It certainly pays to be loyal to one particular cruise line. Most cruise lines offer incentives for repeat customers with loyalty programs. These tiered programs offer cruisers more and more perks as they work their way up the ranks. In this Guide to Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels, we provide all the details on each level in this loyalty program including all the associated benefits.
Guide to Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels
How to Sign Up for Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society
Becoming a member of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society is easy. All you need to do is take a cruise! Royal Caribbean cruisers are automatically enrolled in the Crown and Anchor Society after completion of their first sailing.
Cruisers then receive loyalty points equal to the number of cruise days sailed. For instance, a 7-day cruise will earn you 7 points. Guests who book suites will earn double points. This point structure applies to all cruise destinations. Further, the cruise line will occasionally run promotions offering double points for booking. Hint: This sale is happening right now!
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How to Earn Points in Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society
As mentioned above, you will accrue Crown and Anchor points for each night you spend on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship (or double points in some instances). Cruisers will receive these points after completing their cruise.
Therefore, if a current sailing bumps you into the next level, you will not recognize the new benefits until your next sailing. Further, you will earn these points based on the cabin category for which you paid. Complimentary or reduced rate upgrades do no qualify for additional points.
Crown and Anchor members can be added to other family members in the same household to receive equivalent tier status. Though, you will not receive an adjustment to your point accrual.
Dependents can not achieve Pinnacle Club, and children will be removed from a family relationship upon their 18th birthday. Pinnacle Club member tier status can only be earned by an individual or spouse accumulating 700 cruise points or more.
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Like most loyalty programs, the more points you accumulate, the more benefits you receive.
These benefits are broken down into three groups: Exclusive Savings, Onboard Rewards, and Benefits on Land. These benefits vary by Crown and Anchor Society levels but can range from onboard discounts, to private events, and booking discounts on certain room categories.
Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels
GOLD: To become a member of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society Gold Level, you need as little as 3 points. That’s right after one quick 3-day getaway to Perfect Day at CocoCay, you will qualify.
PLATINUM: To move up to the second tier in the Crown and Anchor Society, you will need to achieve 30 points. This equates to as few as 5 traditional length cruises if staying in a traditional stateroom. This is also the first tier where you will begin to receive discounts on balcony and suite staterooms.
EMERALD: The third Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level is Emerald. You will achieve this tier at 55 points. There is not much difference in terms of perks between Emerald and Platinum status.
DIAMOND: You will achieve Diamond level in Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society at 80 points. In addition, this is the first category where the benefits really start to add up. The biggest perk is access to the Diamond Lounge and nightly free drinks.
DIAMOND PLUS: You will need 175 points to reach the Diamond Plus level. This is what we are working on now. This tier will qualify you for a Behind the Scenes tour. In addition, you will have priority seating in some entertainment venues, among a few other perks. Plus, since this is a very large point category, bonus gifts are also provided at 340 and 525 points.
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PINNACLE: Every Royal Caribbean cruiser’s dream is to become Pinnacle one day. To attain this Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society level, you will need a whopping 700 points. This is about two full years at sea! Of course, your rewards for being the most loyal cruisers are many extra perks. This includes milestone FREE CRUISES!
Diamond (and above) Benefits Update
With restrictions due to COVID, capacity in the Diamond Lounge will be limited. For sailings on Adventure of the Seas this summer, Royal Caribbean will issue drink vouchers to members to avoid crowding in the Lounge during Happy Hour. Diamond status will receive 4 vouchers, Diamond Plus 5 vouchers, and Pinnacle 6 vouchers.
Now, these vouchers can be used on any drink up to $13. Further, they can be used any time of day, including on Perfect Day at CocoCay.
Royal Caribbean has not yet confirmed if this new feature will rollout fleetwide along with its restart plans.
Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels Benefits
Also, the exclusive savings offered for each of the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels are pretty similar. They include discounts on balcony and suite staterooms and reduced rate upgrades (when available). Plus, deals for Crown & Anchor exclusive rates up to 25% off.
The onboard rewards offer the biggest perks and discounts. These rewards do vary a bit more based on the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society levels. Even members of lower tiers will still qualify for priority check-in. In addition these tiers have access to a private departure lounge with continental breakfast.
Also, there select onboard offers which are detailed in a welcome letter in your stateroom. Most tiers also qualify for an exclusive Top Tier event onboard the ship and a signature lapel pin. In addition, guests of Emerald or above status will qualify for welcome beverages and cookies in their stateroom.
Welcome Letter onboard discounts are additional offers that are pre-loaded to your SeaPass card on the cruise. These offers are subject to change and vary based on tier status. Plus, these offers sometimes vary even by ship. For example, below are Diamond level benefits from a recent cruise. Keep in mind, these benefits apply to each member not each stateroom.
- 15% off purchases of $25+ logo merchandise
- Free 8×10 printed photo
- 10% off a digital photo package
- 20% off spa and salon services
- $10 off wash and fold laundry bag
- $5 off dry cleaning or pressing
- Free surf internet for 1 day or $22.99 off internet package
- BOGO beverage
- 20% off any glass of wine, beer, or soda
- BOGO Johnny Rockets milkshake
- Free specialty coffee with dinner in a specialty restaurant
- 3 free Spin to Win tokens in the casino
- 6 free jackpot cards with purchase of a Bingo package
Benefits on Land
The benefits on land are also very similar for each of the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society levels. These benefits include exclusive perks with MGM Resorts International and HERTZ Gold Plus rewards points. In addition, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle members have a dedicated call center as well for inquiries.
Crown & Anchor members receive a complimentary tier match into M life Rewards and associated benefits that are available at all M life Rewards Destinations Nationwide.
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Reciprocity With Other Brands
Finally, Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society levels will qualify you for reciprocity with sister brands. Platinum members and higher will receive matching Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club member benefits.
In addition, the cross-over benefits will be equal to a matching tier status. However, cruise points will remain according to actual cruises taken and calculated using the accrual system for each respective brand. Further, credits earned on one brand are not combinable with credits earned from another brand.
For instance, Platinum and Emerald levels will be equivalent to Select in Celebrity Cruise’s Captain’s Club. Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Club levels will be equivalent to Elite in Celebrity Cruise’s Captain’s Club.
Also, Pinnacle Club membership tier level can only be obtained through earning the appropriate number of points on Royal Caribbean ships. Likewise, there are no cross-over points to Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club Elite Plus or Zenith levels.
To which of the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Levels do you belong? Do you take advantage of all the perks associated with this loyalty program? Drop us an anchor below to let us know if you prefer to stay loyal to one brand or cruise with a variety of brands.