Elite Perks

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 07:15 AM.
#1
149 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
I'm a TA and I know what is listed for Elite perks but I was curious as to first-hand experience. A client of mine wants to know whether the canapes were worth it and how many times they could get them. They were also curious as to the afternoon tea to be delivered to their room. What is included? Has anyone tried any of these services and what is your opinion?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Susan

Hawaii - NCL Pride Of Aloha 7/11/04
Mexican Riviera - Diamond Princess 3/10/07
Alaska - Sun Princess 7/28/07
Canada/New England - Caribbean Princess 9/28/08
Eastern Caribbean - Holland Eurodam 10/23/10
Western Caribbean - Carnival Dream 7/23/11
#2
Oscoda, MI, USA
6,506 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
Canapes are canapes, you get them on formal nights and sometimes randomly. Personnally, I would rather have a bag of potato chips. The one time bar setup is good and you can exchange for your personal wants. The best perk is the free laundry and drycleaning, next to that the preferred tender passes. Also, since we have been elite and even before we have been invited to the most traveled luncheon/cocktail party - but - this is not a given.

Ron
#3
The Land of Ahhs!
44,132 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
On the Sea this past December, they delivered a canape menu to our cabin around 10:00 AM the morning of formal nights. Those are the only nights (unless you are booked in a full suite) that they deliver canapes to you. 7 Days would equal two formal nights=canapes delivered twice. Funny thing was, the canape menu stated it needed to be hung out on the door by 9:00 AM to have them delivered that evening. HUH? Made no sense to us. Tried hanging it out as soon as we got it and they were never delivered. Finally contacted the room steward the last formal night and asked how we could hang it out by 9:00 if it wasn't even given to us until 10:00? He called room service and placed a special order of us. They weren't anything special. and not an assortment. Just a plate of one type of canapes. Several different kinds to choose from but still, nothing that great and all the same.
Have never tried the afternoon tea service in the cabin, but have read where some have tried and room service had no idea what they were talking about. Guess it depends on what ship you are sailing on if they know about some of these Elite perks.

I do agree though, the free laundry and dry cleaning is one of the greatest perks they offer.
#4
Oscoda, MI, USA
6,506 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
We were on the Coral 10 day in December - we had canapes 4 times and once an order of chocolate dipped strawberries - now these I would prefer in place of the canapes.

Ron
#5
Pittsburgh, PA
4,542 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Different ships, different service. We have had fancy assortments of canapes plus strawberries and, on another ship, the menu for your choice, I always take the strawberries. We've never tried the tea. I'll take the laundry any day. Hubby likes the bar.
#6
Houston, TX
3,268 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
We had a menu for our canape preferences on the Dawn a few months ago. The idea of a bag of chips instead appeals to us. We love the free laundry service and the mini bar set up (hence the need for chips). The priority tender tickets are also a winner.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
DeepWaterMariner

Cruising since 1968












#7
540 Posts
Joined May 2005
Sometimes it is easy to exchange the bar setup -- sometimes it is not easy. We don't drink sodas, beer or liquor and would prefer only wine and water.
Sometimes you can chose which canapes you want and have them delivered at a particular time (we pick just chocolate-covered strawberries). Sometimes the assorted canapes were delivered to the room when we were at dinner and have just sat there, dried up and got thrown out -- that is why we would rather have ALL strawberries anyway. I would rather have pretzels than the rest of the stuff they deliver.
Notice that I have said "sometimes" on just about everything? Even on the same ship on different voyages they may have different policies.
We do LOVE the complimentary laundry/drycleaning, the priority tender passes and the free internet.
#8
COLORADO
57,227 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Originally posted by coiran
Canapes are canapes, you get them on formal nights and sometimes randomly. Personnally, I would rather have a bag of potato chips. The one time bar setup is good and you can exchange for your personal wants. The best perk is the free laundry and drycleaning, next to that the preferred tender passes. Also, since we have been elite and even before we have been invited to the most traveled luncheon/cocktail party - but - this is not a given.

Ron

I take the choc covered strawberries instead all week.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Keith
Princess Elite Member
57 Princess Cruises



USNS HARKNESS T-AGS 32

#9
montana
823 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
We finally tried the afternoon tea and thought it was very good. A plate of little sandwices, scones with clotted cream and jam and marmalade, some fancy little cookies. We ordered ice tea and coffee and got both.

This has to be ordered several hours before (maybe 7?) and it is just delivered to your cabin, not served to you. We will definitely do it again.
#10
5,361 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Originally posted by Sthronds
I'm a TA and I know what is listed for Elite perks but I was curious as to first-hand experience. A client of mine wants to know whether the canapes were worth it and how many times they could get them. They were also curious as to the afternoon tea to be delivered to their room. What is included? Has anyone tried any of these services and what is your opinion?
Hey, not very exciting, but a nice touch. We got little squares of bread with salmon, caviar, salami etc on them, and also choc strawberries.

Tea is tea -- regular or herb tea, little biscuits, etc. Again not exciting, but a nice touch.

