On our recent cruise, I had learned of something that Carnival Cruise Lines does. They have something called the Concierge Club. Members of the Concierge Club our called Platinum Guests, and get a platinum colored Sail & Sign card. You become a Platinum Guest after you take 10 cruises. Apparently, Platinum Guests are VIPs and can shortcut the check in lines. They can also disembark before the other people.

Here are some of the perks that Platinum Guests supposedly receive:
– A special Carnival Logo Item
– Canapes and petits fours in stateroom one evening.
– Personalized stationary

Concierge Club member may also request these cruise benefits:
– Complimentary laundry service
– Guaranteed dining assignments & Supper-Club reservations
– Escorted tours of the ship
– Priority spa reservations
– Priority shore excursions reservations
– Priority tender tickets
– Priority debarkation

We just completed our 4th cruise, so we have a while to go. They may have other perks as well, I don’t know. Maybe dinner at the captain’s table or something? I have no idea. But we have already very briefly discussed taking our next cruise in maybe 2008. Maybe in the next 10 or 15 (or 20) years, we might make Platinum Guest status. Who knows, we might take some shorter cruises, or a couple 7 days cruises back to back. Actually, that is something I thought might be cool. Where the ships that do eastern/western caribbean itineraries, get on one ship, and do both. So a 14 day cruise made up of two 7 day cruises.