NCL's Latitudes Gets a Makeover

August 15, 2006
If a glass of champagne thanking you for your loyalty to a particular cruise line isn't cutting it anymore, then NCL groupies can take heart: the cruise line is offering an improved version of its past-passenger program Latitudes.

Like the majority of frequent cruiser programs, Latitudes' now multi-tiered program has been enhanced depending on how many completed cruises you have under your belt: Bronze, with 1 to 4; Silver, with 5 to 8; Gold, with 9 to 13; and Platinum: a whopping 14 and up.

So what will your loyalty get you that you couldn't get with the original program? Silver members will receive a private party onboard with other members, as well as special treats delivered to their room twice during their vacation. Priority boarding, disembarkation and tender tickets, a welcome basket and an invitation to the Captain's VIP cocktail party separate Gold members from Silver. And for the biggest supporters of all, Platinum members will receive the aforementioned, plus dinner in NCL's Le Bistro on the house.

All members -- regardless of their status -- will receive special offers on all upcoming cruises, a members-only cocktail party hosted by the captain, a Latitudes lapel pin and a complimentary subscription to the quarterly members-only magazine Latitudes.

Were you part of the original Latitudes program? No worries -- its enhanced benefits do not override its predecessor's, and members will be assigned automatically to a tier depending on how many times they've cruised since 1995.

For more information on this program, please visit NCL's Web site and click on "Latitudes."

-by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor.