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total rewards offer, three free nights and free cruise?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by buckeyetodd, Mar 22, 2016.

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  1. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    have any of you gotten an offer like this in the past? if i use the three free nights they are offering may 12-15, i get a free cruise for two on norweigien cruise lines.

    i can't use this one (going to chicago, daughter in law graduating law school) but might in the future.

    anybody know how long the cruise is? you can see sailing dates and where you could go but there aren't any specifics available.

    seems like a generous offer, are there some sort of strings attatched?

    thanks in advance for any info!

    todd
     
    gonna be a two royal trip!!
  2. Allie

    Allie Tourist

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    The cruise is a nice offer. But, you only get the cruise fare for free. You still have to pay port fees and taxes which on a 3 day cruise can equal the cost of the cruise itself. Also, when you show up, you will receive instructions on where to "pick up" your cruise. The cruise offer you will get it dependent on your play. So, low ADT players get the worst dates and cruise and as you move up the ADT ladder, you get better offers.
     
  3. rycelover

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    I picked up a voucher in Caesars AC back in Jan of this year. This voucher was separate and apart from a free cruise that is otherwise available to 7* members. The "free" cruise is slightly deceptive, although they are up front about it.

    Your stateroom is free, but you'll be responsible for port fees, gov't taxes and an "Admin fee" of $200 per person. As already stated, you have a limited time to book and limited time to sail.

    For me, I booked a July 2016 cruise out of NYC (where I live) and my "free" cruise cost me $398.65 per person ($200 admin fee and 198.65 in taxes and port fees). If I wanted a balcony or suite, I would have to pay an upgrade fee. Additional charges may apply if you opt for a beverage package, or specialty dining, etc.

    For shits and giggles, I cleared my browser's cache and tried to book an identical cruise and found that without the cruise certificate I would have paid $2560 for two people, which represents a significant savings. ($1280 per person v. $398.65). So for me, it was worth it booking with the free cruise certificate. YMMV
     
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    I got this offer as well. The weird thing is, I also just got something in the mail for a free 7 night cruise on Norwegian Casinos at Sea. I cant even tell which casino program they got me info from, but I have it narrowed down to CET, Cosmo, or Hard Rock. The casinos at sea came with an option of one of 4 things, free premium dining, free suite upgrade, free shore excursions, or free beverages on board for two.

    New wife decided we shouldn't participate in either. I said that I would just be GAMBLING the whole time. lame.
     
  5. rycelover

    rycelover Low-Roller

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    you can explain to her that the casino aboard the ship is not open all the time ... so you won't be gambling the whole time!
     
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    I got this offer from Harrah's last year. We did the cruise in Nov '15 (6 months ago). Most of the cruises offered were for 7 days, a few were for only 3-4 days. They offered a variety of ports to embark from. I live in New Jersey so I wanted to skip the airfare and we left out of New York City. I don't recall a $200 service handling fee but I do recall that the overall costs were about $650 for the two of us. Then you have about $100 in tips per person so that adds another $200 to the cost...now about $850. We are happy with the smallest inside cabin so this was baseline cost. I believe I calculated that we saved about $1,200 on the total cost of the cruise. If you like cruises, it's a decent deal.
     
  7. loonytoony

    loonytoony VIP Whale

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    I did this promo in February. I booked a 7 day cruise out of Miami with NCL on the newest ship the ESCAPE. I had to pay port taxes and the $200 admin fee but I have some good news. NCL was running a promo for 3rd and 4th guest free and to my surprise not only could I add them to my reservation, they did not charge the $200 admin fee on guests 3 and 4. The package also included the unlimited Alcohol package for all 4 guests. It was a crazy good deal. My cruise is late September so I will update details after
     
  8. buckeyetodd

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    Wow, that sounds like a fantastic deal
     
    gonna be a two royal trip!!
  9. CinnamintStick

    CinnamintStick High-Roller

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    I have had 8 cruise offers in the last two years. I went on two and found I hate cruising. It is a good deal if you like them. I wish there was a way I could give away my cruise offers to family that would use them. My last one (this month) included Europe and Alaska. I think most any cruise casino will give you free cruises if you gamble.
     
