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#21
Tamar valley, Cornwall
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Joined Oct 2012
Thank you everyone who has so helpfully commented on my questions.
It is true that 250 minutes internet each is a very welcome benefit but it is not unique to Princess. Cunard have a similar scheme which operates at far lower loyalty levels than the Princess ones.


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#22
UK / la côte atlantique de la France
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Joined Mar 2013
Originally posted by Traderboy
Thank you everyone who has so helpfully commented on my questions.
It is true that 250 minutes internet each is a very welcome benefit but it is not unique to Princess. Cunard have a similar scheme which operates at far lower loyalty levels than the Princess ones.


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Hmmm! Not sure how you work that out.

For sure you do get two hours of Internet on Cunard after two cruises, but as I understand it, Cunard don't give you the equivalent of the Platinum deal until after you have completed SEVEN cruises.
#23
South Florida
4,560 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by Corfe Mixture
Hmmm! Not sure how you work that out.

For sure you do get two hours of Internet on Cunard after two cruises, but as I understand it, Cunard don't give you the equivalent of the Platinum deal until after you have completed SEVEN cruises.
Cunard gives you two hours internet per cruise after only 20 days.
Princess gives two and a half but not until after 50 days or 5 cruises.
So that's at least six hours from Cunard before getting your first free minute from Princess. More than makes up for the 30 minutes extra.
And Diamond on Cunard get six hours free even on short cruises.
Yes I am aware Princess gives 100 more minutes on longer voyages. But Cunard starts their benefit one tier earlier and increases the benefit as you move up each additional tier. Most will shrug and call it a wash, but the numbers just don't back up the oft-made conclusion that Princess' benefit is "better".

Anyway, who cares really, I happily take the Princess benefits and will eventually get to Elite (whereas Diamond on Cunard won't happen unless someone buys a World Cruise for me). It just does get a bit tiresome responding to posts of "Princess is the only line with a great internet benefit" that lack any actual comparison of loyalty perks.
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#24
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Joined Mar 2013
Yes I am aware Princess gives 100 more minutes on longer voyages.
Just for further info on this one point for other readers.

It's also yet another 250 mins for 21+ days.....a total of 500 mins per cruise segment.

The other really good thing, if doing multi segments, is that any unused minutes roll over for use on the next cruise segment.
#25
Tamar valley, Cornwall
157 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
Thanks guys for comparing the Princess and Cunard offerings on internet minutes. I did my first (long) Cunard voyage recently and we each got 135 minutes after 20 days.
This is clearly better than any of the other cruise lines!
As my original posting indicated we remembered that Princess had a whole package of useful benefits. Most of the 'benefits' on other cruise lines at lower levels seem to be fairly worthless- pins, maps, etc.etc
What do others think?


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#26
Chico, California
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Joined Sep 2012
Pins, buttons, maps, lanyards, etc. are worthless. I don't cruise Cunard and I'm certain it is more expensive than Princess so the comparison isn't important to me. My wife and I will each have 500 minutes of Internet time on our next cruise. That's plenty. Heck, we didn't even use any Internet time until we got it free when turning Platinum. I can live without it (although it wouldn't seem so considering how much time I spend online at home) but my wife enjoys keeping in touch via Facebook (ugh!!!) so the minutes will be quite welcome.

Having never sailed any other line I've never hyped the Princess benefits. I have however frequently read that most other lines don't allow stacking of benefits. I don't know which ones do and which ones don't and, again, it really doesn't matter to me as, at this point at least, I am a "pretty, pretty, Princess" and only sail the one line. Perhaps one day in the future we will "broaden our horizons" but then again maybe not.

Note: For any who may have actually met me in person I apologize for the visual of me as a pretty, pretty, Princess. Hopefully you will be able to sleep.
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