This morning Senior Cruise Director for Carnival Cruise Line’s posted some changes to their VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) loyalty program on his Facebook page. The changes will mostly affect guests who attend the VIFP Welcome Back reception.
What is Changing?
Effective sailings after May 15, 2015 Gold Members will no longer be invited to attend the VIFP Party. Only Platinum and Diamond Members will be allowed to attend.
Why the Change?
The size of the event has grown to over 1,000 guests at some point and dilutes the guest experience. The change will allow the parties to be held in smaller venues.
Gold Still Gets Drinks
Gold Members will now receive a complimentary Appreciation Drink Coupon on cruises 5 days or longer. The drink can only be used after 5pm on the last sea day.
John Heald said on Facebook, “To say thank you for your loyalty we will provide each Gold card holder with a drink coupon to the value of $9 which will be usable on the last sea day of the cruise from any bar on the ship on voyages of 5 days or more. This is along with the complimentary bottle of water we already provide. Hopefully you will appreciate and enjoy this amenity and meanwhile let me thank you for your loyalty and I hope soon you will be holding your bright and shiny platinum card and be on your way to diamond.”