If you are a TA -- definitely take the Princess courses! DW is a Commodore and that is why we get the Elite treatment! Kind of fun!
#11
California
577 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Merced Mike I'm also a TA and I'm a Commadore with Princess and a new Elite member. Do you really get the same benefits as all other Elite members.My first Orincess cruise will be coming up soon very excited.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Royal Caribbean Song of America 07/81,Monarch of the Sea 05,Celebrity infinity 05,Vision of the Seas 02/ 05,Rhapsody of the Seas 08/27/ 06, Monarch of the Seas 08/13/ 07,NCL Pearl 04/0807, Dawn Princess 02/24/08, Star Princess 09/13/09
#12
Santa Barbara, California
2,082 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Although canapes are supposed to be complimentary for elite members on formal nights only, on both the Golden and the Sapphire I was offered free canapes nightly. I always get the chocolate dipped strawberries. They are the best option. The other canapes are mediocre.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Cunard, Sagafjord (Pacific Coastal), Admiral Cruises, Star Dancer (Mexico), HAL old Noordam (Caribbean), NCL Norway (Caribbean), NCL Seaward (Caribbean), NCL Pride of America (Hawaii), Celebrity Century (Caribbean), Celebrity Mercury (Caribbean), Celebrity Constellation (Scandinavia/Russia), Celebrity Infinity (Hawaii), Renaissance R4 (currently sailing as Ocean Princess) (Tahiti), old Crown Princess (Caribbean), Dawn Princess (Alaska), Star Princess (Australia/New Zealand and Mexico), Golden Princess (Mediterranean, Canada/New England, Mediterranean/Transatlantic, and Hawaii), Sapphire Princess (Alaska, California Coastal, Mexican Riviera, Mexico Christmas Cruise, 4-day Coastal Getaway x 2, and Pacific Coastal), new Crown Princess (Bermuda/Caribbean, California Coastal, and Mexico Christmas Cruise x 2), Emerald Princess (Canada/New England), Ruby Princess (California Coastal)
#13
vancouver island
532 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
I too recently achieved Commodore status due to the Princess courses. We just returned from a 10 day on the Sun Princess over Christmas.

The priority boarding was wonderful, as was the tendering.

We received the canapes in our room on both formal nights, no form to request or choices, just a plate of capapes that neither of us would eat. They were always delivered while we were at dinner and we didn't leave til after 8.

We used the free internet a lot! Didn't use the free laundry, I prefer to do my own.

Did as the room steward to exchange a few items in the mini bar and he did it no problem.

Also the 10% off in the shops came in a little handy.

Enjoy!

Terry
#14
Chicago, IL
2,034 Posts
Joined May 2000
For the record - I love the canapes!

There's a newly announced Elite perk: your choice of disembarkation times to suit your plans. It was announced in the same memo to TAs that explained the additional consideration of days sailed to determine status in the Captain's Circle.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Cruisin' Chris

Coming Up: Crown Princess 2/2017

Norwegian Windward 12/94 (E. Carib.), Star Princess 9/96 (AK), Regal Princess 11/97 (Classic PC), Sun Princess 5/98 (AK), Grand Princess 11/99 (E. Carib.), Ocean Princess 5/00 (AK), Crown Princess 11/01 (HA), Sun Princess 1/01 (Classic PC), Ocean Princess 3/02 (S. Carib.), Golden Princess 8/02 (Transatlantic), Coral Princess 3/03 (Partial PC), Sun Princess 5/03 (AK), Dawn Princess 12/03 (S. Carib.), Dawn Princess 12/03 (S. Carib.), Grand Princess 5/04 (Baltic Heritage), Sun Princess 12/04 (E. Carib.), Sun Princess 2/05 (S. Carib.), Diamond Princess 3/06 (Aus/NZ), Sun Princess 2/07 (S. Carib), Emerald Princess 3/08 (S. Carib), Ruby Princess 10/09 (Transatlantic), Ruby Princess 2/10 (S. Caribbean), Ruby Princess 11/10 (E. Caribbean), Coral Princess 4/11 (Partial Panama Canal), Queen Mary 2 8/11 (WB Transatlantic Crossing), Emerald Princess 3/12 (S. Caribbean), Royal Princess 12/13 (E. Carib.), Queen Mary 2 8/14 (Hamburg - Southampton), Queen Mary 2 8/14 (Southampton to NYC), Regal Princess 3/15 Eastern Caribbean), Westerdam 2/16 (Eastern Caribbean), Queen Mary 2 11/16 (WB Transatlantic)
#15
Houston, TX
3,268 Posts
Joined Dec 2002
Choice of disembarkation time is a nice option although I haven't seen that one yet. We typically manage to get the time we want anyway but that certainly isn't a given.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
DeepWaterMariner

Cruising since 1968












#16
37 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by Pradagal
Merced Mike I'm also a TA and I'm a Commadore with Princess and a new Elite member. Do you really get the same benefits as all other Elite members.My first Orincess cruise will be coming up soon very excited.
Please share with me what a "commodore" level passenger is with Princess?

Cruise #4 in 2 weeks , loving Princess! working toward elite status
#17
Spearfish, SD
81 Posts
Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by jerrybev
Please share with me what a "commodore" level passenger is with Princess?

Cruise #4 in 2 weeks , loving Princess! working toward elite status
...a level of achievement for Travel Agents who participate in the Princess Academy Program to educate TA's about the Princess Product.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Cruisin!
Cruisinsuzan
#18
Pittsburgh, PA
4,542 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
In other words, TA are getting a reduced rate and elite perks? Wow! Guess we were in the wrong business. I'm sure that won't be a popular thought on this thread.
#19
The Land of Ahhs!
44,132 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Originally posted by AliceS
In other words, TA are getting a reduced rate and elite perks? Wow! Guess we were in the wrong business. I'm sure that won't be a popular thought on this thread.
Just sailed with one that had recently gotten that status. Not sure how many Princess cruises they had been on, but I don't think very many, but they were sportin that black card.