I wrote last year that I wasn’t particularly impressed with the casino on the Liberty of the Seas. Part of that problem was that I was expecting to receive MLife points which never showed up because I failed to read the fine print. My bad. It appears, however, the MLife Royal Caribbean relationship is now more straightforward. Full details are available from MLife, and we have tried to describe some of the key points here.
The first major change is that you no longer earn tier credits for onboard play. However, that isn’t a change for table game players. Platinum and Noir MLife members still receive a free cruise. That benefit has never been available to those with complimentary MLife status. Now, however, it explicitly is available to those who earn MLife status through on-property spending rather than gambling. The MLife website states clearly: “The length of the cruise benefit is based on recent MGM Resorts spend and gaming play.” That is great news for those of us who spring for nice suites at the Bellagio rather than gamble and hope to get one.
One change is a decided benefit. Many members– even at the Gold tier– now get an onboard credit as part of the deal. That is spelled out so that MLife Royal Caribbean passengers know what to expect. I value transparency, so kudos to both companies. It also appears that discounted rates are available. For example, a 7 day cruise next month in a Junior Suite on the Liberty of the Seas is $3788.10 on their website. Casino Royale offered me $3375.10 for the same cruise. That isn’t huge, but it certainly beats a kick in the pants. I am Gold in MLife.
I would love to read in the comments about any experiences with the new program. Happy sailing!