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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:29 PM
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Default Crown & Anchor society question from a first-timer

Hi there,

I'm cruising with my family next week. We are all first-time cruisers. Should we join the Crown & Anchor society? I originally thought it worked like a Frequent flyer program, but it does not appear so...I'm just looking for some quick guidance here.

Can we join before the cruise, or do we have to wait until after? What are the overall benefits, or do these benefits only apply to those who cruise multiple times.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Here's a link to info on the program. If you have questions not answered on the site, you should probably post them on the Royal Caribbean boards. That's where you'll find fellow RCCL passengers. Happy Cruising!

Independence of the Seas/Sept 2015/Ft. Lauderdale/Labadee/Jamaica/Cayman Islands/Cozumel/Puerto Rico/St. Maarten/St. Kitts
Carnival Conquest/April 2013/New Orleans/Jamaica/Cayman Islands/Cozumel
Carnival Pride/Sept 2012/Baltimore/Grand Turk/Half Moon Cay/Freeport
Carnival Glory/Sept 2012/New York/Saint John/Halifax
Emerald Princess/Oct 2011/Ft. Lauderdale/Eleuthera/St Thomas/St Kitts/Barbados/St Lucia/Antigua
Sea Princess/Aug 2010/San Francisco/Victoria/Juneau/Skagway/Ketchikan
Carnival Spirit/Dec 2002/Miami/Belize/Costa Rica/Panama
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Old April 29th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Here is the RCI board:

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Old April 29th, 2012, 08:52 PM
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Well since it's free to join I think its worth it to join...I signed up on the ship (there was a box to submit your application at the guest services desk) and after your first cruise you will be a gold member.

On your second cruise there will be a coupon booklet waiting in your stateroom and it has stuff like 2 for 1 drinks and $5 in the casino or something so it has a few benefits.

If you plan to cruise RCI a lot and eventually become diamond or diamond plus you get extra perks and special boarding lines etc so I guess it is worth it in the long run especially since its free
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Old April 29th, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for the information! Much appreciated!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:08 PM
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You can't join until you've completed your first cruise....so take your vacation....then worry about it!
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Old April 30th, 2012, 01:57 AM
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Originally Posted by cb at sea View Post
....so take your vacation....then worry about it!

There's actually nothing to worry about.

Yes, join the loyalty program - absolutely nothing lost and everything gained.
Up next - S.Caribbean 2017, Europe B2B 2017

Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
RCI - Serenade Nov 2015 S. Caribbean
Celebrity - Solstice May 2015 Alaska
RCI - Explorer Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage

Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean

RCI - Serenade Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
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Old April 30th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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You also can't not join. There is nothing for you to do so don't worry about it. None of the cruise lines have loyalty programs that are so awesome that it makes a huge difference.
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