okay i don't get to this board much now adays but was checking in to see latestr on Horizon which I am sailing next month. Reading posts about CC clas, double credits on Captains Club I just have to make a comment. Just emailed Captains Club and requested consideration for complimentary ungrade from CC to a suite knowing that several are open. Despite my noting I was aware that suite to suite 1 cat upgrades are not done on 1 cat upgrade Amy Scott was kind enough to send me a stock reply attesting to what I already knew. Of course I was asking for consideration other than policy for both us and our friends also sailing based simply upon what, some where like 30 plus sailings between Celebrity and same company RCL? Thought they might think we had a little extra coming. Not to mention that those sailings are often in suites and several couple often sail with us based upon our recommendation. Since Horizon suite is far from actually a suite ( with exception of President or Royal suite which we have sailed three times on Zenith ) and several are open figured would be a nice gesture although no big plus.
So reading these posts about CC class and Captains Club I got to thinking about what is the big deal, sorry ain't none. All just a marketing rip off in my opinion and I go back to when you had to pay to join.
Okay CC class, at least on Horizon and Zenith. Standard outside cabin, good deck location, was good deck location when they were just standard ocean view. Thrown you a bottle of champagne, 8 horsduierves ( never can spell that ) and a LITTLE this or THAT and add $500 or more to price depending? We took CC on Horizon sailing because obviously no one else wanted it, they were all about open and $20 more than standard ocean view. We wanted the deck location. But if I was paying anymore than $20 for this NEW CC cat, you get the idea.
Now Captains Club. We paid $35 to join many years ago mainly for priority boarding. Other than that I have hardly seen any PERK that really says, hey we appreciate frequent clients of our business. Heck CVS pharmacy gives me more dollar wise in that regard than any of the cruiselines.
Captain's Club Benefits
Classic Membership (after first completed cruise)
• Complimentary Custom Air Request*
SHOULD BE ANYWAY
• One-Category Upgrade*
DO THE DOLLARS SELDOM ANY BIG DEAL SINCE YOU CAN'T GET A REAL BONUS LIKE INSODE TO PUTSIDE OR OUTSIDE TO SUITE.
• Presailing Specialty Restaurant Reservations*
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME RUN UP MY ONBOARD ACCOUNT. ANYONE EVEN HAD A BIG PROBLEM MAKING A RESERVATION WHEN YOU GETONBOARD?
• Exclusive Captain's Club Party
AFTER THE FIRST TIME - YAWN - USED TO BE ABLE TO AT LEAST ORDER WHAT YOU DRINK.
• Onboard Amenities Including Welcome Gift and Special Certificates for Steiner's
AquaSpaSM by Elemis and the Celebrity Casino
LOVE THESE COUPONS, BUY $100 GET A FREE SLAP ON THE BACK, A 4 MILLION DOLLAR VALUE YOURS FREE - GIVE ME A BREAK ALMOST EVERYTHING IS PLOY TO MAKE YOU BUY TO GET. CASINO MATCH PLAY WOW
• Reunion Cruises
HALF OFF OR SOMETHING> I THINK NOT - ANOTHER SALES PITCH
• Complimentary Subscription to Captain's Club Departures, our Quarterly Magazine
MORE SALES PITCH - BETWEEN THOSE AND REGULAR MAILING YOUR KILLING MY POOR MAILMAN
• Double Sailing Credit on Itineraries of 12 Nights or Moren
DOUBLE TO GET MORE OF THESE GREAT PERKS
• Double Sailing Credit for Booking a Concierge Class Stateroom or Suite
WE NAMED A REGULAR CABIN A SUITE OR C CLASS CHARGED YOU $500PP MORE BUT GAVE YOU DOUBLE CREDITS TO GETMORE OF NOTHING - YOU LUCKY PERSON YOU
• Preferential Embarkation (Founder Members only)
THAT'S ME, ONLY WHERE OFFERED, ONLY IF YOU CAN FIND IT, SINCE SUITES GET SAME AND WE ARE RENAMING HALF THE CABINS MINI-SUITE LINE IS LONGER THAN REGULAR CHECK IN. I'VE ACTUALLY HAD REGULAR CHECK IN BEAT ME ON EMBARKING SOME SHIPS, TO BE FAIR OTHER LINES WHERE IT HAPPENED.
