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We become D+ after our next cruise in two weeks.  Don't drink, don't bother any more with the free photos, not showing up early and wait just to be first onboard anymore, book insides so don't use balcony discounts, don't buy RCCL logo gifts (discount).  Woo Hoo!  Kidding aside, we do enjoy meeting people and socializing at the DL (love the coffee machine), and getting some free wifi. We will do the BOGO specialty restaurant though when we're D+.

 

RCCL's problem is kind of like Soc Sec, too many collecting and they can't afford it anymore.  I think there will be a lot of angry customers if they change the # of points to get to the next tiers.  Think they're going to downgrade the benefits a little instead.  We'll see.....

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We become D+ after our next cruise in two weeks.  Don't drink, don't bother any more with the free photos, not showing up early and wait just to be first onboard anymore, book insides so don't use balcony discounts, don't buy RCCL logo gifts (discount).  Woo Hoo!  Kidding aside, we do enjoy meeting people and socializing at the DL (love the coffee machine), and getting some free wifi. We will do the BOGO specialty restaurant though when we're D+.

 

RCCL's problem is kind of like Soc Sec, too many collecting and they can't afford it anymore.  I think there will be a lot of angry customers if they change the # of points to get to the next tiers.  Think they're going to downgrade the benefits a little instead.  We'll see.....

 

Wait! Free WiFi in DL? Is that a real thing?

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Wait! Free WiFi in DL? Is that a real thing?

You get a small amount of free wifi usage. There's no free wifi in the Diamond Lounge. If there was, then it would be even more crowded.

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As Diamond, we both get one 24 hour period of free WIFI.  It's actually a $40 coupon that can be used alone or with a package.  One thing we do is save one till the next to last day of the cruise because their package is $20 a day for one device for rest of cruise no matter what day you start.  That way we get the last two days free.  Not sure what the D+ WIFI benefit is but I think it's a little better.

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I have just joined this blog. That said, I think the answer to them changing the levels lays in there recent and future changes to suite class. I believe they are trying to extend an area away from most c&a members unless they have suite access. There recent changes mostly affect the two largest ship classes that offer larger suite perks. That said they are trying to limit the availability of people using those perks outside of suite class. Since those perks will have limited space on board. The restaurants that are suite and P access only have limited space and if you paid 15.000 grand for your room and there are 20 plus p guests that are in inside cabins there could be a precived animosity there. Now that said i don't know how this will affect the older ships since they have limited ability to offer the new suite perks. But some have indicated that the pay as you go restaurants would be free for those in owner suites on ships without all the suite perk areas. This is one thing there already moving to on the two larger ships. Which makes sense if they are to be competitive even in the smallest ways with the now top brands. they have to up there suite game.

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 (only two perks I care about are the balcony discount and the free drinks)

I was kind of surprised how many Diamond perks I used.

 

Balcony discount. (tho I've been doing this since I was platinum)

Priority boarding. Tho they seem to have fixed the boarding backlog problem in Galveston (at least this year).

 

Free drinks. Yeah, lots of those.

The free 24 hour wifi. I've noticed they've changed the structure on how they charge but my IT husband still is boggled they charge by time and not amount of data.

 

The 20% spa discount. I had booked a couples massage before the cruise and when it came time to pay, it was "oh you're diamond would you like to use your discount?" That's 20% off $380, I said "yes please".

 

The look on the bartender's face was priceless when I walked into Vintages and said "I'd like to use my BOGO" and ordered 2 glasses of Caymus.

 

I used the single drink discount when ordering a drink (that I actually paid for!) and the bartender noticed mine was still active. Saved what? Two, three dollars?

 

I've used the logo merchandise discount previous cruises but not this one.

I've used the free photograph coupon previous cruises but not this one.

We used to use the free spin ones but stopped when they stopped giving out keychains or whatever it was.

 

One day they sent up a plate of sweets out of the blue, I think that was a diamond thing. Speaking of, you'll get a couple bottles of water and a package of cookies first day.

 

Crew members tend to be more deferential when they notice you're diamond (but not always).

 

Oh and you get a diamond pin but I've only seen the men wear those. They're so cute, especially when they get their first platinum pin.

 

If you don't think you've had enough free booze, go to the Welcome Back event for some more.

 

Oh something I used heavily - the coffee machine in the Diamond Lounge. Cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso, works for me.

 

Anything else I think is too much trouble to chase down/arrange.

 

And Bob's your uncle.

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I was kind of surprised how many Diamond perks I used.

