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:)Have you read the news about the new Status Match program?

 

We sure have Licisca!! Lucky You!!! I had asked a friend of mine who is an MSC fan in Italy and she told me the program does exist in that region as well. I was under the impression that it was just going to be for the USA market. :roll eyes:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2232615&page=3

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Yes I am trying to understand ig it only fits for Usa market. Not sure if it is valid in italy

 

 

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Yes I am trying to understand ig it only fits for Usa market. Not sure if it is valid in italy

 

 

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It most certainly is Licisca:

http://www.msccrociere.it/it_it/MSC/Programma-Status-Match.aspx

http://www.msccrociere.it/it_it/Images/17216_02_ITA_PROMO_FREQUENT_CRUISERS_DESCRIZ_PROMO_FORM_CONSUMER_tcm14-118753.PDF

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I saw a thread about this on the RCL board and as we have our first MSC cruise booked for January was interested.

 

I've just phoned MSC UK office and been told its only for US and Brazilian cruisers not the rest of the world:(

 

Julie

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I saw a thread about this on the RCL board and as we have our first MSC cruise booked for January was interested.

 

I've just phoned MSC UK office and been told its only for US and Brazilian cruisers not the rest of the world:(

 

Julie

 

Why am I not surprised?? Typical MSC alas.

 

Enjoy your cruise in January.

 

Annie

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I saw a thread about this on the RCL board and as we have our first MSC cruise booked for January was interested.

 

I've just phoned MSC UK office and been told its only for US and Brazilian cruisers not the rest of the world:(

 

Julie

 

Loyalty Match is available for MSC Germany:http://www.msc-kreuzfahrten.de/de_de/MSC/Status-Match-Programm.aspx

 

MSC Italy:http://www.msccrociere.it/it_it/MSC/Programma-Status-Match.aspx

 

MSC USA:http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/MSC/loyalty-match-program.aspx

 

MSC France:http://www.msccroisieres.fr/fr_fr/Offre-Speciale/Programme-Status-Match.aspx

 

So far those are the only regions I could find that are offering Status Match at this time.

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Under EU laws are they actually allowed to offer it within one EU country and not others. I thought we all had a 'common market'.

 

Julie

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Under EU laws are they actually allowed to offer it within one EU country and not others. I thought we all had a 'common market'.

 

Julie

 

I'm not familiar with your laws in Europe kernow,,,but what I did was research each regions MSC website and was able to pull the links from there. There were 3 MSC websites where I could not find any information or links to the Loyalty Match program,,MSC UK,,MSC Brazil,,and MSC ES. I would think the program would be launched region wide,,but then again,,this is MSC we are talking about,,,:rolleyes:

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And anyway I think it's still a work in progress. I wrote to MSC offices yesterday and got 2 different answers, then finally they agreed on one solution, but the swing of the points among different cruises's fidelity program is not so clear, they mention something like a fair swap, but I am waiting for seeing the first answers given to those who have already filled and sent the form. We are an italian FB group and we have a lot of MSC and costa members

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And anyway I think it's still a work in progress. I wrote to MSC offices yesterday and got 2 different answers, then finally they agreed on one solution, but the swing of the points among different cruises's fidelity program is not so clear, they mention something like a fair swap, but I am waiting for seeing the first answers given to those who have already filled and sent the form. We are an italian FB group and we have a lot of MSC and costa members

 

Like I wrote in another thread,,,I'm hoping MSC will post a conversion chart so people from other loyalty clubs can see what MSC Voyagers Club level they will be before submitting their information. BTW,,,can you give me the name of your group without the FB attached? I belong to a couple of Italian MSC FB pages and do enjoy conversing with the MSC fans in Italy.

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Under EU laws are they actually allowed to offer it within one EU country and not others. I thought we all had a 'common market'.

 

Julie

 

n a previous post it siaid U.S. and Brazil only.

Neither one is a EU country (Ithink)

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Like I wrote in another thread,,,I'm hoping MSC will post a conversion chart so people from other loyalty clubs can see what MSC Voyagers Club level they will be before submitting their information. BTW,,,can you give me the name of your group without the FB attached? I belong to a couple of Italian MSC FB pages and do enjoy conversing with the MSC fans in Italy.

