Introduction — Status Matters – A New Cruising with MJ Series

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Carnival

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Disney

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with NCL

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Princess

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Holland America

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Celebrity

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status with Royal Caribbean

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status Reciprocity with Affiliate Brands

Cruising with MJ – Elite Status Summary

Blogger’s Note: Since this information was posted, Celebrity has announced a revision to its program including the addition of two new elite status levels and a remake of the way points are earned to qualify for elite status. MJ on Travel covered the changes here.

Celebrity Cruises has a history of attentive service and fine dining. Now a division of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the company continues its focus as they put it on “stunning ships, and inviting onboard experiences for vacationers who appreciate the finer things.” I can vouch for that as two of my three Celebrity cruises have been aboard the line’s beautiful Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Equinox, and Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity’s newest vessel.

Celebrity’s loyalty program is the Captain’s Club, and you can join after your first cruise with Celebrity. Unlike most lines nowadays, who award status based on nights at sea, Captain’s Club members earn tier credits beginning with a base of one per cruise. Members can earn an additional credit by sailing on voyages of 12 nights or longer (including cruise tours), and by booking a Concierge Class, AquaClass, or Suite stateroom.

Captain’s Club members enjoy three levels of elite status, Classic, Select, and Elite, that are awarded based on tier credits earned.

Classic members enjoy a basic level of benefits including an “exclusive Captain’s Club celebration” onboard, onboard discounts, and a one category upgrade. Select members enjoy all of the Classic benefits with the addition of complimentary pressing of two items, discounts on laundry services, discounts on internet packages, an exclusive onboard cocktail party, and priority embarkation.

Celebrity’s top tier elites are known as just that, Elite. Elite status members receive a very respectable level of benefits. My personal favorites of 90 minutes of complimentary internet, and one complimentary (wash, dry, fold) laundry bag per sailing. You can follow the red arrow to free drinks in the evenings too. 🙂

You can review all of the Elite member benefits here. Importantly, Captain’s Club Select members enjoy elite reciprocity with Royal Caribbean at the Platinum level, while Elite members are rewarded with Diamond status at Royal Caribbean. Elite status reciprocity is something that I will cover in its own post very soon.

In summary, Captain’s Club is a solid loyalty program. Based on “per cruise” tier credits, and with only three elite tiers, it’s also a bit of an outlier in that is both rewarding and remarkably uncomplicated. Elite status reciprocity with Royal Caribbean is just icing on the cake.

Blogger’s Note: Since this information was posted, Celebrity has announced a revision to its program including the addition of two new elite status levels and a remake of the way points are earned to qualify for elite status. MJ on Travel covered the changes here.