Originally Posted by caribediver
I have cruised over 20 times and have been to GC 5 times. I usually cruise RCI and they give out tender tickets in the morning to let you know which group you are in. This being our 1st Carnival cruise I was curious as to how they operate. And as far as booking our own excursion, we always do as I don't pay extra just to go through the cruise line. I do however, feel it isn't fair to the other passengers with private excursions that they allow the people with Carnival booked excursions get off first. I feel you should have to show docs that you have "an excursion booked" whether you booked Carnival or not and be allowed to tender in the first groups.
Well not to be argumentative but isn't that what the people who do pay the extra to book through carnival are paying for? If you want to save money and book pivate (like i always do
) you're passing up the benefits of booking through Carnival, like priority disembarkation.
Anywho I was at Grand Cayman on the Valor in 2008 we left the ship around 9 and there was only about a 15 minute wait for the tender. I'm going back in November, can't wait. 7 mile beach here I come!