Hi Mike, it's Crocieristi per la Vita

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Under EU laws are they actually allowed to offer it within one EU country and not others. I thought we all had a 'common market'.

 

Julie

 

It is simply a marketing tool and JMO not worth much.

 

I remember they tested the experiences 1st in the German market and they had the roll out.

 

UK solo cruisers for a few years had great solo rates unmatched anywhere in Europe.

 

Do we honestly believe that those who enjoy daily free drinks on Royal and Elite are going to rush to MSC?? Cynic that I am, no.

 

Annie

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I spoke to my Travel Agent who called her contact at MSC.

The conversion is simple, if you are a Diamond or an Elite on Celebrity or Princess etc you get a Black card on MSC. This is only an example I do not know all cruise line reward categories.

 

BUT, I was also told something we must be aware of. There is an expiration date on this upgraded card, 3-years. If you do not take another MSC cruise in 3 years you go back to zero. Of course they are still hammering some of this out.

 

The theory behing that in the U.S. many cruisers do not know of MSC so they are hoping this will get them try them.

 

My gut tells me that the expiration date will go away but the date to apply will not.

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It is simply a marketing tool and JMO not worth much.

 

I remember they tested the experiences 1st in the German market and they had the roll out.

 

UK solo cruisers for a few years had great solo rates unmatched anywhere in Europe.

 

Do we honestly believe that those who enjoy daily free drinks on Royal and Elite are going to rush to MSC?? Cynic that I am, no.

 

Annie

 

I agree and disagree.

I definitly would not rush to MSC for the rewards. Like you said, Royal, Celebrity, and Princess are giving us much more.

 

But I am already going on MSC and can use the discounts that I would not have had so it not worthless to me

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It is simply a marketing tool and JMO not worth much.

 

I remember they tested the experiences 1st in the German market and they had the roll out.

 

UK solo cruisers for a few years had great solo rates unmatched anywhere in Europe.

 

Do we honestly believe that those who enjoy daily free drinks on Royal and Elite are going to rush to MSC?? Cynic that I am, no.

 

Annie

 

Yes I completely agree with you, even the Black level on MSC offers nowhere near as much as Diamond/Elite and higher.

 

I also understand that the US is a completely different market and one they want to break into. However, to me at least, it seems a bit unfair to be offering it in some European countries and not others.

 

 

No matter, I'm sure we'll enjoy our cruise anyway:)

 

Julie

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Yes I completely agree with you, even the Black level on MSC offers nowhere near as much as Diamond/Elite and higher.

 

I also understand that the US is a completely different market and one they want to break into. However, to me at least, it seems a bit unfair to be offering it in some European countries and not others.

 

 

No matter, I'm sure we'll enjoy our cruise anyway:)

 

Julie

 

Hi Julie

 

But not all EU countries are the same are they?? I know MSC German cruisers can pay more than MSC UK cruisers. The German cruising market is larger than UK market possibly a better test bed??

 

UK is not part of the Eurozone and not party to Schengen.

 

I wonder how they will treat the Swiss and Norwegians who are not even part of the EU??

 

Anyway enjoy your cruise.

 

Annie

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More tinkering around the edges by MSC! it may well be that they are breaking EU laws and until someone actually challenges them nothing will change.

 

It is wrong to only offer this system to certain parties and not others, I remember on our Divina TA one of the crew telling us that Americans get Free water at Dinner but Europeans don`t, when asked why the answer was well they expect to pay for it on European cruises so they are being charged on this one!

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It is simply a marketing tool and JMO not worth much.

 

I remember they tested the experiences 1st in the German market and they had the roll out.

 

UK solo cruisers for a few years had great solo rates unmatched anywhere in Europe.

 

Do we honestly believe that those who enjoy daily free drinks on Royal and Elite are going to rush to MSC?? Cynic that I am, no.

 

Annie

 

But this Diamond on Cutback Cruise Lines is doing it despite how BRILLIANT Diamond is on CCL

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Loyalty Match is available for MSC Germany:http://www.msc-kreuzfahrten.de/de_de/MSC/Status-Match-Programm.aspx

 

MSC Italy:http://www.msccrociere.it/it_it/MSC/Programma-Status-Match.aspx

 

MSC USA:http://www.msccruisesusa.com/us_en/MSC/loyalty-match-program.aspx

 

MSC France:http://www.msccroisieres.fr/fr_fr/Offre-Speciale/Programme-Status-Match.aspx

 

So far those are the only regions I could find that are offering Status Match at this time.

