There are some perks with all of the programs obviously. I'm in agreement with the RCI C&A being the bets among them. One perk Princess offers to anyone onboard that is really nice is the ability to purchase future cruise credits instead of having to actually book your next cruise onboard and recieve essentailly double you money back when you book.
Buying an FCC is $100. per person. Then when you book your next cruise the $200. you paid is all that's needed for the deopsit regardless of how much the normal deposit is supposed to be. So you can book with no more $$$$. Then when you do book (7 nt sailing) you get a $100. per person onboard credit. If you book a longer sailing you get up to $200. pp OBC. Great program, wish all the lines would adopt it.
It's looks like Princess runs a close second as far as a loyalty program goes. I haven't sailed on Princess as of yet. That's the problem with the loyalty programs, once you start getting the best of the perks you don't want to give them up.
Sonny, one nice thing with the FCC program at PCL is you're eligible on your first cruise with them to take advantange of it for your second sailing if you like 'em. There are so many on here that love PCL it's kind of changed my mind toward them a little. I cruised once with them and was not terribly impressed. My parents have been PCL loyals for years. I may just give 'em amother try.
Neil, I understand how you could feel that way. If my Hawaii cruise on Island Princess had been my first, I may have moved on. Not that it was terrible or anything; just not overly impressed. Fortunately it was the only one that I've felt that way about.
My wife is sailing on Golden Princess in October and we are on Island Princess again next April; and hopefully we will be able to report that they have corrected the few problems we encountered last April.
Buying an FCC is $100. per person. Then when you book your next cruise the $200. you paid is all that's needed for the deopsit regardless of how much the normal deposit is supposed to be. So you can book with no more $$$$. Then when you do book (7 nt sailing) you get a $100. per person onboard credit. If you book a longer sailing you get up to $200. pp OBC.
Actually it's only $50 pp OBC for cruises that are 7 days. We booked our 2009 cruise last month while on the Crown and that's what we got - so $100 total for the cabin. Still a great perk we thought.
Thanks for the correction KAWS. I get all those days = _________ confused from time to time. there are a lot of them and all differnt. Penalty begins _________ days out and goes to _____% at _______ days out but only on cruises of ________days or more. Now they're doing it with promotions and of the 20+ cruiselines I represent they seem to all have different # of days for things. With my ADD it all gets very confusing. I have to look it up every time.
Not a problem Neil. I originally thought I was going to get a $75 pp OBC and thought it was based on the category of the cabin that you reserved, and then found out it had to do with the length of the cruise. Imagine my surprise when it didn't increase until 10 days for a cruise. At the time I was on a 9 day one. I think for more than 7 days it should go to the $75 and then for 14 go to the $100. Oh well, $50 pp is still good!