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  1. Hello fellow RCCL cruisers The year before the shutdown we received at least 2 emails offering us free cruises via the casino based on moderate, but consistent, use of the casino (mostly video poker). At the time, I was surprised to get those offers since my use was not what I would have considered high. I would assume I am at a Choice level in Club Royale. But since the restart, we have received no offers at all (even since our S2S cruises in November where I spent more in the casino per cruise than I had during past cruises). At first I assumed that with so much FCC out there, the offers stopped because of a supply and demand issue. However, others have been receiving these offers recently and so that cannot be the problem. My new working hypothesis is that Royal is not sending them to us because we have FCC remaining. Has anyone received an offer (not directly a result of status, such a free cruise directly earned) since the restart that *does* have FCC remaining? We didn’t get to use the free offers prior to the shutdown as we already had paid cruises left to take and not enough free time available, I was hoping that we could in 2022. Thanks for sharing your experience!
  2. There have been a few people who suggested that the casino promo that has been running (the one shown in the attachment below offering free cruises / money-off offers from 800 pts and up during a single cruise) would bite the dust on May 1. Some hosts denied this was coming, others claimed the opposite. So for those on any RCCL ship now, does the promo continue, has it been replaced, or was it trashed?!
  3. This summer [July 22 - 29] I am taking my 1st ever cruise on Oasis of the Seas with my family! I am looking for information for first timers but don’t know where to look just yet. I just became an “insider” if that helps find the information I need for planning and learning about this cruise line. I’ve sailed with Disney 6 times so we are not new to cruising, just new to all the different offerings and options with Royal. I do have a travel agent but I really want to learn about this on my own and save the unusual questions for her. Can someone point me in the right direction? Also a big fan of the podcast, including the old days from WDW Today - thanks for everything over all the years Matt! Please help - thank you in advance!
  4. I was on the official website for royal and looking in my cruise information [july 22-29] and did not see any information regarding the casino. Anyone know where I can find information about the casino on Oasis? Specifically I am wondering if they have “bubble craps” - this is an automated version of the table game. If not, do they have craps tables? Any information or details on where else I can look would be great. Thanks in advance for the help
  5. What are your tips and tricks for the Casinos on board...other than great social fun. Slot machines to avoid or try? Other fun machine games? (Scratch off, coin pusher, video poker, etc.) What perks or rewards can you get if you win? (free drinks, credits) Learn to play- is it worth it if you already have a basic knowledge of games? you get 2 free drinks so it might be just for that. Tables - minimums to join? (Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold'em, Blackjack) Anyone have any good stories?
  6. I was on a cruise last week (feb 2020) and got my club royale prime membership. I want to ask if my prime status ends on march 31 this year and resets to zero or is it valid Until next year which is march 31, 2021? Thanks!!
  7. What is YOUR opinion?! Personally, I have no incentive to gamble on a cruise when I am handed an Instant FREE Jr. Suite as soon as I walk into a casino. For one reason, if I earn 8K points, I don't get a 2nd FREE Jr. Suite cruise & for another reason, getting a mere $500 or $750, if I do earn 8K points is an insult to my intelligence (it costs thousands to get 8K points). I also think that this Pilot Program was thrown together very sloppy. Not only can I not get a copy of the written rules & guidelines, but there are errors on the actual certificates being issued. (see attached) How does everyone else feel about Royal Caribbean's Pilot Program?!
  8. Well, look at what showed back up in MyVegas today. I don't think it's indicative of anything in particular, but it's good to see nonetheless.
  9. We got our first casino offer for a 'free' cruise!! Just now! So I called the casino folks and they had a pretty large selection of ships out of 3 Florida ports to choose from over the summer, I was kind of surprised at the big selection and that I even got the offer, they must have lowered the standards to get the offer haha Anyhoo, although the 7 night on Symphony (OMG!) or Harmony (wow really?!) are both included, DH is going to want to do a quick weekend trip to not miss as much work. What do I need to know about booking a casino cruise? I know we need to pay taxes and fees which came out to $177 for both of us, is it really that simple? I did check on upgrade price to go to a JS and it was about half the price that we were going to pay for us to take the same cruise before the offer so I'm pretty excited. Anything I need to know? Tips, things I haven't thought of? is it really that simple?
  10. Something very unexpectedly happened a few minutes ago. I got an email from the Celebrity Blue Chip Club, which is Celebrity's casino rewards program. I have never sailed on Celebrity yet I am showing as an "Elite" member. Now, I have no idea what level that is...probably the lowest...but as I have never set food in a Celebrity casino before, I was quite surprised to see this. The email is an offer to receive 20% off rooms and up to $125 in food/beverage credit at an MGM property. Not particularly interested in the offer but I am interested in how I managed to become enrolled in the Celebrity program. There has been chatter on CC about Royal and Celebrity combining their casino rewards programs and this is the first indication I have seen that maybe that has happened. We have hesitated to cruise on Celebrity b/c our casino status with Royal offers some perks that we don't want to sail without...but if they are reciprocating now (which was NOT the case in the past) then that could open up some options that we had not entertained (pun intended) before. I will ask Michelle to look into this when she returns from her cruise on Edge.
  11. I am hoping for some information. I heard that Grandeur's casino doesn't open on the first night when leaving Baltimore and closes the last day at 4. I have been on a cruise out of Baltimore on another line and their casino was open. Is this true? If so, my husband is NOT going to be happy. Any information would be appreciated!
