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Old 02-06-2007, 06:25 PM
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how can you become a vip? can you pay a little more for the convienence this offers?
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:32 PM
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to get VIP status just book a suite or once you've cruised 10 times on carnival you get vip status with any state room
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:21 AM
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Yes, you can pay for the priviledge. (besides booking a suite)

You can get VIP Check In and Debarkation buy joining the CVC (Carnival Vacation Club).

The cheapest package is around $3,500.00. This purchases 14,000 points which you use to pay for your cruises. It must be paid for in full before you get any benefits. (Obviously charging this to a credit card and making monthly payments only increases your cost.) Please do not do this unless you can affored to pay for it.

Booking a 4A GTY and being VERY flexible (sailing during the off season)costs about 5,500 points for 2 people on a 7 day. Of course, you have no control on how many points a cruise will cost. All that control belongs to CVC. CVC sets the number of points needed for each cruise.

The bottom line is that out of that $3,500.00, you lose $1,000.00 in the points conversion.

This means basically you are paying $1,000.00
for VIP Check In and Debarkation. However, you get the perk for 3 -5 years (not just that cruise) ~~only on Carnival~~ (not any sister cruise lines)

You must sail on a ship that has an office to purchase this package. You can not purchase these packages on land or if you live in the state of South Carolina. 18 other states to not allow you to buy extra points, so you lose any left over points.

This is not owned or operated by Carnival, but by ICE (a time share operator).

They offer more expensive packages (with more points) but you are just losing more money, in the conversion, for the VIP Check In and Debark...so it is best to just buy the cheapest package.

As I said, you do also get these priviledges if you are a member and pay cash for a cruise. These priviledges last 3 - 5 years. By that time, hopefully you have 10 cruises with Carnival and are a Platinum member so you get them for free. No need to renew.

All the other "discount resort" land vacations and "free companion air ticket" etc are smoke and mirrors to distract you from the bottom line.

You are paying $1,000.00 of your $3,500.00 for VIP Check In and Debarkation.

If it is worth it to you, then this is an option. Just don't buy it for any other reason.
*no matter what the sales agent says

Sadly, when CVC started in 2004....the sales agents made car salesmen look like "saints". The lies that were told were consistant and horrible.

1. They promised 30-60% savings on the price of a cruise. Not true, you actually pay more but you do get the perks.

2. The resorts are not 5 star and are extremely limited to a few in the US and a couple in Mexico. Of course, this was presented as plentiful and world wide. Most people who purchased these packages were livid that they were never able to book a resort that they wanted.

The list of complaints are listed on this board from people who are actually CVC members.

Personally, have 2 years of research and seeing the tactics used against Carnival cruisers and the horrible way they treated their own employees....I would never do business with someone like that.

But everyone has their own standards and it is your money. And it is a way that you can buy the VIP Check In and Debarkation...if it is worth $1,000.00 to you. Just remember you are dealing with a Time Share company and be fully informed before making this decision.

Happy Cruising.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:41 AM
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Well put LHP, as a CVC member with the $10,000 package I can say I love the perks and the sometimes cabin upgrades , but we paid dearly to get them . I've had a good exsperince with the cruise bookings(with no savings so far) but forget about the companion airline tickets and resort stays . I knew it would only be a matter of time before this thread went toward the CVC topic
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:10 AM
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how can you become a vip? can you pay a little more for the convienence this offers?
There is another way to get off early on debarcation but it is a little risky and doesn't always work. Early in the cruise find out which social host is in charge of debarcation. Then smooze him up for the entire cruise and hope he gives you special treatment. It never worked for me but there is always a first time.

I'm on my 5th cruise and looking forward to platinum status in a couple of years, I hear it is nice.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:19 PM
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Well put LHP, as a CVC member with the $10,000 package I can say I love the perks and the sometimes cabin upgrades , but we paid dearly to get them . I've had a good exsperince with the cruise bookings(with no savings so far) but forget about the companion airline tickets and resort stays . I knew it would only be a matter of time before this thread went toward the CVC topic
This will give you a good laugh. There is a guy on another board who says he bought the $5,000 package (20,000 points) and "swears" he saved (are you sitting down) $12,500.00 on the 4 cruises he and his wife have gone on.

Now this guy always books a 4A GTY (hoping for an upgrade) and has booked 4 - 7 day cruises with his 20,000 points for 2 people.

He is trying to convince people that without CVC, he would have paid $17,500.00 for these 4 cruises (for a 4A GTY) for 2 people.

He can't stand it when I question his "savings". Of course, he just ignores requests for proof.

If it makes you feel any better, you may have paid LESS than the cost of a suite to get those perks. (depending on how many cruises you go on to use those perks) That is the only way to sell CVC honestly...which is the only thing I have ever advocated.

It is just a shame they have to use smoke, mirrors and slight of hand...when it could have been sold in an honest, straight forward manner. There are people who would pay $1,000 for VIP Check In if they cruised enough times a year.

Enjoy your cruises!!
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Is VIP status really that important to you? I am a VIP with Carnival.

You get early check in and early debarkation. If you have to wait they have a lounge set aside for VIPs. Sometimes a regular check in is faster than VIP.

You get a free nylon tote bag. Free wash an fold on the ship. On a seven day cruise you get snacks delivered to your room twice.

You also get $20 in the casino. I don't gamble so I couldn't tell you about this.

There is a conciguere (?) for VIPs, so there is no waiting at the purser's desk.

I don't believe I would pay $3,500.

Just be patient. You'll get there. Spend your money on your vacation. I've read complaints about the VIP service being sold.

Be cautious.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:26 AM
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No, not that important...I just hate lines! :-) At this point, I do not care. I just want my vacation to get here! Sunday can not get here soon enough.
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Have a great time! Now that you saved $3,500 on a VIP membership what are you going to spend it on?
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The best tip that I can give you on saving time in lines is don't go to the ship until one hour piror to the cut off time. We have always been there a hour before they let you on and have to wait at least two hours in line to get on. When we did out southern we did not get on until around 5 hour after they started to check people in and we were through it all in around 20 mins and of that 5 mins was in line, 10 mins was at the desk getting the sail and sign and 10 mins was in the duty free before you board the ship.
 
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