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9 minutes ago, Riley said:

Some folks like the attention. I personally do not, though I am looking forward to the other perks!

If we ever make it to Pinnacle (which would be really great for the benefits), I hope RCI will simply mail our free cruise certificate to us, bypassing the announcement of the achievement at the Top Tier Party.  😂 

I really dislike being recognized for any kind of achievement in front of a crowd.  👀

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9 minutes ago, Riley said:

We will be Pinnacle this Fall and I have zero intention of wearing a pin. One of our "cruise friends" (older lady we met on an Alaskan cruise last year we have kept in touch with and will be coordinating for September cruises) is longtime Pinnacle and said she stopped wearing hers when she saw a lady get out of the hot tub and transfer her pinnacle pin from her bathing suit to her wrap.  Some folks like the attention. I personally do not, though I am looking forward to the other perks!

I normally cruise in Star Class.  I save hard to do that, I do without some things in my normal life to be able to afford to do that, I just love the cabins, the service, and the perks.  One of the many reasons I wear my "Sea Pass" card in a lanyard is for the recognition by the crew.  For example:  On my very first Royal cruise on the Oasis I was in a Grand Suite (not Star, but this led me to want more - Star), I had the suite class Sea Pass card visible.  My wife and I were standing in the line to go into the MDR when a MDR staff member saw us and immediately came over to us and asked us to follow her.  We did not knowing what was going on.  We walked up to the kiosk with her and she introduced us to the maitre d' where he told us that we didn't need to stand in line, just come to the kiosk and they would take us immediately to a table.  I would not have know that that was a perk if it wasn't for the Sea Pass card being visible.  I would not have known about the Coastal Kitchen either if it wasn't for a crew member asking us what we though about it.  We were shocked.  Coming from being a loyal Brand X customer, we thought that being in a suite only intitled you to a larger cabin and very little other perks  So, no, I'm not looking to be recognized by other passengers or trying to be better than anybody else, I'm just trying to get every bang for my buck, something I worked hard for and paid for.  

So, I have no agenda for wearing my sea pass card on a lanyard other than what I've mentioned above, I have other reasons but not agenda.  I've always had my sea pass card or whatever the cruise company calls it, hanging around my neck on a lanyard, even when I had absolutely no status on Brand X.  I'll not be made to feel guilty about it either.  That's not to say that is what your were/are trying to do, Riley.  No, I don't wear any little pins that show my C&A status which isn't much, yet,  Cruise after next, we'll be Diamond. We did achieve "Status" on Brand X, didn't wear a pin there either.  The only status I show proudly is my Veteran status - on hats and Ts.  

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41 minutes ago, Riley said:

We will be Pinnacle this Fall and I have zero intention of wearing a pin. One of our "cruise friends" (older lady we met on an Alaskan cruise last year we have kept in touch with and will be coordinating for September cruises) is longtime Pinnacle and said she stopped wearing hers when she saw a lady get out of the hot tub and transfer her pinnacle pin from her bathing suit to her wrap.  Some folks like the attention. I personally do not, though I am looking forward to the other perks!

I can see wearing it at top tier events and in the pinnacle lounge. I wouldn't wear it around all day as I have seen some pins do.

 

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Moving to Emerald from Platinum (would be diamond now if not for you know what) in two weeks, and my plan is to put the pins I get on my rattiest RC hat, wear it on the beach, get sea water on it and let them get nasty.

I've had MDR lunches with several Pinnacles on cruises and find the ones I've met to be really nice and great sources of knowledge, especially ones who you have to drag their status out of them.

 

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14 hours ago, jay1021 said:

THAT is one of the things I really enjoy about cruising, especially on Royal, is the relationships that are built with some of the crew.  I love hearing about their story, why they work on cruise ships, how the living conditions are on the ship, the hours, and so on.  They always, if they have time, seem to want to share their story with you.  

Same!

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11 minutes ago, DunkelBierJay said:

Moving to Emerald from Platinum (would be diamond now if not for you know what) in two weeks, and my plan is to put the pins I get on my rattiest RC hat, wear it on the beach, get sea water on it and let them get nasty.

I've had MDR lunches with several Pinnacles on cruises and find the ones I've met to be really nice and great sources of knowledge, especially ones who you have to drag their status out of them.

 

Happy cruising and Dunkel to you!  

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17 hours ago, Pooch said:

Many pinnacles wear their gold name tags. I saw quite a few.  Frankly I think they’re pretty silly.  Put my pin on every morning??  Heck I’m happy I remember my underwear!!!!  Hubby wants one though 🙄🙄😄

I can't stand these types of people. I don't cruise very much, but I do travel excessively for work and am top-tier in airline, hotel, and rental car programs. But I keep it quiet. I take advantage of the perks, for sure, but I don't advertise it. I can't stand the people that flaunt their status, especially if they start trying to pull the DYKWIA card. 

