Is it Time to Change How Disney Awards Castaway Club Status?

Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Club is the loyalty software that DCL has in position to reward attendees for each return voyage they make. At this time, the Castaway Club has three tiers of membership: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Typically when I explore how other cruise strains do items in comparison to Disney Cruise Line, I am generally praising the Disney difference  – with two big exceptions: onboard wifi and now the loyalty plan.

DCL’s Castaway Club standing is awarded by the variety of instances you have sailed with Disney:

  • Silver: just after finishing your very first cruise, the instant you wander off the ship you are considered a Silver member of the Castaway Club
  • Gold: following your fifth cruise you are Gold till you comprehensive your 10th cruise
  • Platinum: from your 11th cruise onward you are Platinum

There are benefits and advantages to every amount of membership. Right now I am at the Gold level, but Platinum is inching nearer and closer. 

Here are some of the perks:

So what is the problem?

Most other cruise strains award position by the quantity of nights a visitor has sailed with them. Nonetheless, Disney does factors in a different way. Disney awards standing by the variety of completed sailings. 

With this model, a 3-evening cruise has the very same gravitas as a 12-night time Transatlantic sailing. 

At present, I have sailed with Disney for above 30 evenings. If all of all those sailings had been 3-evening cruises, I would be thought of Platinum, but I am not. I am fortunate adequate to have sailed on a number of cruises of varying lengths, but I am still Gold, simply because of how Castaway Club position is calculated. 

Definitely, what is the challenge?

I never want to occur off as whiney here. Just one working day I will reach Platinum status. I am great, but below are a few of factors to consider…

Only Just one Way to Stage Up

Other cruise lines have several metrics for advancing by means of membership tiers. 

  • Nights sailed (not overall cruises concluded)
  • Stateroom class (with suites/concierge rooms specified a greater position value)
  • Amount of revenue invested on board: (Some cruise lines tally what you have expended and give reward details for matters you have ordered.)

3 Stages, and No Much more

Presently, there is no status earlier mentioned Platinum. And as the years pass, additional and additional attendees are receiving additional to this stage, specifically you fortunate Florida people who can a lot more simply get to the port for a extensive weekend getaway. 

This situation of the Platinum Population lately exposed by itself when the Disney Wish opened up for bookings for its inaugural season. DCL experienced to split up Platinum Castaway Club users into various groups so that individuals with the most sailings we in a position to be at the front of the line. It was like a club within a club. By the time these with just 10 sailings below their belt were being in a position to ebook, the Inaugural cruise was just about offered out.

What Would You Like to See Disney Cruise Line Do?

I am not absolutely sure what I would do. I never extravagant the concept of copying what other cruise lines do – even if it seems far more equitable, but the present method undoubtedly rewards shorter cruises at a better amount.

Would you like to see Disney add amounts previously mentioned Platinum? Would you like to see Castaway Club standing be changed to a “number of nights sailed” method? Would you allot bonus factors for selected itineraries?

About Submit Author

Melanie Clatfelter

Melanie is the mom of a few youthful grownups. She is a native Floridian who now life in North Carolina. She is a Gold Castaway Club Member who has sailed on all 4 of the recent ships at least as soon as and is prepared to set sail on the Disney Wish this fall.