Where did you find the info about being considered Gold if you reach 25 days during your cruise? I can't find that anywhere on Carnival's site and when I asked the PVP (I know, not always the best source of info) she said it would not kick in until the next cruise. We are only three days short of gold and booked a 7 day in January. While it is not a big deal, we always had fun at the little party. We would even kind of dress up for it and made a "thing" out it.
2009 Carnival Fascination Jacksonville FL
2010 Carnival Fantasy Mobile AL
2011 Carnival Fascination Jacksonville FL
2012 Booked Carnival Conquest New Orleans LA