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#1
Near Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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http://carnival-news.com/2012/08/07/...arnival-ships/

Here's something new, if you want to pay a little more and don't have Platinum/Diamond status in VIFP.

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#3
346 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
So Carnival took my gold status away, but I can buy my want into platinum status for my whole cabin....... the first thing announced by Carnival, in a long time I'm happy with.

I need to let JH know I'm dancing in my boxers, I'm so happy.
#4
Lilburn, GA
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OK - I am pretty cheap sometimes, but at $49.95 that really does not sound too bad. Being able to get on board early, have your room ready earlier, luggage delivered earlier, earlier tenders & debark early or late. That is not really a bad deal. The only thing that I do not care about is the priority dining as we do anytime. Unless, that means when you go (even for ATD) you are seated sooner than others. Not sure that would fly really well with the others waiting in line.
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#5
Cambridge, MN
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I'll have to wait and see how this program does but first gut reaction is negative.
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#6
Chicago, IL
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Not something I am willing to pay $49.95 for.

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#7
South Charlotte, NC
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Originally posted by TerReuv
OK - I am pretty cheap sometimes, but at $49.95 that really does not sound too bad. Being able to get on board early, have your room ready earlier, luggage delivered earlier, earlier tenders & debark early or late. That is not really a bad deal. The only thing that I do not care about is the priority dining as we do anytime. Unless, that means when you go (even for ATD) you are seated sooner than others. Not sure that would fly really well with the others waiting in line.
It didn't say anything about early tenders or early debarkation ......it said early embarkation and early luggage delivery and access to VIP at Guest Services for $50

actually as a Diamond guest....... it irks me that they would make these perks available to anyone who PAYS........when I had to sail over 200 days to get them

Barb
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#8
Chicago
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Oh yay...more people to crowd the VIP lounge. Prior to becoming platinum, I just got to the pier early. I was always in boarding group 1 or 2.
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#9
Merrill, Michigan
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Let me see...do I want to get into my cabin before 1:30 or do I want five drinks? That's a no brainer for us. And I can live without my luggage until they deliver it which is usually before dinner.

Now the poor cabin stewards can't do their cabins in a row. They now have to jump around doing all the ones that paid to get in theirs early.

It's getting rediculous that everybody is charging extra for things any more. Airlines say you can take luggage with you but you have to pay extra. If you want a window or aisle seat, you pay extra. Now if you want to board earlier, get in your cabin earlier, get your luggage earlier, you pay extra. When will it stop and what's next?

Maybe I'm coming on a little strong but it just seems to me like they're just trying to calm the people down that were hurt under the new VIFP program. Problem is, they are charging you for it.
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#10
Southwest Florida
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So let me see if I understand this correctly..
I am leaving on the Liberty Sept 8th...and this will be my platinum cruise...and I already get priority boarding and tendering...correct? (so my docs say) So now I will also get to go to our cabin as soon as we board? and our luggage will be some of the first delivered? Not bad...I wonder if they will have more time to scrutinize those pieces of luggage ...LOL not that I would be hiding anything at all..

I'd be interested to hear from some of you who are going to be experiencing these perks the first couple of weeks. Please chime in when you do.
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#11
Tampa
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So the folks that put in the time and loyalty to become Platinum basically get (limited) laundry for free now?

For a rather small fee, you too can be Platinum!

I find this a bit of a slap in the face to the Platinum and above guests.
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#12
Bowmanville, Canada
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Joined Dec 2008
I love the idea of staterooms being available as soon as you board, no need to cart carry on luggage/soda, etc around with you.
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#13
Tampa
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Originally posted by barbatkins
actually as a Diamond guest....... it irks me that they would make these perks available to anyone who PAYS........when I had to sail over 200 days to get them
Yep, I fear this one isn't going to go over well.

I'm not really sure what you get for your LOYALTY anymore????

Now you can just pay and basically get all the same perks? HUH?
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#14
Where ever my motor home is parked - currently Texas!
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Joined Feb 2006
We knew it was only a matter of time before they did this. This was predicted to happen when the VIFP plan was leaked! A new revenue stream for CCL.


