Princess Cruises’ claim to fame was through the 1970s series ‘The Love Boat’, which was filmed aboard several of the cruiseliner’s ships. Captain Stubing may not be at the helm these days, but Princess Cruises retains its reputation as one of the world’s most popular cruise companies, with departures from Australia and ports across the globe.

No matter the duration or destination of your cruise, you can earn rewards as a member of Princess Cruises’ loyalty program, Captain’s Circle. Here’s how.

How does Captain’s Circle work?

Captain’s Circle is a straightforward rewards program with benefits that can be accessed after your first cruise. The program considers not only the number of cruises you’ve taken but also the number of completed days and the room type.

This means that members have a few ways of moving through the program’s four tiers:

  • Gold – awarded after your first cruise.
  • Ruby – awarded after three completed cruises, or 30 cruise days.
  • Platinum – awarded after five completed cruises, or 50 cruise days.
  • Elite – awarded after 15 completed cruises, or 150 cruise days.

The earn rate for cruise days is as follows:

  • One cruise credit per day sailed.
  • Double cruise credits per day when sailing as a single occupant (requires payment of the exclusive occupancy fare).
  • Double cruise credits per day when booking and sailing in a full suite (excluding mini-suites, Reserve Collection suites and paid upgrades to a full suite).

For Ruby and above, your level is determined by how many cruises you’ve completed or how many days you’ve sailed – whichever occurs first. If shorter cruise breaks are more your style, this could make it easier to move up the ranks of the program.

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Captain Stubing may not be at the helm, but you can still imagine you’re on ‘The Love Boat’. [Photo: Will Waters, Unsplash]

Captain’s Circle member benefits

Members of Captain’s Circle can unlock a range of benefits both onshore and at sea. We won’t list them all here, but we’ve summarised some perks of each program tier below.


  • Captain’s Circle Launch Savings.
  • Preferential pricing offers.
  • Members-only onboard events.


  • Shoreside access to Captain’s Circle Help Desk phone line.
  • Princess Platinum Vacation Protection upgrade (including 100% cancellation benefit and double accident and sickness benefits).


  • Early access to Dine My Way reservations.
  • Priority boarding.
  • 10% off Lotus Spa treatments.
  • Platinum and Elite Lounge.


  • Early access to new itineraries.
  • 10% off shore excursions.
  • Complimentary Grapevine Wine Tasting Event.
  • Complimentary minibar set-up.
  • Complimentary afternoon tea in stateroom.

For a full and updated list of Captain’s Circle benefits, visit the Princess Cruises website.

How do I join Princess Cruises’ loyalty program?

You won’t be able to enjoy the perks of Captain’s Circle membership until you complete your first cruise, but you can still create an account beforehand.

Register your details with Princess Cruises using a valid email address, and you’ll be able to manage your Captain’s Circle account online.

Other ways to earn rewards on Princess Cruises

While US residents can apply for a Princess Cruises credit card, there’s no equivalent for those based in Australia. However, you can earn frequent flyer points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for your next cruise. Why not maximise your rewards on a purchase you’d make anyway?

And by leveraging a credit card sign-up bonus, like the one below, you can top up your points balance towards your next holiday! You’ll just need to apply for the credit card, be approved, and meet the minimum spend criteria. One credit card sign-up offer could be all you need to take off on your next getaway. Explore some of our Experiences around the world using frequent flyer points here.

Also read: Getting started with frequent flyer programs

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The Ultimate Guide to Captain’s Circle was last modified: May 17th, 2024 by Victoria Kyriakopoulos