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Old 02-18-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Cruising as Gold - What are the perks?

Hello Everyone,
I'll be cruising as Gold for the first time.
What if anything besides, the honor of giving DCL my full payment early, so I can book excursions, do I get?
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:46 PM   #2
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If the 2015 cruises have anything of interest to you, you get to book a day earlier than the silver and newbie cruisers.

You get the honor of wearing a gold lanyard.

You get an additional stateroom gift, usually a luggage strap to hold your well-used suitcase together.
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:57 PM   #3
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On our Fantasy cruise, in addition to the regular CC gift, I also received a covered notebook with pen and a luggage strap. Unfortunately, the material that is used for the cover really smells bad so I have not used it yet.

Oh, you also receive 10% off in the gift shops.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.
Love that 10 percent!
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:38 PM   #5
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One cruise closer to Platinum - then you get a free meal at Palo.

You also go to the Gold/Platinum Castaway Party on longer cruises (not 3- or 4-nighters).

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If the 2015 cruises have anything of interest to you, you get to book a day earlier than the silver and newbie cruisers...
This actually can save you money. Prices go up as cabins get sold the first day; they have some sort of "Tier" system. By the time Silver and Newbies book, they can be paying more on opening day than we paid on pre-sales day.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:49 PM   #6
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One cruise closer to Platinum - then you get a free meal at Palo.

You also go to the Gold/Platinum Castaway Party on longer cruises (not 3- or 4-nighters).

This actually can save you money. Prices go up as cabins get sold the first day; they have some sort of "Tier" system. By the time Silver and Newbies book, they can be paying more on opening day than we paid on pre-sales day.
By the time we booked Hawaii (as silvers back then) the rates had really gone up. We were not amused.

When we reached gold we went to the reception for gold/platinum. Um, lots of room for improvement there. DH did get his pic taken with Captain Mickey, but the refreshments just meh, and not a whole lot there. Probably won't go to another reception. It didn't help that I lost the black pearl out of my ring setting. But DH found it under the table -- whew!

Meanwhile, we cruised RCCI a week later and the food at their reception was sooo much better. Hot appetizers and lots of desserts. No comparison.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:22 AM   #7
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My first gold cruise is coming up as well. :-)

Does the 10% apply to all shopping in the gift shops? And I assume the gift shops at Castaway Cay as well?
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My first gold cruise is coming up as well. :-)

Does the 10% apply to all shopping in the gift shops? And I assume the gift shops at Castaway Cay as well?
The 10% applies to most of the items in the shops, but not all. It's best to ask first. And it DOES NOT include purchases made on Castaway Cay.
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The 10% applies to most of the items in the shops, but not all. It's best to ask first. And it DOES NOT include purchases made on Castaway Cay.
Darn! I plan to buy at least a tervis cup, 2 5K pins, and 2 5k shirts at CC...would have been nice. :-)
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I have to wait until after #5 right? I'm going on #5 in october
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:01 PM   #11
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My next cruise in April will be our first time as Gold. How does the 10% off in the shops work? Is it tied to my stateroom card or do I have to show something else? Also, does anyone recall when the reception takes place on a 7 night cruise on Fantasy?
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My next cruise in April will be our first time as Gold. How does the 10% off in the shops work? Is it tied to my stateroom card or do I have to show something else? Also, does anyone recall when the reception takes place on a 7 night cruise on Fantasy?
i can tell you that you have to mention you are gold to get the discount. found that out the hard way. it shows your gold on your room card but they still, apparently, need you to tell them.
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i can tell you that you have to mention you are gold to get the discount. found that out the hard way. it shows your gold on your room card but they still, apparently, need you to tell them.
This is VERY hit and miss! Sometimes they pick it up from the card sometimes they just don't notice. So I find it a good practice, like this poster, to mention my status when making purchases.
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I have to wait until after #5 right? I'm going on #5 in october
Yes it's after #5. I'm going on 5 in October too!
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:12 PM   #15
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In December I got a gold beach bag which fell apart before I got home, a door magnet and pen, a photo album and an invite to the gold/platinum reception.
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