(2:07 p.m. EDT) -- Being one of the first to board your Carnival cruise ship might cost you a little bit more, depending on your sailing. The line has adjusted the pricing of its Faster to the Fun (FTTF) program, an add-on that gives regular, non-suite passengers priority access when boarding, disembarking and making reservations, among other perks.
Cruise Critic first heard of the pricing changes on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, where member beachnsnowbunny posted to the Carnival forums: "Just looking at excursions for our upcoming cruises and noticed [the FTTF price] has gone up. $79.95 for a five-day cruise; $89.95 for a seven-day cruise."
A spokesperson for Carnival confirmed the pricing changes, noting that only select sailings have been affected: "There have been some changes to the prices of our popular 'Faster to the Fun' (FTTF) package; prices on some sailings increased and others were decreased."
According to Carnival's website, FTTF packages start at $49.95, which was the baseline before the price changes were made. Pricing is based on a number of factors, including cruise length and ship. Booked cruisers who pre-purchased FTTF will not be required to pay the difference if the cost of the package on their sailing increased.
The FTTF price will continue to cover all cabin occupants; in other words, only one person in the party needs to purchase the package, and all occupants will receive the benefits.
Members on the forum expressed mixed feelings about the possibility of having to pay more for the package.
Said beachbum53, "I'm hesitant about getting FTTF for our next cruise, but 'the one who must be obeyed' wants the FTTF. So, guess what? Carnival gets $80.00 richer, and my wallet gets a little lighter. Gotta keep the queen happy."
Icesk8rReedy added, "Holy moly! I have it for my Dream sailing next month and almost cancelled it. I talked to the hubs and he wanted to keep it so we did. But next time, I would consider not getting it. It is $89.95 on our sailing and sold out as it has been for a while. Next cruise we will just get on at 1:30 or 2 after eating locally. It's not the end of the world to NOT get it."
Carnival's FTTF price changes come days after sister brand Princess Cruises revealed it's testing its own advanced boarding program for a fee.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor