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I saw a post in another thread where someone was commenting on the number of voyages it takes some to do so. It prompted me to start a thread to see what the average seems to be across the readers of this board. Just curious I suppose.

For starters:

 

 

We have 11 voyage credits and 105 days and have 4 reserved so we will get there with 15 credits and 146 days

 

Edited: Sorry needed to correct our numbers after checking my profile.

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I saw a post in another thread where someone was commenting on the number of voyages it takes some to do so. It prompted me to start a thread to see what the average seems to be across the readers of this board. Just curious I suppose.

For starters:

 

We have 11 voyage credits with I believe 110 days and have have 3 more reserved with 41 days to it appears we will get there with 14 & 151

 

Don't forget to factor in the fact that there are circumstances whereby a passenger can get 2 or 3 cruise credits for a single cruise. Book a full suite or sail alone in a mini-suite or smaller cabin and you get 2 cruise credits. Sail alone in a full suite and you get 3 cruise credits.

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Take 10 coastals from seattle to vancouver in a suite and you will get 20 voyages.

That's how so many people are becoming elite.Elite status should only be based on days traveled.

Think most elites would now agree with the above statement.

long cruiser

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I really wasn’t trying to start another one of those threads where we all argue over which method is okay and which isn’t.

 

I simply wanted you to describe your route to elite status if you didn’t mind doing so.

 

Thanks

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11 cruises, 11 credits, 68 cruise days

 

1 booked, 1 more credit, 5 more days ( March, 2018 )

 

we'll have to see after that as Princess is offering a very limited amount of 4-5 day cruises out of FLL/PE that seem to have been working for us...

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We did it in 7 embarkations (some were multi-segment) but took longer cruises so qualified with days cruised.

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It took us 15 cruises to become Elite. They added up to 106 days--an average of a little over seven days per cruise. Of the 15 cruises, nine were seven days, three were ten days, two were four days (taken back to back), and one was five days. Completing our 21st cruise last month got us to 150 days.

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14 Cruises/15 Cruise Credits(1Suite) 84 days

 

Now that I have finally retired we plan to take longer cruises interspersed with some short West Coast Getaways.

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12 cruises/152 Days. When we first started cruising in 1996 Princess only counted number of cruises. Since we started out taking longer cruises, we were happy when the change to cruises and/or days was made. We became Elite in 2013.

 

Cheers, Denise

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9 cruises, 97 cruise days for an average of 10.8 days per cruise.

 

1 cruise booked for 12 days, which will raise our average to 10.9 days. We should reach elite on our 14th cruise since we primarily do cruises longer than 10 days.

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We hit our 15 cruises and 150 days right at the same time. Some cruises were longer sailings and there were a couple that were just a few days long .... none were in a full suite.

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I have few cruises with Princess so it would take a lot of cruises in suites to get there.:). All have been in balconies and I think right now I am Platinum. After my cruise next year I will have 49 cruise days. ( 10 day Mex, 17 day Panama, 7 day Coastal & 15 day Hawaii Mar 2019 )

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I'm Elite, travel as a single so I do get an extra cruise point. I've sailed with Princess since 1986, only recently got credit for paying double. When I was working, I had 5 weeks vacation and took longer cruises. I've taken 14 cruises, I have 165 days, Princess counts it as 18, whatever. In the 165 days, 7 day cruises twice, I prefer 12 or more. I reached 150 days at the same time, they gave an extra cruise taken for a Baltic cruise. I've never sailed in a suite, usually inside cabins although my last cruise on the Royal, I got an upgrade to an obstructed view balcony, 1st upgrade out of 28 cruises! :)

 

I'm going on the Emerald for 30 days in February. I pretty much ignore people who make comments about who is Elite now and who isn't. I really don't care.

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Take 10 coastals from seattle to vancouver in a suite and you will get 20 voyages.

That's how so many people are becoming elite.Elite status should only be based on days traveled.

