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Old 03-19-2009, 05:23 AM
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it was just a joke dwayne.. i dont think he took the wrong way
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Let's please try to keep the discussion threads on the topic at hand. The lido deck is for joking and things not related to cruising.
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gotcha dave
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Ok I am going to throw in the monkey wrench on this,

Platinum, 10 full week cruises? For 70 days of sailing?
10 three day cruises for 30 days of sailing?

10 five day cruises for 50 days of sailing, do they all earn you Platinum status??

My opinion it should be 70 days of sailing... This should open a can of worms
Not a can of worms....this has been talked about before.

And the standard question is where do you draw the line....

even based on "days" is not fair to folks who spend more money on a cruise ship. There are folks who take a 3 day....but book a suite (as opposed to an interior on a 7 day)...or they drink like a fish and gamble where someone on a 7 day (like us) may not do either.

For the perks that Carnival offers...this "number of cruises" works out well.

Aside from the fact that you have 20 years of no cruising records...folks are having a hard time getting credit for "being on a ship" ...much less proving how many days it was.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:34 PM
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You are correct! man you have been on alot of cruises lhp
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Not a can of worms....this has been talked about before.

And the standard question is where do you draw the line....

even based on "days" is not fair to folks who spend more money on a cruise ship. There are folks who take a 3 day....but book a suite (as opposed to an interior on a 7 day)...or they drink like a fish and gamble where someone on a 7 day (like us) may not do either.

For the perks that Carnival offers...this "number of cruises" works out well.

Aside from the fact that you have 20 years of no cruising records...folks are having a hard time getting credit for "being on a ship" ...much less proving how many days it was.
I agree with most of these comments on this. I still think it should be based on the days sailed somehow. What good is the Concierge line at the desk if it is the same wait as the regular one?

My main concern, as I have already mentioned, is them eventually tweaking the program downward. The perks are perfect for now though. I have confidence if that happens they will find an equitable solution.

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Dwayne:

I am a little confused about your question...

What good is the Concierge line at the desk if it is the same wait as the regular one?

I have never found the Concierge line to be the same wait??? At the most, there is one person there when I walk up, because they will use that "space" for regular folks if no Platinum person is using it. I have no problem with that.

In fact, I try not to use the Concierge Line if only one Purser is working unless it is an emergency.
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If platinum is too easy to attain, then eventually you can have more members than can be handled efficiently - hence the concierge line could end up being crowded.

This is the problem RCI has with too many people making diamond level at 10 points, and then you don't reach diamond plus until you have 25. That is a big leap, and once at the highest level there really aren't a lot more benefits to justify it. On some cruises there are so many diamond members that you can't get in the door at the diamond lounge. It isn't the diamond members fault, all we did was follow the rules for attaining it. Sooner or later Carnival will have the same problem. If you have several hundred cabins getting free laundry, it will become a problem and one could see benefits taken away.
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Dwayne:

I am a little confused about your question...

What good is the Concierge line at the desk if it is the same wait as the regular one?
Sorry Linda, I meant it as a hypothetical scenario in the future.

Thanks Dave, That is exactly what I meant.

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I think it is important that when and if a cruise line adjusts their loyalty program, those who had XYZ benefits prior to the change should still retain them and not lose anything. Celebrity did this the right way when they changed their program several years ago. Since I was already a Captain's Club member I was tagged a "founder" member at the lowest level, which meant I still got priority embarkation while new members didn't. Of course that is moot now since my RCI level has given me the highest Celebrity level too.
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