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Old September 22nd, 2007, 05:34 AM
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I am lucky enough to be doing back to back cruises coming up on the Liberty. I have cruised before, but never 2 consecutive. I managed to book the same cabin for both, but I was wondering how that works. Do I have to get off the ship and then get back on?

I was advised to check with the purser's desk, but I was thinking one of the wise folks here had done it and could give me some advance advice.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:35 AM
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I am lucky enough to be doing back to back cruises coming up on the Liberty. I have cruised before, but never 2 consecutive. I managed to book the same cabin for both, but I was wondering how that works. Do I have to get off the ship and then get back on?

I was advised to check with the purser's desk, but I was thinking one of the wise folks here had done it and could give me some advance advice.
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The wife and I are leaving this morning (22) to board the Fantasy out of New Orleans. We are doing our first B2B cruise . So, I'll let you know what to expect, and what to do, on our return. (Oct 1)

We do not have the same room, so we'll have to change. The good part is, we're only 8 doors down from our new room. I'll include what to do on that to.

Happy Sailing to all;
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Wow. I am jealous! Both of you are very lucky. Have an awesome cruise!!
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it would be so cool to do one of those where you go transatlantic and back home again, probably not much more than freaking airfare!
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it would be so cool to do one of those where you go transatlantic and back home again, probably not much more than freaking airfare!
Nursey, it's probably cheaper than airfare if you could get a repositioning cruise each direction!

Last time we did a B2B, they made us leave the ship for just a few minutes, then allowed us back on. No big deal!

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Old September 22nd, 2007, 04:36 PM
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Just curious why people do back to back cruises. Wouldn't it be the same shows, excursions, menus, and jokes?

I guess you can't do it all the first time, but I was just curious what the thought process was. I thought that when people say b2b they were getting on a different ship.

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Just curious why people do back to back cruises. Wouldn't it be the same shows, excursions, menus, and jokes?

I guess you can't do it all the first time, but I was just curious what the thought process was. I thought that when people say b2b they were getting on a different ship.

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When choosing to do back to backs many people decide to stay on the same ship so they don't have to pack, unpack, go through embark again, etc.

We have done it that way, and of course, the menus and entertainment do repeat. We still do back to back cruises fairly often, but now we do change ships and cruise lines at the break. We find it more fun to compare the lines, and the differences.

Next month we're doing Carnival Freedom for the CruiseMates Group Cruise, 7 nights, then boarding the Celebrity Constellation for an 11 day cruise.
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My Aunt and Uncle are doing a Princess BTB and the itinery is different on the two halfs yet the entertainment is the same My Aunt said they stay in the same room , so no repacking but I don't know if they have to leave the ship for a time. I guess it is kind of like a 14 day cruise, stopping to take on new passengers. It sounds pretty cool Cozzette
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Yep, it's the same entertainment put on by the cruise staff, however the entertainment put on by the passengers is different. It's just a lot of fun to stay aboard when everyone else has to leave, and frankly, the cruise is what I enjoy,,,not necessarily the "formal" entertainment. I'd stay aboard regardless of the entertainment! Just love to cruiz!

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Yep, it's the same entertainment put on by the cruise staff, however the entertainment put on by the passengers is different. It's just a lot of fun to stay aboard when everyone else has to leave, and frankly, the cruise is what I enjoy,,,not necessarily the "formal" entertainment. I'd stay aboard regardless of the entertainment! Just love to cruiz!

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I agree with Ken! We just enjoy the cruise. The entertainment is way down on our list of "must do's". Our next crusie is B2B; the first half is the Western Caribbean and the second half is the Eastern.

We'll be in the same cabin and the menus will be the same. This isn't a problem for us. We can always find something we like to eat !

From what I understand, the B2B cruisers will meet in the late morning of turnaround day and go through immigration. Then you're free to do whatever you want until sailaway.
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It's been 2 years but we did a back to back on the Triumoh (Eastern & Western) in November/December '05. We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck and I made sure during booking to keep the same one for both halves of the trip.

On "turnaround day" we met with the few others who were doing the back to back (about 20 of us) in one of the lounges and someone from the pursers office escourted us through the lines to the VIP room. There we were given new Sail & Sign cards and we were all set. The entire process took probably an hour and a half.
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It sounds like the BTB is a cool way to go. You get two different itinerys and stay put in your room. It seems more affordable to do it that way, you save airfare and gas, oh to be retired and have 2 long weeks to cruise.
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As a retirement treat to myself I am doing four B2Bs on the Glory. After 41 years of work I want to take a whole month and just RELAX 8) . I like everything about cruising, but the production shows are far down the list.

