Carnival Tests New For-Fee Early Embarkation Program
By Theresa Norton Masek
August 07, 2012 11:07 AM
Carnival Cruise Lines is testing a new program on two ships that lets guests onto the ship and into their staterooms earlier. The program, called Faster to the Fun, includes other benefits, such as express luggage delivery and early or late disembarkation. The cost is $49.95 per stateroom, regardless of number of occupants.
The pilot program will roll out on Carnival Imagination Aug. 20 and Carnival Liberty Aug. 25. Faster to the Fun includes early embarkation, early stateroom availability, express luggage delivery to staterooms, priority dinner seating and tender availability, and choice of early or late debarkation. The program also includes express access to the ships’ guest services desk for any assistance.
The express boarding lets guests bypass lines and use exclusive security screening lanes. Once general boarding is underway, they can bypass the general boarding line and board through a Faster to the Fun lane. The Faster to the Fun designation shows up on boarding documents printed by the guest using online registration.
Carnival said the program was developed because guest surveys indicated “a strong interest” in a fee-based package providing priority access and benefits. For Diamond and Platinum level members of Carnival’s VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club guest recognition program, all Faster to the Fun benefits are available free of charge.
Guests can buy the Faster to the Fun amenities via the shore excursion section of carnival.com located at www.carnival.com/Activities/Excursion/101031.