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#1
Upstate NY
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Joined Feb 2010
So...we got a postcard from NCL Casino at Sea with a free cruise offer....

I checked it out online...blah blah blah....so, finally yesterday I called to get the details...............

Of course the 'free' cabin was an inside stateroom and we would have to pay for taxes & fees (as expected).....I inquired about upgrading to a balcony....and the total, for 2, with taxes & fees would be approx $780!! And we can use our $250 cruise certificate too! (so, $530 today) (This would be for the EPIC in early Dec)...we would also have to fly to Miami (approx $600 r/t, or less for both of us)....
So...for approx $1100 we can take a 7night cruise on the EPIC...I think that is a pretty sweet deal!! Of course my husbands' first question was 'how much to upgrade to a suite?'....But, I'll be happy with the balcony...(plus hubby gets $50 in free play)....

We have until the end of July to decide.............(no brainer, right?)

The only thing that is making my husband hesitant is the we just got back from a 4 day cruise (nyc to canada) and in Sept we are going on an 8 day cruise to Bermuda....so our 'cruise fund' account is pretty wiped out right now....BUT IT'S SUCH A GREAT DEAL!!
#2
1 hour north of nyc
2,042 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by AnitaVacation
So...we got a postcard from NCL Casino at Sea with a free cruise offer....

I checked it out online...blah blah blah....so, finally yesterday I called to get the details...............

Of course the 'free' cabin was an inside stateroom and we would have to pay for taxes & fees (as expected).....I inquired about upgrading to a balcony....and the total, for 2, with taxes & fees would be approx $780!! And we can use our $250 cruise certificate too! (so, $530 today) (This would be for the EPIC in early Dec)...we would also have to fly to Miami (approx $600 r/t, or less for both of us)....
So...for approx $1100 we can take a 7night cruise on the EPIC...I think that is a pretty sweet deal!! Of course my husbands' first question was 'how much to upgrade to a suite?'....But, I'll be happy with the balcony...(plus hubby gets $50 in free play)....

We have until the end of July to decide.............(no brainer, right?)

The only thing that is making my husband hesitant is the we just got back from a 4 day cruise (nyc to canada) and in Sept we are going on an 8 day cruise to Bermuda....so our 'cruise fund' account is pretty wiped out right now....BUT IT'S SUCH A GREAT DEAL!!
So promise yourself that you won't drink, you won't do any excursions that could/would cost money and your time will be spent either on the ship (even while in port if necessary) and you'll only head to a reasonably close beach so the expense to get there would be limited. And then stick to it, so that DH can't say you went way over budget drinking etc.
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#3
Upstate NY
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Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by smrtypnts
So promise yourself that you won't drink, you won't do any excursions that could/would cost money and your time will be spent either on the ship (even while in port if necessary) and you'll only head to a reasonably close beach so the expense to get there would be limited. And then stick to it, so that DH can't say you went way over budget drinking etc.
lol...thanks! But I'm sure I can rebuild the 'cruise fund' for some fun before then....it's just right now its pretty wiped out....lol...if I dont buy groceries for the rest of the month I could pay it....eating is so over-rated anyway...lol
#4
Central Ohio
3,108 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Congratulations.

We just booked a free one from the Harrah's (Caesar's now I guess) chain and the cost was just about the same. We chose the Spirit out of NOLA which was the same one we took in March. Between the ship not leaving until 1:30 a.m. and rain and clouds the whole trip we decided to try a do-over.

We just got back from a three week vacation and each of us had a card in our held mail from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. That would have been TWO more free NCL cruises. We were actually in Florida the day that we had to be there to pick up the cruises. It would have only been about a 120 mile detour from where we were heading (Captiva Island). We're a little bummed about missing that opportunity.
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#5
2,088 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Wow-great deal for a balcony on the EPIC! Certainly not a "free" cruise, but I doubt you'd get this good of a deal without that CAS offer. Score!
#7
158 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Last April I had received an offer from CAS for a complimentary stateroom on 5 select cruises but didn't have the time to use the offer. Yesterday I decided to book the Epic in October and gave CAS a call to see what they could offer me. Without an offer already out there I was ready to accept the 20% standing discount. To my great surprise after checking my level of play on the only other NCL cruise that I've been on, the CAS rep offered me a balcony at the tax and port fees rate, about $520. The cruise is being offered on the website for a little over $2000 for a balcony so I was happy with the CAS discount seeing how I was planning on spending $1600 ($2000 minus 20%). The morale of the story is to call CAS before booking, regardless if you have an offer in hand. You never know what you're going to get.
#8
87 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
Wife and I also received one in the mail and booked on the Epic for 560.00 for two inside but still what a deal
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#9
Upstate NY
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Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by ColinIllinois
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?

Thanks.
I'm not sure.....hubby didnt tell me how much he lost....but I'm guessing it was between $500-$1000.....probably more in the $700-$800 range....
#10
1 hour north of nyc
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Joined Jan 2005
Originally posted by AnitaVacation
lol...thanks! But I'm sure I can rebuild the 'cruise fund' for some fun before then....it's just right now its pretty wiped out....lol...if I dont buy groceries for the rest of the month I could pay it....eating is so over-rated anyway...lol
OMG--You're too funny!!
I am so happy for you--and you don't have to "give up" a thing, as I had sadly suggested.
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#11
Louisiana, USA
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Joined Jul 2003
I would think if he only lost around $700-$1,000, you may just qualify for a 20% discount. I lost a whole lot more than that and received an outside cabin. You never know though, so give them a call !
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#12
Upstate NY
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Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by Abear2
I would think if he only lost around $700-$1,000, you may just qualify for a 20% discount. I lost a whole lot more than that and received an outside cabin. You never know though, so give them a call !
Our offer was for a free inside cabin....extra to upgrade to a balcony (but not much).....I honestly dont think he lost more then $1000....but he played everyday....win some/lose some....maybe I should ask him....lol (I probably don't want to know...lol)
#15
NJ
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Joined Aug 2004
For everyone who gets the CAS offers, are you slot players or table games?

On a cruise I go to the casino every day but I am a table games person and I have never received any offers. I just may not be gambling "enough money" but time wise I am there.

I play a slot machine here and there but I like my card games


Also do they give you anything if you already have a cruise booked?
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#17
NJ
259 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
I decided to just call CAS to see if I can get anything

The girl looked up my play from my last cruise and said she cannot offer me anything at this time.

Oh well
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#18
Texas
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Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by ColinIllinois
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?

Thanks.
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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#19
Texas
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Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by WannaCruiseSoon
For everyone who gets the CAS offers, are you slot players or table games?

On a cruise I go to the casino every day but I am a table games person and I have never received any offers. I just may not be gambling "enough money" but time wise I am there.

I play a slot machine here and there but I like my card games


Also do they give you anything if you already have a cruise booked?
Edit: WannaCruise - didn't see your post about calling and getting your tracking. So obviously you do use a CAS card at the tables. That also changes the second part of my answer too, so I'll drop that.EDIT.

To answer your other question: My DW and I are both slot players. As an aside, I believe you get better play tracking, $ for $, on the slots, since it's done by computer and every $ you play is recorded. Your tracking at the table depends entirely on the pit boss, who may be busy, distracted, or other wise uninterested, and might undervalue your play. Conversely, I guess they might overvalue it too, but I doubt that. But in the end, what you play is a matter of what you enjoy.
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#20
Long Island
797 Posts
Joined May 2010
Originally posted by BearClaw28
I got my offer from CAS after a single cruise where I was at the craps table every night.
Ok, I'm a craps player.
So, did you play for hours every night?
Was you pass line bet more then the minimum?
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