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How many points do you have to receive test cruise invite?


How many points do you have to receive test cruise invite?  

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  1. 1. How many points do you have to receive test cruise invite?

    • 2,000+
      2
    • 1500-1999
      0
    • 1050-1499
      4
    • 700-1049
      8
    • <700
      6


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It appears that Pinnacle's are receiving the invites.  I have received invites to go on Test Cruises for Allure, Ovation and Independence.  I declined as we have two cruises in September and do not wish to be apart of a test cruise.  We will wait until RC has all the proper protocol's in place before getting on a cruise ship.  

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Who really knows. For the ones that have been done so far, Freedom used mostly (if not all) RCL shoreside staff, and Allure used a mix of staff, TA's, and Pinnacles. Going forward it all depends on how many test cruises remain to be done, how many Pinnacles are still left uninvited, and where the test cruise home ports. I would imagine they will go down the points list as needed to fill the required cohort of "volunteers".

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10 hours ago, orville99 said:

Who really knows. For the ones that have been done so far, Freedom used mostly (if not all) RCL shoreside staff, and Allure used a mix of staff, TA's, and Pinnacles. Going forward it all depends on how many test cruises remain to be done, how many Pinnacles are still left uninvited, and where the test cruise home ports. I would imagine they will go down the points list as needed to fill the required cohort of "volunteers".

On Allure's test cruise, of 600 or so guests- there were 200 Pinnacles. Specific points did not seem to matter as there were highest count Pinnacles and, also, much lower counts,

And, even though we sailed on Allure Test, we were again invited to the Independence's test sail. 

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I would say, most current invitations went to those with at least 700 points.  Then there are travel agents, bloggers and RCCL Employees. We received invitations for three sailings, allure, ovation and independence. Sadly, we couldn’t make it work for any of the 3. 
 

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14 hours ago, Kbonner said:

We did not receive any invitation at low 4-digit C&A points

I guess they don't like Alabama

Nope, that’s not it. We had 3 invites and unfortunately couldn’t make any of them. 

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On 7/29/2021 at 11:01 PM, smokeybandit said:

Invites are weighted based on status

I think you are correct. 
For Royal a Pinnacle with 750 points that is Signature or Masters in the casino is better for the bottom dollar than a Pinnacle with 1500 points and not even Prime in the casino. 
I’m guessing any Pinnacle with over 3000 points also got invited if they weren’t already cruising on the Adventure or Freedom. 
Just guessing. 

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12 minutes ago, molly361 said:

Does anyone know any Pinnacles that did NOT get invited?  I thought that all of them have been invited to one or another test cruises

 

Several on FB page didn't get invited.

 

Or they had email issues

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18 minutes ago, scorpluvsdolphins said:

I think you are correct. 
For Royal a Pinnacle with 750 points that is Signature or Masters in the casino is better for the bottom dollar than a Pinnacle with 1500 points and not even Prime in the casino. 
I’m guessing any Pinnacle with over 3000 points also got invited if they weren’t already cruising on the Adventure or Freedom. 
Just guessing. 

 

FWIW, the casino was pretty much dead on our cruise. Just the Prime crowd drinking for free. The only real action I saw at the tables was Royal employees playing single deck BJ.

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32 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

FWIW, the casino was pretty much dead on our cruise. Just the Prime crowd drinking for free. The only real action I saw at the tables was Royal employees playing single deck BJ.

I am glad to hear they can play if they want to.  I always assumed employees were not allowed to play. 

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4 hours ago, Canadian Disney Mom said:

I am glad to hear they can play if they want to.  I always assumed employees were not allowed to play. 

 

These were corporate types

 

Oh, and I might be wrong, but a few did not appear to have purple wristbands indicating vaccinated status😱

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4 minutes ago, molly361 said:

Guessing that the Mariner invites should be going out shortly since her test cruise is next week I believe

 

August 11 from what I recall. 

 

Nothing in my inbox yet

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22 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

August 11 from what I recall. 

 

Nothing in my inbox yet

Yeah they didn't give much advance notice for the Allure though right?  Thursday for a Tuesday departure I think?

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I think they are mostly picking Pinnacles, travel agents, and social media influencers.  It makes sense because they will get the best kind of feedback, and media reporting, from these types.  On some of the cruises I've noticed they selected travel agents that have never cruised before.  Maybe this is to get them excited about cruising.  I'm sure there is a marketing undertone mixed in with the desire to see how the cruise protocols work in practice.  Avid cruises, like Pinnacles are going to be a mix of patience and forthrightness when things don't go as they expect.  Travel agents, hopefully, will sell a bunch of cruises, and media influencers will try to inform all of their followers.

I don't think they are doing the invites to reward anyone.

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They said it would be a lottery style draw. But that C&A status impacted the number of entries you received. So each Pinnacle who applied had a greater chance of being invited than someone in the lower tiers. 
 
Royal already had over 300k applicants before that final announcement in July that people could still apply. Most people won’t get chosen, just based on how many volunteer slots are available after also selecting employees and travel partners. 

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