"It didn't say anything about early tenders or early debarkation ......it said early embarkation and early luggage delivery and access to VIP at Guest Services for $50

actually as a Diamond guest....... it irks me that they would make these perks available to anyone who PAYS........when I had to sail over 200 days to get them

Barb"



Actually in the 2nd paragraph it includes tender priority & choice of early or late debarkation. Only on two ships - Imagination & Liberty
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#15
Florida
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Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by howielovescruisin
So Carnival took my gold status away, but I can buy my want into platinum status for my whole cabin....... the first thing announced by Carnival, in a long time I'm happy with.

I need to let JH know I'm dancing in my boxers, I'm so happy.

I'm sure JH will think its "brilliant "
#16
2,600 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
This looks interesting! For the priority boarding alone, I would do it.
Depending on where you need to embark, this could take a looooooong time.
#17
Tacoma, Wa, USA
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Joined Dec 2000
Originally posted by barbatkins

actually as a Diamond guest....... it irks me that they would make these perks available to anyone who PAYS........when I had to sail over 200 days to get them

Barb
I understand your sentiment.
Thats the way I feel when I'm in the first class lounge at the airport. Now they let anybody in who pays a small fee for the privlege of being in the lounge. I just have to check myself and ask, am I really getting that snooty?

Then again, I'm sure its a good profit center for very little outlay.
#18
Seattle area
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Joined Aug 2006
I bought it this morning for our Liberty cruise in November. We cruise several different lines, so although this will be our 10th cruise, it's not our 10th on Carnival. For me, just being able to enjoy our aft wrap that much sooner is worth every penny! (We board between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.)

Here's what we get:


CARNIVAL’S FASTER TO THE FUN PACKAGE:
BOOK IT TODAY TO JUMPSTART THE FUN
Here’s what it includes:

Priority Security, Check-in and Express Boarding
Bypass lines & have exclusive security screening lanes. If you arrive after general boarding has begun, you may bypass the General Boarding line & board via the Faster to the Fun lane. The quicker you are on the ship, the quicker you get to hold a frosty drink.

First Access to Stateroom
Your stateroom will be ready for you as soon as you board so you can relax or freshen up for all the fun you are about to have.

Express Luggage
Your luggage will be expedited to your stateroom so you can unpack and don your cruise attire first!

Guest Services
Quickly have any of your questions answered or requests addressed as you will have a dedicated phone & line at Guest Services.
Dining Reservations
Priority Main Dining Room and Specialty Restaurant reservations.
Tender Priority
You will have priority tender from ship to shore (multiple departure times may be possible) so you can explore ashore as quickly as you want to.

Debarkation Choices
We are always sad to see you go. But when your cruise is over, you may choose an early or late disembarkation time upon arrival to your homeport.
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#19
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Joined Dec 2007
Hope this does not go over all that well. Too many people do this and will lose much of the benefit of platinum embarkation.

Express luggage delivery would be nice.
#20
Minutes from Pt. Canaveral !!
21,125 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
Originally posted by TerReuv
...Unless, that means when you go (even for ATD) you are seated sooner than others. Not sure that would fly really well with the others waiting in line.
It would not.

The last time we were on the Sensation (or was it the time before?) they had the Fantasy dining room (the one off the atrium) for both YTD and early/late. The YTD's all lined up at one door and the line wrapped around the starboard side of the atrium. Those with standard seating times (including yours truly) would come around the other side of the atrium and enter through the other door - though those doors are side by side. On one night as we entered (got there about 5 minutes after the herd was let in for early seating) there were a couple of "ladies" in the YTD line who shouted us down... something along the lines of "why are you skipping the line?".

I did discover that, apparently, that dining room is now totally for the YTD folks. I would imagine that there were more and more people desiring that option (some used to refer to as "Freestyle"...GASP )and I would also guess that our getting shouted down while entering the dining room was not an isolated incident!

As for people now being able to buy their way to perks (special line at guest services and such) that we earned over years of loyalty -- I am not a real fan of that. I would prefer if Carnival would bestow on their suite guests additional perks as other lines do... but that's not going to happen!

Tom
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