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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cruise Line Loyalty Programs, Part 1: Resort-Style Cruise Lines

While a cruise vacation assures fun, comfort and incredible value, everyone loves some extra perks and treats. Belonging to a cruise line loyalty club is a good way to qualify for some enjoyable extras.


Becoming a member of a cruise line loyalty club also makes sense if you have a favorite cruise line that you choose again and again. The more often you sail, the more special benefits you’ll earn: and, you may receive exclusive offers just for club members.


We’ll take a look at what the cruise lines offer for your loyalty in a two-part series. First up: resort-style cruise lines. These loyalty clubs frequently offer rewards like special “welcome back” gifts, discounts for onboard services, onboard cocktail receptions, and even discounts on cruise fares.


Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club program has five levels of rewards for loyal customers. The top level offers luxuries such as access to an exclusive onboard lounge as well as complimentary beverages, laundry services and Internet access.


Anyone who cruises with Disney automatically becomes a member of the Castaway Club, which guarantees returning guests a “welcome back” gift on their next Disney cruise. Before embarking, Castaway Club members receive advance booking opportunities for shore excursions, onboard child care and spa appointments.


Holland America Line guests are automatically enrolled in its Mariner Society. Members earn points for each night they spend on a Holland America ship and for each purchase made on board. Basic membership includes a 50% discount on the third and fourth guests in a stateroom on selected sailings, and the discounts get even better from there.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Latitudes Rewards program has four tiers, and the top tier enjoys benefits such as concierge service, complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine, and a behind-the-scenes ship tour. All members receive special “Insider Offers,” such onboard credit of up to $250 on selected sailings.


The entry level of Princess Cruises’ Captain’s Circle program offers benefits such as up to $100 per person off cruise fares, reduced deposits, and collectible stamps depicting cruise destinations. The highest level includes such perks as priority tender service from ship to shore.


Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society has six levels of membership, and all of them include an onboard booking bonus: if you book another Royal Caribbean cruise while on a cruise, you’ll receive onboard credits for the next cruise. Top-level members can earn complimentary seven-night cruises in balcony or suite staterooms.


When you join a loyalty club, be sure to tell Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, who can help you get the most out of your membership.


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