Wow...really? I love the inspiration!! This would just be a teaser cruise actually -- as I want to take hubby to universal studios and to make the week - hope on a ship for a day or two -- or three. And...truthfully, unfortunately carnival doesn't acknowledge the fact that the LENGTH of cruises should coundt instead of the DAYS for platinium status. If we went on this little 3 dayer -- that would be our 9th and would make the next big one to mexician riveria our platinium. Unfortunately, they also don't count cruises before certain dates (otherwise I would be platinium already). Anyway...thanks for the info! Will consider that too!!!