Just the priorty disembarkation is worth it - we get to skip all the lines, and I mean all the lines - it was great to have in March. Also get priority dining room requests, priority spa appointments, free entry into slot tournament, free laundry service, the things listed in above posts, and a few other things, but these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.
OK OK...sounds much better! Hey...question: I see you went on the Sensation. What is it like going on the smaller ships after experiencing the larger ships like the Glory -- The smaller ships will be in N.O. soon and within driving distance to me - so can put me off until larger ships are affordable
As you can see, March was my first cruise on a smaller ship since 1997. Yes, it was a shock, but once I got into the whole "I'm on a cruise" mode after the delay, then I didn't really notice a difference, other than no large pool on the aft deck. I am doing the Fantasy in 7 days, and now that I know I can deal with any size ship, I am looking so forward to it. I say, forget the size, go for the experience!!
Thanks, everyone for all your help. I searched Carnival's web site to see if the perks were listed anywhere, I couldn't find them. I'm sailing on the Valor on June 4th to the eastern Caribbean, can't wait!!!!!!!!! I agree with Jodi, I've sailed on Carnival's Fascination and RCCL's Majesty of the Seas and had a great time on both "smaller" ships...it's what you bring to the party that matters...the food is the same, service just as good, shore excursions, etc. Bring your positive attitude with you and you'll have a great time.
As a Platinum guest, we appreciated the benefits offered to us. There were definitely areas for improvement but overall the program is working well. We were: able to check in without waiting in the "general" check in line. However, we were required to wait in the line to have an embarkation photo taken - this line was quite long as we waited approximately 25 minutes after ascending to the 2nd floor (just after picking up our S&S cards). Carnival definitely makes mucho dinero off their photos! I would have liked the option as a Platinum member of bypassing this line. Between the check in time (even though we bypassed the general line), the time we waited to pick up our S&S cards and the photo shoot we probably waited as long as we had when the Platinum benefits were not available to Carnival guests. Just like all other past passengers, we were invited to the past passenger party - plenty of drinks to be had. A nice touch were the Carnival logo bags delivered to our state rooms, along with a Carnival pen and Valor pin. In addition, ALL guests in St. Thomas (because you are re-entering the US) must wake up early in the AM to check in with Immigration. The Platinum guests were able to bypass the line (let me tell you, it was very long, although moved quickly it appeared) by waiting in the Eagle's Lounge. We were the first group of passengers presented to Immigration - this was fantastic! On 2 evenings we received canapes in our room (nothing to boast about, but...still a nice touch!).Platinum guests are also given a Platinum-only line at the Purser's Desk. Platinum guests are rewarded with early embarkation - well, sort of...we were advised to meet in the Betsy Ross room, however, it was very difficult to get there since most of the lobby/atrium area was cordoned off and those choosing to carry off their own luggage were crowding the stairwells/exit area. This advantage provided to Platinum guests was not worthwhile as we still waited approximately 1 hour to disembark - the standard waiting period based on my experience. Finally, Platinum guest luggage was supposed to be in one area, however, our bags were in 3 different areas. The clear error here is that Platinum guests are provided with silver, Concierge Club luggage tags. There are other silver tags for the general population for which we believed the luggage handlers confused our baggage and set them in 3 different areas. In this regard, the luggage pick up process was more cumbersome than previously recalled. However, while these glitches can (and hopefully) will be worked out, we were impressed with the benefits awarded to us. Finally, we were also given one entry $20.00 into a slot, blackjack, etc. tournament.
Let me know if you need any additional info on the Valor, we just returned May 1. Have a blast!
We didn't have that problem on the Sensation - we met our Carnival Rep at the Purser's Desk Platinum Line and she escorted us around all lines, straight to our luggage which was separated from the rest, and proceeded to take us quickly to and through the customs line. Whole process - maybe 10 minutes. As far as the luggage tags, ask your cabin steward to also bring you the large white VIP tags - it helps to distinguish from the silver Platinum tags.