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Well it's official.....we are now diamond plus members!


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Only took us ten cruises between Aug 2018 to July 2022.....with a pandemic in the middle!  Sailing in suites got us double points and then the double double because of the pandemic really got us there quick.  Not sure we can keep up the pace so Pin level (LOL) will probably take us quite a while.....but we do have one more sailing in 3 weeks....going to Alaska....and it may still fall into the double double (fingers crossed).

The plan was to sail while we were still 'young' with our kids and have a lot of fun and then when we are older be able to take advantage of free offers as much as possible and use the status level for max benefit.  We took our first truly 'free' cruise (port feed and taxes only, no upgrades) last week to put us over the line in free Jr Suite....honestly though; I hated it.  I'll sound like a snob and I don't mean to, but there is a big difference between how the staff made us feel sailing in a Jr, versus a Royal or Star class level (not talking Genie or Conceirge....just general staff interaction...waiters, dealers, etc...the only one who gave us that 'special' feeling we were used to was the MDR head waiter.....but he recognized us from another sailing).  Maybe it was a microcosm and just a bad ship/sailing (Enchantment to Bermuda) but the whole sailing we got a completely different vibe than sailing on Grandeur, Vision, Adventure as direct comparison.  Didn't have a bad time...no saying that.  Just had a 'different' time.  It was also our shortest sailing at 5 days; so that may have contributed to the vibe change.   

 

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20 minutes ago, Keiffer-b said:

Congratulations to you!  Moving up to Diamond has been a great benefit so hopefully one day, we can reach the next tier.  Happy Sailing!

We stopped buying the drink package when we hit diamond 2 sailings ago......free coffes/drinks during the day with vouchers and then we buy a bottle wine with dinner....which is exactly what we always did, just costs less now.

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Will reach D+ after the first week of a B2B next year may-June. I understand I can speak to the C&A representative to get credit during the second week. Sure miss the double points promotion.

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1 hour ago, KevinJ said:

Will reach D+ after the first week of a B2B next year may-June. I understand I can speak to the C&A representative to get credit during the second week. Sure miss the double points promotion.

Yes, I know what you mean. We have a 10 day cruise scheduled 1/5/23 (just outside of double points) in a suite, so we will really miss getting those double points. 

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You all need to stop reaching D+  so quickly and so many of you as well.   Makes me feel less special ! Although as a kid growing up in the sixties being special wasn't a good thing.  "Leave Karl alone while he licks that window.  You know,  he's SPECIAL.

Seriously though, Congrats to all who made D+ and to those that can see it on the Horizon for them.

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Congratulations on reaching D+ status we reached it right before the pandemic. 

It will take us years to reach Pinnacle even with booking suites but we are in it for the long haul. 

5 free drinks per day.  If you aren't a heavy vacation drinker you'll never have to buy a drink package again LOL!!!! 

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Congrats to all on the new milestones.

I hit Diamond this past Jan and will hit D+ Jan 2023, sailing solo and the double points helped. I have my first transatlantic on Anthem (first time on her) next year Oct and won't have to buy a drink package for the 14nights. Those 5 drinks will be a godsend, imagine having to pay for a 14-night drink package😰😬

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We reached Diamond level for the second cruise of a B2B this past January 2022.  With luck we should reach Diamond+ on the B2B next January 2023. We didn't notice any difference being Diamond but we didn't know what to expect.  We got the Diamond pins though.  

Our upcoming cruise schedule is a 7-Night Alaska cruise starting August 29th in a Grand suite.  We have never been in a suite before and Diamond level so we aren't sure how to act.  With double points, the cruise should net us 28 points.

On October 2nd we will embark on a 13-night Panama Canal crossing in an ocean view balcony so no suite perks on that cruise.   The cruise should net us another 26 points.

Two days after the Panama cruise will get on a 4-night Perfect Day cruise in a junior suite so 16 more points.

We currently have 97 points + 28 + 26 + 16 = 167 points.  The first cruise of the B2B in January 2023 is 8 nights so that should be 175 points to make us Diamond+.  We are putting the FCCs to good use.

We need a crash course on being Diamond level and in a suite for the Alaska cruise before moving up to Diamond+.

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12 minutes ago, Dad2Cue said:

We reached Diamond level on the second cruise of a B2B this past January 2022.  With luck we should reach Diamond+ on the B2B next January 2023. We didn't notice any difference being Diamond but we didn't know what to expect.  We got the Diamond pins though.  

Our upcoming cruise schedule is a 7-Night Alaska cruise starting August 29th in a Grand suite.  We have never been in a suite before and Diamond level so we aren't sure how to act.  With double points, the cruise should net us 28 points.

On October 2nd we will embark on a 13-night Panama Canal crossing in an ocean view balcony so no suite perks on that cruise.   The cruise should net us another 26 points.

Two days after the Panama cruise will get on a 4-night Perfect Day cruise in a junior suite so 16 more points.

We currently have 97 points + 28 + 26 + 16 = 167 points.  The first cruise of the B2B in January 2023 is 8 nights so that should be 175 points to make us Diamond+.

We need a crash course on being Diamond level and in a suite for the Alaska cruse before moving up to Diamond+.

Enjoy the free drinks. And don't forget the free pictures.

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15 hours ago, dodgestang said:

The free photo is a def plus.

This is Hubby's favourite perk! lol

Each sailing he makes us all take photos just for the free photo, and every sailing since making Diamond a while ago, we come home with two more. I don't even know where to put these photos now. The one shelf I started is starting to overflow.

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8 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

Does making D+ automatically enroll you in Celebrity marketing emails? I've never got one before today.

I would say that answer is going to vary depending on Royal IT.

We've been D+ for a while and we have no pin, no emails from Royal, definitely no emails from Celebrity lol, last week on Anthem, we couldn't even get our D+ welcome amenity....

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21 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I would say that answer is going to vary depending on Royal IT.

We've been D+ for a while and we have no pin, no emails from Royal, definitely no emails from Celebrity lol, last week on Anthem, we couldn't even get our D+ welcome amenity....

Last week on Enchantment we got

1. A letter in the cabin telling us all about the great EMERALD benefits we would have on our seapass card
2. Under that a letter from the casino
3. Under that a letter telling us all about the great diamond benefits we would have on our seapass card
4. A diamond pin (even though we already received them last cruise for all 4 of us
 

I was secretly hoping for another glass block to show up

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It is always so fun moving up in the loyalty program.  Congratulations to all of you!  It seems I have been Diamond Plus "forever".  It is a long way from Dia+ to Pinnacle.

But Next May we will finally be pinnacle, providing I do not have to cancel any cruises.  We have 3 B2B cruises and 1 TA cruises to go to get there.  Am excited.   And my sister just made Diamond and is very happy with that.  Happy cruising everyone!

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