I noticed this on our last cruise. We bought into the Carnival Vacation Club and our card is gold for VIP, while others were the red, white and blue. I don't know what the break down is, maybe it's like on RCI.
We also bought into the Carnival Vacation Club while on the Spirit, It is like a timeshare using points. We have used it only once and we did get an upgrade, use VIP check in and were the first ones on the ship, got special treats in the room and a personal invitation and introduction to the Captain. We are using it again in November for our Liberty cruise so we'll see how everything goes. Members are suppose to be first to get the best upgrades..ie...Balcony to Suites..as some members have told us they were upgraded. It is only for 5 years so time will tell.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
The Carnival Vacation Club is only offered on certain ships so don't look for it everywhere. We felt it was a really good deal if you also enjoyed land vacations and they give you some really great deals on those as well. Since we don't take land vacations and it wasn't actually a "carnival" company we felt it wasn't that good of a deal for us. (This may be a good deal for others it just wasn't for us.) We did cancel after we got home. We had thought we could give the land trips to our kids...but after reading all the papers found it was going to cost us an extra $100 fee each. (We signed up on the Conquest.) The Carnival Sea Miles credit card suits us better....earn points...get upgrades....double points on Carnival.
Thanks I am not a land vacationer either, but I did just sign up for the sea miles, and with my kids on their way to college ON MY credit card this hopefully will help. Does anyone know how many miles pay for a cruise???????