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I just purchased the FTTF and want to maximize it's benefits since I do feel like it was a bit of an extravagant purchase. When we arrive, is there a special security line? or is there just a special area when you go to the desk to complete your paperwork there? My fear is getting caught in a huge security line and not really getting to board that much sooner.

 

What time do they start letting Platinum+ and FTTF ppl start boarding?

 

Thanks all...T-34 days until we are enjoying the Victory.

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When we sailed the dream we had FTTF and we boarded around noon. There were separate lines and we had absolutely no waiting :)

Definitely worth it especially when needing to skip the lines at the customer service (or whatever it's called LOL)

We are sailing again next month on the fascination and we have purchased it again knowing we will benefit from priority tendering :D

 

 

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When we boarded in Miami, there was a separate security line for FTTF/Diamond/Platinum. Once through security, we were not allowed to use the VIP room, we had to check in in the main area but there was a seperate line for FTTF. Once through that, we received a priority boarding pass and sat in the normal waiting area. For us, they call wedding parties around 1045, Diamond/Platinum at 1100, and FTTF at 1105. At about 1110, I heard them start calling zones. Of course, as soon as you board, you can go straight to your cabin and drop off your carry on, change into a bathing suit, grab a Guy's burger and head back to the adult pool. We were in the pool by 1130!!! :D

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I think where it gets confusing is the beginning part of going through security.

 

When you drop your bags off to the porters.. and walk up to go through the doors and to get to the scanners and xray machines, is there a special line for the FTTF people or does everyone go through the xray and scanners THEN there is a the VIP/ PLAT/ FTTF line to go upstairs and get all your items, etc

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I think where it gets confusing is the beginning part of going through security.

 

When you drop your bags off to the porters.. and walk up to go through the doors and to get to the scanners and xray machines, is there a special line for the FTTF people or does everyone go through the xray and scanners THEN there is a the VIP/ PLAT/ FTTF line to go upstairs and get all your items, etc

 

May depend on the port... At Galveston the platinum/diamond, suite and fttf guests passed through priority security...

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In most ports you get a shorter line leading up to the security screening. Depending on the time you arrive the line might not exist at all.

 

Galveston is hit or miss, we arrive around 11:00am and are usually never more than 10 minutes before being aboard the ship. it does get a little confusing if the line stretches outside, so scout out the doors on the left at entry into the terminal and you will find a representative there sorting out who goes in where. Once upstairs the process goes quickly, comparable to priority access at the airport.

 

Our Miami experience is not comparable, as we fly in that morning and are usually at the terminal after 12:00pm. Over spring break we walked into an empty lounge and were aboard in about 15 minutes after getting off the bus.

 

Wherever you sail from just send up a scout to the front of the line to check for a dedicated cue.

 

One note, whether you are FTTF or some semi-precious metal the priority in ports is only while leaving the ship. In Grand Cayman and Key West they could care less about anyone holding a platinum card, so we sit in the shade and enjoy a cold drink until the line goes down.

 

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In most ports you get a shorter line leading up to the security screening. Depending on the time you arrive the line might not exist at all.

 

Galveston is hit or miss, we arrive around 11:00am and are usually never more than 10 minutes before being aboard the ship. it does get a little confusing if the line stretches outside, so scout out the doors on the left at entry into the terminal and you will find a representative there sorting out who goes in where. Once upstairs the process goes quickly, comparable to priority access at the airport.

 

Our Miami experience is not comparable, as we fly in that morning and are usually at the terminal after 12:00pm. Over spring break we walked into an empty lounge and were aboard in about 15 minutes after getting off the bus.

 

Wherever you sail from just send up a scout to the front of the line to check for a dedicated cue.

 

One note, whether you are FTTF or some semi-precious metal the priority in ports is only while leaving the ship. In Grand Cayman and Key West they could care less about anyone holding a platinum card, so we sit in the shade and enjoy a cold drink until the line goes down.

 

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That might be that platty perk...

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I think where it gets confusing is the beginning part of going through security.

 

When you drop your bags off to the porters.. and walk up to go through the doors and to get to the scanners and xray machines, is there a special line for the FTTF people or does everyone go through the xray and scanners THEN there is a the VIP/ PLAT/ FTTF line to go upstairs and get all your items, etc

 

In Miami, there is a specific security line for Diamond/Platinum/FTTF.

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In most ports you get a shorter line leading up to the security screening. Depending on the time you arrive the line might not exist at all.

 

Galveston is hit or miss, we arrive around 11:00am and are usually never more than 10 minutes before being aboard the ship. it does get a little confusing if the line stretches outside, so scout out the doors on the left at entry into the terminal and you will find a representative there sorting out who goes in where. Once upstairs the process goes quickly, comparable to priority access at the airport.

 

Our Miami experience is not comparable, as we fly in that morning and are usually at the terminal after 12:00pm. Over spring break we walked into an empty lounge and were aboard in about 15 minutes after getting off the bus.

 

Wherever you sail from just send up a scout to the front of the line to check for a dedicated cue.

 

One note, whether you are FTTF or some semi-precious metal the priority in ports is only while leaving the ship. In Grand Cayman and Key West they could care less about anyone holding a platinum card, so we sit in the shade and enjoy a cold drink until the line goes down.

