Carnival Cruise Line offers a program that is not offered by any other cruise line. FTTF (Faster to the Fun) allows guests to pay a small fee for what are essentially line cutting benefits on their cruise ships.
As someone who has purchased Faster to the Fun for one of their cruises on Carnival Cruise Line, I can honestly say it’s totally worth it. Even with the recent price increase, here are reasons why you should purchase Faster to the Fun on your next Carnival cruise. That is, unless you don’t want to feel like a VIP.
Let’s be honest, you paid a lot of money for your cruise and you’ve been looking forward to embarkation day for months. Faster to the Fun gives you a fast pass to boarding the cruise ship. While everyone else is everyone else is standing in security and check-in lines, you will have your own priority lanes making check-in a breeze.
Who wants to wait in lines while on vacation? I certainly don’t! One of the biggest perks of buying FTTF is kissing lines goodbye. And it’s not just on embarkation day where this saves you time. There are other areas which I will get into later in this article where FTTF is a godsend. If you hate lines, purchase FTTF.
Stateroom is Ready When You Board
When you purchase Faster to the Fun, your stateroom is ready when you board the ship. This allows you to drop off any carry-on bags you have. We’ve all seen that person who looks miserable when hauling around a heavy backpack and luggage around the ship waiting for the announcement that cabins are finally ready. With FTTF, you can start using your cabin the moment you board the ship.
This really comes in handy when you want to change after lunch and use the pools/water park. I think we can all agree that we’d rather change in the privacy of our own cabin than in a public restroom.
Faster to the Fun takes the stress out of embarkation day and makes it enjoyable, like it should be. After all, you’ve been counting down the days to your cruise for a long time. With FTTF, your luggage will be given priority and arrive to your cabin soon after boarding. This allows you to get unpacked and settled for your cruise hours before you would have without FTTF.
Tendering can be one of the most miserable parts of cruising. (If you can call any part of cruising “miserable”) Since at some ports the cruise ships cannot dock, you will have to take smaller boats called tenders to reach the shore.
Tender ports for Carnival Cruise Line include Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Princess Cays, and Belize.
With Faster to the Fun, you won’t have to wait in line to tender. Notice a pattern here of not having to wait in line? When you are ready to go ashore, just head to the guest services desk and you will receive priority tendering. This can save you as much as an hour or more of time when trying to tender at peak times. I mean, wouldn’t you want to spend an extra hour on a tropical island instead of waiting in line?
Your Own Line at Guest Services
Ever needed to go to guest services but you were dreading it because you didn’t want to wait in the long line? The line at guest services can get long, especially at the end of the cruise with other passengers trying to get their onboard bills squared away.
When you purchase FTTF, you will have a separate line at guest services. On a recent cruise where I purchased FTTF, the line at guest services was clear down the hallway. I walked up to the priority line and got my matter resolved in less than a minute. Thanks FTTF for allowing me to spend more of my time enjoying my vacation.
Priority Dining Reservations
Hate getting stuck with the late second seating dining time? Yes, I do to0. With Faster to the Fun, you will get priority dining reservations so you can eat when you want to eat, not when the cruise line tells you to eat.
When your cruise is over and it’s time to get off the ship, Faster to the Fun won’t leave you hanging. You will be able to choose from early or late disembarkation. You can choose the one that best fits your travel plans, taking the pain out of getting off the ship.
How Much Does Faster to the Fun Cost?
Faster to the Fun costs anywhere from $39.95 to $99.95 per cabin. The price varies by cruise ship and the length of the cruise. The prices for FTTF went up in March 2018 and the current prices can be seen below:
- $39.95 – 2 and 3 day cruises (excluding Carnival Liberty)
- $49.95 – 4 day cruises on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Sensation
- $59.95 – 3 day cruises on Carnival Liberty
- $59.95 – 4 day cruises on Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Victory
- $59.95 – 5 day cruises on Carnival Sensation
- $69.95 – 4 day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista
- $79.95 – 5 day cruises (excluding Carnival Sensation)
- $89.95 – 6 day and 7 day cruises
- $99.95 – 8 day and longer cruises (excluding Carnival Journeys departures)
When you think about all of the perks that you get, it’s really a no-brainer. There’s a reason why it sells out so fast.
Feel Like a VIP
When I purchased Faster to the Fun, I felt like I was treated as a VIP. The cost was a small percentage of my cruise fare and made it completely with it. We had seven cabins on the cruise, and only two of us decided to purchase FTTF. We weren’t even halfway through the cruise before everyone else in our party started wishing they had purchased it also.
Tips for Buying Faster to the Fun
If you are interested in purchasing this awesome program called Faster to the Fun on your next Carnival cruise, here are a few tips to help you out since there are a limited number of passes available on each sailing.
The early bird gets the worm. FTTF is so popular that is has been known to sell out months in advance. As soon as you book your cruise, you will want to go to the Fun Shop on Carnival Cruise Line’s website to purchase it. You can not buy it with your cruise, you have to purchase it after your complete your reservation.
What if FTTF Has Sold Out?
If Faster to the Fun has sold out, you’re not totally out of luck. As you get closer to your cruise, many times spots open up for others to purchase it. Check back often so you can snag it. Or better yet, have your travel agent do it for you. After all, isn’t that what they are there for?
The reasoning for this is because VIFP Diamond and Platinum guests receive many of the same perks. In order to make sure the priority lines stay priority, Carnival Cruise Line only offers a limited number of FTTF spots.
If your sailing has fewer Platinum and Diamond guests booked, the cruise line is more likely to open new spots as you get closer to your sailing.
You can’t purchase it once onboard, you have to buy it prior to your cruise.
What If I Already Printed My Boarding Pass Before Buying FTTF?
If you already printed your boarding passes and luggage tags before you were able to buy FTTF, you will want to reprint them. Your new boarding passes will have the FTTP stamp which allows for priority embarkation. Without the stamp, you won’t be able to use the priority lines and your luggage also won’t receive priority.
Only one person in a cabin needs to purchase FTTF. Once you purchase it, it will cover everyone who is booked in your cabin. It won’t however cover others who are traveling with you in other cabins. They will need to purchase it for themselves.
Carnival Cruise Line is the only cruise line to offer a perk like this. No other line offers anything even close to FTTF.
If you are on the fence about purchasing Faster to the Fun, just do it. You won’t regret it. You will only regret not buying it when you are waiting in long lines on the ship.
Remember, you can’t buy happiness but you can buy Faster to the Fun. And that’s pretty much the same thing!
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