Loyal passengers get a boost
The Journey Club offers onboard perks as well as a 5 per cent discount on future Avalon cruise. Picture: Avalon

Charismatic actor George Clooney showed moviegoers the "feel good" benefits of being a frequent flyer in the film Up In the Air.

Australian frequent flyers enjoy a similar boost when accrued loyalty points give them access to airline lounges, upgrades or free flights.

Hotel chains have a similar program, and shipping lines also ensure that frequent passengers have access to exclusive onboard lounges and the chance to buy future cruises at a reduced price with points gathered from every day spent at sea.

So what are some of the benefits which are offered to frequent cruise guests?

Princess Cruises

Cruisers become gold status members of the Captain's Circle after their first Princess cruise. Platinum status is awarded after five cruises, or 50 cruise days, while Elite members have completed 15 cruises, or 150 cruise days.

Discounts and onboard benefits include free internet, invitations to the captain's party, free mini-bar, free laundry and priority disembarkation.

Points are also accrued on sister line P&O Cruises. princess.com/captaincircle

P&O World Cruising

The Peninsula Club is the UK-based cruise line's loyalty program and passengers need to cruise a minimum of 15 nights to qualify for membership.

There are six membership tiers, and each tier requires a minimum number of nights on board a P&O Cruises ship.

Benefits for top tier members include annual gifts, 50 per cent savings on laundry services and invitations to special events hosted by ships' officers. pocruises/peninsular-club


Membership of the World Club is open to guests over the age of 18 after their first Cunard cruise.

Silver-level benefits include savings of up to 5 per cent on selected voyages, while top-tier benefits include wine tastings, a complimentary meal at an alternative dining venue on board, free internet, and priority disembarkation. cunardline.com.au/worldclub


Seabourn Club rewards guests after their first cruise, and benefits increase as they continue to cruise with the line.

Additional points are awarded for days sailed in premium category suites, and days travelled on Seabourn overland excursions.

There is a complimentary seven-day cruise after sailing 140 days, or a 14-day cruise after 250 days, while other benefits include Tiffany & Co gifts. seabourn.com/seabournclub

Avalon Waterways

The Journey Club offers onboard perks as well as a 5 per cent discount on future Avalon cruises and members are first to hear about river cruise deals.

Benefits include a fruit plate in the room, a cocktail reception with the ship's cruise director, and an e-newsletter. avalonwaterways.com .au/journeys-club

APT Cruises

APT's loyalty program offers discounts on future river cruises, complimentary airport transfers, "by invitation" tours to hand-picked destinations, and invitations to events such as travel seminars. aptouring.com.au/APTClub


Frequent cruisers Canada-based Bob Browne and his wife Anne met on the Empress of England in 1968 and have continued cruising, recently notching up more than 40 cruises.

Regular cruisers Anne Browne and Bob Browne. Supplied picture
As Diamond Plus members of Royal Caribbean's Crown and Anchor Club they enjoy many benefits as frequent cruisers and agree the extra touches make them feel special for being so loyal.

"Through the years we've made many friends onboard, and we always catch up in the ship's Concierge Lounge to discuss our next voyages," says Bob, a retired actor and stuntman.

The crew are "like family" and often call him "Big Bad Bob" as he was a larger than life bad guy in Hollywood movies.

"I wasn't a pretty boy, but I was built like a footballer with a killer voice."

That voice saw Bob appear in 64 commercials from coffee to cars. Anne and Bob always book the suites at the back of the ship.

"We like to see where we have been, and what is coming up along the sides, especially in fjords and canals."

Next February Bob and Anne notch up further cruise points as they circumnavigate New Zealand on Radiance of the Seas. royalcaribbean.com.au/crownandanchor

The West Australian

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