Carnival Cruises have confirmed availability of a new upgrade for passengers.
- Priority Boarding
- Stateroom Available Immediately
- Luggage Sent To Your Stateroom Immediately
- Priority Disembarkation At Ports Of Call (Including Priority Tender)
- Priority Dining Reservations
cruiseastute.com says …
“Cruise lines typically ask you to board at around 3pm, however it is quite normal for passengers to start to arrive around noon. With staterooms typically available between 1pm and 3pm these early passengers tend to wander off to the lunch buffet and explore the ship whilst waiting for their cabins to become available.
Luggage is taken to your stateroom as standard, however this may not happen until 5pm or even after the ship sails.
This new option will allow you to use your cabin immediately and to unpack your suitcase or have a nap prior to exploring the ship. With the additional port & dining benefits it certainly seems good value at $49.95 per cabin and we expect it to be popular (book early as places are limited).
BUT… all is not as rosy as it sounds.
Passengers who are at Platinum or Diamond grade on Carnival’s VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) loyalty programme already get these benefits and are unlikely to be impressed with them being offered to others at a price. Particularly as it’s likely to make their priority queues longer.
It could also be said that this is the beginning of the cruise lines copying the airlines where your ticket is for the basic amenities (the cruise) and all other items (dining, entertainment, sports facilities etc) are extra cost options.”
The “Faster Way To The Fun” option can be purchased online here or via your travel agent.