Carnival Cruise and Bally’s Join Forces for Exclusive Loyalty Rewards Program


Sailing steadfastly in the wake of hospitality industry trends, Carnival Cruise Line becomes the latest in its sector to forge an innovative partnership with a gaming giant. Cementing a union designed to boost customer experience, the cruise titan announced the establishment of a unique loyalty rewards program in alliance with Bally’s Corporation.

Crowned by the silhouette of the majestic Carnival Sunshine against the sublime horizon of the Cayman Islands, the announcement came like a striking signal flare illuminating the vast expanse of the cruise industry. Belonging to the illustrious fleet of Carnival Corporation, the ship the Sunshine symbolizes the dawn of a new era of customer loyalty programs.

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The Miami-based cruise line fired a broadside on Thursday, declaring that members of the Bally’s Rewards could reap exclusive benefits across Carnival’s arsenal of 27 world-class cruise ships. Operating out of Rhode Island, Bally’s—a premier player in the gambling world—runs 15 casinos sprinkled across ten states. Their four-tier reward program, comprised of Pro, Star, SuperStar, and Legend levels, is a perfect blend of thrilling games and astonishing rewards.

Within this amicable accord, remarkably fortified by festivities and merry making, the Legend, SuperStar, and Star tier members of Bally’s Rewards will henceforth qualify for complimentary and preferential rates on Carnival cruises. While not explicitly confirmed, whispers of points-sharing or status-matching between the Carnival Players Club and Bally’s Rewards are painting vivid scenes in the minds of gaming and cruise enthusiasts alike.

This pioneering partnership forms a part of the corporate strategy that sees Carnival expanding beyond its traditional territory and extending its reach into the irresistible whirling dervish of casino gaming. A year ago, Carnival announced an agreement with Galaxy Gaming, setting a new course towards enhancing onboard gaming experiences with a line-up of progressive table games on its fleet of 27 ships. Every ship presently offers some form of gaming, from the hum of slot machines to the suspense-riddled green felt of table games and fervor-filled sports betting arenas.

Marty Goldman, Carnival Corporation’s Senior Vice President of Global Casino Operations, immaculately encapsulated the thrill and anticipation of this revolutionary collaboration. Expressing the dynamic company’s resolve to cater to guests who gravitate towards gaming, he delightfully welcomed Bally’s, bracing for a long, fruitful voyage together.

The company’s portfolio reaches beyond its showpiece cruise line, branching out to include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, and Seabourn, among others.

The Bally’s-Carnival announcement follows in the wake of other recent trailblazing deals. Less than a month ago, Rock International and Royal Caribbean Group unveiled a wide-reaching accord, binding gaming, dining, shopping, and travel privileges under a unified points system.

This strategic union sets a new course in the travel and leisure sector, where operators are increasingly drawn towards the promising vistas of shared loyalty rewards, promising customers a combination of unforgettable travels and electrifying gaming experiences. As the sun sets, one cannot help but look in anticipation of the exciting voyages that lie under such innovative constellations of loyalty.