Why the lanyards?

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#1
Roseville, CA
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I am curious, do people use the lanyards for convenience sake, or is there an advantage to showing your loyalty program status? We are elite with Princess Cruise Lines, would we get better service if our black cards were hanging around our necks
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#2
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We have never used a lanyard.

We have over 80 cruises with HAL and approaching 100 total and have never owned a lanyard. Whatever works is fine...... we just prefer to keep our card in our pocket/purse.

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#3
Santa Paula CA
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Originally posted by sail7seas
We have never used a lanyard.

We have over 80 cruises with HAL and approaching 100 total and have never owned a lanyard. Whatever works is fine...... we just prefer to keep our card in our pocket/purse.

I agree-the most amusing thing is to see people bend over to put their cruise card in the slot rather than taking the lanyard off!!!
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#4
Southern California
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When I am on ship in swim trunks during the day and on warm climate cruises, shorts also in the evening I use a lanyard just to keep it handy. Everything else is in the safe in the cabin so whether I sit by the pool, hang by the bar or hit the casino and donate to the cruise line's bottom line, it is just my preference. DW hates them.


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#5
Massachusetts
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Joined Jun 2011
Pockets work fine for me too. Even my swim shorts has pockets that close with Velcro. I did get my kids lanyards to help them keep track of their cards but for me it's just as convenient to put it in a pocket.
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#6
GTA, Ontario, Canada
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I use a lanyard when I have no pockets in my outfit ...I am not one to carry a purse at home so why would I do it onboard the ship

YMMV
#7
Southern California by way of Kentucky
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A lanyard with a gold SeaPass card hanging from it (frontside facing out) can be a fashion accessory to some .
#8
Moon Township, Pa
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Joined Oct 2000
Being disabled, the lanyard works for me better than anything else. It's better and quicker for me to just have the lanyard when getting on and off the ship.
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#9
Greenville, SC, USA
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Joined Apr 2000
I use a lanyard on the ship and take it off and put it in my pocket on shore. We are Elite in the Captain's Circle and never felt we got any special treatment by wearing the black card.
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#10
USA
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Joined Feb 2008
Personally I like to stuff things in my pocket, but sometimes when you don't have one, laynard is nice.

Others just go with the flow and the style seems to be to let it hang out there.
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#11
Seascale,Cumbria,U.K.
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Just sheer convenience- we've been known to wear lanyards for a rival cruise line....sevice has been the same, wherever!
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#12
Arizona
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No pockets .... don't wear jeans, mostly travel knits. So the lanyard is a great way to securely keep my Sign N Sail card handy. If I happen to have a small purse with me for meds & camera, then card goes in there. We also have "neck wallets" that have been great for the card and small items. Found those at our local swap meet for $5 a while back.

Our neck wallets are leather ... 2 zippers and are a little wider than the ID cards and about 4 inches high. Have used them on many cruises.
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#13
In the Valley, CA
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The lanyard works for me. It's certainly not a status thing for me as I'm still gold status on Princess. Some of my outfits don't have a pocket and I can easily remember to put the lanyard around my neck. Easy enough to slip the card out when I need to and then replace it immediately. I'll put the lanyard in my purse when I'm leaving the ship and on formal nights.

If other people think it's strange, that's their problem.
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#14
Irvine, CA
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Joined Apr 2008
I typically keep my cruise card in a small purse if I'm carrying one for the evening or in my pocket during the day. I do use the lanyard when I dance and don't have pockets in what I'm wearing.

I wouldn't think people were putting their cards on a lanyard just to get better service but you never know.
#15
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Joined Jan 2011
We like the coil lanyards from the ship's casino.
Sometimes we take off the coils and just use the clip.

When DD was 17 she used to put her's in her pocket til she lost it in the first 30 minutes of being onboard. Now she uses a lanyard.
#16
Albuquerque
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Joined Feb 2007
Hard to lose, easy to find. I have to bend over, but I see lots of people standing outside their door search pockets and purses.
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#18
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Have never, and would never, use a lanyard....looks like you're at a convention! I carry a very small purse for my room key, tissues, comb and lipstick. Hubby uses his pocket.
#20
seattle
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Joined Sep 2008
No lanyard for me ever. I have a wristlet or teeny tiny beaded purse with a shoulder strap. I use either one to store the cruise card. If I leave my cabin I will want to take at least a couple items with me & a lanyard couldn't hold them.
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