Thank you so much for the info Neil I am sailing for the first time (on the Explorer) with my 15 yr. old son. I just booked today and we're taking off on Jul. 6, 2007. Kind of scary, I know, but it was a "wild streak" decision and I am so excited. My son doesn't have a clue and it's my thanks to him for taking such good care of me (I've been really sick for the past 5 yrs. and want to do this before it's too late!) All I am telling him is that we are going up to NJ (port of sail) from VA to visit friends and he won't suspect a thing. Again, thanks for the advice because I know he'll want to go again, even if I won't be the one taking him . Then again, you'll never know. I've made it this far, maybe I'll make it yet a little longer . Regards, Birgit
Originally posted by TrvlPro:
If you're getting ready to sail for the first time with Royal, be sure you visit the "Crown & Anchor Society" desk onboard. You can sign up for benefits for future cruises. Unlike some of the lines it's not automatic, you have to sign up to get past passenger benefits.
That way, next time you sail with them you get some free goodies. They'll have a coupon book in your cabin when you arrive onboard for your second sailing. There are casino credits, put down a $5. bet, they make it $10. Go to the wine tasting or dinner with the captain or whatever their party thing is on the sailing you take free. Lots of free perks for second and every future sailings if you sign up.
If you've sailed RCI before but you didn't know about it or want to sign up at the time you still can before your next sailing. Call the Crown & Anchor Society at 1(800)526-9723 with the ship and sail date (previos booking #, or even your name and date of birth if you can't find anything else) when you went before. They can stil sign you up so you get your goodies for the next sailing.
You'll also get some mail about three weeks after signing up with info about other benefits once you hit Platinum, Diamond or Diamond+, like Sonny. The second level starts with only 5 sailings.
Upgrades are a rare and unusual perk. With the ever-increasing popularity of cruises, ships are always at nearly full capacity. Their are usually extra rooms available, but they are not necessarily upgrades. The only reason that I was given a balcony upgrade was due to the fact that I had booked an outside oceanview. Don't ever expect to book an inside stateroom and get upgraded to a suite. It just isn't going to happen. I have never been upgraded more than one category.
MsB that is totally awesome! What a great mom you are. Welcome to Cruise-chat. I do hope this will be an amazing experience for both of you. Best wishes and let us know how you enjoyed it when you return!
MsB, this sounds like a very special trip for both you and your son. He must be an amazing young man. I'm very happy that you've come through a rough time well enough to give your son such a wonderful surprise.
I'm keeping a good thought for you that you'll be able to take him on many more cruises after this one.
Originally posted by SONNYV:
They call me to let me know if an upgrade is available. You don't have to be a Crown and Anchor member to book a cruise on board.
JuniorCruiser said: " Actually, I think booking a suite gives you 1 credit but a 12-days cruise gives you 2 cruise credits."
I know for sure that you will get two cruise credits for booking a suite.
OK, I was thinking the "Crown&Anchor Lounge" was the same as the "Viking Crown Lounge"..
So I guess the cruise can be booked in the VCL then?
I was just reading about the benefits on the C&A Website, but I have no idea.. 2 credits sounds better than 1 anyway! =)
I believe that the C&A Diamond Plus member knows for sure!
There is no "C&A Lounge". To book future cruises while on a ship you have to go to the Loyality Ambssador's deck. If anyone has any questions pertaining to Crown and Anchor benefits, including cruise credits, you can go the RCCL's web site or call (800) 526-9723. That's the best way to may sure your questions are answered correcty.
The most credits you can get for a cruise is 3 - and that would be if you booked a suite on a 12-day or longer cruise. As Sonny notes, booking a suite on a cruise of less than 12 days gets you 2 credits.
On the Liberty they have placed the Loyalty desk next to the Cafe Promenade. This is the space that is/was used on the Freedom for a book store which I guess has pretty much bombed as a concept. We booked the "Next Cruise" option last week - $100 per person holds the booking until we decide on where to go. At that point we have to pay the difference in the deposit for the selected cruise, then our agent gets the commission and we get our onboard credit (up to $200).
One thing the Loyalty Ambassador is pushing heavy is the RCI VISA card. You can't walk in or near the office without being accosted about applying.