Background: Reasonably experienced cruiser here- several cruise lines, with 5th and 6th (?) X cruises coming up. Until now I have booked SS, Concierge, or Aqua. Our January cruise is in SS but in February we'll try a veranda as we are a party of 5 and putting priority on value for this cruise. Just booked for 2021 today--- in a veranda again given party of 5. (When traveling with kids and family we are more likely to dine in the buffet than in a restaurant... Who needs Blu?) We will be "elite" by this time and so I broke out the grid to see what was covered by elite status that maybe I wouldn't need to pay for. To be clear, this isn't a complaint, just one person's interpretation of how the value of "elite" status looks to them.
Above and beyond Select, the Elite perks that intrigue me are:
-Priority tender service, where available (I hope everywhere)
-Private shipboard departure lounge (Maybe my room is more comfortable? Don't know.)
-Captain's Club cocktail hour (Intriguing but useless if you have a beverage package...)
-Captain's Club coffee lounge (see above?)
-20% (vs 15% for select) discount on wines above $40... (could be useful but if I already have a beverage package, seems limited utility)
-30% off internet + 90 minutes free (yes! This seems useful. We did NOT choose the internet package for 2021 hoping this pans out for us.)
-Care nothing about photo
-Laundry pressing same as select (2 free items, I guess this is each... 4 items for 2 people for 12 days. Better than nothing but same as Select.)
-One complimentary dry clean item (WOW! I have made it!)
-Discounted bag of laundry (cruises 12 nights plus... thank goodness this one is but almost all of our cruises are 7 day thanks to work.)
-Complimentary bag of laundry (Seems useful!)
There are also some spa discounts and "match plays" for roulette etc (I don't know what that means so probably shouldn't use it...)
Again, please understand, NOT a complaint... just an honest assessment of what it seems like the value of my tens of thousands of dollars has got me in terms of "loyalty perks" with X. Maybe I am missing something?