The crown and anchor are a symbol of Royal Caribbean, and fittingly, the name of their loyalty program is The Crown and Anchor Society. Crown and Anchor won “Best Overall Loyalty Program” in 2014 from Travel Weekly, and the program definitely has a lot to offer.
Elite Status Levels
Past guests are eligible to join after their first Royal Caribbean cruise, when you will be afforded Gold status. Gold is just the beginning as there are six levels of elite status in the program.
Program members earn one cruise point for each night of your cruise with an additional point per night bonus for Junior Suite and above accommodations. Further, guests who travel alone and pay a single supplement will receive double cruise points for each night of their cruise.
Crown and Anchor Society’s Gold and Platinum levels offer a basic level of elite benefits. including onboard discounts, a welcome back party, and priority check in. Platinum members, in addition, receive robes for use on board, the much coveted lapel pin, and an onboard even in addition to the the welcome back even all returning cruisers receive.
At 55 cruise points, you will be elevated to Emerald status which offers a welcome back amenity in addition to the usual Platinum and Gold benefits. At the Diamond level (80 points) the amenities become more respectable with access to a Diamond Lounge on select ships or an exclusive nightly Diamond Event on ships that don’t have a specific lounge. The nightly Diamond event is a favorite of mine because it offers the chance to sit down with your fellow cruise enthusiasts over a complimentary drink and share stories. In addition, you’ll receive priority wait lists for shore excursions and spa visits, a daily breakfast including complimentary specialty coffees, and priority departure services.
At 175 points, members are elevated to Diamond Plus status. Diamond Plus offers all the benefits of the lower status levels and adds new benefits including priority onboard dining table choices, special onboard gifts, exclusive cruise reservations phone access, and even member luggage tags. Beyond these benefits, Diamond Plus members receive complimentary stateroom upgrades when available. They also have concierge lounge access where you’ll enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and beverages and snacks in the evening hours. Concierge access is a key Crown and Anchor Society benefit as Royal Caribbean’s excellent concierges usually excel at making things happen for their guests.
Notably, Diamond Plus members who are traveling alone and have achieved 340 cruise points are afforded a discount or a 150 percent single supplement for staterooms as opposed to the usual 200 percent supplement. You’ll also be dining with an officer of the ship at 340 points.
The highest level of Crown and Anchor status is known as Pinnacle Club, and a true pinnacle it is. 700 cruise points are required for this level of elite status. In addition to all the benefits afforded Diamond Plus and below status members, you wil receive a complimentary cruise at 750 and 1050 points, and a complimentary cruise in a Junior Suite stateroom at 1,400 points and every 350 points thereafter. Pinnacle Club offers additional benefits that I’m sure aren’t even published. You can review the specifics of each elite level at royalcaribbean.com.
As a Diamond Plus member, I’ve received bridge tours, fruit baskets, any number of snacks in the stateroom, bottles of wine, etc. In fact, I have the option of selecting what kind of wine and snack I want delivered on day 1 on the Royal Caribbean website.
Further, there are numerous benefits afforded to Royal Caribbean elite members via reciprocity with sister lines Celebrity and Azamara as well as M Life. Elite status reciprocity will be covered in greater detail in an upcoming InsideFlyer article.
In summary, Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society is a solid loyalty program with the right kind of perks to make your cruise vacation a memorable one. Elite status reciprocity with sister lines Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises only make it more attractive.