattress
> Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
> Plush bath robes, slippers and towels
> Access to exclusive Courtyard area with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area (on ships with Courtyard)
Arrival and Departure
> Priority embarkation and disembarkation
> Escort to suite
> Priority boarding of tenders to shore
> Priority Complimentary limousine service from pier to airport (Garden Villa only)

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PRINCESS:

Suite Amenities:
In-Room Amenities:

· Luxury mattresses

· Luxury ivory satin pinstripe bed linens
· Fluffy duvets in place of blankets

· Luggage protector on bed at embarkation

· Luxury bathrobes

· Luxury towels

· Pillow menu - option of feather or therapeutic pillows

· Massage shower heads

· Luxury bathroom amenities (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bath gel, plus new lip balm, gel eye mask, bath salts and loofah mitts)

· Facial mist (choice of scents)

· Complimentary slippers

· Fresh flower arrangement

· Complimentary corsage and boutonniere on first formal night

· Complimentary mini-bar - one-time set up

· Combined DVD/CD Players

· DVD Library - each vessel has a 100-title DVD library available to suite passengers

· Halo light magnifying vanity mirrors on vanity Upgraded room amenities, including ice bucket and tray, leather wallet for cruise card, high quality pen, combined clothes brush, lint remover and shoe horn, shoe cleaning mitt, sewing kit, white cloth laundry bag, black cloth shoe shining bag

· Complimentary Princess tote bag

· Umbrella for use during the cruise

Services:
· Expedited embarkation process

· Preferred Anytime DiningSM reservations

· Personal shore excursion reservations

· Complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service

· Complimentary shoe polishing service

Dining Services:
· Welcome glass of champagne at embarkation

· Extended room service menu (extended breakfast, lunch, dinner offering)

· In-suite afternoon tea service

· Passenger's choice of deluxe canapés, delivered daily

Onboard Activities:

· Complimentary internet access in onboard Internet Cafes (wireless internet connection not included).

· Private portrait sitting

· Complimentary use of the thermal suite in the Lotus Spa (Emerald Princess, Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Star Princess, Coral Princess and Island Princess).


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CELEBRITY
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All Suites Include:

One complimentary (Specialty) dining reservation per suite for cruises of up to seven nights

Two complimentary dining reservations per suite for cruises of eight nights or longer

Butler at your service

Complimentary 24-hour room service

Priority check-in

Luggage delivery

Priority tender service

Welcome bottle of sparkling wine, fresh fruit & flowers

Assistance with packing and unpacking

Full in-suite breakfast, lunch & dinner service

In-suite afternoon tea service

Complimentary espresso & cappuccino (in suite)

Evening hors d'oeuvres, daily

Main & specialty restaurant seating preferences

100% Egyptian cotton oversized bath towels

Plush Frette® bathrobes

Complimentary shoeshine service

Celebrity tote bag

Delivery of requested board games

Dual voltage 110/220 AC

Bathroom accessories & hair dryer

Fresh cut flowers

Complimentary beach towel service

Plentiful storage space in your bathroom

Thermostat-controlled air-conditioning

Interactive television system to view & select shore excursions, order room service & watch movies*

Individual safe

Direct-dial telephone

Laundry service*

Mini-bar*


*Additional charges apply.


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I hope that some people will find this informative/helpful.

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I hope that some people will find this informative/helpful.

Tom
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I "heard" that the Vista Suites on Legend have coffee makers in the rooms? Is that info incorrect? We had one on NCL and it was GREAT!!!!
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On NCL you also have the opportunity to eat in Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. Cagney's is one of the specialty restaurants that is extra charge for dinner. It is used during the day for breakfast and lunch by suite passengers only at no extra charge. This is one of the reasons we booked a suite for our upcoming cruise on NCL. The thought of a quiet breakfast and lunch is appealing to us. I believe the menu is different than the one in the main dining rooms.

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Great comparative information there Tom. One day I shall enjoy the perks
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I "heard" that the Vista Suites on Legend have coffee makers in the rooms? Is that info incorrect? We had one on NCL and it was GREAT!!!!
no cabins have coffee makers on Carnival.

Carnival believes all pax are equal, nothing special for suites.

