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I had booked my entire family for a much needed cruise in August. We all enjoyed the sailing.  I decided to do my first ever solo in September and when I did the calculations I told my husband if I took the year to do 22 cruises I would get us to Pinnacle.  Yes, such a sacrifice to go solo! LOL  Anyhow the cost of cruises was ridiculously low until recently so I booked a bunch (not 22) and am now  D+ and we will be on our way to Pinnacle-not necessarily a goal, but a nice outcome if we continue to cruise.  I've "let" hubby join me for a few cruises and pointed out that in a balcony for 2 (not booked double double) he is "costing me points".  He appreciates the sense of humor. If the cruise prices had remained low I would have booked us 2 cabins at essentially the same cost and earned the double points.  

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24 minutes ago, Andy & Sheryl Unwin said:

For sure Diamond status will come in useful when I book our 25th anniversary cruise. The official date is 12/10/2023, but likely we will celebrate any time between 12/01/23 and 03/31/2024.

It will be first cruise for example where we dont have the DBP. There will be plenty of other opportunites for booze.

 

I/we have 49 points now, mostly earned in suites.  We cruise in 30 days on a 7 day cruise, so that's 14 more points because it's a suite, double those points and that's a total of 77 which puts us into Emerald.  But, we won't benefit from that because we earn it while on a cruise and we're in Star Class so it doesn't matter anyway.  Our next cruise after this one in 30 days is in November on an 8 day cruise.  So, 8 points + 77 = 85 points, that puts us into Diamond but because we earned it on that cruise, we don't benefit from it until the next cruise after that.

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9 minutes ago, jay1021 said:

I/we have 49 points now, mostly earned in suites.  We cruise in 30 days on a 7 day cruise, so that's 14 more points because it's a suite, double those points and that's a total of 77 which puts us into Emerald.  But, we won't benefit from that because we earn it while on a cruise and were in Star Class so it doesn't matter anyway.  Our next cruise after this one in 30 days is in November on an 8 day cruise.  So, 8 points + 77 = 85 points, that puts us into Diamond but because we earned it on that cruise, we don't benefit from it until the next cruise after that.

That is our situation: we reach diamond on our next cruise so have to wait till our next one to get the benefits. 

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8 minutes ago, jay1021 said:

I/we have 49 points now, mostly earned in suites.  We cruise in 30 days on a 7 day cruise, so that's 14 more points because it's a suite, double those points and that's a total of 77 which puts us into Emerald.  But, we won't benefit from that because we earn it while on a cruise and were in Star Class so it doesn't matter anyway.  Our next cruise after this one in 30 days is in November on an 8 day cruise.  So, 8 points + 77 = 85 points, that puts us into Diamond but because we earned it on that cruise, we don't benefit from it until the next cruise after that.

Very similar yes. We did our last cruise as Platinum, the next one as Emerald, and the one I havent booked yet as Diamonds.

In and of itself, its not the most important thing in the world. But we really do want to feel we have achieved something out of the debacle that was the last 2 years.  Besides, its a bit of harmless fun.  I doubt we will make Diamond + till I am well into my dotage though.

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We have three double-point cruises, one in 2021 and two in 2022. All are plain-Jane 7-day cruises out of Galveston. That 21 extra points won't do anything as we are already Diamond and well short of Diamond+, but it's three less cruises I need to take to get to D+. And I'm cheap so that's several K $ for free! I like free!

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8 minutes ago, Cakemeister said:

We have three double-point cruises, one in 2021 and two in 2022. All are plain-Jane 7-day cruises out of Galveston. That 21 extra points won't do anything as we are already Diamond and well short of Diamond+, but it's three less cruises I need to take to get to D+. And I'm cheap so that's several K $ for free! I like free!

You've got a plan working for you, go for it!  

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14 minutes ago, Cakemeister said:

We have three double-point cruises, one in 2021 and two in 2022. All are plain-Jane 7-day cruises out of Galveston. That 21 extra points won't do anything as we are already Diamond and well short of Diamond+, but it's three less cruises I need to take to get to D+. And I'm cheap so that's several K $ for free! I like free!

Yep...that's a big jump from Diamond to Diamond+

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13 minutes ago, Cakemeister said:

We have three double-point cruises, one in 2021 and two in 2022. All are plain-Jane 7-day cruises out of Galveston. That 21 extra points won't do anything as we are already Diamond and well short of Diamond+, but it's three less cruises I need to take to get to D+. And I'm cheap so that's several K $ for free! I like free!

7 minutes ago, LovetoCruise87 said:

Yep...that's a big jump from Diamond to Diamond+

My own feeling is it will remain that much of a jump too. If Royal were to (say) make the gap 50 points, it would I think be unfair to those who already made it to Diamond+

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We tried.

I was offered a cruise, online from Casino Royale, including double points.  I said yes!  Please book me!

The agent was not real forthcoming in communication.  When we finally heard from him, it was to tell us the offer was a mistake, and we'd have to choose another. 