  10. Flowers

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    What did you dislike about cruising? I have been Diamond for longer than I can remember and Seven Stars for 2 years and think I've gotten literally dozens of cruise offers over the years. Maybe twice I picked up the certificate but never took the cruise because I don't like the idea of being confined on a ship. Most people I know that have gone on them like them so would be curious to know what you didn't like. I was thinking about taking my mom with me this year on a Seven Stars cruise (though the benefit is not as it used to be as you still have to pay fees) but I often find myself saying I'd rather just fly to an island and stay there a week (I used to travel to St. Marten and the Bahamas a fair amount), travel someplace new or just go back to Vegas for a week. LOL.
     
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  11. nostresshere

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    Like or dislike?

    Hard to say, but it has been a very rare person that did not enjoy their cruise. We have been in maybe 15 or so and love them. We would do more, but we wind up spending too much money in the casino.

    I would strongly suggest AGAINST the 3 or 4 day cruises. These tend to be party cruises on their oldest boats. You need a few days to settle into the routine and relax. And those one night cruises are surely not an introduction to cruising. the first day is checking in and getting settled with the first night getting ready to leave.

    I have met lots of people that were sure they would never take a cruise. Once they did, they loved it.
     
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    Thanks nostress. I fixed my question. :) I was asking what the previous poster didn't like. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I feel like I have burned money never taking advantage of the offer so am taking a serious look this year.
     
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    Yes, by not going, you are "burning money". Sort of. The $2000 I save with the free cruise usually costs me more than that... just sayin.
     
  14. CalifLovesVegas

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    Hi Flowers,
    Just for you, this is my post from other Cruise thread:

    I'm going on my approx....7th NCL freebie cruise next month. I've been averaging 2 per year....

    3 if you count Princess, but I get those freebie cruise vouchers thru Stations, or from Princess casino offers.

    Anyway, Its a good deal, especially if you like to cruise.

    I usually get offered a free Inside cabin, so I usually upgrade....

    Costs me approx $100 pp to upgrade to Ocean view or more for Balcony.

    We pay Taxes & Port charges. Which is approx $340 pp. for 2 people in your cabin. (everybody pays this)

    So you are saving whatever the cruise costs.

    We are going to Alaska again, next month, with Oceanview cabin which is Fine.

    Saves us approx $900-$1,100- pp, for getting freebie cruise, and just paying Port charges & taxes.

    Thats a big savings if you ask me.

    One last thing...... we prefer the NEWER ships. Big & New with all the bells & whistles.
    NCL has several of them.
     
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    Thanks CLV! I was definitely going to reach out to you, the Cruise Queen. :) Two of my brothers have done the cruise on the Breakaway from NY to the Bahamas. I've been to the Bahamas many times before but I like leaving from NY and not having to worry about flying to the departure point but, on the other hand, it looking at some photos earlier today of part of a tour of Alaska. That looked amazing and I could see that being a good way to see part of that state. Looking forward to hearing about your Alaskan cruise experience when you return!
     
  16. CalifLovesVegas

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    Yeah, the Breakaway out of NY is piece of cake for you. I would do that again in a heartbeat, but NOT during hurr weather......or Iffy Atlantic times.
    I did the Escape too, and its also a fantastic ship, but again, try to book when better chance at calmer seas.

    Will do, Alaska.
    I was just talking with some of the folks on same cruise this year. Appears we got the COLD, WET Alaska weather this year.,
    vs. Sunny, WARM a year ago. So its a crapshoot.

    You might consider a Calif. Coastal cruise, if you pickup a Princess voucher along the way.?

    I did that one couple months ago, for Same reason You can sail out of NY......cuz I got SF, its Easy & don't have to fly! lol

    And were doing it again in Oct.
    Weather usually pretty nice. Bringing the Fam. And nobody has to fly. Cool.
    Leaves out of SF or LA.
    I prefer SF, but both are fine.

    Hope to see ya ON The SEAS too. :thumbsup:
     
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