Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
seeyakids

Bean Counters vs Diamonds

Recommended Posts

By raising point tiers and slashing benefits Royal could wholesale chop off loyalty members and make way for newbies at more revenue...but really, the drinks don't cost them a fortune, and neither do the balcony discounts.  

Royal should be careful with the beast they built.  If they did that they could lead the industry in a race to zero in which all brands start to eschew loyal guests in favor of fresh revenue.  Sooner or later, though, economies will shift and Royal has some very large ships that must remain full and the picture is a lot different than even 10 years ago.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Saab4444 said:

Why are 3 free drinks per night and person not enough?


Well. If it is enough for particular cruiser he/she does not have to order more.

 

I would remove 3 drinks limit, let people get drinks in bars. This is already done on Celebrity and their lounge is not overcrowded.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Tatka said:


Well. If it is enough for particular cruiser he/she does not have to order more.

 

I would remove 3 drinks limit, let people get drinks in bars. This is already done on Celebrity and their lounge is not overcrowded.

Is not Celebrity's lounge for Suite and Zeniths only 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is another option for D and D+ to get unlimited drinks that every one is forgetting. Drink as much as you can during the Top Tier event. Problem solved  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RC is getting rid of the CLs. Get rid of the SL and make it another top 3 tier lounge. Call the two lounges Top Three Tier Lounges.  Open only to diamond, diamond plus and pinnacles.  

Edited by davekathy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My granddaughter will be D, in her own right, at the age of 12 and she has earned every point herself.  Maybe she was the 2nd person on the reservation and why would you think the price for the first and second person should count for more than the third and fourth person in a room.  We have stayed in suites for 3 years to reach the D level, not because we wanted the free drinks, Star Class gives us more than that, but because we just wanted to say we reached that level.  We have looked at the DL lounges and cannot say they look that special.  Maybe RCI needs to revamp some of their perkes but you cannot make everyone happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
50 minutes ago, grapau27 said:

Sorry to hear you are now a widow but pleased you still cruise.

I totally agree with you that the program needs changing.

Diamond should be 175 points and Diamond+ 350 points to reward loyalty.

Current Diamonds 3 free drinks during HH should still be honoured but Lounge access should start at the new level of 175 points.

Husband and wife should stay the same but children's future points should be in line with how many points they have earned.

 

Sorry, but I don't agree with this at all.  Having such a high number to reach Diamond will cause many cruisers to just give up at the idea and just forget about the loyalty altogether.  Leave Diamond at 80 where it is. 

 

We're approaching Diamond level and we favor Royal Caribbean because the Diamond level perk (nightly drinks) is something attainable within reason.  No way is someone going to be enticed by 3 nightly drinks or a Diamond lounge if they need to do 25 7-night cruises to get there

 

To solve this crowding issue (IMO) you need to rename the "Diamond lounge" into the "Loyalty Lounge" and set a C&A point value to get in during happy hour.  All existing drink vouchers would still be valid for Diamonds and above elsewhere on the ship during that time.


Dan

Edited by The Fun Researcher

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Tulsacoker said:

Is not Celebrity's lounge for Suite and Zeniths only 

 

We just sailed on Summit 2 months ago and Sky lounge was used for Elites and Elites+ from 5 to 7 PM.

There were appetizers and unlimited drinks. Unlimited drinks were also provided in all except for World bars.

Edited by Tatka

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Tatka said:

 

We just sailed on Summit 2 months ago and Sky lounge was used for Elites and Elites+ from 5 to 7 PM.

There were appetizers and unlimited drinks. Unlimited drinks were also provided in all except for World bars.

so Celebrity is only for two hours.... not much time for that many drinks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Tulsacoker said:

Is not Celebrity's lounge for Suite and Zeniths only 

Celebrity has the Sky Lounge that is only open in the evening from 5 to 7:PM for elite, elite plus and zenith. Michael's Club/The retreat Lounge is open 24 hours and is for suite and zenith.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Tulsacoker said:

so Celebrity is only for two hours.... not much time for that many drinks

 

Celebrity also offers breakfast every morning from 8 to 10AM with unlimited Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Mimosas in special restaurant, so it is pretty close.

 

 Key is... Unlimited HH is not only in lounge.

There is a difference though. On Royal list is more limited, but servers bring more drinks than on the list. Celebrity's list includes cocktails (not many, but about 6).

