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Old August 29th, 2011, 09:57 PM
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Thought the group might find this interesting. I am a diamond plus member scheduled to sail this weekend on Monarch for a quick 3 night cruise. Per the "benefits" of the Diamond Plus status, I am eligible for a free upgrade to a suite. What the "don't tell you" is that Royal has an internal policy that says you have to have 500 nights as a Diamond Plus member to be eligible for the upgrade. This is not defined anywhere on their website, I think it's kind of bs. I have 306 nights, guess I need to spend another 5 years sailing for a silly upgrade. At least they should clarify this on there website.
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That is a HUGE difference, yes, agree, they should state this, so you know the deal.....
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:36 AM
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WOW 500 nights that seems like a lot of cruises!But just think of all the fun you could have in those 500 nights
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Old August 30th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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Thought the group might find this interesting. I am a diamond plus member scheduled to sail this weekend on Monarch for a quick 3 night cruise. Per the "benefits" of the Diamond Plus status, I am eligible for a free upgrade to a suite. What the "don't tell you" is that Royal has an internal policy that says you have to have 500 nights as a Diamond Plus member to be eligible for the upgrade. This is not defined anywhere on their website, I think it's kind of bs. I have 306 nights, guess I need to spend another 5 years sailing for a silly upgrade. At least they should clarify this on there website.
Is this something new? On our last Jewel OTS cruise (October 2010) we were upgraded from a D1 cabin to a JS cabin. We are D+, but don't have anywhere near 500 nights as D+.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 10:11 AM
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It is BS but it does give them the ability to give an answer by saying these are the "rules" when they've already given all the upgrades to first timers.

When it comes to RCL, there is not much left to believe. The tell "tall tales" more than they tell the truth. They don't give a tinkers damn about their clients, just look at what they did in San Juan with all those people they sailed without.

They aught to be ashamed of themselves for the crap they spew.

I am a D+ but unless they are offering something I absulutely can't find somewhere else, I don't think there are any benefits to me to sail with them anymore.
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This is unique to the shorter 3-4 days cruises, I don't know the the rules for longer cruises. Either way, they really shouldn't have these "secret" teirs inside the D+ range. They should simply rack and stack the D+ members sailing by number of nights and then give out the upgrades accordingly. The only cabin they do "exclude" in writing in the program is the Royal Suite, which I can understand.

It's not so much that they have established these teirs inside D+, I just think they need to be transparent to the members on this.
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I am Diamond Plus with less than 325 points and we just got an upgrade from oceanview to balcony in April on Allure of the Seas, so it happens.
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I would agree on a 7 night cruise and going from a window to balcony that they do those more often as their are generally a larger population of balcony cabins to move people into. I believe when going into a suite they put a bunch of stipulations in place that are not communicated.
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This is unique to the shorter 3-4 days cruises, I don't know the the rules for longer cruises. Either way, they really shouldn't have these "secret" teirs inside the D+ range. They should simply rack and stack the D+ members sailing by number of nights and then give out the upgrades accordingly. The only cabin they do "exclude" in writing in the program is the Royal Suite, which I can understand.

It's not so much that they have established these teirs inside D+, I just think they need to be transparent to the members on this.
They didn't used to be secret - before they changed the system this year, they were clear that the D+ upgrade was only for sailing of 7+nights. I don't recall whether the upgrades on 3/4 nights at 75 credits was on the website.

And when you look at the website now, they are making C&A upgrades (as opposed to revenue upgrades) scarcer than hens' teeth. It seems that the revenue department does virtually all of the upgrading now, and if posts on the dark side are to be believed, many go to first time cruisers.
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I don't think RCL gives a rats pahtoot about loyal cruisers anymore. I'm waiting for the announcement that D+ are no longer welcome in the CL. It will be happening soon no doubt. With the little minnions now being allowed in thru cocktail hour there goes one of two places that adults only could have a bit of alone time and a comp. drink with it.

As I have only sailed RCL once in the last 2 years, I guess I won't be going back any time soon. Right now both Celebrity and Princess give me better programs that RCL.

I've yet to get an upgrade and have been a D+ for a long time. I gave up on that "perk."
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it will be interesting to see what happens when i sail in november...but if they don't come up with something for D+...=X= is looking better and better every day...if they'd just LEAVE a ship year round in bayonne...i think that Summit and Silhouette are only part time in Jersey....maybe Silhouette will be here for a full year...i forget
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