 

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If you're talking about tendering, the excursion info specifically states that FTTF has priority tendering to the port only. There is no priority tendering back to the boat. As for tendering into the port, FTTF were told to arrive at the Purser's desk and we were escorted down to the tender and placed in line in front of all non-priority.

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Does anyone know how it is in New Orleans? We have FTTF for our October cruise on the Conquest. Is there a separate security line for priority there? Thanks all!

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This is great information, a huge thank you to all who took the time to answer!

 

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I think it depends on the port. In Jacksonville, there are two well marked lines to get to security (reg and D/P/FTTF) and then I think 3 security scanning stations. Once you made it to the front of your line you were directed to an empty security station and then directed to a line for check in. An employee checks to ensure that you are going to the correct line for your ticket level.

 

Once checked in we were shown to seats in row 3. Row 1 and 2 was D/P. Row 3 was FTTF. They then boarded row by row.

 

So if you are not at port early you get a shorter line to get to security, and a shorter line for check-in.

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I think it depends on the port. In Jacksonville, there are two well marked lines to get to security (reg and D/P/FTTF) and then I think 3 security scanning stations. Once you made it to the front of your line you were directed to an empty security station and then directed to a line for check in. An employee checks to ensure that you are going to the correct line for your ticket level.

 

Once checked in we were shown to seats in row 3. Row 1 and 2 was D/P. Row 3 was FTTF. They then boarded row by row.

 

So if you are not at port early you get a shorter line to get to security, and a shorter line for check-in.

 

Thank you! You explained it pefectly!

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If you're talking about tendering, the excursion info specifically states that FTTF has priority tendering to the port only. There is no priority tendering back to the boat. As for tendering into the port, FTTF were told to arrive at the Purser's desk and we were escorted down to the tender and placed in line in front of all non-priority.

 

Just wanted to say - I love your avatar :-) Wore some of the older ones.

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I think it depends on the port. In Jacksonville, there are two well marked lines to get to security (reg and D/P/FTTF) and then I think 3 security scanning stations. Once you made it to the front of your line you were directed to an empty security station and then directed to a line for check in. An employee checks to ensure that you are going to the correct line for your ticket level.

Once checked in we were shown to seats in row 3. Row 1 and 2 was D/P. Row 3 was FTTF. They then boarded row by row.

 

So if you are not at port early you get a shorter line to get to security, and a shorter line for check-in.

 

Should be this way, but on our 6/1 Fascination cruise, FTTF sat anywhere they wanted in the 1st 3 rows, depending on what time they checked in. The boarding was done by rows, not Platinum/Diamond 1st then FTTF. Also there were far more FTTF than Platinum in these rows.

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I just booked FTTF this morning for my 7/13 Fascination cruise (last minute splurge!) I am assuming that I need to reprint my boarding passes so that they will know I have FTTF?

 

Also, in Jacksonville, should we arrive at about 10:30 to park and get our luggage to the porters?

 

Thanks all!

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I just booked FTTF this morning for my 7/13 Fascination cruise (last minute splurge!) I am assuming that I need to reprint my boarding passes so that they will know I have FTTF?

 

Also, in Jacksonville, should we arrive at about 10:30 to park and get our luggage to the porters?

 

Thanks all!

 

Yep, that's exactly what I would do.

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Great post!! Can anyone post about FTTF at Pt. Canaveral?

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Does anyone know how it is in New Orleans? We have FTTF for our October cruise on the Conquest. Is there a separate security line for priority there? Thanks all!

 

I would like to know this as well.

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On our last cruise on the Dream out of Port Canaveral our friends had FTTF and we did not. They went through their line and we through ours. We got on the ship before they did! We did arrive at the port around 11:30 so it was not crowded. Carnival sent out an email telling us not to arrive before 1:30. I know better than that!

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We just returned from the Conquest out of New Orleans and we used the fttf program. Once you arrive at the port your luggage will be taken to a different area for fttf and you will be greeted with two lines. Security will direct fttf and priority to the left line and everyone else to the right line. Once through this checkpoint all were in same line to go upstairs. Once there, priority were directed to the left and everyone else including fttf went to the right for the security scanner lines. Once through security we entered the check in area. We were immediately taken to the first counter area on the right, which there was no lines, checked in and given our sign and sale cards with our fttf logo. We then were sent to an area at the front of the waiting area that was roped off. This is not the priority boarding area but was specifically for fttf. They did call for wedding parties first, then priority and the fttf. Then they started with the zones. Once onboard, we went straight to our room and it was ready with our luggage waiting. It was a very nice perk. On the ship, there was always a long line at the purser desk and I almost felt guilty bout using the fttf line, but I only needed to use it once and the tendering didn't apply to us since we were on an excursion, which fttf didn't effect. It was definitely worth it in my book.

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I just booked FTTF this morning for my 7/13 Fascination cruise (last minute splurge!) I am assuming that I need to reprint my boarding passes so that they will know I have FTTF?

 

Also, in Jacksonville, should we arrive at about 10:30 to park and get our luggage to the porters?

 

Thanks all!

 

Do not arrive prior to 10:30, as port security will not let you in the gates where they check your documents.

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