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Gambling On A Cruise Ship

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by runningonthehub, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. runningonthehub

    runningonthehub Low-Roller

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    Thinking about taking a cruise after 20 years since the last. Any thoughts on gambling on a cruise ship?.
    I always think of gambling on a cruise ship like gambling at the Las Vegas airport. Tight machines and a waste of money and time.
    Do casinos have race books, where you can sit and watch sports or is it all slots and table games?
     
  2. mdm4sfest

    mdm4sfest Low-Roller

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    Ive been shocked the numerous times friends and family have gone on a cruise and hit for hundreds upon hundreds of dollars.
     
  3. Imperial_Palace_King

    Imperial_Palace_King High-Roller

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    Never seen a ship with a race book. All slots and tables. I dropped 6k on my last trip on $5 multi line vp without a single 4oak or better. I'll be sticking to table games next time or low limit single line vp. The gambling isn't the best as you anticipated.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Tight slots and tight rules since you are a captive audience.

    No race books. No space available on the ship.
     
  5. Richard Alpert

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    Just slots, VP, and tables on both the cruises I've been on--December 2015 and June 2016. Also, scratch-offs for sale at the cage.
    Not a lot of table players in December. In June I observed the opposite as the tables were crowded.

    The cash cranes (claw machines) had folks lined up to give them a try. My bride wasted 50 bucks trying to win a bundle worth $100.

    The casino is not open when the ship is docked in port, which is not the most convenient if you're an early-rising gambler.

    Also, don't forget to cash out before the casino closes on the last full day at sea!

    The casino wasn't even close to a major reason for our cruise, but it made for a fun diversion on long days at sea!

    Happy cruising!

    RICHARD
     
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    Cruise ship casinos have no competition and are notoriously horrible. Sure some will win on occasion but I wouldn't waste my money.
     
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    surprisingly, we went on the Carnival Imagination, and they had a $5 UTH table with the 8/6/5 Trips Paytable..better than 99.9% of land casinos!
    The selection of slots and vp was small though...only one bank or 8 vp machines.
     
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    You don't go on a cruise primarily for the gambling. It's just an amenity to kill some time in between other activities. When I cruise I always low roll since the slots are tight.
     
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    I gamble on cruises because there is a casino on the ship - come on!

    Besides, I do okay on the slots. And being an Mlife member, I accumulate tier credits for my play and receive free drink tickets.
     
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    And tier credits you earn are for the ship only. You earn nothing on Mlife. Or CET for that matter.

    EDIT - as per a later post on this page, I am not totally correct. Mlife and RCI have a joint deal. Sorry.
     
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    On land or sea, I earn them. Win-win!
     
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    Celebrity cruise last August, and as others have said, the casino is small...Blackjack, slots and one poker table. I was surprised that it wasn't busier in the evenings considering the number of people on board, but the dealers were very friendly and the drink service was very fast. Played in a BJ tournament that a ten people paid $25...won $175 for first place. It was a nice diversion before dinner or after a show. No gambling while docked.
     
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    I did earn tier credits on mlife from my RCI cruise. I cruised on Royal Caribbean last October(2015) - they have a partnership with mlife and when you provide your mlife account info to RCI, after they verify it with mlife, the points you earn gambling on slots or VP ( not for table games) are sent to mlife about 8 weeks after the cruise and the tier credits are posted by mlife to your mlife account. I had to call RCI to be sure they did send them and eventually they were posted to my account.

    Below are excerpts from the RCI website regarding MGM International partnership:
    "Through this exclusive partnership, M life members will receive offers and onboard benefits on Royal Caribbean International’s portfolio of innovative ships, such as a complimentary cruise and the ability to earn M life tier credits for play inside Casino Royale®!
    Earn five (5) M life tier credits for every one ( 1) Casino Royale point earned playing slots or video poker.
    M life tier credits will be applied to account 6-8 weeks post sailing."

    To the OP - in my experience, yes, slots are tight on a cruise ship. Larger ships have decent choices of slots and VP.
    The casino is another fun thing to do on the cruise, especially on sea days after you have finished with other onboard activities. They even have slot tournaments, lol, however small.
     
  14. Dr Nostron

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    Did very well playing blackjack last cruise - 3/2 BJ - very good rules at a 25$ table

    Craps was only double odds didn't play much of that
     
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    I have heard that Casino cruises are really rigged tight because they know there is no competition as you are stuck on open water. Open water. So if the Cruise Casino isn't showing you a lot of love, they know that their is no way for you to jump ship to another Casino. Don't know if I should say pun intended or not as I literally thought about that seconds before I wrote it. ;) In my state, two of my local casinos are like 10 or 20 minutes apart by car so it is very easy to leave one local Casino if it isn't paying you well for the other local Casino in better hopes for a better payout. On a Casino Cruise, when the games aren't paying well,
    it is impossible to go to another Casino when the next Casino is in a different Continent or(trans continental Cruises) or simply another Country(I took a Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico in 2014) ;)
     
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    I've done better in the arcade on ships than the casino slots or tables. I won an Apple Watch last year with the claw, and and iPod (years ago) playing the stacker.

    Back in the day when more ship poker tournaments payed cash instead of winning cruises; I won $1,000 coming in first, and around $800 for second another time.
     
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    There are cruise ports that have gambling ,St Marteen,Aruba come to mind. If I recall theres ,or used to be sports betting at one Aruba Casino.
    I remember the old "urban legend" kind of thing that was going around years ago that they rigged the cruise ship slots to pay off big the first night out so people would go around telling the other passengers that they won to get them in the casino.
     
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    My sister is a gambling addict. I paid for her to go on a cruise on a Carnival ship. She lost $800. dollars on the coin machines. Then one night I had to go tell her it was time for her to leave the Casino since it was just a new friend she met on the ship spending lots of money at a slot machine. I said to her that she and that lady were the only ones in the Casino and the crew workers wanted to go to bed and were tired. They had to wait until the lady was finished playing.
    Now my sister is a VIP which means she gets major discounts for her cabin plus casino cash to spend on the ship.

    One day I met a addict gambler lady who told me she gets a free cabin and money to spend at the casino.
    Then she says to me that she wants to go play at the casino again. Addiction to gambling is a sickness. I prefer to be addicted to cruising on cruise ship. I confess I am a cruise ship addict. But not a gambling addict.
     
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    I usually cruise on Celebrity which is part of RCI.
    I do not play any machines in the casino.I can see them probably being tight.
    Their table games are comparable to Las Vegas Strip casinos.3x4x5x odds at craps.
    BJ was hit on 17, no surrender and can't remember if it was double after split.
    Always felt the table games were a fair game.
    I have gone on cruises where I won lots and cruises where I lost almost the same.

    If you are a rated player they will give you a discount or comp your cruise.
    For me , it's a nice change up once a year or so.
     
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    gambling addiction is bad...gambling should obviously be banned.
     
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