April 12th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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Princess Captain's Circle
The Princess loyalty program, the Captain's Circle, is one of the most rewarding programs, especially for a "World's Leading Cruise Line" where you can still find deep discount prices. There are three levels beginning at Gold for two to five cruises, Platinum for six to 15 cruises and Elite for 16 cruises or more. You can count cruise days instead: Platinum after 50 cruise days and Elite after 150 cruise days.
There are special offers and early booking incentives, which you can receive by mail, email or phone. A representative of the Princess Captain's Circle is onboard every cruise to make sure you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled.
Some of the nicer aspects offered by Princess include free laundry service, free Internet access and a complimentary bar setup with your choice of spirits in your stateroom when you arrive.
The program starts with the standard magazine subscription and a cocktail reception onboard. Gold members receive a "Princess Passport" personal logbook for your memories with special destination stickers given on every cruise. Every year you receive a copy of the Princess Cruise Atlas with details on upcoming itineraries and sailings.
Platinum Status: (includes the Gold level rewards)
As a Platinum member, when you purchase Princess Vacation Protection travel insurance at the standard rate, Princess will purchase an upgrade to Princess Platinum Vacation Protection automatically on your behalf.
You get preferred check-in to help expedite your embarkation.
Complimentary credits are offered towards the purchase of Internet access time packages. This includes wireless, which is now offered fleetwide. The credit is as follows:
$75 for voyages of 7 days or less (equivalent to a 150 minute package)
$100 for voyages of 8-20 days (equivalent to a 250 minute package)
$200 for voyages of 21 or more days (equivalent to two 250 minute packages)
Elite Passenger Status: (includes the Gold and Platinum level rewards)
Passengers with 150 cruise days or 20 cruises under their belts receive these added amenities:
Complimentary mini bar setup according to your personal preference. If no preference is indicated in your Member Profile the standard selection will be given. Drinks will be refilled upon request and you will only be charged for the additionally requested drinks consumed.
You may request a complimentary selection of deluxe canapés to be delivered to your stateroom on formal night.
Complimentary afternoon tea may be served in your stateroom, should you wish.
Your stateroom bathroom will be stocked with the upgraded bathroom amenities reserved for Suite guests.
10% Boutique Discount storewide -- simply show your card when you make any purchase and the Boutique Staff will automatically deduct 10% from your purchase price.
Elite members receive priority tender embarkation with boarding directly at the gangway instead of waiting with other passengers in the lounge area. You join the tender just before it is cleared to leave the ship or dock.
At the end of the cruise you can pick your disembarkation time, choosing to leave first or linger onboard for awhile.
Some of the better elite niceties include complimentary laundry and dry cleaning services, which your cabin steward will organize for you. This includes complimentary shoe polishing service upon request.
At the popular Wine Tasting events, Princess will pick up the cover charge for you. Space is limited at these events so you must confirm with the Circle Host who will contact you at the beginning of your cruise.
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