Edited by Tatka

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, The Fun Researcher said:

 

Sorry, but I don't agree with this at all.  Having such a high number to reach Diamond will cause many cruisers to just give up at the idea.  Leave Diamond at 80 where it is. 

 

We're approaching Diamond level and we favor Royal Caribbean because the Diamond level perk (nightly drinks) is something attainable within reason.  No way is someone going to be enticed by 3 nightly drinks or a Diamond lounge if they need to do 25 7-night cruises to get there

 

To solve this crowding issue (IMO) you need to rename the "Diamond lounge" into the "Loyalty Lounge" and set a C&A point value to get in during happy hour.  All existing drink vouchers would still be valid for Diamonds and above elsewhere on the ship during that time.


Dan

I have made similar suggestions on other threads to what you are saying.

We were approaching Diamond when they banned Diamonds from the CL.

Edited by grapau27

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Tulsacoker said:

Sounds like RCI should do a D+ purge on each cruise. Randomly remove the D, and D+ status to equal the space available in the lounge.  

I made Diamond over 20yrs ago there was no Diamond Lounge. We had use of Concierge Lounge, was no such thing as Diamond Plus or Pinnacle. That said what you're suggesting won't happen...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Tatka said:

 

We just sailed on Summit 2 months ago and Sky lounge was used for Elites and Elites+ from 5 to 7 PM.

There were appetizers and unlimited drinks. Unlimited drinks were also provided in all except for World bars.

...and zenith. Zenith also has access to Michales Club/The Retreat Lounge. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Tatka said:

 

Celebrity also offers breakfast every morning from 8 to 10AM with unlimited Bloody Marys, Bellinis, Mimosas in special restaurant, so it is pretty close.

Tuscan Grill. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Tulsacoker said:

dont see any perk being stripped. if you are so dead set on being in the DL get there early 

What a curt reply. Try this one: Grandeur's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 20-22. Most of the twelve day cruises have over 500 D's and above.

Anthem's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 25-30. On my last Anthem 12-day, there were over 1,200 D's and above. 

How early do you think a person should get there? Do you think if a D+ throws a towel over a chair it would be considered saved.

Another other good ideas?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, davekathy said:

...and zenith. Zenith also has access to Michales Club/The Retreat Lounge. 

 

Probably. I assume Zenith would rather use Michales Club/The Retreat Lounge, although I don't remember Sky lounge being crowded.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, ONECRUISER said:

I made Diamond over 20yrs ago there was no Diamond Lounge. We had use of Concierge Lounge, was no such thing as Diamond Plus or Pinnacle. That said what you're suggesting won't happen...

Sorry but I wasn't being serious... 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Tulsacoker said:

Sounds like RCI should do a D+ purge on each cruise. Randomly remove the D, and D+ status to equal the space available in the lounge.  

I should have waited longer to respond. I see you have many fantastic ideas.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, John Reid said:

What a curt reply. Try this one: Grandeur's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 20-22. Most of the twelve day cruises have over 500 D's and above.

Anthem's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 25-30. On my last Anthem 12-day, there were over 1,200 D's and above. 

How early do you think a person should get there? Do you think if a D+ throws a towel over a chair it would be considered saved.

Another other good ideas?

 

Several times we used Grander's DL it was always extended to South Pacific lounge.

Anthem's is really crowded, although I think you can use adjacent hall too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, Tulsacoker said:

so Celebrity is only for two hours.... not much time for that many drinks

You also get unlimited CC HH drinks from 5 to 7 PM at the other bars/lounges. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard that they are taking out the "Wipe-Out" café and putting in a Platinum Lounge on all the Oasis ships..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I realize some have gotten their status on coat tails and some paid a lot for double points in a suite.  But alot have also earned that one night at a time.  Currently at 250....we will never make pinnacle however that's a lot of months at sea and I feel it deserves some perks.  It also keeps us coming back rather then taking our money elsewhere.  I appreciate all the perks. I enjoy the lounge.  It would be pretty rough if it all changed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, John Reid said:

What a curt reply. Try this one: Grandeur's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 20-22. Most of the twelve day cruises have over 500 D's and above.

Anthem's Diamond Lounge has seating for about 25-30. On my last Anthem 12-day, there were over 1,200 D's and above. 

How early do you think a person should get there? Do you think if a D+ throws a towel over a chair it would be considered saved.

Another other good ideas?

good grief people, what do any of you do when trying to go to the ice / aqua show and you know its going to be full? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations

Announcements

×
×
  • Create New...