Posted July 7th, 2011, 04:33 PM
Last edited by VideoTech; July 7th, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Just out of curiosity, if you don't mind me asking, but how much does one have to spend/lose/win in casinos before you get a free cruise, if there is a certain amount?
There's no such thing as a "free" cruise. What the CAS program does is offer comp'd rooms, with the value of the room depending on your previous spending in NCL casinos. You still have to pay taxes, port fees, and any surcharges that might be added.
If you're willing to spend more money, you can almost always get the comp'd room upgraded, say from an ocean view to a balcony, or from a balcony to a suite. You'll pay whatever is the current difference in price between your comp'd cabin and the upgraded cabin.
I won't try to answer your question about play amounts, because that's a personal subject. It varies with each individual, and the offers are also made subjectively by the CAS agents. It's surely obvious that there's a required minimum level of play you must hit in order to get the most basic offer. I've heard that is anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 per cruise, but I don't think anyone knows for sure. When CAS sends out offers, they are looking at overall play history...perhaps you played higher on one cruise and lower on another, but they like the average...it's not an exact science.
Oh, and finally....the cruise is certainly not "free" if you stop to include how much money you spent in the casino on the last trip, just to get the comp!
Most of us try not to think about that one.
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