Celebrity Cruises Captain's Club: The Ultimate Guide (2023)

Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club rewards loyal passengers with incredible perks and benefits.

Like many cruise loyalty programs, the Captain’s Club program doesn’t offer the lowest tier members many valuable perks. But, as you climb the status levels, you’ll quickly reap the perks and freebies that Celebrity offers.

At the highest tier of the loyalty program, Zenith, the Captain’s Club has one of the most spectacular rewards any cruiser can ask for – a free cruise for two.

Our Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club provides everything you need to know from joining the program and all the benefits and perks you can look forward to receiving.

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Celebrity Cruises Captains Club Basics

As a Captain’s Club member, you’ll receive exclusive perks and benefits when you sail with Celebrity Cruises.

Like many loyalty programs, the perks at the lowest tiers aren’t all that valuable. But, as you climb the ranks, you’ll receive all kinds of incredible benefits.

At the very top, Zenith members receive one of the best rewards every avid cruiser dreams about – a free cruise for two.

It’s important to note that some of the Captain’s Club benefits have lost their appeal now that the cruise line has switched to an always included fare. The new pricing strategy consists of the Celebrity Cruises drink package and onboard internet with your base fare.

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The discounts you receive as a Captain’s Club member still come in handy when upgrading to the premium drink package or wifi.

With the change to Always Included pricing, Celebrity elevated their member perks by offering better spa and photo benefits and adding even more onboard events for members.

Additionally, the cruise line is known for running some great promotions for club members. Recent Captain’s Club promotions include double points when booking a balcony cabin or higher. Members also receive exclusive sales not available to regular guests.

How to Sign Up for Captain’s Club

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Becoming a member of Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club is easy. All you need to do is sail on a cruise with Celebrity.

After your first voyage, you can create an account on Celebrity Cruises’ website and enroll as a new club member.

Once registered, you can sit back and enjoy the benefits.

Ways to Earn Points

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Captain’s Club Members earn points based on the number of days spent on a Celebrity cruise and the room category booked.

The higher the room category, the more points per night you’ll earn when sailing on a Celebrity cruise. You’ll only accumulate points at the end of the cruise.

In other words, you only earn points on nights spent on board, not for booking.

Occasionally, the cruise line offers double-point bookings. If you take advantage of the promotion, you automatically receive double the points when you sail on an eligible itinerary.

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You can also earn points by participating in non-sailing activities through the cruise line’s Power Up Points program.

You can earn Power Up Points by taking specific actions, such as posting on social media, filling out a survey, or making a new booking. For every 10 Power Up Points you earn, you’ll receive one Captain’s Club point.

It’s important to note that you must be signed up to receive emails from celebrities to get notifications about new Power Up Points opportunities.

And, when you get an email to earn points, act fast. In our experience, the Power Up Points opportunities are very limited-time offers.

Loyalty Program Tiers and Benefits

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There are six tiers to the Captain’s Club program:

  • Preview (at 0 points)
  • Classic (2 to 149 points)
  • Select (150 to 299 points)
  • Elite (300 to 749 points)
  • Elite Plus (750 to 2,999 points)
  • Zenith (3,000 points or more)

Preview (0 Club Points)

You’ll be granted Preview Member status during your first cruise with Celebrity. While a preview member, you won’t be able to redeem any exciting perks.

But Preview Members receive complimentary access to the Captain’s Club Loyalty Desk service center, special offers when booking a future cruise, and regular updates from the online Captain’s Club newsletter.

Preview Tier Rewards

  • Access to the Captain’s Club online newsletter
  • Eligibility for Captain’s Club special offers when booking your next cruise onboard
  • Access to the Captain’s Club Loyalty Desk service center between cruises
  • Earn double Club Points when you travel solo in a stateroom (as of July 1, 2014)

Classic (2-149 Club Points)

After completing your first cruise with Celebrity Cruises, you’ll reach the Classic tier. This tier includes club members with 2 to 149 points.

Classic members receive access to exclusive Welcome Events, 10% off an internet package or package upgrade, one free scoop of gelato, and one pre-cruise category upgrade through Aqua Class.

