> No, I'm not kidding. Celebrity Cruises charges a one-time
> fee (I think it's about $35 now) to join their repeat
> passengers' club.
You are absolutely correct. They do charge this one time $35 fee and I agree, it is stupid and sends the wrong message to repeat guests. But being a one time fee, people don't seem to mind as much. It is easily recouped by being invited to special events on board and having the wine tasting free as opposed to paying $8/pp. Many feel that the early embarkation and debarkation alone are worth it. Yes, I sucumbed and paid my dues.