It's been awhile since I've been on to post, but I've been reading and keeping up and, the closer my cruise gets, I'm sure more questions are going to pop up for me. I am getting so excited! We still have about 15 families in our group and MY CRUISE IS PAID FOR for organizing it. This is great!!!! Enough babbling. Here is my question - I've been on e-bay and people have some of the coupon books on sale out there. Would it be a good deal to get one out there? Are these (even the platinum books, etc.) only for Crown and Anchor members? When we took a carnival cruise, they did a Discovery Shopping Passport program which had a coupon book for the islands. Does anyone know if RCCL Mariner has this? I had so much fun doing this the last time and I think some of my friends coming on this cruise would be interested in it too.
The Crown and Anchor members get coupon books as a perk for being a loyal customer. When you use the coupons you have to put your name, stateroom, and folio number on it. If I give someone a coupon, I fill out the information first. People selling these coupon books are doing so illegally. The coupons are notransferable.
Personally I think it is really cheap of these C&A members to try and make a couple bucks on the books. I looked at eBay. One offer was for a book that had been partially used! Sort of like drinking half of a Coke and then trying to sell the rest of it to someone.
I wonder how closely the ship looks at the coupons to ensure they not being abused?
Let me start by saying that SONNYV & Dave are obviously Gurus here and have made many a cruise more enjoyable for many first-timers here (including myself), and I respect their opinions and enjoy their posts. That having been said I respectfully dissent.
I'm not a C&A member but, like you Ohio Sports Mom, I saw the books on ebay and took a chance because they were relatively inexpensive compared to the savings they offered. So I bought two Platinum books for around $25.00 total. To make a long story short, we used the coupons with no problem (casino, bingo, wine tasting party, Johnny Rockets & photo discounts). All in all, saved quite a bit of money considering what we paid for the books, and never felt a bit guilty, (I mean c'mon, RCCL issues them and expects them to be used, so what if the original owner doesn't use them and someone else does, it's not like you're cheating the cruise line out of money), and I'll do it again. We were never asked to fill out the coupons or to provide ID or seapass cards. If you do buy a book or two on ebay just make sure that the book you buy matches your sailing days. Some books are for 3,4,&5 day cruises only and others are for 7+ day cruises. I don't think I'd try to use a coupon book for a short cruise on a longer one and vice-versa. Have fun.
Dave, I agree with you 100%. The ship could bill you if caught using someone else's coupons, or coupons from another cruise date. I usually give my Ben & Jerry ice cream coupons to children. Before I do that I sign them with my stateroom and folio number. No one can get in trouble if I do that. I think any person who would buy a used coupon book is no better than the person selling it.
Sure, the cruise line shouldn't issue something without the expectation that it will be used. But to me it is not much different than letting a non-member use the golf course, you know what I mean? I don't mean to sound like a snob here, but if I can sell my C&A coupons to a non-C&A member, I guess I could sell my ticket to the C&A cocktail party too? Or perhaps let someone use my privileges to the priority check-in I get as a platinum member? I just can't reconcile this!
I'm not trying to start a fight here with anyone! It just doesn't seem right to me.
Dave, these are probably the same people that skip dinner on the last night so they don't have to tip. How cheap can you get? If anyone out there wants to get Crown and Anchor perks, earn them! There's always something that someone is trying to horn in on .
Ya' know SONNYV, you're really beginning to sound like Ted Knight's Caddyshack character did when he found out Rodney Dangerfield's character was going to "horn in" on his country club.
C&A isn't some elite secret society that elected you gatekeeper is it? So you go a lot of cruises, great. You enjoy them, that's great too. If someone who doesn't get to go cruising every two months can save a couple of bucks by purchasing coupons issued to people who cruise for a living, that RCI expects to be used anyway, than what business is it of yours? Quit your prissy whining.
And while we're at it, (I was going to leave this alone until Ms. Prissypants started to make character insinuations), I'm an attorney Ohio Soccer Mom, and when "you know who" claims that the people selling the books on ebay are doing so "illegally", I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that he is utterly wrong. So don't let that deter you from purchasing a coupon book if that's what you'd like to do.