My husband and I just booked a back-to-back cruise on the Carnival Fascination for next summer. We start off with a three night cruise to the Bahamas and then four nights to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Our travel agent contacted Carnival and didn't get a straight answer if we could stay on the ship since we booked the cruises back-to-back. She is going to contact Carnival again, but thought I'd check to see if anyone had cruising back-to-back experience with Fascination.
I've did back to backs on Carnival a few years back, and we were allowed to just stay on the ship. Had to check in again for the second week at the Guest Relations desk.
Other than that, we just relaxed and enjoyed the day.
Now with new security rules in place, you may have to just walk off, check with customs and walk back on. But either way, won't be any kind of a difficult or time consuming process.
Wouldn't that be wonderful? Getting to stay on the ship while everyone else is so sad to be getting off. I absolutely hate disembarkment day!
Mary Lou Scanlon
NCL Pride of America April 24, 2010
NCL Epic February 12, 2011
RCCL Allure of the Seas - September 18, 2011
Celebrity Eclipse - February 11, 2012:
RCCL Navigator OTS - February 9, 2013
Staying on between cruises is great - ship to yourself! Some services are curtailed unless there's a big group staying - bar & restaurant hours are reduced. They probably will require you to get off then back on - go to the purser's desk and ask what the procedures are...
We did a back to back on the Paradise Sept 2002, we had to get off the ship so we could get our pics on our new S&S cards. We were off maybe 20 minutes......just got off the ship....walked down to where ya put your card in, put it in, got pic & got back on the ship.........was very painless. It was a very enjoyable day.......no rushing aroundjust layed by the pool........<S>
We have done back to backs twice this year on Carnival. We had to get off the ship between the cruises both times. All you need to take off the ship is whatever you are using for id and your documents to reboard. We did also have to fill out customs papers even though we were taking nothing off the ship.
On a 3 night/4 night back to back cruise, there will probably be some repetition of the entertainment.
Instead, why don't you book a 7 night cruise? You can sail on the Triumph Saturday to Saturday, instead of the Fascination Friday to Friday. They both leave from the Port of Miami, and the Triumph is a newer ship. Or, you can sail Sunday to Sunday on the Paradise, also a newer ship than the Fascination.
Thanks Bruce for the suggestion. My husand and I did a 7 night cruise (five times) and an 8 night cruise all with Carnival. The Triumph on the week we need to leave stops at:
San Juan (been there three times for extended stays)
St. Thomas (been there twice)
St. Maarten (been there once and loved it!)
We want to try three/four night back-to-back to see if there is a more lively crowd. The last two cruises we've sailed in Febrary and we found the majority of guests in bed by 10:30 p.m., especially on the eight day cruise. We undestand sailing in July we'll encounter many children, but that's OK with us even though we don't have kids. We sailed the Inspiration (our favorite ship) over Easter once and had a fabulous trip, along with the 600 kids on board.
Who knows if we like the back-to-back, maybe we'll try a five/four night back-to-back next time.