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Old 07-23-2009, 05:48 AM
 
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I am going on Enchantment on Sept. 19 in order to achieve Diamond status prior to our Oasis sailing in Feb. I see that effective Sept. 1 the benefits will be changing for Diamond members. As I read it the most significant change is no longer having use of the Concierge Lounge. It looks like they will provide a Diamond Lounge on Freedom class and above, and a Diamond member party each night on smaller ships. Does anyone have any information as to the exact impact of this change?
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:23 AM
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What do you mean impact? It is what it is. The Concierge Lounge was getting too crowded with all the Diamond and Diamond Plus members and they had to separate the levels.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:30 AM
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Does anyone have any information as to the exact impact of this change?
Since it hasn't happened yet, there is no way to tell. RCI back-peddled from their initial plan in order to appease the large number of complaints from diamond members. For the smaller ships they'll also have a morning coffee and danish area set up, with a "concierge type" person on duty to help with tickets, tours, etc. The only thing really missing for diamond members on smaller vessels will be complimentary cocktails in the evening. They will be 25% off. Only wine (champagne too), and soft drinks will be complimentary.

For the ships with separate diamond lounges (Freedom, Liberty, Independence, and Oasis) it appears things will remain the same, with all drinks being complimentary, etc.

Why they decided to sell discounted drinks on the smaller ships, but continue with the freebies on the larger ships was not made clear. However I suspect profit motive played a role. It doesn't make sense to have this inconsistency, so look for it to become consistent down the road...as in 25% discount on the Freedom and Oasis class too.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:39 AM
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I'm still not over all the changes made to the Diamond status. Although I'm a diamond plus member, most of my friends are diamond members and we won't be meeting in the concierge lounge for a drink before we head to the dining room like we use to.

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