I believe that the booklets contain coupons for free drinks, photos, and souveniers (though there may be some sort of "free with the purchase of another" type), discounts at the spa, for internet use, and coupons for the casino. We received a similar coupon book from our TA when we booked our Radiance pre-inaugural cruise last Spring. They may have been experimenting with them at that time. More significant benefits, for us as Diamond members at least, are the waiver of the air deviation fee, a discount on balcony cabins, and concierge service on Voyager and Radiance class vessels.
I've had about 6 of the coupon books. From memory........
20% off a spa treatment
1 free cocktail in a souvineer glass
free wine tasting
1 X 3 Bingo Jackpot card ( only good for the jackpot round)
3 Casino $15 quarters for $10 (or $45 for $30)
3 Casino $10 match play coupons
1 free 8 X 10 photo
That's all I remember from the coupon book for Diamond. Other privleges include Quarterly book, preferred embarktation & disembarktation( leave anytime you want ), disembarktation lounge with nice chairs & refreshments while you wait for the ship to clear,
robes to wear on board, waiver of custom air fees, conceirge service, and usually a private cocktail party. The party is the call of the Hotel Director. If the ship has only 2 Diamond members it really doesn't make sense. Also priority wait-list for excursions.
I know I've forgotten some items, but I love it. Much better than the old system. I don't miss the 20% reduction at all. When you take away sale items, liquor & cigarettees it really wasn't much use.
Thanks everyone! I used the custom air and got a direct non-stop flight, which is going to be great. I agree about the 20% off, every time I wanted to use it, the item was on sale or some kind of special that I couldn't use the discount on. I also got $200.00 knocked off of my balance for my Cat. C suite. Again thanks for the info!
I'm going on the Exployer in May. I'm in cabin 9594, which is midship on the port side I believe. Did you enjoy the cabin? There will be four of us. There is a sofa bed and an upper bunk in addition to the queen size bed. Do you think we will be crowded?
I hope we have enough room on the balcony or we'll have to use it in shifts.(Ha Ha)
Kathy - That's a lot of beds to choose from! I think you'll have plenty of room! The thing I like about RCI's Cat. C's is that they are very WIDE compared to Princess' cabins. It gives people the chance to move around and not feel so claustrophobic.
One thing we noticed about the queen size bed is that the corners are rounded, which I knew before we cruised. What I didn't know is that the bed is very short! My husband is 6'1" and his feet were hanging off the bed! I am 5'5" and my feet were at the edge of the bed. Also, the shower/bath is very short! There is hardly any head room. But, on the whole, these were just very minor annoyances. If you're short, you've got it made! :o)
I just got off Granduer and had got good use out of the Coupon Books for Platinum. The Casino credits are basically free money.
Even if you don't play a machine!. You give them $20, and they give you $30 in coins. I put them all in the slots, but you can just empty the rolls into a bucket and cash them back in.
The Photo credit is only with a purchase, but if you want 2 pictures, it is a 50% savings.
The free house wine/beer saves a few bucks.
My wife took advantage of the Salon credit.
We play Bingo all the time, so the free jackpot cards cut our costs a bit too.
I figured we saved about $60 overall, where with the C&A on board shopping discounts, we barely saved a few bucks (the few things we buy on board are usually on sale), and with the onboard discounts ending (the C&A rep on board said this was the last cruise for the shop discounts)
As for the other benefits, I have only once used a cabin discount coupon once (the ones in the quarterly magazines), all other times I got better prices from TA, even one time an agent SUGGESTED by RCCL! I called RCCL to book with a coupon, and the agent gave me a price, then suggested I contact an agent she gave me and they provided a BETTER price, probably due to some previously bought block of cabins that had not sold out so the TA was willing to deal. The Robes are nice, but we typically stay in "B" and out Cabin Stewarts get them for us anyway.
I DID miss the Concierge service though. It was so much nicer on Explorer, Granduer does not have the service.