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silvercruiser December 4th, 2008 06:17 PM

What does "Friend of Princess" mean?
 
Do any of you know what it means to be a Friend of Princess? One of my fellow passengers was talking to a man the other day who said he got greatly reduced fares, about 1/4 of the regular price on cruises, because he was a Friend of Princess. Never heard of this before. He'd been asking one of the lecturers onboard about what kind of price break they got and then decided he could do better just using his Friend of Princess deal. We're curious about this. Does it perhaps mean that someone has a close relative who works for Princess?

sondi 14 December 4th, 2008 06:34 PM

Princess has a program called Friends and Family - other cruise lines most likely have this as well. He could have been referring to that and got his fare as a "friend" of an employee.

coiran December 4th, 2008 06:43 PM

It is a discount offered to Friends and Family of Princess employes - However - your cruises will not count toward your "Loyalty Status" or "Captains Circle" when you use it.

Ron

MichCook December 4th, 2008 06:44 PM

Previous posters answered from the Princess Employee perspective....

I also found reference to a program when I googled the topic...offered by an on-line cruise TA (not one that is listed on cruise critic).

Some sort of loyalty program with many rules/regs/fine print/limited time offer

Example:


14 Nights or More Cruise
Book an inside stateroom and receive $100.
Book an ocean view ( outside ) stateroom and receive $300.
Book a balcony or suite receive $400-500.

Minimum stateroom cost $1599.*per person.

Made my head spin....it may be legit, but too many caveats for my liking.


ARRTrain December 4th, 2008 07:31 PM

Princess has changed the Friends and Family Program, the cruises do count towards the Captains Circle.


Quote:

Originally Posted by coiran (Post 17223955)
It is a discount offered to Friends and Family of Princess employes - However - your cruises will not count toward your "Loyalty Status" or "Captains Circle" when you use it.

Ron


Toto2Kansas December 4th, 2008 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ARRTrain (Post 17224434)
Princess has changed the Friends and Family Program, the cruises do count towards the Captains Circle.

I think what they are talking about here is friends/family of Princess EMPLOYEES and not the old friends and family program that you could get with the FCC's purchased. A totally different topic. ;)

juggles December 4th, 2008 07:42 PM

It is definitely friends/family of a Princess employee only

notentirelynormal December 4th, 2008 07:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toto2Kansas (Post 17224528)
I think what they are talking about here is friends/family of Princess EMPLOYEES and not the old friends and family program that you could get with the FCC's purchased. A totally different topic. ;)

The Friends & Family program - which is knowing an employee - your cruises DO count towards your total - but you receive no benefits when cruising on the plan. So, even if you are Elite you will not get free internet or laundry etc and your cruise card will be blue.

Sandytoes December 4th, 2008 08:17 PM

You might be confused with the program Saved & Shared Cruises.

You can organize a cruise with friends or family.

http://www.princess.com/news/article...rticleId=na792

coiran December 4th, 2008 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ARRTrain (Post 17224434)
Princess has changed the Friends and Family Program, the cruises do count towards the Captains Circle.


Show me!!

iancal December 4th, 2008 11:46 PM

If Princess gave me that pricing I would be their best Princess friend for life!

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:50 PM

I am on the Friends and Family Corporate Affiliates with Princess and they have fairly good pricing. The cruises I book through it do not count towards my Captains Circle days. They will show up on your personalizer, but they do not count. Currently I can go in an inside cabin 7 nights to Alaska for about 800 bucks including everything, but I don't take insides, but just giving an example.

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:52 PM

Also, on the F&F program, you do not get to pick your cabin either. You book within the category and they put you where they want.

cdngrl December 4th, 2008 11:52 PM

princess employee, if you're listening...i'll be your friend...or you could adopt me!
i don't need any perks if the price is good.

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:53 PM

Oh and that is total for 2 not each.

cdngrl December 4th, 2008 11:54 PM

now i'm officially jealous!

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:55 PM

Whoops again. Total is 900 not 800.

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cdngrl (Post 17227449)
now i'm officially jealous!

Jealous of what? Remember, you get no perks, cabin credits, or anything else for the prices. It works out to be a little cheaper than booking with an online agency, but it's not THAT much less.

NevadaHiRoller December 4th, 2008 11:57 PM

With the ecnomy the way it is and ships not filling, I bet you will get prices even cheaper if you can wait for more last minute deals because TA's offer OBC's and perks.

cdngrl December 5th, 2008 12:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NevadaHiRoller (Post 17227401)
I am on the Friends and Family Corporate Affiliates with Princess and they have fairly good pricing. The cruises I book through it do not count towards my Captains Circle days. They will show up on your personalizer, but they do not count. Currently I can go in an inside cabin 7 nights to Alaska for about 800 bucks including everything, but I don't take insides, but just giving an example.

Quote:

Originally Posted by NevadaHiRoller (Post 17227439)
Oh and that is total for 2 not each.

Quote:

Originally Posted by NevadaHiRoller (Post 17227472)
Jealous of what? Remember, you get no perks, cabin credits, or anything else for the prices. It works out to be a little cheaper than booking with an online agency, but it's not THAT much less.

2 people to alaska for a week for 900? that's what i'm jealous of or did i misunderstand? i cruise for the get-away not the perks, so that's okay by me!


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