 

We chose another cruise, still expecting double points.  When we were only credited with single points, they told me it's because the double points offer had then expired. 🥴       

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Ceil and I cruised 22 years to get 171 points - all pre-Covid and all non-suites.  We averaged about 1.5 cruises per year, but not all Royal.  So we made D+ on our November cruise and sailed for the first time as D+ last week.  Double Points didn't help us at all.  And I don't think they ever will.  Seriously we will never get to Pinnacle...

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20 minutes ago, Andy & Sheryl Unwin said:

My own feeling is it will remain that much of a jump too. If Royal were to (say) make the gap 50 points, it would I think be unfair to those who already made it to Diamond+

Agreed.  I know I'd be pissed!

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13 minutes ago, YOLO said:

Ceil and I cruised 22 years to get 171 points - all pre Covid and all non-suites.  We averaged about 1.5 cruises per year, but not all Royal.  So we make D+ on our November cruise and sailed for the first time as D+ last week.  Double Points didn't help us at all.  And I don't think they ever will.  Seriously we will never get to Pinnacle...

I think we have been incredibly fortunate with the Double Points offers. It was an incredibly astute move by Royal to offer it. I wish more had been as fortunate.

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The promotion has worked out well for us even though we would be Diamond even without it.

We were the "one cruise a year" people but decided to start booking Junior Suites twice per year with the hopes of attaining Diamond by early 2021.  Then COVID happened and 4 of our 5 cruises got postponed.   Thanks to the double-double promotion we achieved Diamond last October, have sailed once in 2022 and have one more double-double cruise coming up end of May that will get us to 150 points (and our first glass block).  

Never thought we would come close to D+ but thanks to the promotion, we should get there at the end of 2023.  Not a chance we will see Pinnacle. 

 

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5 hours ago, Andy & Sheryl Unwin said:

benefit from the double points promotion

Yes. The short version: I will be diamond after only 4 cruises with Royal (instead of the 10+ we expected to do).

Long version:

One was pre-covid (7 days in a star suite) - regular 2 pt per night, so 14 points (also our first cruise on Royal).

Then we did an 8 day suite at double (32 pts) and then a 7 day suite (technically a 3/4 day back to back - I'm counting it as one cruise, 28 pts) also at double. We are currently at 74 points.

I'm doing a solo 3-day in May to get us to Diamond. Inside cabin, low cost (about the same cost as a drink package for one person on a 7-day cruise). That way we won't be buying the alcohol packages going forward.

Diamond was our original goal pre-covid and we thought it would take us about 4 years, minimum (ten 7/8-day cruises with the first one in the suite). We didn't expect to be in suites again, but we keep justify the extra $$... I think the star suite changed how we cruise forever.

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Our last cruise on Allure (6 night in JS) was a result of a FCC from a cancelled trip (5 nights balcony) on Independance. We love the JS, but werent able to justify it again until we received that FCC. 

So to go from an expected 5 points, to the 24 we received (6x2 for JS, x2 for promotion) was simply wonderful.

 

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2 hours ago, jay1021 said:

95 points between Diamond and Diamond +, that's a lot of damn points.  When your 70+ years old, it makes one wonder if one will make it to that landmark.  🥴

Only 7 7-night cruises in a suite.🥂🛳️

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6 minutes ago, RWDW1204 said:

Only 7 7-night cruises in a suite.🥂🛳️

Yep.  So true.  That would only take me about 4 to 5 years to accomplish.  As stated, I'm 70+, I hope I can keep healthy or alive for that time.  🥴  BUT, I am very healthy.  My Dr. says that I have the heart of an 18 year old, transplanted last year (no no, just kidding 🙄 I have my original heart and I wouldn't accept a heart anyway, that's for people that have much more/many more years than I).  My wife and I are blessed to be very healthy, I do hope to be cruising well into my 80s.  So, I guess D+ is attainable.  

 

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25 minutes ago, Andy & Sheryl Unwin said:

Our last cruise on Allure (6 night in JS) was a result of a FCC from a cancelled trip (5 nights balcony) on Independance. We love the JS, but werent able to justify it again until we received that FCC. 

So to go from an expected 5 points, to the 24 we received (6x2 for JS, x2 for promotion) was simply wonderful.

 

Sort of like us last week.  We had a free Bahamas/Caribbean cruise (from points on our BOA RCCL VISA card) for Harmony in 2020 that was cancelled.  So we rolled that into a JR Suite - our first Suite in all of our 22 years cruising on RCCL!  Now I am doomed.  Cecile wants all our cruises to be in JR Suites!!!  So last week, while in our JR Suite, we booked the ANTHEM b2b for the 2023 Norwegian Fjords in room 11636 - a JR Suite...

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13 minutes ago, YOLO said:

Sort of like us last week.  We had a free Bahamas/Caribbean cruise (from points on our BOA RCCL VISA card) for Harmony in 2020 that was cancelled.  So we rolled that into a JR Suite - our first Suite in all of our 22 years cruising on RCCL!  Now I am doomed.  Cecile wants all our cruises to be in JR Suites!!!  So last week, while in our JR Suite, we booked the ANTHEM b2b for the 2023 Norwegian Fjords in room 11636 - a JR Suite...

The closet, extra room and the bathroom really do make a difference dont they?  We do love the JS and although we cant justify the cost every time, we shall endeavour to book one as often as we can.

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