I was just looking over the 'new' benefits Royal Caribbean will put in place starting 9/1/2009 and I have to say I am a little appalled by what they term a 'benefit'. I'm not talking about diamond benefits here which is why most other people are upset, I'm referring to the lowest level: Gold status which is 1-4 cruise credits entitles you to: Coupon Book Recognition at Captains Welcome Aboard Party (Beverages available for purchase) SeaPass Card Recognition Now if you ask me the only thing worthy of the term benefit is the coupon book. Gold will no longer get a welcome back party so instead the captain will 'recognize' them at the welcome aboard party and of course no free beverages. Oh but Gold gets SeaPass Card Recognition! I can't tell you how many passengers are going to come running back to RCI to see their SeaPass Card now says GOLD on it! I think Royal Caribbean needs to seriously rethink their loyalty program if they want to attract returning guests.