Here's hoping that the annoying first-day-onboard ritual of waiting in line to sign up for shore excursions is on its way out. Carnival is sticking its proverbial toe in the advance-reservations pond by test-marketing a program on the two European cruises that the new Carnival Legend will sail this summer.
The usually progressive Carnival's not actually out in front on this trend. Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity are among the other lines that have already put a program in place though they all encourage booking via the Internet -- and feature online shore excursion brochures on their own web sites.
Carnival isn't relying on the Internet in this case; guests booked on the two applicable cruises will get an order form with their cruise documents and are then asked to fax or mail them back to the company's tour operations department.