My favorite story is when two of us top-tier National Car Rental folks showed up at the Oklahoma City Airport for cars at the same time. They said there was just a rush of returns and we'll need to wait about 15 minutes for a car. "No problem", I said, "appreciate your hard work". Other guy pulled the "DYKWIA, I am Executive Elite, I need my car nowwwwwww and demand an upgrade". A car came around which was clearly not an upgrade, they said it was for him, and sent him on his way all angry. Next car comes up - an upgraded BMW 5-Series, which they gave to me with a smile and a "thanks for being nice". 

At the stoplight getting out of the airport, I pulled up to my angry friend, looked over, and waved. Oh man, I thought his head was going to pop when he saw my upgraded wheels, and I loved every moment of it. 

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14 minutes ago, Zacharius said:

I can't stand these types of people. I don't cruise very much, but I do travel excessively for work and am top-tier in airline, hotel, and rental car programs. But I keep it quiet. I take advantage of the perks, for sure, but I don't advertise it. I can't stand the people that flaunt their status, especially if they start trying to pull the DYKWIA card. 

My favorite story is when two of us top-tier National Car Rental folks showed up at the Oklahoma City Airport for cars at the same time. They said there was just a rush of returns and we'll need to wait about 15 minutes for a car. "No problem", I said, "appreciate your hard work". Other guy pulled the "DYKWIA, I am Executive Elite, I need my car nowwwwwww and demand an upgrade". A car came around which was clearly not an upgrade, they said it was for him, and sent him on his way all angry. Next car comes up - an upgraded BMW 5-Series, which they gave to me with a smile and a "thanks for being nice". 

At the stoplight getting out of the airport, I pulled up to my angry friend, looked over, and waved. Oh man, I thought his head was going to pop when he saw my upgraded wheels, and I loved every moment of it. 

Love that story.  What goes around, comes around.  😀😃😆

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There are definitely more D+ complainers but that's just because there are more D+ members.  On a cruise with 20 - 30 pinnacle there may be 400 - 500 D+.  

There are complainers at every level but mathematically the odds are better you'll run into a non-pinnacle complainer.  

3 hours ago, bobroo said:

But the pins are the definition of pretentious. After all that time on board you shouldn't need a badge to clue in the crew to kiss your butt. 

Actually crew reaction to the pin tends to be a friendly welcome.  It's more like they treat you like you a crew member, one of them, as opposed to some sort of "must kiss butt" reaction.

10 out 10 times I wear my pin when I visit guest services.   Guest services makes up a lot of BS as excuses or policy that isn't real.  When I don't wear the pin 50% of what you hear is made up BS.  When I wear the pin that drops to around 25%.  

2 hours ago, barbeyg said:

If we ever make it to Pinnacle (which would be really great for the benefits), I hope RCI will simply mail our free cruise certificate to us, bypassing the announcement of the achievement at the Top Tier Party.  😂 

I really dislike being recognized for any kind of achievement in front of a crowd.  👀

You don't have to do the presentation.  Before the shutdown there were no top tier events on short cruises and if someone made pinnacle on a short cruise there was nothing.  Many people choose to arrange their pinnacle cruise to be on a 7 night sailing on a favorite ship just so there would be something.  In your situation if you ever get there when you board your pinnacle cruise talk to the loyalty ambassador and tell them no mention at top tier.

2 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

If Pinnacles were really serious about their status, they'd get a tattoo on their chest where they usually put the pin.

Mine is somewhere else and despite @Matt's best attempt the shot count has never gotten high enough for it to be seen.

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My wife and I have been cruising since we were married in 1983 and we scraped up enough money to take an Anniversary Cruise on Song of Norway.  We had a cabin on Deck B and was awestruck by literally everything about cruising. As the years went by we were fortunate enough to be able to afford many more cruises (we could never afford the new loft suites with a Genie) and enjoyed every one.  Cruising, like people, change over time and we found ourselves adapting to these changes.  We still enjoy cruising and interacting with other cruisers and crew members. I now find it a bit harder to cruise as we have in the past but that is because of my health and nothing to do with experiences onboard any ship. Luck holding out, I plan to take a few more cruises in my lifetime. Here's to many more and may we continue to enjoy! image.thumb.jpeg.737fc99c969ec79066fd7b9c24e63651.jpeg

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We cruise an average of once per year, although 2022 will be a make-up year for 20 and 21.  We find that we notice things that are different as we sail different ships, e.g., the furniture on an older ship was a little scratched, and we hated the shower curtain.  However, we were bothered most by the attitude of rude guests, some of whom sat at our dinner table.  We note differences in customer service, but they are due to the differences in people.  On the whole, we find the more we cruise, the more tolerant we are, the more realistic our expectations become, and the more coping strategies we employ.   I can't think of any cruise we didn't rate a "10", even though some were better than others.  Any cruise, for us, is fantastic.  Do we notice it when something we like is missing?   Yes, but inevitably we find something else to enjoy just as much.  If one dessert dish is no longer served, there are many others to choose from!