Classic Tier Rewards

  • Captain’s Club Welcome Event
  • Access to exclusive events on specialty sailings
  • One pre-cruise category upgrade up to AquaClass (based on availability)
  • 10% discount on internet packages and upgrades
  • 25% discount on any digital or print photo package at the Photo Gallery
  • $100 off The Studio photo packages
  • 5% discount on Premium Beverage Packages upgrade when purchased pre-cruise
  • One complimentary scoop of gelato

Select (150-299 Club Points)

At 150 Club Points, you are a Select Tier Member. Guests with 150 to 299 points get additional perks and benefits such as an exclusive seminar and discounts on internet plans, photo packages, and spa treatments.

Select Tier Rewards

  • 25% discount on internet packages and upgrades
  • 30% discount on any digital or print photo package at the Photo Gallery
  • $150 off The Studio photo package
  • Complimentary pressing for two clothing/garment items
  • Discounted price for one standard bag of laundry (wash, dry, fold) on 12-night or longer sailings
  • 5% discount on Premium Beverage Package upgrade when purchased pre-cruise
  • 10% discount at The Spa (excludes MedSpa and retail)
  • Complimentary wine seminar event
  • Priority status for shore excursion waitlist
  • Platinum Level enrollment in Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society

Elite (300-749 Club Points)

At 300 points, you are now an Elite Club Member. This tier is reserved for guests with 300 to 749 Club Points.

Elite members receive additional perks, including 90 mins of complimentary Stream internet access, a complimentary bag of laundry, increased discounts, and access to the Persian Garden on one port day (Solstice and Millennium-class cruise ships only.)

Elite Tier Rewards

  • Access to Captain’s Club Coffee Lounge for daily coffee house style breakfast
  • Unlimited complimentary drinks from the Captain’s Club menu at most bars and lounges throughout the cruise ship daily, between 5 pm-7 pm
  • 30% off internet packages and upgrades
  • 40% discount on any digital or print photo package at the Photo Gallery
  • $200 off The Studio photo packages
  • There is complimentary access to the Persian Garden on one port day of your choice while the ship is in port. (Solstice® and Millennium® Series Only)
  • 10% discount at The Spa (excludes MedSpa and retail)
  • 10% discount on Premium Beverage Package upgrade pre-cruise
  • Complimentary dry cleaning for one item
  • One complimentary bag of laundry during each sailing (wash, dry, fold)
  • Access to a private lounge during departure, complete with continental breakfast
  • Diamond Level enrollment in Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society

Elite Plus (750-2999 Club Points)

Elite Plus status is achieved once you earn between 750 to 2999 Club Points.

At the Elite Plus level, members receive two complimentary bags of laundry, a 15% discount on specialty dining restaurant cover charges, and complimentary specialty coffee.

Elite Plus Tier Rewards

  • Two complimentary bags of laundry on every sailing (wash, dry, fold)
  • 15% discount on specialty dining cover charge
  • 35% off internet packages and upgrades
  • 15% discount at The Spa (excludes MedSpa and retail)
  • 40% discount on any digital or print photo package
  • $250 off The Studio photo packages
  • 10% discount on Premium Beverage Package upgrade when purchased pre-cruise
  • Complimentary cappuccino, latte, espresso, and tea throughout your sailing

Zenith (3000+ Club Points)

The most coveted tier in Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club is Zenith status. Zenith members are the cruise line’s most loyal guests and have over 3000+ points.

Perhaps the best reward is the free cruise that members receive upon becoming a Zenith member. You and a partner can use the free cruise on 7-night Caribbean or Bermuda sailings for every 3,000 points earned.

Further, the Top Cruiser on each sailing receives a complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant with flowers and wine. This special guest also has the opportunity to take part in an interview with the cruise director. The cruise ship broadcasts the interview on the stateroom televisions.

Zenith Tier Rewards

  • Complimentary Unlimited Premium Internet Package (limited to one device)
  • Complimentary laundry throughout your sailing
  • Complimentary Premium Beverage Package upgrade
  • 50% discount on any digital or print photo package at the Photo Gallery
  • $300 off The Studio photo packages
  • 25% off specialty dining cover charge
  • 20% discount at The Spa (excludes MedSpa and retail)
  • Priority seating in the theater (on evening chic and production show nights, seats released 10 minutes before curtain call)
  • Access to Concierge Lunch in the Main Dining Room
  • Upgraded bath amenities
  • Charitable donation on your behalf made by Captain’s Club (See Celebrity cruises.com/captainsclub for full terms and conditions)
  • Complimentary 7-night Caribbean or Bermuda cruise (in a veranda stateroom only)
  • Complimentary 7-night Caribbean or Bermuda cruise (in an AquaClass® stateroom) at 6,000 points, and every 3,000 points after that

Crossover Benefits on Royal Caribbean Sailings

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Club members qualify for reciprocity with Celebrity’s Sister brand, Royal Caribbean International. The shared status allows club members to have access to comparable benefits when they sail on either Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises.

