(1:45 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean has announced a "strategic relationship" with MGM Resorts that the line says will benefit members of its Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program.
Mark Salvador, Royal Caribbean's Director of Casinos told Cruise Critic: "The focus of our strategic relationship is to expand benefits for our respective members." The exact details of the benefits that Crown & Anchor Society members can expect to receive have yet to be announced, but here's what Salvador did divulge:
Members do not earn points across programs: There's no points sharing or tier-jumping between these two programs. If you're an Emerald member with Royal, you won't make it to Diamond by staying at an MGM resort.
There will be "reciprocal benefits" and those will be based on a member's status, or tier: Details about what benefits will be available to each level of the respective loyalty programs won't be released until "closer to the partnership launch -- toward the beginning of next year," according to Salvador. But it's likely that the higher you rank in the C&A Society, the better your perks will be with MGM, and vice versa.
Benefits will be available to all Crown & Anchor Society members, regardless of country of residence: Given that we have members all over the globe, we wanted to make sure the offer is available no matter where you live. And it is.
Additionally, Royal Caribbean says that MGM Resorts will be giving away cruises as prizes during slot tournaments and during various other 'special promotions'. The line has also outlined some of the general perks of the partnership for Crown & Anchor Society members. These include pre-sale access to tickets for concerts and boxing matches in MGM Resorts, priority reservations, priority hotel check-in, room upgrades, and "VIP services."