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LisaP 09-15-2009 04:08 AM

The details are lengthy, so I'll provide a link to the main page. There are further links to FAQ and other sections from this page.

In a nutshell, HAL is replacing a program that had few benefits for repeaters with one that has more amenities--and revamping member levels in the process. Six levels (25, 50, 100, 300, 500, and 700 nights) are now replaced with four (1+ cruise completed, and 30, 75, and 200 "Cruise Days.") Cruise Days are based on the length of the cruise, onboard spending amounts, and a few other factors.

A few of things I noticed right off the bat. Medallions for 100+ days are no longer awarded. There is no special recognition for those with 300+ nights (and there are many of them). The onboard spending that gives extra Cruise Day credits will mean that pax can get to upper levels quickly--I don't know if that's a good thing. Also, it used to be that hitting a new level during your current cruise would take effect that cruise. No longer.

I do like the amenities, though. Not that I need them to sail HAL.

Dave 09-15-2009 07:55 AM

As always, look for key words and tricky phrases. To get bonus cruise days by being in a suite: "guests who pay full fare for suite accommodations..."

What do they mean by full fare? I guess if you are upgraded or upsell to a suite you don't get the bonus days.

Cruise Fanatic 09-15-2009 08:10 AM

I believe what they mean by full fare is people that pay the 1st and 2nd double occupancy rate. 3 & 4th occupancy discounted rate don't get the extra credit.

penny3333 09-15-2009 08:52 AM

If the spending includes casino spending, I'd be upper level in no time

Dave 09-15-2009 09:48 AM

Being able to get bonus days by spending more is similar to RCI's program. A suite on RCI gets you two cruise credits. So does a 12-night or longer cruise. Thus a person can attain diamond member by doing five 3-night cruises in a suite.

ScarletJim 01-11-2010 06:26 AM

I found this on the HAL site in the Mariner FAQ

Mariner Society

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LisaP 01-11-2010 05:19 PM

Oops... I neglected to come back to this post after HAL updated some of the benefits. HAL did, in fact, listen to its long-term customers and reinstate medals for those with 300+ days. This is now reflected in the link I provided above.

(Thanks for the catch, Jim.)

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