Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could be rewarded for doing something you love? Thankfully, that notion isn’t so far-fetched. Cruise lines are introducing new loyalty programs and improving old ones as a way of thanking repeat passengers. There are loads of bonuses on offer – here are a few to get you going.
Carnival Cruise Line
The Very Important Fun Person (VIFP) program is “like being a VIP, only way more fun”, announces Carnival. It’s broken up into five tiers, where each day you sail comes with a point: Blue (for first-time sailors), Red (second sail, up to 24 days at sea), Gold (25 to 74 days), Platinum (75 to 199 days) and Diamond (200-plus days). You can look forward to these bonuses:
Earn points every time you sail
Invitations to exclusive cocktail receptions
Collectible Carnival memorabilia
Complimentary beverage at sea-day brunch
Priority spa reservations
Complimentary wash and fold service
Princess makes it very well known that every time you book and sail in a full suite or sail alone in a cabin in which you pay the exclusive occupancy fare, it will be counted as two cruises in the Captain’s Circle rewards program. More benefits up for grabs include:
A saving of up to $100 per person and a reduced deposit of 10% when a cruise is booked early (generally one year in advance)
Members-only onboard events
An exclusive ‘Princess passport’ and collectible destination stamps to be displayed inside it
The quarterly Captain’s Circle magazine
Benefits increase through the four levels of membership – Gold (upon completion of one Princess cruise), Ruby (from your fourth to fifth cruise, or 31 to 50 days at sea), Platinum (from your sixth to fifteenth cruise, or 51 to 150 cruise days) and Elite (from your sixteenth cruise, or 151-plus sea days).
The six-tier Crown & Anchor Society program provides more benefits the higher you get. Some of the ‘basic’ rewards include:
Value booklet with onboard offers
Invitation to the Welcome Back Party
Private departure lounge with continental breakfast
Priority notice on special offers, new ships and itineraries
Reduced-rate upgrades (when available)
Access to the members-only section on Royal Caribbean’s website
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