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4 hours ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

They are talking about the free cocktail hours that they lost as Elite members.  Along with the internet minutes they lost.  They apparently are not interest in getting the Plus package.

Any free drinks on Princess went away years ago. Though up until fairly recently they had 2 for 1 happy hours in some bars.

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12 minutes ago, nocl said:

Any free drinks on Princess went away years ago. Though up until fairly recently they had 2 for 1 happy hours in some bars.

 

I thought there was a regular cocktail party at least a few times a cruise for Elite members where free cocktails are available.  Am I just completely misremembering whatever I once read?  I'm sure you'd know since you are a much more prolific and actual Elite member of Princess and I have not actually done any of these things.

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3 minutes ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I thought there was a regular cocktail party at least a few times a cruise for Elite members where free cocktails are available.  Am I just completely misremembering whatever I once read?  I'm sure you'd know since you are a much more prolific and actual Elite member of Princess and I have not actually done any of these things.

 

Now that I think about it, I may be getting confused with Celebrity.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I thought there was a regular cocktail party at least a few times a cruise for Elite members where free cocktails are available.  Am I just completely misremembering whatever I once read?  I'm sure you'd know since you are a much more prolific and actual Elite member of Princess and I have not actually done any of these things.

 

6 minutes ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

 

Now that I think about it, I may be getting confused with Celebrity.

 

 

 

Nope. There has regularly been a Captain's Circle "party" where there are free drinks. You are not misremembering. There has also been the Champagne Waterfall where there is free-flowing champagne and other drinks in the piazza.  There are mimosas available if one wants to visit Effy (ugh...) at various times. There is champagne available at the (double ugh...) art auctions. There are often Tequila of Vodka "tasting events" and Martini demonstrations. (The Vodka tastings are generally on Alaska sailings. Ever try "Smoked Salmon Vodka"? It's "interesting...") Plenty of freebie booze for those who may want it.

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17 minutes ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

 

Now that I think about it, I may be getting confused with Celebrity.

 

 

Celebrity had a cocktail event most nights with a limited set of free drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres 

 

Princess had a cocktail event most nights with a discounted drink of the day and an hors d'oeuvres buffet feature a snack of the day.

 

I'm not sure we know, going forward, with the new pricing on both lines, what will happen

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1 hour ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I get all the permutations of math and how that $40 could shake out as you're only paying $15 for drinks per day, if the Wifi is valuable to a person, which it is to me. 

 

But if you do not need multiple devices on the Internet at the same time, you are paying twice with Plus fares for Internet you only need to purchase one time.

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On 6/7/2021 at 6:31 AM, cruzsnooze said:

Friend in high up places tells me they are coming out with new tier level^ and reworking the current perks for each level*......

Now that we know what this means* and idea what this means^? Does your source still indicate there actually be another tier or is that just talk? I'm so over the loss of benefits but it would cost me more to move to another line then simply buy wifi & OBC (just spent 2 promo cards to get a week of wifi + 65.97 OBC)

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3 hours ago, trvlwrld said:

Just priced out a Japan cruise with Celebrity and Princess for all inclusive rates since I lost my elite internet minutes...going with Celebrity....Princess just lost my loyalty.  Price is only $125 more, but between the loss of internet and the fact that the medallion app is a nightmare, my patience with Princess is done-done-done!

Do you know if Princess is the only cruise line requiring a smart device for pre-cruise preparation? That along with loss of internet minutes and loyalty obc has me shopping other cruise lines. 

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21 minutes ago, LACruiser88 said:

Don't get me going on the quality of the $1.29 bottles of "Sparkling" plonk they serve!  

 

You are valuing it too high.

 

I once cruised with a purchasing agent from another cruise line. He says the cruise line pays less than $1. a bottle.

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On 7/3/2021 at 12:26 PM, suzyed said:

Cruiselines....ALL of them seem to be in a state of "flux" at the moment. They are shuffling benefits and perks and such in an effort to help build up their reserves after losing so much during the pandemic. Hopefully as time goes by and everything settles down, new perks and benefits will appear and we can all settle into the "new normal".

Once they are gone I can't see them bringing them back. People who stay will adjust, those who leave will be replaced by others who are new and will have no idea what is missing. Look how the airlines have reduced benefits for frequent flyers. People either stay loyal or move on to a product that is more beneficial to them. 

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1 hour ago, maggie777 said:

Do you know if Princess is the only cruise line requiring a smart device for pre-cruise preparation? That along with loss of internet minutes and loyalty obc has me shopping other cruise lines. 

Smart devices are being used on every line I would travel on. However, you can still get paper menus and paper copies of their version of the Patter.  This was bound to happen eventually but Covid accelerated it.  

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Just now, Iamcruzin said:

Smart devices are being used on every line I would travel on. However, you can still get paper menus and paper copies of their version of the Patter.  This was bound to happen eventually but Covid accelerated it.  You don't have to have a wifi plan to use their on board app.  

 

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19 minutes ago, caribill said:

 

You are valuing it too high.

