Thats right Tweety. Carnival requires ten cruises for Platinum, but most of the others ie: Princess, RCL, etc. only require five. The way I see it, that means Carnival cruises are only worth half as much as the others!
I had a gold card on the Spirit last September (It should have been Platinum - they are missing one of my cruises), but tomorrow will be my first Platinum card! Not that it will get me much, but at least we get the VIP check-in.
Au contraire! Some recent Platinum cruisers told me they had a Carnival tote bag in their cabin upon arrival. It contained a few of the ship's logo products. Also, they received some casino bucks. Nice. I don't ever choose to have dinner in the "Supper Club", but Platinum members are suppose to have guaranteed reservations if they choose to dine there, as well as a comp bottle of wine on their table...Supper Club only. (This is from a recent (last month) Platinum cruiser and her family.
The Gold/Platinum program was implemented only a few months ago. I've done 14 Carnival cruises, but not since the new program began, so I'll definitely be Platinum on my upcoming cruise next month. Can't wait to see what goodies await!
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
New Orleans Lady - that's ME.
14 Carnival cruises
3 Princess cruises
2 HAL cruises
2 NCL cruises
3 RCL cruises
All fantastic voyages!
I don't think for a minute that my statement was "silly". I just think that Carnival management feels that they have a somewhat "captive" audience, that they don't have to worry too much about "straying", and that they can get away with giving us less perks. When I asked Carnival management about the disparity between their platinum program, and those of their other lines, they hesitated for some time, then said that since Carnival offered lots more short cruises, that they decided to make the platinum program start at 10. I told them that it is true that they offer more 3,4, and 5 day cruises, and that they should give one credit for those cruises, and two credits for the seven day or longer cruises. He had no comment.
As far as why am I on the Carnival site,,,I like Carnival. Of over 100 cruises, the very best, and the very worst have both been on Carnival. I'm currently booked on the Valor, and just booked the Liberty as well. Maybe I'll get lucky and see you aboard!
Thanks for the info, Chef. However, I am upset that I won't get the supper club benefit - I am on a ship without one on this sailing, but I will take advantage of it on the Glory in September. I have done the supper club on the Spirit, Glory, and Pride and look forward to it each time.