The Captain’s Circle has four tiers: Gold (one cruise), Ruby (three cruises or 30 sea days), Platinum (five cruises or 50 sea days) and Elite (15 cruises or 150 sea days). Elite level includes priority boarding and disembarkation, free laundry, shoe polishing, initial mini bar, afternoon tea, internet credit, disembarkation lounge and on-board purchase discounts.
Members of Cunard World Club – or Cunarders – progress through Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers to Diamond, which requires 15 voyages or 150 nights. As well as lower-tier benefits, Diamond Cunarders enjoy priority check-in and disembarkation, eight hours of internet, a free meal at a specialty restaurant and a dedicated contact at the shoreside World Club Desk.
Royal Caribbean International
Crown and Anchor Society membership offers six tiers based on nights cruised (one point a night, double points if in a suite). The top Pinnacle tier requiring 700 points has rewards including a free seven-night cruise, discounts of up to 25 per cent, up to $500 credit, private lounge, priority boarding and priority seating in the theatre.
The Captain’s Club has six tiers. The top Zenith tier requiring 3000 points includes access to a concierge lounge, a beverage package, complimentary laundry, 1600-minute internet package, multiple on-board discounts and – with extra points – a free seven-night Caribbean or Bahamas cruise.
Past passengers are eligible for discounts but there is no formal loyalty program at present. Southamptonbased P&O World Cruising with ships such as Britannia has the Peninsula Club with six tiers.
Seabourn Club members can achieve Milestone Awards such as a free cruise after 140 days sailing, while building up Club Points based on days sailed, level of accommodation and on-board purchases. Various milestones starting at 100 days sailed are rewarded with a gift from Tiffany. Seabourn Club has five levels, the top Diamond level offering unlimited internet, free laundry, discounts on purchases including shore excursions and free massages.
Venetian Society rewards rise with days sailed. After 100 days, rewards include a 5 per cent saving and free laundry; 250 days, a 10 per cent saving; 350 days, a free seven-day cruise; 500 days, a free 14-day cruise then free seven-day cruise for each additional 150 days. Bear in mind Silversea is allsuite, with butler service and complimentary drinks.
Holland America Line
Mariner Society membership is based on days sailed, money spent on board and cabin class, and has five tiers. The top tier requiring 500 cruise-day credits includes two free fine-dining restaurant dinners, cooking class, laundry, internet discount, priority check-in and disembarkation, discounts on on-board spending, a wine tasting, welcome lunch and collectable gift.
VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club. Five tiers, top tier requiring 200 points includes unlimited laundry, luggage tags, beverages, priority boarding and restaurant reservations.
(clockwise from main) Many loyalty programs offer internet credit to passengers; priority seating at onboard theatres also is a drawcard; and wearers of the Royal Caribbean International Crown and Anchor Society loyalty pins can receive a great range...