Making the Most of Cruise Loyalty Clubs

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Dedicated cruisers could have a lot to gain from joining cruise loyalty clubs – earning rewards such as suite upgrades, exclusive dining options, butler services and much more. So if you have a favourite cruise line (or two) with whom you holiday regularly – getting involved with their loyalty scheme could pay innumerable dividends. Here we explore the different loyalty clubs from all the major cruise lines – helping you decide if your cruising allegiances should be made official.

Alternatively, if your loyalties are split – this guide could help you decide which cruise line deserves your love and continued custom.

Azamara Club Cruises – Le Club Voyage

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Azamara Club Cruises differ slightly to the majority of major cruise lines due to their dedication to smaller, more intimate ships. However, they still operate a five-tiered loyalty scheme wherein passengers can earn points based upon number of days at sea and stateroom category.

Perks:

  • Shore Excursion Advance Booking
  • Pre-sailing Dining Reservations
  • Dedicated Hosts
  • Free Internet
  • Le Club Voyage Party Invites
  • Spa Discounts
  • Free Nights at Sea
  • Discounted Deals

The Free Nights at Sea perk can be redeemed on cruises which are seven nights or longer. These are available when joining the scheme or progressing to a new level, and must be booked within 12 months of joining the scheme or a new level.

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Carnival Cruises – Very Important Fun Person Club

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As with everything they do, Carnival Cruises have aimed to make their loyalty schemes fun and inclusive. The Very Important Fun Person Club can be joined by anyone – even if they have never sailed with Carnival before.

Perks:

  • Free Bottle of Water
  • Priority Check-In
  • Restaurant and Spa Reservations
  • VIFP Parties
  • Member Pins
  • Laundry Services
  • Casino Discounts
  • Complimentary Meals in Specialty Restaurants
  • Cabin Upgrades

Additionally, loyal cruise fans can enjoy 25%, 50% and 75% discounts on their 25th, 50th and 75th sailings respectively. Naturally, the milestone 100th cruise is completely free.

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Celebrity Cruises – Captain’s Club

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Another tiered loyalty scheme, the Captain’s Club from Celebrity Cruises has some of the most impressively-named tiers on the seas. Earn 3,000 points and you’ll be elevated to the Zenith class – which must be a perk in itself.

Perks:

  • Newsletter Membership
  • Advanced Speciality Restaurant Reservations
  • On-board Discount Booklet
  • Free Gelato Scoop
  • Free Internet
  • Access to Captain’s Club Lounge
  • Dining Discounts
  • Free Laundry
  • Upgraded Bath Amenities

Additionally, members who reach the Zenith level receive a free seven-night Caribbean or Bermuda cruise in a balcony cabin.

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Cunard – Cunard World Club

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Many of the perks of the Cunard loyalty scheme are reliably and enjoyably old fashioned – very much in line with the company’s ethos of old-world sophistication. The highest tier of the scheme, Diamond, can be reached after 15 cruises or 150 nights at sea.

Perks:

  • Telephone Assistance
  • Free Internet
  • Cocktail Party Invitations
  • Preferential Restaurant Invitations
  • Priority Check-In
  • Free Wine Tastings

Members of Cunard World Club are also offered exclusive rates on selected sailings.

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Holland America Line – Mariner Society

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Mariner Society members are able to top up the points they earn aboard the ships by spending more on-board. For every $300 spent, members will earn an additional point.

Perks:

  • Invitation to Mariner Embarkation Lunch
  • Complimentary Champagne Brunch
  • Discounted Logo Clothing
  • Internet Packages
  • Wine Packages
  • Minibar Packages
  • Free Wine Tastings
  • Free Laundry Services
  • Complimentary Spa Passes
  • Free Dining at Pinnacle Grill

Members could receive up to 20% discounts on selected Holland America Line sailings.

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MSC Cruises – MSC Voyagers Club

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The recently revamped MSC Club has been renamed MSC Voyagers Club and benefits from an additional tier. The amount of points earned is determined by the type of cruise booked by members, and additional points are awarded when spa treatments and other extras are booked.

Perks:

  • Invitation to Cocktail Reception
  • Discounted Minibar
  • Discounted Spa Treatments
  • Discounted Speciality Restaurant Reservations
  • Discounted Internet Packages
  • Free Fruit Baskets
  • Free Bottles of Champagne

Members also have exclusive access to a 5% discount on early-booking rates.

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Norwegian Cruise Line – Latitudes

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Every night at sea counts towards an extra point for members of Norwegian Cruise Line’s four tiered loyalty scheme, Latitudes.

Perks:

  • Priority Check-In
  • On-Board Discounts
  • Cocktail Receptions
  • In-Cabin Chocolates
  • Priority Disembarkation
  • Concierge Service
  • Free Dinner and Wine in Le Bistro
  • Behind the Scenes Tour

Members also receive discounted rates on selected sailings.

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P&O Cruises – Peninsular Club

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Every passenger travelling with P&O Cruises is automatically entered into the Peninsular Club – earning points as soon as they take to the sea.

Perks:

  • Priority Restaurant Bookings
  • Invitation to On-Board Cocktail Party
  • P&O Insurance Discount
  • Priority Cabin Access
  • Half Price Laundry

Members of the highest levels of the Peninsular Club can move down a level if they do not maintain their 80-nights-within-three-years minimum.

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Princess Cruises – Captain’s Circle

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Passengers qualify for the Gold tier of the Captain’s Circle after their first cruise and start moving up the tiers after the fourth cruise.

Perks:

  • On-Board Cocktail Party
  • Free Internet Credit
  • Exclusive Lounge Access
  • Free Dry Cleaning
  • Free Laundry
  • Priority Disembarkation
  • Free Wine Tasting
  • Complimentary Minibar

Elite members are also granted access to exclusive prices on selected cruises.

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Royal Caribbean – Crown & Anchor

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Every night sailed aboard a Royal Caribbean ship grants Crown & Anchor members an extra point as they move through the tiers.

Perks:

  • Access to Cocktail Receptions
  • Access to Private Departure Lounge with Breakfast
  • Invite to Welcome Back Party
  • Welcome Gifts
  • Special Breakfasts
  • Priority Departure
  • Behind the Scenes Tours

Different tiers of the loyalty scheme are also granted access to different exclusive lounges.

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If these perks have won your loyalty, visit the Cruise1st homepage for a full range of fantastic deals, or call our dedicated team on 0800 230 0655.

 

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons, Princess Cruises Images, MSC Press Center, Royal Caribbean Press Center and Azamara Press Center. Credits: Connie Ma, Azamara Cruises, Tom Mascardo, Gary Bembridge, Gregory Neal, MSC Cruises, nathanmac87, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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Claire Wilde

Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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