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Carnival Cruise Gaming

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by weluvvegas, Feb 27, 2017.

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  1. weluvvegas

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    We booked a cruise for our summer vacation. This will be our first one ever. Question for those of you who do this alot...how does slot play work? I hear it's all done by a card you load up with funds to play with. Can I go somewhere on the ship and load up cash or does it need to be loaded from a card on file? What if I win, how do you cash out, are there TITOs?
    Sorry if it's a stupid question!
     
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    On all the cruises I have been on you can use cash - you do get TITOs as well. Never been on one where any money is on a card.
     
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    The lady I booked the cruise with said it all goes on a card....weird!
     
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    Maybe she was talking about everything else on a cruise you have to pay for - it's called a sign and sail card - ties to a credit card of your choice - but I personally have never used one to gamble with
     
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    I've also read that you can insert cash but have you create an account, which is where your winnings go and to collect your winnings you have to cash out at the cashier, not at the machine. Sounds so confusing.
     
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    Gambling on credit cards is something most society's try to prevent. Once you associate your credit card with your sign and sail card (name varies by cruise line) , it becomes your room key, ID, and credit card on board. You can spend your week on the ship with no wallet as long as you have that card, or without once the bartenders memorize your number. The two exceptions are score excursions and the onboard casino. Always have some cash on you when you leave the boat for a bottle of water when the cruise people are not around. The onboard casino will have ATMs and will operate solely on cash and tito. Except for the bar, no comped drinks, use your ship card to pay. The casinos will only operate in international waters, so pay attention to ship board announcements about opening and closing. The Alaska cruises sail home in rougher seas for the sole purpose of keeping the casino open.
     
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    Be careful at the slot machines. They are tighter than any other. Try craps or BJ where you know the odds based on their rules.
     
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    They call it a Sign and Sail Card. Basically you use your Card/Room Key for purchases.
    It is linked to your *Credit Card before boarding the ship.

    When you go to the Casino you will put money in the Machine as normal.
    But you also use your Room Key/Sign & Sail Card as your Players Card.

    When you cash out, the Money Balance is then credited onto your card - No TITO!
    You access your Winnings/Money through an Account set up no different than a Players Card Acct.

    Be sure to check your Casino Balance before the end of your Trip.
    If you have money left on the card from Gambling you cash out with the Cashier.

    *The Credit Card on File is strictly for purchases only. It is not used for Gambling.
    And your Winnings/Balance from the Casino is not used for purchases either.

    PS: Where are you Cruising too? What Ship?
     
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    I just got off a ship last week, some of the advice above is outdated. Most ships are doing away with TITO's, instead everything is on your player's card (also your cruise card). . You have the option of putting cash in the machine or charging to your state room (yes, you can charge gambling to the credit card on file, so be careful - you have the option of restricing this (at least on princess) Not all cruiselines may allow you to charge from the Casino yet, but many do (Princess and Royal Carib do). A friend of mine is in compliance with Oceans Club which runs a lot of Casinos on cruise ships for the bigger lines and the use of credit cards is becoming common.

    When you "cash out" rather than getting a TITO, it gets put on a special casino bank on your card. You can take your card to the cashier anytime to get the cash off. (Note: According to my friend, this is the real reason some cruise lines are leery of letting you charge gambling to your credit card, it has nothing to do with protecting you as a person or 'societal' concerns....it is the cruise lines don't want you using the casino as a "free" atm...putting money in a slot machine and then without playing going to the cage for free cash).

    At first we didn't like it, but what is nice is that in order to get any money off your card (even to put it into another machine), you have to use your PIN. This means...NO LOST TITOS!! No forgotten credits, because if you forget to cash out and take your card out, (in our experience), the machine puts the money onto the last card in it. You can't just walk away from money if say you've had too much to drink :).. It made switching machines longer, but meant our money was more secure.

    You could also use the card to get money at the tables, but you would color out and take chips to the cage just like at a "real" casino.

    Overall we enjoyed gambling on our cruise ships more than we thought we would, still didn't do it nearly as much as in Vegas, but was still a good time.
     
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    As said above, cruise ship slots are horrible. Throw a few bucks in there if you want but don't waste too much money on them.
     
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    Thank you, this is what I've been researching too. And I hear that the slots are tight! We don't be able to resist so I'm sure we will play but I'm not going to allot a ton of $$ for gambling, there is so much more to do.

    We are taking the 4 night/5 day Carnival Conquest out of FLL to Half Moon Cay and Nassau Bahamas to celebrate my son's graduation. It should be a lot of fun, especially since it's something new we have never done.

    Then, it's back to Vegas in Sept!
     
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    We've found that my wife does better on cruise ship slots.
    I do better on land.

    She's trying to book her next cruise as I type this!
    And I may finally get that solo trip to Vegas this summer! :thumbsup:

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    If you are saying you've never been on a cruise before then take my advise and visit your doctor first.
    Have him prescribe your family enough Sea Sick Patches for the entire trip. They usually last about
    3 days unless you wash them off in the Pool, Hot Tub or Shower. Best to have extras in case.

    If you've never used them before it is like a little round Band-Aid you wear behind your ear.
    The Patch - Transderm Scop 1.5mg

    Have Fun!
     
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    An urban legend type of thing. I always heard that they have the slots pay off better on the first night out so people will talk about how much they won and more people will rush down to the casino. Anybody else ever hear this? I dont believe it but I've always assumed that in international waters they arent regulated . most cruise ships are registered in places that nobody could find on a globe like Moritania for instance.
     
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    I just got off a 10 day cruise yesterday. Avoid the slots! You can put cash in the machines but anything left or won after your play goes on your cruise ship card in "the Bank" section. You can go to another machine, put your card in and hit Bank button and put in the amount you want into the next machine you want to play. You can charge to your room. Be careful with this. I lost $6K and didn't win anything over $468! Terrible payback percentages and too easy to spend more than you intended.
     
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    Nope never havr done a cruise. I plan on getting the meds just in case!
     
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    We went on a 5 day cruise and I took meclizine (?) every night and this worked fine for me. I have my non drowsy Dramamine for our next (leaving in a week) 7 day cruise.
     
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