 

Balcony discount. (tho I've been doing this since I was platinum)

Priority boarding. Tho they seem to have fixed the boarding backlog problem in Galveston (at least this year).

I just wish they would let you combine the balcony discount (which used to be the "free balcony upgrade" and far more valuable) with other promotions. They're getting more and more restrictive on the promotions. I'd rather them keep the "loopholes" and the discounts that you can combine but raise the overall price of the cruise--that way, I at least FEEL like I'm getting a deal!! ;-)

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What I was told by a RCCL C & A staff member back in November, 2015 was that in May, 2016 there was going to be an announcement.  The changes were going to be:

P level elevated to 1000

DP level elevated to 340

No more double points for JS suites

Everyone would be grandfathered in if they are already at the levels.

Im a DP member with 305 points.  If they were to not grandfather me in, Since Im so close to the new DP point level,  I would just enjoy the D bennies and then get another DP recognition reward etc. when my DP Status arrived again.

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I am so bummed by this talk of changing the point system. I am a solo cruiser and RCCL has been gracious enough (roll eyes here) to give me two (2) points per day per voyage. With my May Empress cruise, if it happens, I will become diamond and was looking forward to it.

As WAAAYTOOO stated I booked enough cruises to get me close to D+ but won't quite make it. I am looking at the new 2017 and 2018 to see if anything rings my chimes.

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I'm already dealing with a Starbucks Rewards restructuring; I can't handle another change in reward systems at this moment, especially when I'm about to hit Diamond. ;)

 

As to the Starbucks change, I don't think it's going to be real beneficial to us vets, but who knows.  You know they aren't trying to make it easier for us.

 

Same for C&A - I hope it will improve but I imagine it's probably more of an attempt to lure noobs (good thing I'm such a seasoned croozer!).

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latest on the rumors and probable happenings  .... a post from "a person who should know"(lol)  dated April 17th

 

 April 17th: On, or around, May 1, Royal Caribbean will announce and/or implement the changes in the Crown and Anchor program.
 
No more Welcome Back (repeaters) Party on any ship. The Trials with this, on two ships back in February (?), was considered a success. Top Tier will continue.
 
Meal with an Officer will be for D+ (340) only and Pinnacles will have a meal at the Captain's Table or Specialty Rest. with the Capt. or HD.
 
No change in Tiers or Points structure.
 
Some other benefits for D+ and Pinnacles that I could not get the precise details.
 
All ships were notified two days ago so that they could prepare for the changes.
 
Rumors still persist that Diamond members will lose lounge privileges but still have their drink vouchers ship wide during set hours.
 
I personally think that this will probably be rolled out over the fleet in the coming months.  I also do not believe any rumors about points and tier changes.  It is a fact that the number of Diamond ranks have grown so quickly that the lounges are not even close to being able to handle the numbers of patrons.  C&A should have changed the lounge thing when the vouchers came out.  A missed opportunity to giving one bene while taking one bene.   We will find out if this is true by this weekend.. I am going on Oasis Saturday so will see for sure about this.     

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We are Diamond Plus and just completed the April 30 cruise on Oasis and to my surprise and many on the ship the reserved seating perk in theaters and Studio B is no longer available to Diamond Plus members. So this is a take away if it continues. There is confusion at corporate as I complained and they were unaware!

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Everyone needs to understand that C & A is not design to give away stuff. It is a marketing tool that the company uses. The goal is to keep customers and get more money form us. Once the ships are at 100% capacity the need to offer extras goes down. The more people that make it in C & A and use benefits that cost the company dollars out of pocket, the closer Royal will look at making changes to the program. It is just marketing. 

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We also just cruised on Oasis on 4/30 and are Diamond. We received our first block which is at the 140 tier score. I heard there is another one given. Does anyone know the score for that one? 

 

Thanks,

Paul

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We also just cruised on Oasis on 4/30 and are Diamond. We received our first block which is at the 140 tier score. I heard there is another one given. Does anyone know the score for that one? 

 

Thanks,

Paul

The next one is 210 and every 70 after that. You should receive on the ship you reach the goal for each.

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After talking to many many officers they have all told me pinnacles are not the problem. So there is no reason to change pinnacle to 1000 points. The problem i hear is the d+ in the suite lounge. They tried to fix it by doing drink coupons and by some ships not expanding the d lounge when the numbers were high. The challenge is an executive kicking the d+ out of suite lounge and dealing with the angry passengers. I haven't heard, are d+ angry they can't go into suite lounges on oasis class ships? Can they go into quantum ships?

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