Starting with May 15 departures, Gold Card holders will no longer be invited to the past guest party. However, Gold Card holders will now receive a drink coupon worth up to $9 that can be used on the last sea day of voyages five days and longer. This is in addition to the complimentary bottle of water that each stateroom receives.
Why will only Diamond and Platinum card holders be invited to the party? According to Heald, the growing number of Gold Card holders has lead to some sailings having to have two parties to accommodate everyone. Some sailings have upwards of 1,500 passengers who are Gold and above.
The large number of guests at the party have made it hard for the staff to deliver the high standards of service that the cruise line strives to be known for. The VIFP party is being revamped so Diamond and Platinum holders can look forward to more intimate parties held in smaller lounges. Diamond passengers will continue to receive their special event with the captain.