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Thanks for this great list. . .right as we are looking to "upgrade" for our next vacation. It's nice to have all of this info in one place.
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Thanks for making this. I was trying to explain to my DH why I don't want to pay extra for a suite on CCL. We're looking at 2 separate cruises for next year and I want to try X since I think the perks are worth the extra cost of the suites and he wanted to pay more for a suite on CCL.
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Thank you for the list--it's interesting to see the comparisons.

Is it just me, or is the thought of a complete stranger going through one's suitcase to unpack it kind of creepy? I really prefer to keep my undies private, even when I'm not wearing them. Then again, the whole concept of a "butler" at my beck and call really doesn't appeal, so I guess I'm just not the demographic they're looking for!
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Thank you for the list--it's interesting to see the comparisons.

Is it just me, or is the thought of a complete stranger going through one's suitcase to unpack it kind of creepy? I really prefer to keep my undies private, even when I'm not wearing them. Then again, the whole concept of a "butler" at my beck and call really doesn't appeal, so I guess I'm just not the demographic they're looking for!
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Thank you for the list--it's interesting to see the comparisons.

Is it just me, or is the thought of a complete stranger going through one's suitcase to unpack it kind of creepy? I really prefer to keep my undies private, even when I'm not wearing them. Then again, the whole concept of a "butler" at my beck and call really doesn't appeal, so I guess I'm just not the demographic they're looking for!
Odd .. never crossed my mind to have a butler unpack. I think people use them to schedule things like excursions, or if they want to eat in a pay restaurant a specific night, even if its full, the butler can get them in.

Never once have I read someone used the butler to unpack... I guess they would though if you asked them to. .. If thats what you wanted them to do.
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Hey, thanks Tom. Anybody and Everybody has a better perk package for it's suite holders. I know! I'm in a suite on my next cruise with Carnival, and you get nothing!
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On NCL you also have the opportunity to eat in Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. Cagney's is one of the specialty restaurants that is extra charge for dinner. It is used during the day for breakfast and lunch by suite passengers only at no extra charge. This is one of the reasons we booked a suite for our upcoming cruise on NCL. The thought of a quiet breakfast and lunch is appealing to us. I believe the menu is different than the one in the main dining rooms.
Yes - we have enjoyed that perk on both the Sky and the Epic. It's especially sweet on the Epic, as they have the "Epic Club": a restaurant exclusively for suite guests (breakfast, lunch and dinner). GREAT service and a very good menu! We still opted to try out their specialty restaurants on 6 of the 7 nights. When we return in late November, I see us enjoying more of those included meals there.

Another handy perk on the Epic is early admission to shows (getting great seats) - escorted there by the concierge or your butler.

We really did not ask much of our butler - just put in a couple of requests: for example: when he brings the afternoon treats, we had shrimp cocktail... or cookies and milk waiting for us when we went back to the room in the evening.

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Thank you for the list--it's interesting to see the comparisons.

Is it just me, or is the thought of a complete stranger going through one's suitcase to unpack it kind of creepy? I really prefer to keep my undies private, even when I'm not wearing them. Then again, the whole concept of a "butler" at my beck and call really doesn't appeal, so I guess I'm just not the demographic they're looking for!
That's the reason I don't book a suite...creeps me out thinking about a butler. Now on X if you book Concierge Class you get a lot perks without the butler... not as many as the suites but not the price either.

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But looking at the different perks~ If I do it wouldnt be on Carnival..
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I knew that Carnival did not compare to the others but I've never done the detail comparison. Seals the deal for me.

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That's the reason I don't book a suite...creeps me out thinking about a butler.
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Well, it's not like they're Lurch or something...

Honestly though, you needn't utilize their services if you don't desire. They are not like true butlers - they have several cabins that they are responsible for. Though I will admit, the first one we ever had (Celebrity Century) always seemed to be very close by. They will tempt you will all sorts of tasty treats!




... and set up tasty (FULL) breakfast for two on your balcony:









OK -- enough of this... now I am starting to get HUNGRY!
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I had a suite on the NCL star and the perks were outstanding. There was a keurig coofe machine in the room which was great and the dining at cagneys for breakfast was wonderful.
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Excellent post! I've always wondered what the differences were per line. Thanks so much Tom!
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