Select Membership (after completing 5 cruise credits) Includes all benefits of Classic membership, plus:
THOUGH SAILED 8 TIMES ON ZENITH TWICE ON HORIZON ALONE NOT TO MENTION CENTURY, GALAXY A COUPLE OF TIMES ETC I APPEAR TO BE FROZEN IN SELECT MODE I KNOW NOT WHY NOR DO I CARE.
• Private Cruise Event for Select and Elite Members
YAWN - ALL SELECTS FOR ANOTHER COCKTAIL PARTY OR A QUICK VISIT TO THE CELEBRITY PLAYERS BATHROOM FACILITES BACKSTAGE OR WHATEVER.
• Behind-the-Scenes Tours
• Cabernet Blending Seminar
PLEASE BUY SOME WINE
• Priority Status for Shore Excursion Waitlist
PRIORITY TO WAIT - ABOUT SAYS IT ALL - ARMY GAVE ME SAME STATUS I THINK
• Senior Officers' Cocktail Party
ANOTHER FREE DRINK OF THEIR CHOOSING AND OFFICERS THAT REALLY DON'T WISH TO BE THERE MOST TIMES
• Private Onboard Cruise Consultation
CAN WE SELL YOU NOW PLEASE PLEASE LET ME SELL YOU
• Ten Complimentary Internet Minutes
WOW - AT LEAST PRINCESS GIVES FREE INTERNET EVEN IF THEY DO A LOUSY NETWORK. 10 WHOLE MINUTES, ABOUT GETS YOU TO SEE MAIL SCREEN AT SATELLITE SPEED.
• Preferential Embarkation and Debarkation (where available)*
THERE'S THAT ASTERISK AGAIN
Elite Membership (after completing 10 cruise credits) Includes all benefits of Classic and Select membership, plus:
AH WHAT I SHOULD BE IF NOT FOREVER FROZEN - WHAT AM I MISSING
• Private Shipboard Departure Lounge and Continental Breakfast
RATHER BE ABLE TO HAVE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IN CABIN ON DEPARTUE DAY LIKE CARNIVAL ANY OLD PASSENGER.
• Priority Tender Service
MAY BE A HELP EARLY IN TENDER HOURS IN SOME PLACES MAYBE BETTHERE IS STILL A NICE LINE THOUGH
• Invitation to the Captain's or Officers' Table*
NICE WHEN THEY SHOW UP TOO - I HAVE HAD TH PLLEASURE OF DININGWITH SEVERAL CAPTAINS AND IT IS WONDERFUL IN MOST CASES BUT HAD NOTHIN TO DO WITH CAPTAINS CLUB.
• Priority Waitlist Status for Dining Room Seating
HAD THAT IN ARMY MESSHALL - PRIORITY WAITING - NOW IF WAS GUARENTEE SEATING THOUGH NEVER HAD A PROBLEM GETTING A SEATING ARRANGEMENT FRANKLY
• Complimentary Use of the Thalassotherapy Pool on Century-class Ships
THIS IS A REAL PLUS I GUESS IF YOUR SHIP HAS ONE AND IF YOU CONSIDER THAT PAYING ADDITIONAL FOR IT IN FIRST PLACE IS OKAY
So I do like Celebrity, do sail them often, but I don't expect to see any real benefit afforded me as a frequent repeat cruiser to the or any other line. Somebody makes it better or cheaper I am gone in a heartbeat as loyalty beget loyalty.
Not impressed with cruiseline loyalty programs, did you get that idea?
George in NY