Previously I wrote about Royal Caribbean’s Club Royale casino program and how it works. Its sister cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, has its own casino program, the Blue Chip Casino Club. How does it differ from Royal Caribbean?
In structure, they’re pretty close. In the case of the Blue Chip Casino Club, there’s six different tiers:
- Pearl: New members start here.
- Onyx: 2,500+ points
- Amethyst: 25,000+ points
- Sapphire: 100,000+ points
- SapphirePlus: 500,000+ points
- Ruby: 1,000,000+ points
Players earn one point per $1 on slots and point per $2 on video poker. Redeemable tier points are earned every $5 on slots and $10 on video poker.
Once you go through the math, for the most part the tiers are similar to Royal Caribbean’s Club Royale. However, there are a few key differences.
First off, at the Onyx level, you get waived transaction fees in the casino. This requires PRIME at Royal Caribbean, similar to the Amethyst level for Celebrity Cruises.
Second, at the Amethyst level you begin to qualify for guaranteed free play, based on your tier:
- Amethyst level guests, the greater of $100 or 5% of the previous sailing’s gaming activity
- Sapphire level guests, the greater of $500 or 10% of the previous sailing’s gaming activity
- Ruby level guests, the greater of $2,500 or 15% of the previous sailing’s gaming activity
At the Amethyst level you still get a free cruise for reaching a tier, just like Royal, but you also get an unlimited photo package. At the Sapphire level you qualify for a drink package as well.
So you actually end up getting a bit more, although if you play on one vs. another many of the perks will seem similar. You can visit the Celebrity Cruises website to see all of the perks and benefits.
One last thing – it appears the tier year is a bit longer than a year, if the website is communicating what it’s implying. So you may have a bit more time to level up and enjoy additional perks.