Captain’s Club Members qualify for crossover benefits with Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society through a reciprocity arrangement.

Celebrity Cruises Select Tier guests can receive Platinum level when they sail on Royal Caribbean. And, Elite Level guests receive Diamond status on Royal Caribbean cruises.

It’s important to note that the top tiers on each loyalty program are not eligible for matching.

Although you will receive crossover membership benefits when you sail with Royal Caribbean, you will only accumulate points when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

Credits earned on one brand cannot be combined with points from the other cruise line loyalty programs.

Therefore, to receive Diamond Plus or Pinnacle on Royal Caribbean, you must accumulate the appropriate Crown and Anchor Society points. You’ll need to do the same if you want to earn Elite Plus or Zenith status through Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club.

Finally, the lowest tiers, Gold on Royal Caribbean and Classic on Celebrity Cruises, do not receive any shared benefits.

Additional Perks of Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club

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All Celebrity Cruises Captains Club members receive additional perks on partner brands.

Courtesy of a partnership with Hertz Rental Car, Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club members automatically receive 275 Hertz points after the first rental. Additionally, members receive weekly rental discounts, free upgrades, and other special offers.

Elite, Elite Plus, and Zenith members enjoy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership with 550 points.

Club members can take advantage of exclusive perks thanks to Celebrity’s partnership with MGM Resorts. Members are guaranteed the lowest room rates when booking direct when booking a stay at MGM Rewards Destinations.

Other MGM benefits include presale access to events and discounts on select shows. High-tier members may receive additional perks such as a priority check-in line, complimentary Self-Parking, etc.

Additionally, Captains Club members receive discounts through Celebrity Cruises Night Out. The program provides discounts for tickets to a wide variety of entertainment options in over 60 cities across the US.

Finally, Club Members can get up to 20% off any purchase from 1-800-FLOWERS and its family of brands, including Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies, Personalization Universe, and The Popcorn Factory.

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How much does a captain at Celebrity Cruises make? ›

The estimated total pay for a Captain at Celebrity Cruises is $86,554 per year.

How do you get priority boarding on a Celebrity cruise? ›

​Introducing Premier Pass, our newest and most innovative vacation package for 2 guests. It offers a series of unique cruise experiences to elevate your vacation to the next luxurious level. Purchase the Premier Pass before you sail and enjoy VIP access to the ship, including priority boarding.

How many points do you get per night on Celebrity Cruises? ›

18 Club Points Per Night

Indulge in the ultimate luxury experience. These suite bookings include private restaurant and lounge access, a butler, and special touches you'll only find when you sail with Celebrity.

How do I get higher priority boarding? ›

Getting the top levels of priority boarding is reserved for the most frequent flyers, active military members and higher fare class. You can also board early by being an AAdvantage card member. However, if you prefer other airlines, look for other travel cards that offer priority boarding and compare your options.

What does priority boarding include? ›

What is priority boarding? It is a service that can be added to your booking, allowing you to be among the first to board and guaranteeing that your hand luggage will travel with you in the cabin (remember that your hand luggage must meet the requirements).

What is the average age of guest on Celebrity Cruises? ›

The average age of a Celebrity passenger is a tad north of 50. Still, while families with younger children usually gravitate to one of the above-mentioned lines with more family-friendly activities, that doesn't mean you can't bring your kids on a Celebrity cruise.

How many points do you need to be an elite on Celebrity? ›

300 - 749 points

How many drinks are you allowed on Celebrity Cruises? ›

Guests may only order one drink at a time. Additional drinks ordered will be charged at current bar prices.

Do Diamond members get free drinks on Celebrity? ›

Most Celebrity tiers (excluding Select) will receive Diamond benefits on Royal Caribbean. Diamond members are eligible to receive 4 free drink vouchers each day of their sailing, up to $13 value for each drink.

How do you get power up points on Celebrity? ›

Earn Points From Home

Introducing Power Up Points—an exclusive way for Captain's Club members to earn points even when you're not sailing. We'll email you different activities—including sharing your preferences and social media content—and you'll earn Power Up Points just for participating.

