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Old September 20th, 2008, 04:24 PM
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Well, at least the Maitre'd who did the seating assignment for the tables is smart!

I was very suprised to see that I was seated at a table for eight in the smaller middle restaurant with seven other people who were ALL cruisning solo!! Two didn't bother to show up, but we did have one elderly man and then four other women! We all realized immediately that we were all solo cruisers! We commented to the maitre'd (a damn good looking man I must say) that it is a good idea to do that instead putting us at tables with married couples or with families!!!!

We all had a great time and hooked up occasionally for tours, shopping, shows, and activities!!!!!
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Well, at least the Maitre'd who did the seating assignment for the tables is smart!

I was very suprised to see that I was seated at a table for eight in the smaller middle restaurant with seven other people who were ALL cruisning solo!! Two didn't bother to show up, but we did have one elderly man and then four other women! We all realized immediately that we were all solo cruisers! We commented to the maitre'd (a damn good looking man I must say) that it is a good idea to do that instead putting us at tables with married couples or with families!!!!

We all had a great time and hooked up occasionally for tours, shopping, shows, and activities!!!!!
I concur. thus far, I am very pleased with Carnival. I always get upgraded to OV cabin and they automaticlly put me with other young passengers without me asking 'em. I love 'em!! From business view, I think Carnival has transformed into a better business model than other cruise lines. I believe you get free laundry service on the 10th cruise??
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I had the same experience on the Carnival Triumph in October 2006. They put my friend and I with 6 other single women and it was wonderful. We had a table at the very back of the ship...beautiful view as you could see the wake and the sun setting on most of the cruise. I wouldn't trade that table for anything. I wish now we had looked for more singles on the cruise. But overall, had a wonderful time and getting ready for the Legend in December.
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Yep they do that because they dont have tables for ONE, TWo, AND THREE.. the smallest table i;ve seen was a table for FOUR. So they put singles and couples at a table that seats EIGHT or TEN...and hope that ypu all can get along. Its a gud way to meet people. I sit at a different singles table everynite...I meet more peep that way..! If u think carnival is giving you the ROYAL TREATMENT now, jus wait til u become a "V.I.P" ( 10 or more cruises) Hang in there...Peace..!
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Yes Carnival does the best job at arranging solos at a group table in the dining room. Best of any line I have sailed.
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yes. the 10th cruise you get the same services as a cat 12 passenger also free laundry service. (VIP service).
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Chilli and Dave,
I read your messages about after the 10th cruise on Carnival and went to the website to see what I could find, but didn't come up with anything. I live in California and could take any number of shorter cruises on Carnival to get to 10 cruises. I also went on Carnival a few years ago and was so impressed with everything. Could you post the perks after you go on 10 cruises on Carnival? Thanks
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I just booked my 10th cruise today, now Platinum. You are correct, free laundry sercice.

Looking forward.

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I booked a Mexican cruiae today and found out this cruise qualified me as a platinum member, and the agent told me about the perks.

It features priority embarkation and disembarkation, guaranteed supper club reservations and dining times, personalized stationery and custom-designed Carnival logo items. Platinum cardholders have access to a fully staffed concierge desk on every cruise. Free slot tournement both blackjack and slots,


Other perks we received included: canapes delivered to our cabin, chocolate-covered strawberries, free laundry service . H

He said ghe crew gives you special treatment when they notice your Platinum colored S&S cards during the cruise!

I'm feeling kind of special.

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PJ,
Thanks for posting the perks after 10 Carnival cruises. It's sounds very nice. Nancy
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I've cruise in a Cat 11 cabin and enjoyed the cabin size and VIP boarding. That is about all we got, except two towel animals at night cuz we travelled with my 11 year old niece.

I have three cruises (#6, 7, and 8) for 2009, #9 will be Jan 17th 2010, and #10 will be Sept 2010. Now, I am seriously considering doing a B2B in Jan 2010 because I wanna know what it is like to do a B2B!!!!!

Naturally, finances will be important and I do hope that a B2B in Jan 2010 will be possible...
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Thanks for posting the perks after 10 Carnival cruises. It's sounds very nice. Nancy

You are welcome.


I have fallen in love with the new Dream. It has a 9 nighter in Dec and I'm going for it, so that's two for me in 2009

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I think Carnival does the best job at managing. They also have the best crew and the best food.

They might not have the biggest ships but they have a lot of good things on their ships!
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Carnival dining seating is done by computer. They group people by marital status, age, gender and travelling companions.

All solos are seated together. Married couples are almost never seated with single people (especially single women). Seniors are not seated with families with small children. Families with small children are seated with other small children.

It is a computer program that is then tweaked by hand by the home office. The only thing the Maitre D does is change seating upon request.

My girlfriend and I were once seated at a solo table that she was not comfortable with. The Maitre D had a hard time changing our table because he said he didn't want to put two single women at a table with married couples.

My last cruise, I went with my adult son. We shared a cabin and used the same home address but have different last names. Since Carnival didn't know we were mother and son, Carnival assigned us to a table with 3 other unmarried but co-habitating couples. As it turned out our tablemates were the greatest and we had a ball.

