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The situation is where passengers have repeatedly used the same cruise line,

and are established in that cruise line's loyalty program. Followup cruises

may get them offers not available to new passengers (ie, upsells, etc).


What if, they would like to switch to another cruse line they've never been

on before? Do any cruise lines offer any incentive to pull passengers

away from their "loyalty-program" cruise line? Caveat is they would

become newbies on their choice of different cruise line, and even unqualified

for up-sell offers, etc (on their first cruise on a different cruise line).


During a past cruise, an "esteemed" guest lecturer told me that within

the Carnival system, that switching to another Carnival owned cruise

line, I would have to start over from the bottom with a new loyalty

program, no exceptions. Hence, according to her, no incentive to

change from one Carnival owned line to another.



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The esteemed fellow was correct about Carnival. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity share their loyalty programs to an extent.

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Currently MSC is offering status match to cruisers from other lines. EM
I'm Platinum NCL and was upgraded to the Black status on MSC AND received a 5% discount on top of their lowest cruise price. I've heard great things about MSC and we are anxious to give it a go.

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