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#21
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Originally posted by Brad1972
To me its a small price to pay to avoid waiting during my vacation. $70 for a 7 day cruise equates to $10 a day and covers everyone in my cabin. NOOOO PROBLEM MON. Its worth it to me.
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This, in a nutshell.
After we bypassed the LONG line of people waiting to enter the terminal at Miami and just breezed inside using the Priority entrance, my friend John turned to me and said "Okay, THAT right there makes the cost of Faster to the Fun worthwhile."

We had a Guest Services visit where FTTF saved John at least 30 minutes -- and maybe 45 -- by using the Priority line. That, plus the immediate access to our S&S cards and the stateroom, make it a no-brainer.
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#22
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214 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
FOR US, having our room ready immediately is what makes it worth it. We aren't interested in getting there late enough that they're already ready and dealing with the regular crowds with our small children. If it was just my husband and I again, it wouldn't be such a big deal. Bypassing all the lines is a big extra bonus for us.
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#23
51 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by cheermomof2girls
We have always purchased when able to get it, and booked it already for our cruise in August 2018. I almost always have to go to guest services for something or other and it's really nice not having to wait in line. We have young kids so being able to drop our carry ons off at the room and have access to the room immediately is very nice. That combined with priority debarkation makes it worth it for us. We always stay the night before in a hotel, and like to check out early and get to the port and on the boat as quickly as possible. I like to get our vacation started!
For priority at guest services do you go to the diamond/platinum line?
Always have FTTF, but have never remembered that it gives priority at GS.
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#24
Tennessee
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Joined Apr 2014
I try to get FTTF every time I cruise with Carnival. The perks are worth it to me and I have by-passed very longs lines. I really like dropping my carry-on bags off at my room first thing. I like starting my cruise early. I don't want to wait until everyone is already on the ship to board. By then, I will have dropped my bags off at my room, had lunch, and explored the ship.

I think saying the perks are really things that are already offered for free is misleading. Fast passing your way onto the ship and into your room isn't something that is free to other guests. Guests can't opt to get in much shorter lines. Every time I board using FTTF and skip long lines I know I've made the right decision for me. Other people might not care, so it might be a waste of money for them.
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#25
Ottawa ON Canada
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Joined Feb 2007
It has been worth it for me for the last three cruises I took, but am considering not getting it next cruise.

Actually, not sure when I can cruise again, due to family issues at home. I need to be here now, 24/7, but all this considered, when I next cruise may actually not be on Carnival, but if it is, I doubt that I will spring for FTTF, and will just check in around 1pm and board by 2pm, when the room should be available. Aside from earlier boarding , the other perks are not really of interest to me.
#26
Florence, New Jersey
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Joined Jan 2013
Depends where you are leaving from. We did a couple times and loved it. We said we'd never sail without it again...then on our next sailing it wasn't available and to be honest we didn't really miss it.
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#27
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Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by bobjer17
Hi we are considering another Carnival Cruise for January. My two previous Carnival cruises we didn't get FTTF as I felt embarkation lines moved quickly enough that we didn't need it. I know FTTF is more than just getting on the ship faster but is it worth the money?
Thanks
NO!!! we got on 5 min after FTTF and we are not constantly going to guest services like some do.
#28
Florence, New Jersey
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Joined Jan 2013
If you were leaving out of Miami or if your trip has a tender I would do it.
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#29
East Coast
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Joined Oct 2017
I said the exact same thing after seeing the long line at check in that I have avoided. I go on cruises to avoid lines and want to relax. If I wanted to wait in lines, I would go to Disney. No lines = no aggravation. If I am on vacation, I want all of my time to be relaxing or doing something other than waiting.

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#30
Northern Wisconsin
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Joined Apr 2005
It doesn't surprise me that the price of FTTF goes up every year. Being CCL doesn't announce how many openings there are, it seems there are more than before. I can't help but wonder if this goes hand in hand with the staggered check in policy.

Is it worth it? I used to think so, being allowed to drop off our stuff in the cabin, then getting lunch and a place to sit before the "mob" comes aboard.
Plus the purser's, oops, service counter "short line" did come in handy more than once. (Take a gander at the lines on the first and last day of your cruise.)

Some will call it a waste of money, some will be willing to pay for some convenience.
I hate to say, but, that's up to you......
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#31
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Joined Jun 2017
Originally posted by bobjer17
Hi we are considering another Carnival Cruise for January. My two previous Carnival cruises we didn't get FTTF as I felt embarkation lines moved quickly enough that we didn't need it. I know FTTF is more than just getting on the ship faster but is it worth the money?
Thanks
It is worth it to us love having our room ready luggage early usually unpacked by muster and at least by early dining. No line at guest services. But only you can decide if it is worth it to you
#32
Atlanta, Georgia
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Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by smileyjannie
For priority at guest services do you go to the diamond/platinum line?
Always have FTTF, but have never remembered that it gives priority at GS.
Yes. Other than the last night of the cruise, I have never had more than 4 people in the line ahead of me.
#33
Annapolis, USA
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Joined Apr 2016
We have come to think that it was worth it. We enjoyed not only getting on the ship faster, but also having our room ready right from the get-go. When we have FTTF, we opt to carry our bags onboard, and if our room is ready, we unpack our things immediately in order to maximize our time onboard. Even if you don't want to carry your things onboard, you can pack a bathing suit in your carry on and be up at the pool as soon as possible. We also enjoyed the expedited line at guest services. The make-or-break for us as to whether or not we get FTTF is if there are tender ports. If there are tender ports on your itinerary, I would 100% recommend it, as you get priority ship debarkation. However, if you plan on doing an excursion, that's kind of irrelevant, because your excursion will meet onboard the ship. But, if you're like us and enjoy just finding some nice beach chairs, having an island lunch, and doing some shopping, then the priority tender debarkation will be worth it.