Think most elites would now agree with the above statement.

long cruiser

 

Hopefully you do realize that, originally, one could only make elite by number of cruises and it was later changed to include number of days? Some folks had well in excess of the number of days now needed but didn't have enough cruises to make elite and then were suddenly elite when they decided to count number of days.

 

We aren't elite yet. We only have 8 cruises with a total of 95 days. We have 3 more booked (4 but will be dropping one) and that will only put us at 11 cruises and 135 days. I think we will likely make elite based on days at sea but that will still be quite a while. Becoming elite isn't a priority for us. We're more interested in getting to cruise.

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I made elite in 2004, with 15 cruises and 150 days. My 16'th cruise was DH's very first. We got our boarding cards and I was jumping up and down saying, "Do you know what this means? Do you know what this means?" He replied, "No I don't know what this means. It's my first cruise." He loved the mini-bar, and we also received a free upgrade to a balcony room. I had to tell him not to get used to it. :)

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We made Elite after 13 cruises that totaled 136 days aboard ship because 3 of those cruises were in a full suite which added 3 more cruise credits.

I can understand the thinking that existed when the loyalty program began and Princess wanted people to take more cruises so they used number of cruises as the metric. They may have assumed that once people had taken x-number of cruises, they would stay loyal to Princess for the perks they were getting. Later when it became evident that some people became upset because someone else made Elite by taking a bunch of short inexpensive cruises while they had spent far more money taking longer cruises, the use of days onboard also became a metric for determining advancement within the loyalty program.

The solution is obvious----do away with both number of cruise credits and days onboard as metrics and replace them solely with a running total of dollars spent with Princess.

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14 cruises (1 in a suite) and 85 days. We just retired a couple of years ago so were limited to shorter cruises for work reasons. Now, we have all the time in the world and are enjoying it!

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Congrats 2pbears! How many cruises do you have planned this year?

 

 

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When it was cruises- 15 cruises- 149 days

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I guess we are lucky in Australia because it seems we get much more generous leave entitlements than Americans, but unlucky because we get very few cruises offered under a week.

 

All going to plan we will hit Elite in 6 cruises, but two of those are 33 nights and 36 nights

 

Then 8 (our first), 17 and 21

 

The final looks like either 77 Circle Pacific or 105 World.

 

The one thing I do wish they’d change to days is the OBC AFTER 20 cruises to include 200 nights as I have doubts we will ever get to 20 cruises on one line, but will get to 200 nights easily.

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In my case I became Elite after I finished my 15th cruise with 135 cruise days in 2016.

I currently have 19 cruises and 174 cruise days.

 

Number 20 in about 2 months.

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I saw a post in another thread where someone was commenting on the number of voyages it takes some to do so. It prompted me to start a thread to see what the average seems to be across the readers of this board. Just curious I suppose.

For starters:

 

 

We have 11 voyage credits and 105 days and have 4 reserved so we will get there with 15 credits and 146 days

 

Edited: Sorry needed to correct our numbers after checking my profile.

We got there with 6 cruises with P & O, 5 cruises with Princess which took us in total to 149 and then a very nice Princess cruise consultant (on board) added a short coastal to our history so that we were elite before our next cruise.

Trish

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I guess we are lucky in Australia because it seems we get much more generous leave entitlements than Americans, but unlucky because we get very few cruises offered under a week.

 

All going to plan we will hit Elite in 6 cruises, but two of those are 33 nights and 36 nights

 

Then 8 (our first), 17 and 21

 

The final looks like either 77 Circle Pacific or 105 World.

 

The one thing I do wish they’d change to days is the OBC AFTER 20 cruises to include 200 nights as I have doubts we will ever get to 20 cruises on one line, but will get to 200 nights easily.

 

 

But we’ve cruised other lines too.

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Take 10 coastals from seattle to vancouver in a suite and you will get 20 voyages.

That's how so many people are becoming elite.Elite status should only be based on days traveled.

