Originally Posted by Kuki
Yes, the laundry and VIFP party are extra perks. But for the $49.95 they get immediate access to their cabin, and priority delivery on their luggage, as well as the priority embark.
Considering that pricing is per person, not per cabin... for many of the perks I'd say they are paying much less than most did to get to Platinum or Diamond.
Perhaps Carnival will extend the "extra perks" to those repeaters too
Plus, they are adding people to the "priority boarding" areas, which are sometimes already overly busy.
Actually there will be a separate check in area per John Heald (who once again got blindsided).
For some time I have suggested Carnival do away with the Loyalty Program since there were so many whiners and complainers. They went one better - found a way to level the playing field somewhat, subsidize my perks, AND probably make money to boot.
I think it will be a big seller but lines won't be too bad since it will be capacity controlled.