Posted April 28th, 2004, 08:27 PM
Personally, I like it the way it is. Not because I plan on taking a bunch of 3 night cruises in JS cabins for double credit. We have taken two 7 night cruises to Alaska, have a 7 night planned in a JS cabin for the caribbean, have a 3 nighter planned in January and are awaiting announcement of pricing for an 11 or 12 night cruise for September of next year.
I'm not cruising to collect credits, I'm cruising for vacation and relaxation. I don't care if one of the couples dining with us would be diamond members just because they took 5 back to back 3 and 4 night cruises (10 total) to get there, while I'm taking a variety of 3, 7, and 12 night cruises to achieve the same benefits. I like the simplicity of the plan as it is.
I find the airline programs can get confusing at times. Airline FF miles aren't completely based on $$ spent. I might pay $250 for my economy seat while the guy two rows up spends $350. But in economy, we both get the same miles IF we're both the same status in the FF club. If I'm in an elevated catagory, I pick up bonus miles BUT the bonus miles may or may not apply towards elite, premier or whatever catagory for next year. Each year I have to earn status with the airline all over again. And the rules go on and on and tend to get so complicated they have to send out a book to explain them.
No, I prefer that RCI keeps it simple. X # of cruises and you get XYZ benefits. Simple, easy to understand and for the most part straight forward. I like that.
Monarch OTS - Mexico Baja 1/05
Explorer OTS - Eastern Caribbean 11/04
Vision OTS - Alaska 7/03
Legend OTS - Alaska 7/02