Whenever I have traveled solo on Carnival, I have been put at a solo table. Not so with RCCL, I traveled solo on two RCCL cruises and both times they put me at a table with married couples. Pleasant enough people but our cruise expectations and activities were night and day. If it were not for the upcoming election, there would have been nothing to talk about during dinner.

Now for Platinum perks. They are as follows:

Personalized stationary
Petit Fours
Whatever seating you select, you are guaranteed to get that seating
Guaranteed dinner reservations in the super clubs
Free entry into the casino touraments
1 Logo item per cabin
Free wash and fold service (at end of cruise)
VIP boarding and debarking (no lines)
Concierge service at the Purser's desk
Priority given to Platinum re: free cabin upgrades
Priority debarking at ports of call

There are a few more that I don't remember.
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To get to the Platinum level, (10 cruises), can the same route be repeated? For instance, there are several Carnival 3-day cruises to Mexico. Would two of those trips count toward two of the 10 cruises? I want to get to the Platinum level as soon as possible. Thanks
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To get to the Platinum level, (10 cruises), can the same route be repeated? For instance, there are several Carnival 3-day cruises to Mexico. Would two of those trips count toward two of the 10 cruises? I want to get to the Platinum level as soon as possible. Thanks
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When I went on my first Carnival Cruise, they must have gotten me mixed up with someone else with my name. When I got to Long Beach, I had made arrangements for someone to meet me with a wheelchair because I can not walk that far, so there was the nicest lady there to meet me, well she took me to the VIP check in and I said I can't go through that line this is my first cruise, then she explained all handicapped go through the VIP line, so I said ok. Then when I get my S&S card it was a platinum color, so I did not say anything because since this was my first cruise I thought that was normal. When her and I get to the first check-in the lady there instructed her to take me a different way, so she did, from the time I checked in at the VIP line to when I was onboard only took 25 minutes). It was not until I got on the ship and they put your card in that machine to activate it, that someone told me that I was a Platinum card holder and when I got to my room there were all of these goodies there. I immediately went down to the pursers desk and tried to explain that this was my very first cruise and that I was not entitled to all of this and the Purser said "Enjoy it, complements of Carnival Pride", so as a first time cruiser, I know what platinum cruisers are going to be getting and they deserve it.
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When I went on my first Carnival Cruise, they must have gotten me mixed up with someone else with my name. When I got to Long Beach, I had made arrangements for someone to meet me with a wheelchair because I can not walk that far, so there was the nicest lady there to meet me, well she took me to the VIP check in and I said I can't go through that line this is my first cruise, then she explained all handicapped go through the VIP line, so I said ok. Then when I get my S&S card it was a platinum color, so I did not say anything because since this was my first cruise I thought that was normal. When her and I get to the first check-in the lady there instructed her to take me a different way, so she did, from the time I checked in at the VIP line to when I was onboard only took 25 minutes). It was not until I got on the ship and they put your card in that machine to activate it, that someone told me that I was a Platinum card holder and when I got to my room there were all of these goodies there. I immediately went down to the pursers desk and tried to explain that this was my very first cruise and that I was not entitled to all of this and the Purser said "Enjoy it, complements of Carnival Pride", so as a first time cruiser, I know what platinum cruisers are going to be getting and they deserve it.
Wow!! That was lucky!
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Platinum level? Heck I just want to make it level one. This will be my second cruise.

I have a plan...I want to go on cruises that sail from Galveston first, then New Orleans, then Mobile, then move to Florida and work my way around the coast of Florida and on up to Charleston...then I might work my way back around!
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Platinum level? Heck I just want to make it level one. This will be my second cruise.

I have a plan...I want to go on cruises that sail from Galveston first, then New Orleans, then Mobile, then move to Florida and work my way around the coast of Florida and on up to Charleston...then I might work my way back around!
Thats cool.
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i did a carnival solo and was the only guy with 6 or 7 individual
single women cruising solo

bravo to carnival for that service
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Does Carnival do "meet and greets" for solo cruisers too?

It's always good for solos to get the chance early in the cruise to meet other folks who may also be sailing solo.

I can only speak for HAL, because that's the line I most often sail, but they do this neat thing on some of their longer cruises. They have special solos lunches in the dining room on sea days. It's the same dining service anyone would get, but the singles and solos sit together in one section and many of the tables are "hosted" by the "social hosts" or an onboard lecturer, etc. When I say hosted, I don't mean free wine or anything like that ... not at lunch anyway ... ... but it's a nice thing and let's the singles and solos meet up and talk about how their cruise is going. It's also great because it allows people to "hook up" for shore excursions and onboard activities they might be interested in.

So I was wondering if Carnival did the same sort of thing?

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I will be on board too.... 9/6 here we come.. Steve
maybe I will be at your table...
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Is this something they just do- or do you have to ask. I would love to sit with other singles at dinner. That would be awesome.

I'm crusin solo on the Triump November 28th. I will be attendning 6:00 dinner and would love to have some folks to hang with. Any other singles out there going on this trip?
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