Pro's and Con's to FTTF

This one used to get people going.

I haven't purchased it and I don't have an issue with it nor do I with cruiser that has purchase it. Question is why is there so many other cruisers that has an issue with it or dislike those that purchase it? The beef is really with Carnival for starting the program.


Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines

18 Answers


Faster to the Fun. I have it purchased for our trip in Oct, so in 45 days I will let you know :)

I think the Elites figure that others should not be able to pay for what Carnival gives them (Jealousy? Sense of entitlement?)

I find the service rendered for $60 / room is a good deal and purchase it when I can.

Further, I do not get upset that a "lowly blue card" is able to buy a bottle of water when I had to shell out thousands to get to the level where they give it to me as a perk.

I like your attitude. We have purchased FTTF for each of our cruises and love the perks we get for just $60 a room. It's our favourite "excursion". WinkBig Smile

I am only a lowly gold member with Carnival. Id only purchase FTTF if my cruise has a tender port.

We have had FTTF for each of our six cruises and also for our upcoming Sept cruise. Since we most often drive to port, sometimes overnight, it's nice to have our cabin ready so DH can catch a nap before muster. We also do the priority self disembarkation so we can get on the road ahead of most of the cruise traffic. It's well worth the money to us, but I wouldn't stress if it wasn't available.

I haven't cruised Carnival so I can't speak to FTTF, but playing devils advocate... Why have the other lines not picked up on it. I understand the idea of it, but I also see it as another money making piece for the cruise line. So you pay to get on the ship quicker, get your bags and room before others and tenders etc etc. They limit the amount they sell so its a supply and demand control. Pretty smart actually...

At first they set the limit to 15 per cruise based on the number of Diamond and Platinum cruisers for that cruise. However, at $49.95 a cabin and the over head for it is absolutely zero, the limit of 15 grew.

The true spirit of the FTTF became to be known as the Faster To The Front and the crew didn't understand the program.


I think it was quite new when we took our first cruise. We arrived at dinner, Your Time Dining, and the hostess told us that with FTTF we didn't need to wait in line - there had only been a few people ahead of us. It didn't sound right, so I checked the paperwork I had taken, and the hostess was wrong. I'm so glad we didn't try to butt into the front of line the next evening. That would have been so embarrassing.

I've used it several times, mainly to get faster debarkation. Several times, lines were already boarding by the time I was checked in. I have also had to wait at the Guest Relations Desk instead of getting priority. So, it wasn't for the debarkation, I wouldn't purchase it.


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