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Comp Princess cruise from Station casinos - what's the catch?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by ExVegasLocal, Apr 17, 2017.

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  1. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    Does anyone have any experience booking this Princess cruise offer from Station?

    I've recently received a mailer from Station offering fully comped cruises on Princess. The mailer includes a URL which asks for my players card number before showing the available cruises. Upon loggin in, there are cruises of different lengths and itineraries available. Port charges, beverages, and tips are not included in the comp, which is to be expected. The comp is for an interior cabin, but balcony cabins on 7-day cruises can be booked for $300 per person.

    I have another cruise on Celebrity already booked. That cruise is running around $2600 for two people in a balcony cabin, including port charges, tips, and a drink package for two.

    Princess has a cruise available from the same port for the same week at $300 per person, for a balcony cabin.

    Assuming I can book a drink package for two for about $700 ($350 pp), the cabin costs $600 ($300 pp), port charges are $200 ($100 pp), and the tips are $200 ($100 pp), the total for the Princess cruise would be $1700 all in- about $900 cheaper than the other cruise I have booked.

    Are they expecting me to gamble on the ship? (I won't. I feel like cruise ship casinos are a rip off.) Will I get a substandard cabin? What's the catch?
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    They are expecting you to gamble.
    But unless the offer says something I have never seen, you are not required.

    They realize that you are a gambler and have made donations at a land casino (Station in this case) and expect/hope/plan of you also donating at a similar level on this cruise.

    Again, expectation and requirement are two different things.

    Your cabin is assigned BEFORE you gamble, so that is not an issue. If I am reading your post right, the only price difference is just the cabin itself. All the other charges are about same. Personally, I think Celebrity is a slight better cruise line compared to Princess, which may be reflected in the prices you have mentioned.
     
  3. LucyR.

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    Celebrity is considered a top cruise line. Lots of very nice and classy people cruise on that cruiseline.
    The drink package on the Princess ships is approx. $500. per person. That would cost you $1,000 on
    a Princess ship. Most of the Princess ships are now older dusty ships. But Celebrity also has some old ships too with engine problems. Check to see how old the Celebrity ship is and when it was refurbished.

    Princess cruise line must be desperate to have it being offered by a Casino. My advise is to not take the offer and stick to your present deal if it is a new Celebrity ship.
    I have cruised on 7 different cruise lines and have been cruising for many years.

    I love the dusty old Princess ships. The food is not great but I still find lots of fun foods to eat. lol.
    Princess is now owned by Carnival cruiseline the fun ships. lol. Lucy R.
     
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    LucyR. VIP Whale

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    You got a great deal on Celebrity. You will have a BLAST! LucyR.
     
  5. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the replies! I love Celebrity too. That's why I booked it. I think I'll stay with the Celebrity cruise.
     
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    Not sure I agree about Princess being desperate to be offered by a casino.
    I receive offers on Celebrity,NCL,Princess and others fairly often.
    I have an offer for this coming weekend to go to MGM National Harbor to get a voucher for a Celebrity Cruise up to 10 days.
    The oldest ships in the Celebrity fleet are the Millennium Class and all have been renovated in the last two years.
    They originally had some engine vibration but it is now very limited.
     
  7. LucyR.

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    I was just surprised to see the Princess cruise line offer. But now I can see how the cruise ships want the gamblers on their ships since most Vegas gamblers do spend a lot of money on the ship casinos.
     
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    We just got back from a comped Princess cruise. 15 days from San Francisco to Hawaiian back. It was beyond fabulous. I was comped for a mini suite, and that would have run about $8500. We paid $440 total, although it did not include drinks. We loved the ship and it was one of their older ones. We have another Princess booked in the Caribbean on one of their new ships for $330 for 10 days in a balcony. I am only comped an ocean view on that one, so I picked a ship with no ocean views and they upgraded us to a balcony at no charge. Very pleased with that!

    We have a Celebrity booked, and I upgraded from a comped inside to a balcony New Jersey to Bermuda, and that is costing us a shade under $1800 including the drink package. It is an older ship, but we don't mind.

    Princess was a far better deal than Celebrity, but I am happy with all of them. Much betters deals overall than the comped NCL ones we have been taking for years, as they have more fees up front.
     
  9. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    If it matters, I'm looking at the Crown Princes, 8 days from Ft. Lauderdale, visiting Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

    Offer is Inside comped, Oceanview is $100 pp, Balcony is $300 pp, and Mini-Suite is $600 pp. Port charges ($85 pp) are not included. Neither are drinks or gratuities.

    Retail prices for the same ship, same week are Inside $799 pp, Oceanview $999 pp, Balcony $1199 pp, and Mini-Suite $1699 pp.
     
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