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Royal Caribbean International has announced a number of changes to its popular loyalty program, the Crown and Anchor Society, that went into effect on March 10th.
First, Crown and Anchor members at the Emerald and above level will no longer be required to pre-select their welcome aboard beverage for delivery to their staterooms. Instead, you’ll simply receive additional complimentary bottles of water.
New Crystal Blocks
Starting this spring, you’ll begin to see a new crystal block design with the rollout of full color blocks. These blocks are a nice keepsake for Royal Caribbean’s most frequent guests. These begin at 140 cruise points, and you receive a new one for every 70 points earned We received our latest block last summer aboard Independence of the Seas when we passed 350 cruise points.
The ship image and background in the new blocks will be full color as opposed to the more “crystalize” image in the current blocks. Speaking for myself, I think I have a slight preference for the old design. What say you?
And There’s Wine
Royal Caribbean is also adding a wine bottle discount in addition to its already generous complimentary beverage benefit for Diamond and above cruisers. In addition to 4 or more complimentary cocktails per day depending on your elite status level, you’ll now receive a discount of 20 percent off bottles over $100 and 40 percent off bottles under $100. I think this is a great enhancement!
Improved Amenities for Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Members
Finally, Royal Caribbean has announced an improved list of amenities for its most loyal cruisers, including new toiletry and tote bags in addition to others. You can view the complete list of amenities here. Make sure you contact Crown and Anchor at least 10 days before your cruise to make your choices if you wish to partake of any of the new amenities. You do not need to make a selection for every cruise. Your profile will reflect your choices, and if you wish to keep the same amenities, no need to call.
The Bottom Line
I think these changes are pretty good, especially if you’re a Frequent Floater, that is, a Diamond or above member of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. What do you think? – MJ
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