Posted January 26th, 2018, 04:44 PM
I've had BB offers and other premier offers, but this is the first time the dates/departure ports were something I could book. So I'm excited to be taking my very first premier cruise.
All I really know about a premier cruise is free DOU cards for me and cabin mate, plus priority embarking.
What does priority embarking mean, exactly? When I enter the terminal, do I tell someone I'm on a premier cruise? Do I go to a VIP section?
What kind of gifts can I expect in my cabin? Will they be for both of us, or just me?
What kind of events can I expect? Special tournaments just for premier cruisers, etc.?
I'd love to read a review of someone who has actually gone on a premier cruise. Maybe I'll write one myself after I get back! But in the meantime, I'd really like to know in advance what I can expect, so any advice or personal experience is appreciated.
I bet you'll have a terrific time, my husband and I sure did in September when we went on our first one. We now have two more scheduled, one in Feb. and one in March.
Your boarding pass will have Priority on it in big red letters, so you'll be sent to a special line to get you through security faster. You will board after wedding parties, special needs, and diamond, I think. In Galveston they had a separate room for Premier and Diamond and Platinum to wait. Getting off, you carry your own luggage and gather in one of the restaurants, and get off before the rest of the passengers. We were in our car headed out of Galveston before 9 a.m., couldn't believe it.
We had a blast - they had drawings every 30 minutes for cash prizes, I won $75 the first day, and then $500 on the last - couldn't believe I got my name drawn twice! The casino had a great energy, everyone seemed pumped, super friendly - but it was overcrowded, you had to take whatever machine was available sometimes. We didn't want to miss any of the drawings, so we were in the casino from 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., taking a short break for lunch and dinner.
As for gifts - chocolate-covered strawberries out the wazoo, a dozen fresh-baked cookies, 2 large bottles of water, bluetooth speakers for each of us, a multi plug outlet for USB cables, a real nice throw with microfiber on one side, shearling on the other, champagne - I'm probably forgetting some of the stuff. Luckily I had packed a big tote bag to carry it all home.
The casino hosts were terrific, made it all a lot of fun. My husband and I agreed it was the best cruise we'd ever been on. Hope you enjoy yours!
08-17-2010 Carnival Spirit