Just wondering why Carnival requires 10 cruises to become "Platinum" in their past guest program, when their sister line Princess, only requires 5? I just checked and I'm Platinum in RCL as well, and they only required 5! Are they trying to say that a cruise on Carnival is only worth half as much as a cruise on Princess or RCL? Makes no sense to me.
I was looking in Carnival Currents and saw the "benefits" of a platinum cruiser, and was disappointed. Didn't see much in the way of anything worthwhile....priority debarkation, personal stationary, a souviner carnival logo item, etc. Seems pretty cheap in my opinion, considering the fact that by the time you take 10 cruises, you've probably spent well over $20,000 per person!
Actually, JAJONES, you are right. The main thing we enjoy about our Platinum status with the other lines, is the priority embarcation, and usually a lounge to sit in with coffee, entertainment (TV etc.) and newspaper while waiting for disembarcation. It just kind of makes me mad that Carnival chooses to double the number of cruises required to get even those little perks. It makes me more inclined to stick with the lines where I'm already Platinum.
You are using the wrong TA if you spent $20,000 on 10 cruises per person.
Our family of four are headed out on our 7 day cruise (our 13th Carnival cruise) next month and it was less than $2,400.00 for all 4 of us. Our cruises run no more than $100.00 per person per day.
A Carnival 3 day cruise can be done for $300.00 a person which means if someone did all 3 day cruises to reach the Platinum level they would have spent $3,000.00 not $20,000. True, some folks get suites etc...but Carnival is basing their "perks" on the average...not the top end.
I am very pleased with the VIP Check In and things like Priority Tendering at ports.
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