I just joined the Crown and Anchor society, are there any real perks to being a member, only a lowly gold member at that ? We are booking for the Mexican Riviera next Jan. We just got back from the same cruise last month on the vision, had such a blast we are going again. Now to lose the 10 pounds I gained on the last cruise lol Kristine
A coupon book with a couple bar coupons, casino coupons, photo shop coupons, gift shop coupons. A welcome back gift (nylon fannypack or shower caddy) and a welcome back party. Not great but it beats nothing. Starts getting better at platinum, at least you dont have to wait in the long line to get on the boat.
after 5 cruises you move up to platnum. I love cruising so much, no problemo to get to the next level. I am even thinking of moving to florida to be closer to the good deals without the big airfare,lol
Also watch for the C & A magazine. They usually have some coupons you might be able to use for your next cruise.
I will be Platinum after my April cruise. Eager to see the difference besides boarding.
The biggest perk I found, (besides the easy boarding) was the "exclusive onboard event." It was a charming brunch in one of the reservation only restaurants. The captain made a visit, and was sure to mingle with many of the guests.
Re: Re: Re: new crown and anchor member, any perks
Thanks for the info. This last cruise we were on in Nov. we were still Gold and we received several perks. We got slippers, an organizer that you hang on a door.
But alot of people get coupons in the mail and I was wondering about that also. We have NEVER received anything from them in those regards. We do get the magazine, but this next cruise, there was no coupon for, so a friend sent me a coupon for $100.00 off.
BFD...I'm a Platinum member and think it's nice to be able to have a lounge to hang and wait to board ship. We also recived $2 for the casino and buy one get one drink. Thats it. Dont let this sway you decision on a cruise its no big deal and now I'm shopping other lines for a better royal loyal program.
RCL's program is weak. They just combined the Crown and Anchor and Captins Club ( celiberty) together. They need to recognize their Loyal/Royal passangers with better perks. A robe to use, $2 for the casino and a buy one get one drink aint going to cut it anymore. Take a hard look at other programs...thats what I'm doing before I book another cruise. Its a big market and RCL thins they have it cornered.
kcannava, you really seem disgruntled with RCCL's C&A. In truth RCCL's past passenger perks are the best in the industry. You keep compaining about a 2 dollar casino chip and a robe. There are many other perks and the more you sail the better they are. We have 14 sailings on RCCL (diamond members) and the perks are what keeps us comming back. We have never had an upgrade but we haven't on the numorous times with CCL, NCL, HAL and Celebrity. Go ahead and do your research, you won't find a better past passenger package then RCCL. One thing you have to understand, past passenger on any cruise line does NOT mean free upgrades.
Platinum membership gets you all the things mentioned in earlier posts, plus 15 minutes of free internet access (per person). May not be a big deal for some, but we like it. Diamond level gets you 20 minutes of internet, plus access to the Concierge Lounge, where you will get free cocktails and snacks during certain hours of the day. One person I talked to said that he would have spent $500 on drinks otherwise.
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Sorry to introduce another subject here, but I understood that Diamond Members were entitled to a Complimentary Air upgrade. When we wanted to change to a non-stop flight, it cost $85/person extra. Does anyone know about this "perk".
OK I'm not a lush so the drink thing is no big deal. My bar bill is under $40. Now here is an idea...rather than get that drinking benefit give me the upgrade..if $500 value is true? Make it like a chinese menu...My airfare I can beat RCCL anyday..thats not a benefit. Look all I'm saying is for someone who has been a Royal Loyal ambassador to RCCL and talks a good talk about the line...give me a brake IF rooms are available. I have talked people into cruising that otherwise would not go cause they thought that only the newlywed, nearly dead cruised. I'm going to change my tune so that I can continue getting good deals on cabins that didn't sell..Stay home cruising is boring.
CruiseGuy - thanks for your answer. Our travel agent said that RCI passes on the extra cost for non-stop air fare to us. Sounds like you're saying that we should have gotten this fare complimentary with Diamond membership. If so, where should I complain? Also, we got $150 off our balcony cabin with the coupon in the Crown & Anchor magazine. Were we supposed to get mor off because of Diamond Membership?
Trisha, the air deviation charge is waived at the platinum and diamond levels and yes there is an additional discount for balcony and above at both levels but you have to book thru C&A if your TA refuses to apply these discounts. The balcony discount CAN be combined with the coupons. Some TA's don't like to do this because it reduces thier commisions.
On RCCL site there is a link for Crown and Anchor members that lists what is included at what level. I suggest checking it out... its free and lasts forever so u have nothing to loose by joing up yet always something to gain...