 

I tried to fill out the form in entirety but there is an area for you to upload 'proof' of your status on another cruiseline !

I have Elite on Celebrity and even though put in the number...I cannot submit the form because I have no 'file' I can attach for proof.

Also the terms state I will get this matching status upon boarding MSC for the FIRST time. This does not seem to apply to prior cruisers !

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I tried registering. They want upload of my C&A card. First of all, it has no date. Secondly, they only issue one card, at the beginning. I've been Platinum for the last 3 cruises, but,of course, my card says silver. They also want the card uploaded to them. Are they kidding?

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I agree. Do they even issue actual cards anymore? Seems like it is all online now. I have no actual cards to scan and upload.

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I tried to fill out the form in entirety but there is an area for you to upload 'proof' of your status on another cruiseline !

I have Elite on Celebrity and even though put in the number...I cannot submit the form because I have no 'file' I can attach for proof.

Also the terms state I will get this matching status upon boarding MSC for the FIRST time. This does not seem to apply to prior cruisers !

 

Shippy,,,A Celebrity cruiser said he was only able to retrieve his membership info on-line,,,if you can log into your loyalty membership on-line and take a screen shot of it, MSC will accept that.

 

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Shippy,,,A Celebrity cruiser said he was only able to retrieve his membership info on-line,,,if you can log into your loyalty membership on-line and take a screen shot of it, MSC will accept that.

 

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That is what I did. I took a screen shot of my Diamond VIFP status (Carnival) and sent that.

Not that I plan to sail on MSC until they lower the price for solos but interested to see if they will really make me Black. Not that Black means much.

 

I do like the evening free cocktails on Celebrity and Royal and double points for sailing solo.

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http://crazycruises.it/2015/07/09/msc-voyagers-club-5-livelli-esclusivi-con-vantaggi-unici/

 

:)Have you read the news about the new Status Match program?

I was a top tier MSC Black member earned the old fashion way. When they instituted this match, they downgraded the program eliminating or reducing many good benefits. I understand trying to attract new cruisers but to screw up their relationship with established customers makes no sense. I find other cruise line loyalty programs more attractive now and am switching my loyalty.

 

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I tried registering. They want upload of my C&A card. First of all, it has no date. Secondly, they only issue one card, at the beginning. I've been Platinum for the last 3 cruises, but,of course, my card says silver. They also want the card uploaded to them. Are they kidding?

 

 

 

What I did was print & scan a email from Royal showing my Diamond status. There are no cards, so this will have to do.

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Interesting, I have no proof of my Diamond status with RCCL, I took a photo of my last cruise card that has my name and Diamond on it, bit, MSC won't let me post that. I don;t know how to do a screen shot.....

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I just read the terms on the German status match program and what I found interesting is that they will not just match the status of other cruise lines but also of hotel chains or tour operators.

 

Since they are that generous, it's no surprise they had to drastically cut back the benefits.

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Interesting, I have no proof of my Diamond status with RCCL, I took a photo of my last cruise card that has my name and Diamond on it, bit, MSC won't let me post that. I don;t know how to do a screen shot.....

 

I learned how to do a screen shot with Early Saver and price drops on Carnival.

To take a screen shot I hold ctrl/alt/and prtscn down together. Then open paint and paste. Then it is a document which can be added.

 

 

How to take a screenshot

 

You can take a screen shot of your Crown and Anchor benefits page on Royal which will show your status.

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I tried registering with my Hyatt Hotels Platinum card last week but have not heard anything from them yet. Anxious to see if they will accept rewards cards besides just from other cruise lines cards as their site state and others have posted here. I will let you all know when I hear from them.

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I can't find an answer to a question, so I will post it here .....

 

Does MSC Loyalty program include a lounge with Happy Hour like RCI has it ?

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I can't find an answer to a question, so I will post it here .....

 

Does MSC Loyalty program include a lounge with Happy Hour like RCI has it ?

No lounge or happy hour.

 

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