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Gambling on Cruises / Comps on Cruise Ships

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by CVG2LAS, Apr 7, 2014.

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  1. CVG2LAS

    CVG2LAS Tourist

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    Who here has experience gambling on a Cruise Ship? What Cruise line? How was the casino? Did you receive any comps?

    My family enjoys cruises, and I like the fact that they include gambling, even if its on a much smaller scale than in Vegas (and for much briefer periods). I have some fond memories of playing on cruise ships. I once hit a royal for $8,500 on a progressive VP machine on Carnival Freedom. Since I don't play VP very often, this was particularly cool. They even took a picture of me with a big "check", which was a bit humorous. I am not a big machine player, but I get the feeling they don't have a lot of big machine winners.

    Most of the cruises I have been on are Carnival, which have been fun. I typically play some bj, at least every other night. The auto shufflers stink, and the other players are typically pretty horrible. But its still fun, and I've won 1 trip and lost another. Recently it seems that Carnival cares more about players, and they are starting to send offers for a free balcony cabin for 2. Using them is not an automatic for me, as I would still be required to pay for a 2nd cabin for the kiddos - and that can be very expensive (even on Carnival). But I do have one booked on the Breeze later this year.

    Going forward, I think its time for us to try some other cruise lines. The newer, bigger RC ships or Norwegian line. It seems Norwegian is more "about" having gamblers on their ships? I am not sure why I think that, maybe because I hear people talking about their CET offers that are tied to NCL?

    Do any of you folks have a handle on the "gaming scene" on any of these ships?
     
  2. JosieCat

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    I have somewhat limited experience, but I think you are correct about Norwegian. They do seem to cater more to the gamblers. I cruise Royal Caribbean simply because of the free cruise offered by M Life. They do offer gamblers a rebate, but you can't "earn" the rebate on your free cruise, nor can you get the rebate on your free cruise. I took my free cruise last July, so I didn't earn a rebate. I then went again in October, and ended up earning a $225 rebate. But now I am taking my free cruise in August, and won't be able to use the rebate. I will most likely lose it unless I go again within a year of when it was earned.

    On my first cruise I earned over 2,000 points and was invited to be a member of Club Royale (their invite only players club). On my second cruise I earned around 2,500 points. I believe it is 1 point earned per $5 played, so about $12,500 coin in.
     
  3. DonD

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    We cruise a lot, going on #49 next month. I feel that all the cruise lines are starting to take care of the gamblers. When we book a Carnival cruise, we book through their Casino Promotions dept. and receive $75 cash from the casino cage and a much cheaper booking price.

    Even though their VP payout tables are lousy on all the cruise lines, I've hit a royal on each of our last three cruises. Some lines now give free drinks to players after getting X amount of points or if the pit boss OKs them. Just a few years ago, their was no such thing.

    BTW, I wouldn't cruise if they didn't have casinos onboard.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Many of the mainstream cruiselines now have "clubs". Over on cruisecritic.com they even have a board that is just about cruiseship gambling.

    We get many "free" cruises with them. Odds and payouts make Vegas look like a bargain, but... if you are gonna play, at least get something for it.
     
  5. offandon

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    I do not have a ton of experience but I will share the experience I have.

    I went on a 2 day cruise to nowhere out of New York. Gambled a few hours and won a bit playing mostly $10 craps with an average of about $80 action on the numbers. So overall not a huge amount of gambling and I was not expecting much from it.

    Fast forward a year and a group of around 12 of us want to take a summer cruise. We decide on NCL out of New York again for a week long cruise. On somewhat of a whim I called the Casinos at Sea (players club for NCL) folks and inquired about the cruise we wanted. They told me they could only offer me 20% off the cruise. Well considering I had 4 people and was looking at suites that offer turned out to be a huge savings. I actually went up another category based on the big save and we had such a great cruise. When booking through Casinos at Sea they do give you a card that gets you free drinks in the casino bar. It is waiting for you in your room which was a nice perk.

    During that cruise I did not have great luck. That kept my gambling time down from what I would usually do. I probably only put in a couple of hours a day max. I actually spent the majority of the gambling time playing a video blackjack machine that looked out a window onto the ocean. I accumulated only around 2000 points total on that trip which was barely enough to earn a free drink card if I did not already have one from booking through CAS.

    Fast forward 6 months. I get a mailer offering a free cruise from CAS. The offer was for a basic oceanview room with a free balcony upgrade if available on any cruise over 4 days but needed to be booked in the next 3 months from when I got the mailer.

    I thought that was a great offer for the play I gave them. Just from my limited experience I really liked what NCL did for me as a player.
     
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