BAK1061
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Do You Care About Precious Metals

Do you cruise with one line because you feel it's important to become Gold or Platinum and receive the perks ? Or do you not care and cruise with whomever ?   

Or do you just go with whoever is convenient at the time of your booking?

 

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Johngold
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We look at the itinerary, While I prefer Princess on long 15+day cruises, NCL is ideal for the mid range, like to Bermuda. I'm not worried about points or the reward package since we have not cruised that much, and it will take me a while to get to the ones that really count.

BAK1061
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NCL Breakaway to BERMUDA this August.   Can't waitBig Smile

JusMe
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Yes,  if cruises are the same itinerary and price is about the same I will go on Celebrity and RCI because of the perks I get (Free laundry and cocktails)

Some times I get the Benefits points because it is the line I like best like Celebrity other times I get the points because it is the only line going on the cruise I want, Like Carnival out of Los Angeles.  

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

In the past, we have selected cruises based on timing, ports, and price. We didn't really get into the issue of tiers. We returned to lines that provided us with a positive experience and great memories as long as we could get a good deal.

Well, times have changed and so too have our priorities in selecting a cruise line. We are doing more B2B cruises and longer itineraries.  We know which lines have performed for us and which have not... which have more children... which have more partiers, etc. The issue of preferred tier is going to take care of itself considering the bookings we have lined up :)

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain
Good Question.

After one has been cruising a while you learn the great value of perks. Never paid much attention to it originally though. My advice to younger cruisers who have reason to believe that they may be cruising quite a bit in the future is to not put all your "eggs in one basket". A cruise line can go out of existence, belly up, a cruise line can turn bad (at least for your tastes) etc. 

We have ended up with three, didn't plan it that way though, it just happened, now I wish we had a fourth in there but getting a little long in the tooth to start anew with a different line. 

Some of the perks aren't worth much. But items like free--- laundry, wi-fi (internet), garment pressing, dry cleaning, free hours of phone time, priority specialty restaurant reservations, invites to free cocktail receptions, discounts on specialty restaurants and on board purchases, free mini-bar setups, free tea parties, free wine tasting, free daily newspapers like NYTs and USA Today, are pretty hard to walk away from after you have earned them. 

We have almost 600 sailing days now, spread out among the three from most to least days are 1. HAL, 2. Princess 3. Regent. We get the best perks from Regent, the least from HAL-which is the most stingy, however we do receive free laundry from HAL now and Princess but haven't enough days with Regent for that yet. Unlimited internet, free 3 to 4 hours phone time, my New York Times every morning and few others put Regent in first place for us.         
Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

We look at it all, however, we have reached the top level on Princess and Norwiegen. We are 30 sea days away from four stars on Holland. So we will look at these three cruise lines first. With that said, if it is a good itinerary and great price I would do a different cruise line in a second. 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I find a cruise line that I like and pick cruises where I want to go and visit.  I began with Carnival and now receive free laundry.  Now I use HAL and will reach the free laundry level on my next cruise. 

Despite the perks, I still want a good itinerary.  That is my first criteria.  I have tried just about all the major cruise lines.   So no matter which line I choose I move up the ladder. 

I don't receive free internet on any cruise line but that might be the one perk that might convince me to stick with that line. 

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