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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:20 AM
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Why does Carnival give Platinum status on your 10th cruise regardless if its 10 3 day cruises or 10 7 day cruises? It would seem more fair if they awarded Platinum based on days sailed and not on number of times you boarded a ship. My next cruise will be number 10 and they have all been 1 weekers. So why should 30 days sailed be the same as 70?
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Carnival says that's why it takes 10 with them, instead of far less with some of the other lines. Don't sweat it,,,,Platinum is GREAT with Carnival, as opposed to some of the other lines "Platinum" status. You'll really enjoy all the perks,,,like priority embarkation/debarkation. Free laundry aboard. The current "surprise" which is a little thermos bottle. Snacks in the cabin, etc. etc. etc.
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Why does Carnival give Platinum status on your 10th cruise regardless if its 10 3 day cruises or 10 7 day cruises? It would seem more fair if they awarded Platinum based on days sailed and not on number of times you boarded a ship. My next cruise will be number 10 and they have all been 1 weekers. So why should 30 days sailed be the same as 70?
Good point I took a 14 day cruise I should get double credit.
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Princes does it by cruise and also the number of days.

So, on your first cruise (if it is say 50 days), you are at the Platinum Level.
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Yeah, people who have sailed on a bunch of 3 day cruises are treated the same as ones who have sailed a bunch of 7 day cruises.. sounds like a bunch of crap to me...Carnival are you listening?
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Just another viewpoint to add on this topic. I am platinum and I have cruised on many 7day cruises as well as a few 3,4 and 5 day cruises and an 8 day. Carnival has rewarded me for picking them over any other cruiseline for more than 10 times regardless of the length of time I spend on their ships. Even when I only cruise three days I have incurred the expense of a flight from my east coast Canada home to Florida, hotels, transfers, etc.

I have no objection to people getting platinum status on 3 day cruises, as far as I'm concerned the program meets its goal of rewarding those people who time and time again choose Carnival over any other line and any other type of vacation.

Enjoy the perks of platinum without worrying how any of your counterparts got there, we're all part of a club that loves carnival and comparing our experiences is so much more fun than focusing in on whether or not someone else "earned" their status the same way I earned it.

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I think it's because there are alot of folks, especially working folks with families, who just can't go on ten or even seven day cruises alot of the time. Familes are busier than ever and Carnival especially likes to cater to families. Most who can go on a cruise longer than seven days are folks who are blessed with ALOT of vacation time every year, are retired or some other factor. Also, more people are looking for a good deal budget wise these days and cruises seven days or longer are pricy especially with a family in tow no matter what time of year you go. Also, don't forget, that someone can turn the tables of this argument on you...There is always going to be someone out there with more/longer cruises under their belts than you and they can simply they have done more 14 day cruises than you have so they should be rewarded, not you. Where does the argument end?

Is having your laundry done a couple times, a cheap thermos bottle and getting off the ship a bit earlier etc. really such huge perks that it's really a battle worth fighting? I think people see the word "Platinum" and it creates a false sense of some kind of huge deal, which it's really not. I have a feeling that with the lines cutting almost everything that they might do away with some of these programs except for those with huge numbers of cruises under their belts.
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Briguy here is another thing to consider. I have heard that people spend more money per day on board with a shorter cruise than a longer cruise. So that may even up the odds a bit.
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Some 3 or 4 or 5 day cruises cost much more than a 7 day cruise depending on the time of the year so why shouldn't they get the same reward as far as number of cruises. Things tend to equal out over the nine qualifying cruises so Why sweat it? Good points by 2littletime.

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Is having your laundry done a couple times, a cheap thermos bottle and getting off the ship a bit earlier etc. really such huge perks that it's really a battle worth fighting? I think people see the word "Platinum" and it creates a false sense of some kind of huge deal, which it's really not. I have a feeling that with the lines cutting almost everything that they might do away with some of these programs except for those with huge numbers of cruises under their belts.
I leave for my first Platinum cruise tomorrow morning. I am very much looking forward to the perks. (a) I am timing my arrival at the terminal based on the fact that I do not have to wait on the regular long line. (b) I have packed less clothes based on the fact that Carnival will wash my clothes for me if I want. (c) I am looking forward to my free Carnival souvenir. (d) I have to get off the ship in NYC on Monday and go straight to work. (My job is 20 minutes by cab from the ship) Therefore, I booked this cruise based on the fact that I will be able to get off the ship very early and first. (e) Since, I will be lugging my luggage to work and since Carnival washes my laundry, I can pack less undies, socks, nighties, etc. which will make my luggage just a bit less heavy. (f) I like the fact that I will definitely be dining at the time that I selected when making the reservation. (g) As a result of being Platinum, I paid for a Category 1A and was upgraded to a Cat. 6B.

All in all, the current perks of being platinum are fabulous. It is just up to the passenger to make them work for them.
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This question has been asked since the program was started.

Our family of four were all "Platinum" before the program even started.
And while I understand the "number of days" question....how far do you go? What about people who book suites as opposed to those who sail 1As. What about people who gamble and drink a lot as opposed to those of us who don't? Or folks who spend a bundle in the Spas unlike us who don't?

For the price you pay for a Carnival cruise, I think the perks are about right.

Carnival just chose to use the KISS method..."keep it simple stupid".
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Half of my 10 cruises have been 7 days and half have been 5 nights or less.

When you take into account the fact that prices for short/offseason cruises are pretty even the entire mass market cruiseline industry, it makes sense that Carnival not penalize people who pick a 3/4/5 day Carnival cruise over NCL, Celebrity or RCCL.

Just a way to keep the avid cruisers coming back.
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Bottom line is I still dont agree with their system. If Carnival wants to award passengers by dollars spent then spell it out that way. I doubt that 3 or 4 day trippers spend more dough than 7 day trippers. Of course there is the exception but the rule of thumb says otherwise. Carnival should award 10 7 day cruisers with more perks than 10 3 day cruisers. Take 10 trips that are longer than 7 days should get even more than that. IMO my 70 days sailed should be treated better than somebodys 30 days sailed. Ok I am off my soapbox now...
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Well...Carnival can't please everybody.

Ours were mainly 7 day cruises. But even 7 day cruises vary.

7 day cruises on older ships cost less than newer ones.
7 day cruises from various ports vary in price as well....
our Alaska cruise ( 7 days July 05) was 3 times the price of our Tampa
cruise (7 days Oct 06)....

Basic Logistics...trying to keep up with how much people spent is not even feasible when you are talking about a budget cruise line.

And there was literally over 10 years of cruising that Carnival had no records for...so number of cruises was the fairest way for those of us you have been loyal customers for so long.
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