RCI has quietly announced they will not have the December Celebration this year and this likely means it is gone for good. The promotion was held the past few years, offering double points to Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club members who cruised during the month of December.
The program proved popular, perhaps too popular, with ships being filled with upper tier loyalty members seeking the bonus points as a means to move up to the next member level. And yes, I am one of them. I made D+ as a result of doing back-to-back cruises on Liberty Of The Seas last December. I guess I am lucky that I got what I wanted before they ended the program.
An e-mail is slowly making it's way into the inboxes of C&A members. It reads:
"It is with our deepest regret that we must inform you that the Crown & Anchor Society will not be hosting a December Celebration for the 2013 holiday season. In the past, this promotion served as a surprise appreciation to our top tier members. Here at Royal Caribbean International, we are always thinking of new ways to reward our most loyal guests. While we understand the disappointment this announcement may cause, we ask for your continued patience as we prepare new and exciting programs for the future."
Anyone else think this means they are going to tweak the program again and change the tiers? Perhaps require more points to make Diamond and Diamond Plus level? I'll admit those levels are getting pretty crowded.