Thank you for posting your review.
I am not exactly sure I got your meaning about "seeing the sounds" but it seems to be an itinerary-specific comment (re: Dusky Sounds).
I share your frustration with how some cruise lines handle elite passenger perks versus others. We are not top tier on any given cruise line because over the years we have chosen itinerary over sticking with a specific line. Our loyalty points are scattered over many companies as a result.
Be that as it may, I understand that for passengers who have "voted with their pocketbooks" and stuck with a specific cruise line, getting a "thank you" for their loyalty is important. I don't agree with cordoning off an entire section of prime viewing space during scenic cruising periods. The decks are public space to which everyone should have access.
One option might be to have pay-for access for non-elites. Yep, I realize this adds to the nickel and diming problem. I'm not sure there is a solution that will make everyone happy.
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