We just came back from our cruise out of New Orleans. The worst part was the embarkment. It was a joke!!!!!!! I am a platium member of Carnival and I find it upsetting when you have tons of people who paid the $49.95 to become VIP members taking up the line and getting on the ship ahead of the people who earned the Platium and Diamond level.. The VIP was longer and slower than the regular line to board the ship. There was mass chaos at the terminal! I would have gotten on the ship faster if it would have been my first time on the cruise and not paid the $49.95. There were four people in line in front of us complaining because they paid that fee and they didn't get on the ship any earlier than they would have without paying the extra money. It is a shame that Carnival is treating its loyal customers this way. I guess Platium and Diamond members doesn't mean anything to Carnival anymore.