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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:43 AM
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We are going on cruise in November, we have normal CAT8 cabin but my uncle (single) made a reservation yesterday and booked a suite so he now has VIP check in. Since we are traveling together, does anyone know if Carnival will allow myself and my traveling partner to check in with my Uncle? We really want to be able to get that first picture together the three of us.

If anyone has experienced this before please let me know.

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:46 AM
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We are going on cruise in November, we have normal CAT8 cabin but my uncle (single) made a reservation yesterday and booked a suite so he now has VIP check in. Since we are traveling together, does anyone know if Carnival will allow myself and my traveling partner to check in with my Uncle? We really want to be able to get that first picture together the three of us.

If anyone has experienced this before please let me know.

Thanks!
The bad news is that your Uncle's Sail and Sign card will be pulled and placed at a different location than you and your traveling partner.

The good news is that these are generally small enough terminals where you will not even lose sight of each other.

So he will check in at his spot...and you two will check in at your spot and he can wait for you both to get a picture of all 3 together.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:51 AM
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We are going on cruise in November, we have normal CAT8 cabin but my uncle (single) made a reservation yesterday and booked a suite so he now has VIP check in. Since we are traveling together, does anyone know if Carnival will allow myself and my traveling partner to check in with my Uncle? We really want to be able to get that first picture together the three of us.

If anyone has experienced this before please let me know.

Thanks!
Warning, I have been VIP for a while due to my CVC membership, we arrive so earily onboard that the Camera Station isn't even set up yet. Goody for us since we don't buy those pics anyways.

So if you do board with your uncle, you may have to wait for the camera man to get all set up, by them its forget it lets go up to Lido.


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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:52 AM
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I hear though the wait for normal in Ft. Lauderdale could be up to 2 hours and VIP would be 45 minutes or so... would hate to ask him to wait around that long for us.

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:09 PM
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I believe that if your Uncle had made your reservation also, you would be linked to his reservation and allowed to board thru the VIP check-in with him.
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I hear though the wait for normal in Ft. Lauderdale could be up to 2 hours and VIP would be 45 minutes or so... would hate to ask him to wait around that long for us.

Thanks for the feedback!
I cant imagine it taking 2 hours, but I only went out that port on Princess lately. We were boarded according to our number they assigned when we got into the terminal, but since we were on Lido deck which has so few cabins, we pretty much waltzed thru getting on the ship without a line once boarding started. My cruise roomie I think was a 3 and I was 1 and she was so close right behind us once boarding started I could pull her up to the counter so we could check in the whole cabin at once.

Play it by ear...if you cant and there isnt much of a line, it may not be that big of a deal. Sometimes Iv even hear that VIP line is longer because fewer clerks.
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Two scenarios for you.

My parents would book suites (I would book an inside), prior to any of us being Platinum. They would allow me to check in with them in VIP.

When I became Platinum a few cruises prior to my parents, and them booking the non suite cabins, they would be allowed to check in with me.

It usually isn't a problem as long as it is only one cabin with a couple of people and the reservations are linked and immediate family members.

I would go to the VIP with them and ask. They will probably let you, but don't try to abuse it.

Having been Platinum for a few cruises now, I can understand why they won't allow it, as it takes away from the status that we have worked for or paid for (booking the suites). I would prefer for the status to remain staus quo and only Platinum or Suites to be checked in, linked or not, as I didn't understand before how it affected the process. My friends who cruise with me now and are not Platinum, do not check in with me, but we alway arrive at a time that sometimes, they are done before I am.

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I believe that if your Uncle had made your reservation also, you would be linked to his reservation and allowed to board thru the VIP check-in with him.
Sorry I failed to ask...if you are all in the same room...then you will board VIP with him and your Sail and Sign cards will be with his.

Your names will all be listed on his document!!
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It would appear to me that if a family of a managable size were VIP then all would be allowed to board VIP
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It would appear to me that if a family of a managable size were VIP then all would be allowed to board VIP
I would agree. In the past, it is has been primarily based on the "age" of the family members.

If Mom and Dad have a suite and the "kiddies" are across the hall in an inside...of course they all board VIP.

However, if the "family" members are grown adults...then each port seems to make their own rules. (and even those change depending on how the wind blows that day)

Seems "managable" in this case is kinda like "reasonable" in the case of sodas (no pun intended)!
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