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Cruising with MJ – Elite Status Summary

Latitudes Rewards is the loyalty program of Norwegian Cruise Line, or NCL as the line is commonly referred to. Latitudes Rewards is a points based program where one cruise night = one point. Like other lines, NCL awards a bonus point if you are booked in a suite or The Haven. You can also earn an extra point per night when booking nine months in advance (that’s actually pretty cool) or book a Latitudes Rewards Insider Offer.

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Latitudes Rewards features a four tiered elite system with benefits beginning after just one cruise. All tiers receive monthly “Insider Offers,” Priority Check-in, and a onboard discounts at the duty free shop and on internet with an internet package purchase.

Beginning with Bronze status, the benefits increase as you attain higher levels of status ranging from discounts on spa services, exclusive parties, priority tender services and welcome gifts. Platinum members, the highest elite level receive concierge services (believe me…can be helpful), complimentary dinner at Le Bistro (a specialty restaurant), and behind the scenes ship tours. Complimentary laundry is also a benefit of Platinum status. There are other general benefits including an on board credit of up to $250 dollars dependent upon your stateroom category. All of the program’s benefits can be reviewed in greater detail on NCL’s Latitudes Rewards website. An online brochure can be viewed here.

Overall, I think NCL Latitudes Rewards is a reasonable loyalty program. Complimentary laundry for top tier elites, along with complimentary specialty dining (at Le Bistro), on board credits, and internet package discounts make the program attractive to me. Perhaps Latitudes Rewards will work for you too.

-MJ, May 24 2013

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