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  1. For those who cruise in and out of Miami or any other destination, how does one get a PCR test 48 hrs before a flight back to Canada if we are stuck on a boat? Flights back home take off a few hours after the ship docks, so how do people get PCR test in time to fly back?
  2. For those who cruise in and out of Miami or any other destination, how does one get a PCR test 48 hrs before a flight back to Canada if we are stuck on a boat? Flights back home take off a few hours after the ship docks, so how do people get PCR test in time to fly back?
  3. Looking for advice on what to get when have comped casino drinks. My wife and I both have a sticker on our card allowing unlimited drinks only in casino so we plan to take advantage. What is the absolutely best $ for $ drink i can dream up in a casino? Shot of LouisXXV cognac? Flute of Dom Perigon? Request a wine from the vintage collection? The bar tender you'll have to ask to call down to the main bar to get them to make it and bring it up..don't care if I sound fussy I want to know what the best possible most expensive drink I can snatch from the casino? Sailing Princess.
  4. Do you have a list of the best drinks to ask for when in a casino? Last casino cruise we were offered any drink when in a casino but had no clue what to order so we wasted our drinks on basic rum and cokes. Later on by talking to others we found out that any drink including complex martinis or multi mix elixirs were possible, just have to know what to ask for. So dollar for dollar, what is the most value you can extract from a single free drink if offered?
  5. If you don't gamble how do you get invited back on cruises? There is no way I can afford 3 cruises a month if I had to pay for them out of pocket. I get comped through casino for free cruises across almost every cruise line, you need to up your casino game if you want to cruise free and save money.
  6. This can't be further from the truth..the casino on a cruise has an incentive to pay out HIGHER to keep you coming back crusing. If they had lower than Vegas ods people would never visit the casino, cruise casinos are pretty generous as they have a revenue sharing agreement with the cruise line so more people cruise = more profits from the cruise line as a payout, this is on top of casino earnings. Casinos are incentivized to keep you coming back on cruises, and feeling happy. Thus many casinos on cruises are constantly packed, a lots of people join their loyalty programs because casinos are so popular due to winnings on cruises, don't be fooled by propaganda that odds on cruises are less.
  7. This is incorrect, I get FREE balcony cabins year round from my comp play. PRINCESS sends out a brochure where you select up to 3 sailings to go on, all free no need to pay for cruise upfront. Only $200 booking fee which is refunded as OBC. This is incredibly generous for someone like me who is unemployed and is living ship to ship, I absolutely love the casino comp program.
  8. Absolutely, I been telling people its a huge mistake to pay for a gift card as they cant be used for Casino cash, so its not like cash its just a gift card. To commit to such a huge value as $500 in cruise spending is nonsense how many people actually spend $500 during their cruise? How bad are people with money managment to allow them selves to not only spend that much but actually buy gift cards.. my God horrific.
  9. You are getting far ahead of your self, SYNCROS is widely used by land based properties, cruiseships are not yet clients of this casino management tool. For optimum money churn you should always always be playing tables. It helps of course that I know 90% of the casino pit bosses personally by now after years of comp sailing, they polish up my playthrough rates in exchange I bring them customers, friends and promote the casino while I am walking around the ship. See true power lies with the pit boss because they decide and they keep track of who played how much and for how long, its a rudimentary archaic system that allows for personal exploitation you see. If I put down $1000 on craps but only play $50 on passline for an hour, its not uncommon for the playthrough to be recorded at 300 or 400% higher by the pit boss then I actually played because I know them and we got each other's back and casinos on ships have 0 way to verify individual level table games unless something is clearly off but I fly under the radar. Remember who you talking to, a legend in the casino comp community.
  10. Casinos reward you for "churned money" or playthrough. I am sure you heard of credit card "churners" right? Well what is less talked about are the "casino churners", a small but knowledgeable group of people who are using MS "manufactured spending" techniques in the casino to generate high play through to qualify for points. I myself am one of these people, I am fortunate to be able to be a prime member at the YourComped club and have been sailing free around the world on major cruise lines all compliments of the Casino. Matter of fact, I am going on a 12 day Hawaii cruise in December with Princess, all paid for by Princess. The casino doesn't discriminate between legitimate players and those who churn play through dollars, they aren't that sophisticated, so my free bonuses and comps keep coming. I consider my self one of the cleverest and most successful cruisers on the planet thank you very much.
  11. Well I go on FREE cruises comped by the casino. I haven't had to pay for a cruise since a few years back. See the real pros and expert cruisers don't pay for things like "run of the mill tourist" oh no, we get VIP service from the casino and get our cruises, drinks and credits COMPED. I spend my time in the casino grinding away making money, cruising is how I pass time and casino is how I pay the bills.
  12. My point is that just because you can afford to spend $500 on a gift card, doesn't mean you should and in most cases with any type of gift card its a waste. Gift cards have been economically studied for years and have been proven to time and time again benefit the corporation not the user. Unless your cruise is next week you most definately should NOT be buying gift cards. Any other decision will shine light on your poor money management and financially savvy mindset, yes I am calling those out who are foolish enough to partake in this ridiculous promotion.
  13. For a lot of people they bring and start with $500 cash first day and then slowly spin that over the cruise length by grinding the single deck BJ, waiting out a hot craps roll by lingering at a table sometimes for hours to get in at the right time, or waiting for a good roulette sequence. For many cruise passengers they end up paying the cost of their on board spending and sometimes even the trip it self via casino winnings. If you are struggling to cover your costs and not winning consistently at a casino (which has better odds by the way than land based casinos for reasons i can get into later if desired) then may i suggest investing into some books or articles on casino strategy.
  14. How can people justify spending $500+ during a pandemic and so much uncertainty? You have 0 clue what will happen to you physically, emotionally or mentally months from now.. there could be work restrictions, family restrictions, government restrictions, more outbreaks, unexpected delays, cancelations. No one is that well off financially to be able to gamble with $500, many of us are barely scrapping by after the blow to the economy from cv19. And if by chance your gift card can be salvaged due to a cancelation you are then stuck to find another Princess cruise, locked as a trapped customer. Can you see its a massive cash grab by Princess to help fuel the recovery and its the cruise passengers often noted for their easy tourist dollars and poor financial intelligence who are lining up to bolster Princess treasury, wake up people.
  15. Well for someone who spent 50 mins explaining why a cruise to Hawaii is almost always better than a land trip the TA was extremely passionate about it. If he had that many points to bring up and dedicated 50 mins to the conversation he basically made him self the authority on the topic and thus I responded with a forum post to let others know that a land vacation to Hawaii doesn't come close to what a cruise 🛳 offers based on his points. I am hyped and stocked.
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