I was wondering how important do you consider leveling up in a cruise line's loyalty program when you choose your next cruise? Do you stick with the same cruise line so that you get more perks?
How Important is a Cruise Line's Loyality Program When Choosing Your Next Cruise?
It isn't extremely important usually. We find it helpful for early embarkation and disembarkation. I enjoy being rewarded for being loyal to things when they show appreciation for that loyalty.. not just cruise lines. If all things are equal, I would cruise the line where I had some perks.
Hardly. To me, it's all about the deal. I don't search for deals in order to amass loyalty points. I know I'm amassing them anyway because I return to the same cruise lines over and over again.
I like Princess and would like to build up points. So it does come to play for me. But I still consider the others in my searches.
I really like Princess, but we have done NCL and we will be doing Royal Caribbean next year. So when we make the next cruise booking we will probably do Princess.
I've just started taking notice of the loyalty point system and don't think much of it doesn't seem much on offer, so I will just keep trying out different companies. most of our cruises have been with P&O with one on royal Caribbean, we heard princess was better so we are on them on our next cruise followed by one with HAL, who knows after that
The loyalty program isn't even a consideration when we book a cruise - the price for the itinerary is what we look at. We are still such newbie cruisers and only cruise once a year at the most so we'll never enjoy many of the perks of any line.
Hate to admit it, but very important. Didn't use to think that way until we acquired a few perks. Wife really likes the laundry and cleaning perks. I like the free internet, she doesn't. But other things add up and enhance the cruise experience, for instance, half price cocktails in the Platinum/Elite lounge almost every evening before dinner, one free mini-bar setup per segment. 10% off stuff we buy on the ship, free wine tasting events, Etc. We didn't really appreciate those until we got close to booking on a line we have never used before, like Cunard.
Even with HAL, we have free laundry resulting from our four star Mariner status but they are pretty miserly with any other benefits compared to Princess or Regent. For instance, we would need to sail with them another 250 days, I believe, in order to get just a few hours free internet. Do 20 days on Regent and you get unlimited internet, and you don't have to wait until the next cruise to collect.
We enjoy all the cruise lines for different reasons and have gotten to the point where we get some nice perks on a few lines, but we really don’t plan our trips based on that. Hypothetically, if the itinerary, price and dates were all the same we’d probably pick the cruise we had more perks on.
I book by Itinerary, date and price. I do like my perks on RCI and Celebrity but I'm building quick on Carnival now as lately they have had the cruises I want to go on (the Carnival Concert series last year for the Journey Concert, this year Jay Leno).
I will say IMHO RCI has better perks then Carnival. On RCI you transfer your Loyalty level from RCI to Celebrity to Azmara, but can not Combine . Where on Carnival I'm gold but still entry level on HAL and Princess . I like the Idea that MSC at one time matched your loyalty level of any other line but I have not tried MSC yet.
It's not usually important, but, given two or three choices that are basically similar, I would take the line that I have more nights with. Either to work towards the next tier, or receive the perks I am entitled to. But if a group chose a different cruise line, so be it.