Carnival’s VIFP Loyalty Program and Benefits

The VIFP Club (Very Important Fun Person) is Carnival Cruise Line’s loyalty and benefits program that rewards repeat cruisers with members-only perks, discounts, and amenities. The benefits get better the more you cruise.

How to Sign Up For VIFP

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The VIFP Club is a point-based program. There are five levels: Blue, Red, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. As you complete more cruises, your level will increase, but first, you have to enroll in the program. Long cruises and spontaneous getaways will get you to the next level quicker than cruising once per year.

To join the VIFP Club, you’ll need to have a member number. Before you book your first Carnival cruise, visit the Carnival VIFP Club website and click the ‘Join’ button. Provide your email address and create a password, and you’re in.

Once you’ve signed up for an account, you can access your account information and profile. You can also find out what benefits you’ll get based on how much you’ve cruised. You’ll immediately start receiving cruise offers from Carnival by email and you may be eligible for discounts or special offers on your first cruise, but can opt-out at any time.

How to earn VIFP Loyalty Points

The real benefits kick in once you’ve sailed your first cruise. You’ll receive one (1) VIFP Club point for each day you cruise. On a three-night cruise to the Bahamas? That’s 3 points. Enjoying a 14 Night Carnival Journeys cruise to Hawaii? You just scored 14 VIFP Club points.

(Note: In 2012, Carnival changed its program; it used to be one point per cruise and 10 cruises would have you at Platinum status.)

READ MORE: Best Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

The only way to earn VIFP points is by sailing on Carnival Cruise Line.

While Carnival Corporation owns and operates other cruise lines, VIFP Club points and benefits are not reciprocal to Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, or any other cruise brand in the portfolio. They have their own loyalty programs.

VIFP Tiers and Benefits

The VIFP Club has 5 membership tiers. You’ll move up to a higher tier with more points you earn and enjoy more benefits. Your Sail and Sign Card will reflect the color of your VIFP tier at the start of each cruise.

As you climb the VIFP loyalty program, your privileges and benefits will improve. Priority boarding and disembarkation are only the beginning.

You’ll be able to access VIP lounges, priority terminal access, priority Captain’s Lounge entry, and even free drinks at cocktail receptions and VIP parties.

Blue Level (First Cruise)

When you initially sign up for the VIFP Club, you’ll be known as a “Blue Card,” a first-time Carnival cruiser. At this level, you’ll receive Carnival’s VIFP Club newsletter and qualify for special cruise offers.

Red Level (up to 24 points)

After you’ve sailed on your first Carnival cruise, you’ll be upgraded to Red, and in addition to the VIFP Club newsletter and special offers, you’ll receive a complimentary 1-liter bottle of water delivered to your stateroom on each of your cruises.

Gold Level (25 to 74 points)

Once you’ve sailed on Carnival at least 25 days, you’ll receive a Gold card and be eligible for a complimentary appreciation drink on cruises of 5 nights or longer, and you’ll receive a Gold VIFP pin on every cruise in addition to the Red benefits.

Platinum Level (75 to 199 points)

With increased cruise days comes increased benefits, and this is where things start getting good.

You’ll receive a special event invitation to the Platinum and Diamond VIFP Party on cruises of 5 days or more, offering complimentary drinks and appetizers.

During the cruise, you’ll get a complimentary beverage at the Seaday Brunch. Love to indulge in chocolate while at sea? A complimentary chocolate delight will be delivered to your room on cruises that are 5 nights and longer.

There’s a complimentary Carnival logo gift on every sailing as well as a collectible pin. Past gifts have been bluetooth speakers, blankets, headphones, tote bags, and mugs.

You’ll also be provided with a dedicated toll-free number for reservations and access to many services onboard, including priority check-in and boarding, priority spa reservations, a priority line at the guest services desk, priority debarkation, complimentary wash and fold laundry service, and priority tender boarding (water shuttle).

You’ll also get a buy-one-get-one-free tournament entry for blackjack or slots in the casino.

Diamond Level (200+ points)

Carnival rolls out the Diamond carpet for their most loyal passengers (figuratively of course), with all of the Platinum benefits plus a host of other perks.

The benefits are generous once you reach the Diamond level (200 cruise days or more). One of the most unique perks is a $100 donation made in your name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

An invitation to a special event hosted by the Captain, a one-time free cabin upgrade, priority reservations, a one-time complimentary meal for 2 at a specialty restaurant of choice, priority specialty restaurant reservations, guaranteed seating time of choice in the main dining room, and a VIFP Club luggage tag set are all perks at the Diamond tier.

You can get a detailed look at the VIFP program and unique perks here.

Typically, cruise line loyalty programs are all about “what’s in it for me?” but Diamond cruisers on Carnival can help others just by cruising.

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Carnival VIFP Club Login

You can look up your Carnival VIFP Club number by logging into your account on the Carnival website. If you don’t know your login information or haven’t sailed on Carnival since the VIFP Club was created in 2012, you can access your account information by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens if I reach a new VIFP tier in the middle of a cruise?

Guests who change to the next VIFP tier, even if it is the last sailing day, will be entitled to the perks associated with the new tier for the duration of the voyage. That means that if you were to go from Gold to Platinum during your voyage, your card would be Platinum for the entire voyage.

2. What kind of cruise deals will I receive with the VIFP Program?

Past guests will receive some special cruise rates but those will vary from guest to guest. If you are enrolled in Carnival’s casino program Player’s Club, you should check to make sure there aren’t better deals there.

3. Does the cruise fare I pay impact my VIFP points?

Most cruise fares will not impact the sailing days acquired that are associated with the VIFP levels. The main exception is for those who have won a free cruise or are given a complimentary cruise for some special event/gathering onboard.

Final Thoughts

VIFP member Becky Smith says, “It is certainly nice to not have to pay for the Faster to the Fun program, as it is included as a platinum/diamond member. And when on a longer voyage, having the complimentary laundry perk is a big help, as it lets you avoid having to spend money on having laundry done or going to the self-serve laundromats on the ships.”

She continued, “As a Diamond guest, sometimes there are “unofficial” perks that go along with it. It might be a special invitation to go up to the bridge [and] a number of other things that are not publicized. These will vary depending upon the ship and officers who are on board.”

Looking for another cruise line loyalty program? You can find a detailed overview of each cruise line program here.

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This article was originally published in October 2020. It was updated and republished in February 2022.

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