Only one member of the cabin needs to purchase FTTF and everyone in the stateroom receives the following:
- Priority security, check-in, and express boarding
- Staterooms are ready as soon as you board
- Priority delivery of your luggage
- Dedicated phone and line at guest services
- Priority dining reservations
- Priority tender tickets
- Disembarkation choices
However, is it worth the fee to get access to these perks? I have cruised on Carnival with FTTF and without it. For me personally, I wouldn’t purchase it again since they raised the prices and here are the reasons why. I will say that if the above perks are valuable to you, then by all means, go ahead and purchase FTTF for your cruise.
The $60-$80 to board the ship a few minutes ahead of everyone else just isn’t worth it to me. Especially now that Carnival has rolled out staggered embarkation, I can show up at my scheduled check-in time and board the ship without much hassle.
With FTTP, your staterooms are ready as soon as you board and your luggage has priority delivery. On embarkation day, the last place you’ll find me is in my cabin. I’m out exploring the ship seeing all the features the ship has to offer.
I rarely visit guest services on a cruise so I have zero reason to pay extra to have a dedicated line. I take between 8-10 cruises a year and I can’t remember the last time I visited guest services. Personally, I think cruise lines should stop letting people take off their gratuities and then there would never be a line at guest services. But that’s another topic for another day.
While you get priority dining reservations with FTTF, a quick visit to the maître d’ on embarkation day is usually all that is needed to get your desired dining time.
FTTF also comes with priority tender tickets, a great perk if your cruise itinerary includes a port stop that requires tendering. However, Carnival only visits a few ports that require tendering (Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Belize etc) and there are a lot of itineraries that do not have tender ports.
Lastly, you can get priority disembarkation choices with FTTF. Since I always do walk-off disembarkation on my own, this perk becomes irrelevant to me.
Whether or not you purchase FTTF really all depends on your personal needs. However, if you want to purchase FTTF, you’ll need to do it well in advance of your cruise. It is an extremely popular program and always sells out months in advance.
For me personally, I’d rather put the $80 towards an excursion on my cruise.
To clear up any confusion, I am not platinum, or anywhere near it with Carnival. While I cruise often, I cruise on so many different cruise lines that I am no where near earning a top loyalty status with any one cruise line. (9 cruises last year on 8 different cruise lines)