 

I once cruised with a purchasing agent from another cruise line. He says the cruise line pays less than $1. a bottle.

When the CD team openly disses it and makes jokes, you know it has to be bad.  And yet, nothing ever changes.

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2 hours ago, nocl said:

Any free drinks on Princess went away years ago. Though up until fairly recently they had 2 for 1 happy hours in some bars.

Yeah, that ended about 3-4 years ago.

 

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2 hours ago, CarelessAndConfused said:

 

I thought there was a regular cocktail party at least a few times a cruise for Elite members where free cocktails are available.  Am I just completely misremembering whatever I once read?  I'm sure you'd know since you are a much more prolific and actual Elite member of Princess and I have not actually done any of these things.

there is the platinum and elite lounge but they only have snacks, and drinks at regular price except some very strange drinks ( a different special each night) at a reduced price.

 

There is 1 meeting each cruise of elite (also one for platinum if they are too many elite and they have a separate event. where drinks are served. just as there is free champagne served at the waterfall fountain event.

 

but on a daily basis, no.

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On my 4 cruises in 2019:

> 1st drink free on Medallion

> free drink loaded onto acct by captain

> Captain Circle drink

That was it. So that +1 bottle + 2 coffee programs can handle a week. I run out of free lattes

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4 minutes ago, Ombud said:

On my 4 cruises in 2019:

> 1st drink free on Medallion

> free drink loaded onto acct by captain

> Captain Circle drink

That was it. So that +1 bottle + 2 coffee programs can handle a week. I run out of free lattes

if you take a cruise out of Australia it seems they try and see how many drinks they can get during the Elite party. Saw one couple with 7 each.

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1 minute ago, nocl said:
7 minutes ago, Ombud said:

On my 4 cruises in 2019:

> 1st drink free on Medallion

> free drink loaded onto acct by captain

> Captain Circle drink

That was it. So that +1 bottle + 2 coffee programs can handle a week. I run out of free lattes

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if you take a cruise out of Australia it seems they try and see how many drinks they can get during the Elite party. Saw one couple with 7 each.

On the December 2019 cruise Oz -> NZ they even gave me a full glass of wine when I was leaving the wine tasting. But that was the only time it was a full 6oz extra

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33 minutes ago, Iamcruzin said:

Smart devices are being used on every line I would travel on. However, you can still get paper menus and paper copies of their version of the Patter.  This was bound to happen eventually but Covid accelerated it.  

I was specifically asking about pre cruise input that we did on pc/personalizer

 and printed at home

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1 hour ago, LACruiser88 said:

Don't get me going on the quality of the $1.29 bottles of "Sparkling" plonk they serve!  

 

53 minutes ago, caribill said:

 

You are valuing it too high.

 

I once cruised with a purchasing agent from another cruise line. He says the cruise line pays less than $1. a bottle.

I wonder how many passengers would threaten to change cruise lines if Princess stopped giving away the "Sparkling" plonk for winning the Hula Hoop contest?  😁

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As fun as this thread is, I wonder how many posters think they will be changing a corporate decision.  Loyalty is a two way street.  I have friends and associates that I am extremely loyal to (similar to being elites).  I have known some of them for more than 50 years.  If I came over to their house and they were going through a hard time (like the cruise lines are) and they only offered me a glass of Kool Aide as they were going through a rough time, I certainly wouldn't tell them I'll never see them again because I didn't get a glass of beer or wine like I used to.  I might even want to offer to help out during their hard times if I could.

 

This will probably sail right over some peoples heads but I'm prepared for the flaming!  Some talk about being 'loyal' customers and want to abandon a friend when they need them the most.  I say good riddance. 

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35 minutes ago, Daniel A said:

As fun as this thread is, I wonder how many posters think they will be changing a corporate decision.  Loyalty is a two way street.  I have friends and associates that I am extremely loyal to (similar to being elites).  I have known some of them for more than 50 years.  If I came over to their house and they were going through a hard time (like the cruise lines are) and they only offered me a glass of Kool Aide as they were going through a rough time, I certainly wouldn't tell them I'll never see them again because I didn't get a glass of beer or wine like I used to.  I might even want to offer to help out during their hard times if I could.

 

This will probably sail right over some peoples heads but I'm prepared for the flaming!  Some talk about being 'loyal' customers and want to abandon a friend when they need them the most.  I say good riddance. 

The business is there to provide a service. If the service changes and no longer meets your needs then you move on.  I don't understand being loyal to a corporation like it's your child, family member or friend.  I'm not going to accept changes that don't meet my expectation just to keep them in business. The loyalists got sucked into a marketing scheme  that was eventually going to change to meet the financial needs of the cruise line. So many were sucked in and there were actually some who booked those short cruises solo in a suite just to get extra points to make it to Elite for their next longer cruise.   Now here we are with a new business model and people are angry, disappointed and feel betrayed. The mistake made by the marketing teams of the cruise lines was referring to it as a loyalty program. Maybe if it was called a bonus incentive they wouldn't feel so let down. In business bonus incentives change all of the time so changes may have been tolerated better.

 

 

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