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#21
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Thanks for the info from your premier cruise sounds like you had a ball. If I may ask did you feel the bar service was slower in the casino during your cruise, many people complain about it during a premier cruise. I'm on my 1st one in December!
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#22
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Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by vache
Thanks for the info from your premier cruise sounds like you had a ball. If I may ask did you feel the bar service was slower in the casino during your cruise, many people complain about it during a premier cruise. I'm on my 1st one in December!
At times it was slow, but not too bad. Go to the bank and get two dollar bills to use for tips. This will help you stand out to the servers and keep them on the "lookout" for you. One night I had a server bring me a drink every fifteen minutes without asking.
#25
Memphis
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Joined May 2016
Originally posted by NaNa
Can someone explain to me what a premier cruise is?
It's a cruise invitation issued when you've played quite a bit in the casino on your last cruise. I think there's a points level you have to hit to get a premier invitation, but I'm not sure what that level is. Also the offers may vary based on level of casino play. You may be offered a free interior cabin or you may be offered a heavily discounted cabin. Some offers come with casino cash as well, and some don't. It's really just like a land-based casino: the more you play, the better the perks.

Premier offers come in the mail and by email if you've signed up for that. The invitations are for a select number of cruises, which will be shown when you check out the offer. They are usually for certain cruises up to about 5 or 6 months out, so you can usually find something not at the last minute. They do go quickly, however. There are only so many invitations sent out for each premier cruise, and once those are taken, they're gone. You will be cruising along with other normal regular cruisers, but only the premier participants are eligible for the premier perks onboard, which include special casino drawings, tournaments, etc.

^^All of that above is just based on what I've learned through research. I'll be taking my first premier cruise in February, so if anyone can add anything, please do!
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#26
Alabama
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Joined May 2000
We are going on our first Premier Cruise in January. On the mailer it said that first time Premier cruisers get a special gift once onboard. Does anyone know what that might be?

Also, we are Platinum so we already have priority embarkation. If we go to Platinum check in will we miss handouts or information at the Premier check in area?

Thanks is advance,
Dawn
#27
Colorado
273 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Originally posted by RoperDK
We are going on our first Premier Cruise in January. On the mailer it said that first time Premier cruisers get a special gift once onboard. Does anyone know what that might be?

Also, we are Platinum so we already have priority embarkation. If we go to Platinum check in will we miss handouts or information at the Premier check in area?

Thanks is advance,
Dawn
The answer is NO!
All informations will be waiting for you in your cabin.
#28
Forgotten Coast, FL
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Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by RoperDK
We are going on our first Premier Cruise in January. On the mailer it said that first time Premier cruisers get a special gift once onboard. Does anyone know what that might be?

Also, we are Platinum so we already have priority embarkation. If we go to Platinum check in will we miss handouts or information at the Premier check in area?

Thanks is advance,
Dawn
Hi Dawn! Just off a Premier Getaway on Fantasy this morning. We checked in as Platinum, not with the Premier folks, and missed nothing. All of the info will be in your cabin. Also, the gift on our cruise was 2 white Carnival Premier beach towels. Haven't unwrapped them yet, but I'm sure they're lovely. Other gifts from the casino included a box of cookies (SO MANY COOKIES!), a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine, 2 small bottles of water, comped steakhouse selections in the dining room, and a bottle of wine with dinner (although those last two were due to play, not being part of the Premier group).

We had a great time on our first Premier cruise - I won a drawing for $900, and hubs won one for $350. (Who knew you had to fill out a tax form for a drawing win over $600? Not this chickie! But you do.) Also had some great wins on the slots, got a bounce back offer for a comped cruise, and met some really great people. We'll definitely be doing this again.
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#29
Alabama
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Joined May 2000
Originally posted by samiam0403
Hi Dawn! Just off a Premier Getaway on Fantasy this morning. We checked in as Platinum, not with the Premier folks, and missed nothing. All of the info will be in your cabin. Also, the gift on our cruise was 2 white Carnival Premier beach towels. Haven't unwrapped them yet, but I'm sure they're lovely. Other gifts from the casino included a box of cookies (SO MANY COOKIES!), a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine, 2 small bottles of water, comped steakhouse selections in the dining room, and a bottle of wine with dinner (although those last two were due to play, not being part of the Premier group).

We had a great time on our first Premier cruise - I won a drawing for $900, and hubs won one for $350. (Who knew you had to fill out a tax form for a drawing win over $600? Not this chickie! But you do.) Also had some great wins on the slots, got a bounce back offer for a comped cruise, and met some really great people. We'll definitely be doing this again.
Thanks for all of the info samiam0403! Glad you had such a good time on your Premier cruise. We are definitely looking forward to our cruise. Hoping that we have the good luck that you did!

Dawn
#30
Florida
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Joined Sep 2011
We were on another great premier mid Sept on the Glory. This time we got blankets as the gift, and charging terminals as the welcome gift.
In April, we got the beach towels, & mugs as the welcome gift.