Best of luck, have a great cruise!
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#34
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Joined May 2017
For my first cruise, I wish I had it. The line to get in and off of Key West was unbearable. It didn't help that we were only there from 7:30-1. So everyone was trying to get off at the same time.

For my second cruise, it served absolutely no value. Embarkation was painless @ 1:30 and my room was ready, luggage came within a half hour. Both ports of call were 8-5. We left the boat around 9 and there was no line to get off or back on. I mean I guess I waited in guest services line once for 5 minutes.

I guess it's different for everyone. For me, it was also different by experience. I could also imagine that the more you do this, the more likely you want to just fly the lines. If I was Carnival, I would raise the price for something that is so popular and sells out so quickly.
#35
144 Posts
Joined Nov 2017
Originally posted by matymil
If you were leaving out of Miami or if your trip has a tender I would do it.
No, we are leaving out of Canaveral. I usually find PC to be pretty smooth.
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#36
New Jersey
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Joined Jul 2011
Originally posted by Joebucks
For my first cruise, I wish I had it. The line to get in and off of Key West was unbearable. It didn't help that we were only there from 7:30-1. So everyone was trying to get off at the same time.
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I guess it's different for everyone. For me, it was also different by experience. I could also imagine that the more you do this, the more likely you want to just fly the lines. If I was Carnival, I would raise the price for something that is so popular and sells out so quickly.
FttF would not of helped in Key West as it's not an embarkation port nor a tender port. So no priority escorted on or off the ship.
Also it has jumped in price from $49.99 and only available on cruises 6 days and longer to being available on 3 day cruises on up, on a sliding scale (based on how long the cruise is) that ranges from $59.99 - $89.99.

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#37
Flowery Branch, GA
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Joined Feb 2011
To some it's not worth it, to others it is. We like it. We like getting on the ship as soon as possible. We like having our cabin ready when we board. We like being able to get on a tender when we want. We like not having to wait on long lines for GS. If these things don't matter to you, then FTTF will will not be worth it.

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#38
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Joined Mar 2018
Kind of in a dilemma - our flight arrives at 9:05 am to FLL - we have transportation through Carnival and the booking says it starts from 8:30-1:30pm (is this usually correct?) What I'm asking is will we be able to get on a bus and get moved to the pier after we land without having to wait for others (I know the bus should be somewhat full).

We also have FTTF and I saw we could check in early and get on board early? Do you recommend we just Uber from the airport to the pier and cancel our transportation? We want to get on the ship as early as possible. Recommendations or suggestions? Thank you!

Originally posted by Brad1972
pay for free service??

Its only free service if your already Diamond, Platinum or book a suite.

I'll gladly pay extra to walk right in to the terminal first thing in the morning and go right through check in without waiting is worth it instead of waiting in line outside possibly in the rain, hot sun or cold depending where you embark.

I'll gladly pay extra for having your luggage at your stateroom door when you board instead of after dinner 6 hours later AND access to your stateroom at 11:30 am when you board instead of sometime after 1:30 pm and i've heard as late as after 3:00 pm sometimes too.
Which brings me to being able to board the ship with diamond and platinum members. Embarkation day counts as one of the days you paid to be on the ship. Why would I want to wait till 3-4 o'clock in the afternoon to board when most of the day is already gone that I again paid for?

Some excursions will only wait so long for you to arrive and when its a port that's tendered like Belize and the ride is 20-25 minutes to the dock once the tender begins to move. Some cave tubing guides will only wait 1 hour after the boat arrives. FTTF meet at guest services and someone takes you right to the head of the tender lines with diamond and platinum members and you get on the next tender. Sure I could get up really early in the morning to get a number for tenders but i'm on vacation, I dont want to get up at 4 or 5 in the morning to wait in a line in the dinning room for hopefully a low tender number. I'll gladly pay extra to just have a crew member take me right down to the head of the line so i can get to my shore excursion that takes all day to do.

I might have a problem and need to speak to guest services to get it resolved. I dont want to spend an hour or more waiting in line at guest services. Again, I'll gladly pay extra to use the priority line. I'm on vacation, I dont want to waste time standing in lines.

It may sound selfish but every passenger has the same opportunity to purchase FTTF or a suite and get the same perks. To me its a small price to pay to avoid waiting during my vacation. $70 for a 7 day cruise equates to $10 a day and covers everyone in my cabin. NOOOO PROBLEM MON. Its worth it to me.
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#39
Massachusetts
41 Posts
Joined Oct 2016
It’s worth it for me.

But, I travel with a busy toddler and I have a joint disorder that makes standing for lengths of time painful. Not having to manage my high energy kid in lines any longer than I have to is worth a lot to me. Being able to get right to the room is nice too.
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#40
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Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by bobjer17
Hi we are considering another Carnival Cruise for January. My two previous Carnival cruises we didn't get FTTF as I felt embarkation lines moved quickly enough that we didn't need it. I know FTTF is more than just getting on the ship faster but is it worth the money?
Thanks
Is a waste of $$$. IMO