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When I was in the Army (decades ago!) it was customary to complain about the food. If the mess hall was good, you might not complain but complimenting the food in the Army just wasn't done. I think some folks carry that attitude around in their personal life. Only to a degree of course, civilian griping is absolutely incomparable to what goes on in the military. Still, for some folks complaining seems to be sort of a hobby and there's really not much to be done about it other than to avoid letting it become infectious. 

 Me, I'm happy to see things returning to some semblance of normal. We're departing out of Galveston on Grandeur in a few weeks and planning to have a great time! 

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

 

10 out 10 times I wear my pin when I visit guest services.   Guest services makes up a lot of BS as excuses or policy that isn't real.  When I don't wear the pin 50% of what you hear is made up BS.  When I wear the pin that drops to around 25%.  

 

Abso-frick'in-lutly!!!

100% agree

 

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It seems to me that these are 1st world problems coming home to roost. If you have the money to cruise frequently and are complaining about RCL, why not try a more luxurious line? I never got the impression that cruising on RCL was for the elite. As a family that cooks and cleans up after our meals, cuts our own grass, keeps our own house and raised our children, cruising is a ton of fun. We also visit the national parks and sleep in tents, so again cruising is the lap of luxury. Post pandemic peoples manners have really regressed, too much time in a vacuum or echo chamber hasn't been healthy. Appreciate everyday as the gift it is, you never know when the ride is over. This site is overwhelmingly filled with great positive and generous people. THANK YOU ALL!

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Complainers like to complain. I dislike entitled people and people who aren't empathetic to other's situations. I get about 5 weeks' vacation that gets split into two periods, so I normally cruise 2x a year as I have limited vacation and don't live near a port. I normally do a cruise and some land base traveling each time. Because of covid and the double point promotion, I cruised more than normal this last year.

I can honestly say I have had some not too great service and food but not so much that I complained or ruined more experience. I took those negative experiences and shrugged them off. I understand nothing will be perfect and going from ship to ship and class to class, I will have to alter my expectations. If you cruise 3 weeks in a row on different ships, you can't expect the Jamie's on Mariner to taste exactly like the Jamie's on Harmony. Nor should I expect every crew member to cater to me, it is nice, but there are potentially 2600+ of "me" to contend with. A lot of us got the "privilege" of cruising with such low capacity that if we don't look at the big picture, we would have insane expectations. 

I will also say that every pinnacle I met has been pretty nice. I don't think there's anything wrong with wearing that pin, it cost over $150k. IMHO those D+ are often the most entitled. When they complain, they always mention it. 

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I don’t wear the Pin-pin…but to each his/her own. I don’t fault anyone for choosing to wear it or not. We’re all different. I’ve seen fellow passengers who were nice, and others who were nasty. Didn’t matter whether they were ‘pinned’ or not. I just avoid the negative, mind my own business, and don’t let anyone else’s bad attitude affect me. Couldn’t care less. I never feel an urge to get into an argument. Online, I’ll just scroll away…in person, I’ll just stroll away.
After decades of being in a high profile job, I have finally learned how wonderfully refreshing floating around in anonymity can be.😁

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On 4/11/2022 at 4:41 AM, fishernrex said:

Can you go on too many cruises?

I travelled internationally weekly for a number of years (admittedly, not 23!) and I still get just as giddy getting onto a plane as I did every time then. Interestingly, since I no longer have any status with the airlines, when we fly it is likely to be in the cheap seats at the back, instead of the 1st class upgrades I came to enjoy before. I still enjoy the experience. I am glad, though, that cruise status doesn't reset!

Similarly, I did six years in the Navy, but I think I enjoy the cruises more because those years on board a ship got into my blood. I still get the knot in my stomach crossing the gangplank and have to fight the urge to salute the Ensign (flag). Some habits die hard. 

So, for me, at least, the answer is no I don't think I can go on too many cruises or too many flights, either.

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On 4/11/2022 at 11:23 AM, DunkelBierJay said:

Moving to Emerald from Platinum (would be diamond now if not for you know what) in two weeks, and my plan is to put the pins I get on my rattiest RC hat, wear it on the beach, get sea water on it and let them get nasty.

I've had MDR lunches with several Pinnacles on cruises and find the ones I've met to be really nice and great sources of knowledge, especially ones who you have to drag their status out of them.

 

We get pins for platinum, emerald, Diamond?  Had no idea and haven’t gotten one yet.  Hubby will love it!

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20 minutes ago, Pooch said:

We get pins for platinum, emerald, Diamond?  Had no idea and haven’t gotten one yet.  Hubby will love it!

Yeah, those pins should be available if you don't have one but want one for some reason. 

You can find all of them for sale on eBay if you don't mind spending the money - 🙃 .

Here is a RCB discussing the emerald pin: 

 

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