How do I upgrade to one category Celebrity captains club? ›

To complete a reservation and request your one-category stateroom upgrade, please call 1-866-921-7925. Please have the following information available at the time of booking: Your Costco membership number. Your Captain's Club membership number.

Who is the highest paid person on a cruise ship? ›

For leadership staff onboard cruise ships, the annual salary can be much higher from $30,000 to $100,000. Who can earn the most money working on a cruise ship? It comes as no surprise that the ship's captain has the biggest salary from working on a cruise ship.

What is the highest paid ship captain? ›

High Paying Ship Captain Jobs
  • Tugboat Captain. Salary range: $77,500-$118,000 per year. ...
  • Marine Superintendent. Salary range: $36,000-$109,000 per year. ...
  • Port Captain. Salary range: $62,000-$100,000 per year. ...
  • Boat Pilot. Salary range: $76,500-$87,000 per year. ...
  • Vessel Master. Salary range: $43,500-$84,000 per year. ...
  • Captain.

What is the highest paid salary in cruise? ›

The highest-paying job at Carnival Cruise Lines is a Sr Sous Chef with a salary of ₹21.8 Lakhs per year. The top 10% of employees earn more than ₹14 lakhs per year. The top 1% earn more than a whopping ₹38.40 lakhs per year.

What is A1 A15 priority boarding? ›

Upgraded Boarding gives Customers the ability to upgrade their boarding position to A1-A15 24 hours before the flight depending on availability. This allows our Customers the opportunity to be among the first to board the aircraft, pick their preferred available seat, and access the overhead bin space.

Is priority boarding worth the money? ›

If you need your carry-on bag during a long layover or prefer not to wait at a late-night baggage claim after a long day of flying, then purchasing a priority boarding upgrade may be well worth it. In essence, purchasing priority boarding is staking claim to readily accessible overhead bin space.

Can you get priority boarding for anxiety? ›

The law states that you qualify for preboarding if you need “additional time or assistance to board, stow accessibility equipment, or be seated.” It's very feasible to imagine someone with a severe anxiety disorder that needs extra time to board without dealing with the rush of a normal boarding procedure.

Can I pay for priority boarding? ›

You can buy Priority Boarding for one flight or your entire trip. Priority Boarding may not be available on all flights.

How can I board a cruise ship faster? ›

6 Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Cruise Ship Embarkation Process
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  2. Check in before you arrive at the cruise terminal. ...
  3. Avoid arriving at peak boarding time. ...
  4. Bypass the lines with priority boarding. ...
  5. Drop off your luggage with the porters. ...
  6. Have your official documents handy.
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How to get priority boarding without paying? ›

Naturally, the best way to get early and priority boarding for free is flying first or business class (and I discuss ways to get upgraded for free here). This will ensure you are among the first to board a plane, and you'll settle in fast.

How early can you do online check in for Celebrity Cruise? ›

Check in for your cruise in advance online

Forty-five days before your cruise, the online check-in window opens. You can then login to your Celebrity Cruises account (until three days before your cruise) and complete the simple check-in process.

How much is priority boarding for a fee? ›

Priority Boarding Fees

“Airlines even offer priority boarding for a fee, so those who want early access to the overhead bins can pay for it. The price for priority boarding starts at around $10 and maxes out at around $30.

How much does priority boarding cost? ›

While the cost of priority boarding will differ among airlines and flights, you'll typically pay between $10-$30 to board the plane before your group. And we should emphasize "before your group," as your priority boarding doesn't out-prioritize many others.

What is the advantage of priority boarding? ›

Priority Boarding is marketed to those passengers who do not have any other elite status or card membership, and it would allow them to board ahead of their assigned group. Passengers who purchase Priority Boarding will be able to board with Group 2.

Is Priority check in on cruise worth it? ›

Waiting in line is the worst, especially when you're so close to starting your vacation. Embarkment day aboard a cruise ship is a fun and exciting experience, but for those looking to expedite the process, spending a little extra for cruise ship priority check in could be worth every penny.

Can you go straight to your room on a cruise? ›

Don't Forget Lunch

Many first-time cruisers don't realize that they won't be able to go directly to their staterooms upon boarding. Pass the time while you wait for your room to be ready and for the ship to set sail by enjoying lunch on the Lido Deck of the ship.

What is the earliest you can board a cruise ship? ›

The earliest that guests can board a cruise is between 4-5 hours before the ship is scheduled to sail away. Guests may be able to check in earlier but will usually not be able to embark until this time.


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