I have just had the pleasure of speaking to Lesley Green from the Crown and Anchor society in the new Diamond Lounge on board Brilliance of the Seas. The Diamond Lounge is for guests who are members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor society who have achieved the minimum of Diamond Status. For guests who are unfamiliar with the concept of Crown and Anchor and Diamond status this basically means that when you have cruised 80 nights or more in staterooms from interior to balcony grades you receive Diamond status that allows you access into a members only lounge that gives you a complimentary drinks reception between approx 1700 and 2000 every evening onboard ship. The Diamond Lounge is also open for continental breakfast and I have always enjoyed a quiet latte or espresso in the afternoon. There are subtle differences on ships and by creating a ‘closed’ Diamond Lounge on Brilliance of the Seas’ Diamond or above members will enjoy complimentary wine, beer and selected spirits. There are a few Royal Caribbean ships that are awaiting revitalisation and do not have a Diamond Lounge, these ships have a Diamond Event every evening (usually in the Viking Crown Lounge) where guests receive complimentary wine plus discounts on beer and spirits. Guests who stay in Grand Suites or above or guests who have achieved Diamond plus status can use the Concierge Lounge (for guests used to the lounge on Brilliance of the Seas please note this has moved to deck 13 in the Viking Crown area). Diamond plus status starts I believe after 175 cruise nights. Other benefits of being a Diamond member include receiving an additional discount on Balcony or above staterooms on the majority of price codes (this depends on when you book and the duration of the cruise as you receive a larger discount if you book at least 6 months prior to travel). If you wish to accelerate your points so you achieve Diamond Status quicker then the easiest way is to book a Junior Suite or above as this will double your points so for example if you have cruises 58 nights and you book a 14 night cruise on board in a Junior Suite you will receive 28 points making your total cruise nights 86 nights giving you Diamond Status.