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We've been home 1 week and are already contemplating 2009's cruise! We are considering a B2B (haven't determined ship and/or itinerary) and have questions.

 

Do we need to repack, leave the ship, and wait in line again to reregister and reboard?

Are the stage productions the same each week?

Would the other shows, ie, jugglers, hypnotist, etc. also be the same?

 

Answers to these and any other suggestions are really appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Linda H.

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We've been home 1 week and are already contemplating 2009's cruise! We are considering a B2B (haven't determined ship and/or itinerary) and have questions.

 

Do we need to repack, leave the ship, and wait in line again to reregister and reboard?

Are the stage productions the same each week?

Would the other shows, ie, jugglers, hypnotist, etc. also be the same?

 

Answers to these and any other suggestions are really appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Linda H.

 

 

We have booked back to back on the Holiday in Sept. I too had many questions. What i have gathered is that you can indeed leave your luggage on the ship and its my understanding you just need to take the proper id or passport and go through customs again. We were informed it would be a off and on experience. I would recommend you book early so you can get the same room for both weeks. This way you wont need to pack everything. But if by chance you dont get the same room you can pack and the room steward will move it for you.

 

I hope this helps it is all i have found out so far.

 

The stage productions are the same everyweek unless they have a special guest for that week.

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We've been home 1 week and are already contemplating 2009's cruise! We are considering a B2B (haven't determined ship and/or itinerary) and have questions.

 

Do we need to repack, leave the ship, and wait in line again to reregister and reboard?

Are the stage productions the same each week?

Would the other shows, ie, jugglers, hypnotist, etc. also be the same?

 

Answers to these and any other suggestions are really appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Linda H.

 

I can answer a few of your questions since we did a B2B2B last year and are doing another one next month. If you have the same cabin for both cruises you don't have to pack up anything between cruises. You'll receive a letter in your cabin on the last night of your 1st cruise telling you where to meet up in the morning. After everyone else is off the ship you'll be led off, thru customs and right back on the ship (well before other passengers get on).

 

Also, if you like your dining room staff you can speak to the Maitre D on the last night of the 1st cruise and request them again for your next cruise (we had wonderful servers and managed to sit at one of their tables for all 3 cruises).

 

Since we're not really interested in the shows it didn't bother us that they were the same.

 

The best part is being in an elevator with everyone else on the last day, hearing their sad comments about having to pack and get off the ship....and knowing you don't have to :D

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If you have the same cabin, you do not have to pack and unpack.

 

We did a B2B on the Imagination last month and we simply showed up at the Purser's Desk at 10:30am. One of the Purser's walked us off the ship to the custom's agents who took our custom form from the first cruise and looked at our passports. Then the Purser walked us right back onto the ship. There were the 3 of us and another couple.

 

Per their instructions, we went to the Purser's Desk at noon to get our new Sail and Sign cards. They imprinted our pictures there on the ship.

 

It was so simple...

 

The only "hitch" is if you want the second Embarkation picture....then you have to get permission from Security (hey Jerry) to go into the terminal to get that done.

 

 

ALL of the above is if you just want to stay on the ship and not do anything in Miami. You do not HAVE to stay on the ship. You have all kinds of options from shore excursions which will bring you back to the ship to just getting off with the rest of the passengers and getting back on with your second cruise documentation.

 

One plus to doing a B2B on the Imagination is that they go to different ports each time. In fact, on the Imagination you can literally do a B2B2B and never go to the same port twice.

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WE did a B2B last June on the Conquest...but had to move cabins. They DID get us on the same deck, but opposite side. We just threw our stuff into the bags (hanger stuff on the porter cart provided to us just like hotels use) and we had our letter and information to meet at the pursers desk in our room on the last day.

 

We got the same table for dinner (and loved our waitstaff...we were at the center table, fully aft so a wonderful floor to ceiling view of the wake of the ship) and the move was very easy.

 

We were the ONLY ones on the Conquest doing a back to back that sailing...& they escorted us off and right back on the ship.

 

We then used that time to explore, and popped in to see the Owners Suite and all those ritzy places between cleanings/sailings.

 

We LOVED it and hope to do another soon...I think it REALLY is nice to be able to relax and enjoy while everyone else is busy getting ready to leave.

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We just did a b2b on the Imagination to the Western Carb. and then to the Eastern out of the port of Miami.

 

Our experience was very similar to OP. We received our letter with instructions the night before, but we had to repack due to the cruises being booked at separate times. Our room steward took everything to our next room.

 

Due to delays in customs we were not able to disembark at 10:30...I think it was closer to 11:15 and then we still had a little wait to go through customs. We were getting back on the ship again close to 11:45 and the new cruisers were just getting onboard.

 

We were able to go to our room right away and unpack as our bags were already there and room was cleaned earlier.

 

It was stress free and Carnival had a bottle of Champagne in our new room welcoming us back on board.

 

The shows were the same on both cruises and the CD's jokes were the same too, but that didn't bother us...we just went to Karoke which is always different and hilarious with all the spring breakers on board.

 

We figure we'll do 2 more b2b and reach platinum even quicker.

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