The entertainment that is important to me is the lounge bands because I am an avid ballroom, latin and country dancer. I am a solo cruiser, so with four B2Bs I get to meet four different groups of cruisers.

Four cruises with only one travel. Excellent! And with the Canadian dollar now at par, life is good.

I was advised by Carnival that between cruises the B2B cruisers will have to get off and back on, but very quickly with escort. Cheers....Jim H
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Wow! Thank you all for the advice. It will be quite a relief to not have to pack and unpack in between.
I am with the others who say the entertainment in the big theater is low on my list of priorities. Although if I miss something the first week that everyone later raves about, I guess I can go see it the next week.
The itineraries are totally different, and I am lucky in that on both, two out of the three ports are ones I haven't been to before.
I know I'm doing two because the first one is a girlfriend getaway with my best friend, and for the second one, I boot the girlfriend and send her home, and my boyfriend will be sailing with me. Kind of the best of both worlds!
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As a retirement treat to myself I am doing four B2Bs on the Glory. After 41 years of work I want to take a whole month and just RELAX 8) . I like everything about cruising, but the production shows are far down the list.

The entertainment that is important to me is the lounge bands because I am an avid ballroom, latin and country dancer. I am a solo cruiser, so with four B2Bs I get to meet four different groups of cruisers.

Four cruises with only one travel. Excellent! And with the Canadian dollar now at par, life is good.

I was advised by Carnival that between cruises the B2B cruisers will have to get off and back on, but very quickly with escort. Cheers....Jim H
Hi Jim H, just a FYI! It sounds like you would make an excellent Dance Host! I'd check it out on your next cruise if you're interested. We've met several Hosts on our cruises and they all have had a wonderful time! There's nothing like sailing for free, too !
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I am lucky enough to be doing back to back cruises coming up on the Liberty. I have cruised before, but never 2 consecutive. I managed to book the same cabin for both, but I was wondering how that works. Do I have to get off the ship and then get back on?

I was advised to check with the purser's desk, but I was thinking one of the wise folks here had done it and could give me some advance advice.
Pami1968,
Hello from onboard the Fantasy doing our B2B cruise. Ok, I can now answer your question. This morning, we pack all of our stuff into our suitcases, and when the other room was ready, we moved our suitcases down to our new room.
The wife and I was escorted through Customs, over to Carnivals registration counter, and right back on the ship. The whole process took less than 30 minutes. Your treated like high rollers You actually pass everyone in line. The wife & I had the ship to ourselves for about 2 hours. An awesome expierance

Happy Sailing to all;
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When we did our back to back, we boarded in San Diego and arrived in Vancouver for the next leg of the cruise.

They told us we had to get off the ship, go through immigration, and reboard, and get new sail and sign cards. We were told to do this ourselves. (we had the same room)

That was a confusing nightmare, as the Canadians did not have anyone at their immigration desk.

They problem was, that the ship's manifest did not list us as being on the next cruise, so we couldn't reboard. Had to get some officer to come down to boarding to help us.

So, in my experience, you get off the ship, go through immigration if necessary, reboard, and get new room cards, even though you have the same room.
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David,

Thanks! Sounds like the B2B experience was good for you. Sassy's experience, though, sort of scared me a bit. Still... I can't WAIT!
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Thanks! Sounds like the B2B experience was good for you. Sassy's experience, though, sort of scared me a bit. Still... I can't WAIT!
Pami- Just for the record, I didn't book both cruises at the same time. They were about 2-months apart on booking. My TA e-mailed me a deal, and a thought came on me. Why not do a B2B So, I replyed and booked it.

I also did the E-Docs on the second cruise. No problems there either. But I can tell you, there's nothing like getting those docs in the mail.

Carnival did ask us did we want to explore New Orleans. But we said no. Romana ( Carnival Employee )was very outstanding in helping us through this process. Would I do it again YOU BET

Enjoy your B2B cruise
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Pami~~ Just to let you know, the B2B was only my 2nd cruise, and, silly me, I didn't use a TA.

I learned my lesson. Now I always use a TA !
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Hey Admiral Fern, thanks for the advise. I know about the Gentlemen Host program and have already been offered numerous cruises as a host. I will definitely take them up on it for the longer, more expensive cruises. There are certain drawbacks to hosting such as some lack of freedom, no gambling, and, of course, if you meet someone you like you cannot play favorites. Carnival is not that expensive, so I will treat myself this time. But don't be surprised is you see my as a host on a future cruise you may take. Cheers......Jim H.
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We are doing a B2B on Mariner in Jan 08 . If we did only one week the

airfare (Orlando - Vancouver RTN) would cost us as much as the

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