Think most elites would now agree with the above statement.

long cruiser

No matter what a cruise line does in their loyalty program, there are people who feel it is unfair. There are usually ways for people to "game" the system. If the cruise line counts number of cruises only, those who (like me) book primarily long cruises will look down on those who make status with 3 and 4 nighters. If they count days, those who do only short cruises cry "foul." If extra credit is given for suites or cruising solo, people who don't do those things feel it is wrong.

 

I think Princess has a nice system which reasonably reflects the amount someone has spent on their cruises. Double credit for suites or cruising solo reflects dollars spent. The concept of number of cruises OR nights cruised compensates those who do long cruises. Yes, there are some people who intentionally do short cruises to gain status, but those people will always be with us.

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No matter what a cruise line does in their loyalty program' date=' there are people who feel it is unfair. There are usually ways for people to "game" the system. If the cruise line counts number of cruises only, those who (like me) book primarily long cruises will look down on those who make status with 3 and 4 nighters. If they count days, those who do only short cruises cry "foul." If extra credit is given for suites or cruising solo, people who don't do those things feel it is wrong.

 

I think Princess has a nice system which reasonably reflects the amount someone has spent on their cruises. Double credit for suites or cruising solo reflects dollars spent. The concept of number of cruises OR nights cruised compensates those who do long cruises. Yes, there are some people who intentionally do short cruises to gain status, but those people will always be with us.[/quote']

 

That’s true.

 

And while I know that I complain that the OBC should be days and cruises, in the end it is Princess decision how, indeed if, to reward loyalty.

 

I guess my gripe, if that’s the right term, is that there are no one day cruises here in Australia, very few two day cruises to have the opportunity to fast track status.. if I were on 149 days, I’d probably have to do 6 days+ to make Elite prior to a longer cruise.

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At 15th cruise had 129 days. Now 42 and 376. Should be 45 and 412 by end of year. About 180 days on other lines.

 

 

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Well...... we reached Ruby after 3 cruises (22 days). We have 2 more cruises booked, that will make us Platinum on our next cruise (cruise #6). We'll be 3 days short of the minimum for that one.

 

To make Elite after that, we'd have to do 4 more cruises or 103 more days. I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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Got there in 10 cruises/96 days, thanks to double-credit for solos. I'm very grateful for that perk as payback for paying double. While I'm happy to be Elite and certainly was excited for the little benefits my first time out a few weeks ago, it never was and still isn't a holy grail to me. Captains Circle levels should literally be about the journey, not about the destination.

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7 cruises 111 days so far. Don’t have to worry though partner is Elite so get the laundry which is great.

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I have 14 cruises and 114 days. Will be doing a b2b in March and become an Elite the second week.

 

 

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Currently we're at 92 days after 5 cruises.

 

All going well we should reach Elite by the end of next year after 8 cruises. We also have another couple of cruises booked on other cruise lines or we'd get there a bit sooner. No biggie though.

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Interesting to go back and read posts. I'm thinking most are happy to reach Elite, plus not overly worried how others get there.

 

I've been on 29 cruises, almost half with Princess. When I was first cruising (1982), looking for price not cruise line. I've sailed with Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, NCL, did reach Diamond with Royal Caribbean. Now it is all about itinerary so I will probably stick with Princess but always check RCI.

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14 credits, 59 days one more to go. We took an upsell to a Vista suite early on and have enjoyed them ever since.

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I guess we are lucky in Australia because it seems we get much more generous leave entitlements than Americans, but unlucky because we get very few cruises offered under a week.

 

 

Just curious but what does your typical annual leave entitlement look like? 2 weeks a year seems pretty common in the US but a lot of places can give up to 5 weeks or more depending on how long you have been there.

 

We have 8 cruises and 59 days, have a 15 day booked coming up, but typically only go on 7 day cruises. I think we will make it on credits vs days.

 

IMO, if you take a 1-6 day cruise you shouldn’t get a “cruise credit” but just the days, everything 7 and over should get you a credit and days. I think that’s the most fair way to do it.

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