  12. So, I just called to book my free annual prime cruise and then upgrade to a balcony or suite. In the past, we have always paid around 40% of the total cruise fare for the cabin we want to go to. So, for example, we booked a Grand Suite with last year's prime offer and paid $1,800 which was 40% of the current rate for that room. This year however, the prices to upgrade have increased significantly and we are now paying 70% of the going rate. I asked about it and she said that is the pricing they have and she couldn't tell me anything more. When I received the price, the "math" doesn't work either. If I get a free interior and only have to pay for taxes and fees, I am getting a discount of $1,220 (Total interior (cheapest) for the cruise we are looking at is 1,678 less taxes and fees of $398). When she priced out the upgrade to a balcony, the discount I received was less than the $1,220 which doesn't seem right! Currently annoyed because apparently they are taking away more perks from us again!!!! Has anyone else experienced this yet?
  13. I am on the June 10 sailing, and I was playing around with the app. It says the Casino is smoke free. I am almost certain this is wrong (WHAAAAAAAT, something on the new app is wrong???). Has anyone been on her lately that can confirm or deny this?
  14. hello, Would love ur opinion. So, the thing is is that we want to play at casino on cruise. But. Since port is not driving distance I would prefer not to bring lot of cash on me. And would prefer not to pay fee on taking out cash on debit card. So my question is about a royal Caribbean gift card. Do u know anything about the gift cards and if they are available for purchase now before cruise and then be available for use in casino on cruise. How would all that work. Please advise thanks.
  15. Hello All, Looking at the schedule of me and my boyfriends upcoming cruise in Dec 2019. And thinking it seems kinda hectic to me. Have few nights of specialty dinning planned, a Shore excursion for each of the 4 ports, and spa activities for at least 3 nights of the cruise. Having day and night planned with an activity seems like it would be exhausting. Am I overbooking me and my boyfriend? My question is is with a full day and a 2 hour dinner and hopefully see a show at night for entertainment, will me and my boyfriend be to tired to hit the casino at night? I wanna know anyone else who has planned most of the cruise days and the pros and cons. And any advice would be appreciated. Happy Cruising.
  16. Hello All, Second cruise with RC will be with my boyfriend again in Dec 2019 out of Tampa. We have a Shore excursion at every port and are doing a fun cheap Sushi class on a sea day and a cupcake decoration fun cheap class on the other sea day. Needless to say we are excited for this cruise in 300+ days. My question is is since we are flying to Tampa from NY day of the cruise how long is the Tampa airplane terminal to the cruise terminal by cab? Like half hour/hour? The cruise leaves at 4pm Dec 7, 2019. Also, side note called RC and turns out my boyfriend can purchase the deluxe bev package and I can purchace tge refreshment package since I don't drink due to meds I take. And any info on the casino on Rhapsody of the Seas we would love. Attached is the itinerary. We are so excited! Any info would be appreciated.
  17. This is so weird. Who the heck they employing for customer support. See my email exchange with Casino Royale support. I've asked three questions. I though that they were straightforward, is there a way to simplify them? Thank you for reaching out to Royal Caribbean’s Club Royale regarding your new casino credit offers available in the cruise planner. Q1: If I'm betting $ 100 promotional chip and win, do I: a) receive $ 100 in real chip and $ 100 promotional chip or b) $ 200 in real chips and promotional chip is taken by dealerA: You will be able to cash out any winnings with the cashier’s desk onboard. We cannot refund any promotional play not spent at the end of the cruise. Q2: Is dealer able to change higher denomination promotional chips at the table? Meaning: if I have $ 100 promotional chip and want t change to 4 x 25$ chips, can I do it at the table or do I have to go to cashier ? A: Our chips will be available in different amounts so you can change your bets as you need. Q3: Is time spent while playing with promotional chips qualified as play time that counts towards achieving tier level or certificate for future cruises ?A: Your play will be tracked based on the original amount of promotional chips purchased. You will not earn points from any ‘bonus chips’.
  18. Hello All, I am new to gambling and figured I would budget a few dollars to spend in the casino. I see that you get points when you gamble. How does that all work and how do they know who you are at the casino? I am going on the Mariner in about a month, so I like to be prepared. Any tips, advice and what not is appreciated. **Note: I only play slot machines, I don't play table games as I don't have that kind of money and I don't know how.**
  19. So this just happened. Casino Bonus from casino royal. 50$ for my boyfriend and 100$ for me. Just in time to book our Oct 2018 Bermuda cruise. happy cruising.
  20. Hello ALL, Cruising May 9, 2019 on Athem of the Seas. The ports will be Kings Wharf, Burmuda; Philipsburg, St Maarten; San Juan Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti. My question is do any of you know of any casinos at these ports?? If so please advise. So far we have an excursion for each port, but if there is a casino we can get to we would opt for that option. Our excursions are: Kings Wharf, Burmuda - Aquarium & Crystal Caves 4 hours and 30 mins. Philipsburg, St Maarten - St Maarten Island Charm 3 hours and 30 minutes. San Juan Puerto Rico - Mofongo and Mojitos 3 hours and 30 minutes. and for Labadee, Haiti - yacht experience 3 hours. If anyone has done any of these excursions I would love your input. Thanks in advance... Happy cruising.
  21. Hello all, Just came back from a 7 night Bahamas cruise leaving from NJ. We went May 11 to May 18 2018. During the cruise me and my boyfriend both got casino certificates on the second to last night to use for future cruise. I got 300$ and my boyfriend got 100$. we played alot of money in the casino this trip between the both of us. Just wondering what's the norm on these certificates? Has anyone got them before? How much do they usually give? What's the highest amount you ever got? happy cruising.
  22. Hello, My boyfriend and I are going on adventure of the seas on May 11, 2018. To Orlando, coco cay, and Nassau Bahamas. We like to gamble and would love to go to Atlantis in Bahamas to visit The casino. Does anyone know how far the cab ride is from ship to Atlantis? And about how much money to keep aside for cab going and coming back? Please advise.
  23. Does anyone know if there is poker in the Anthem's casino? If there is ... is it a computer table or live play? Seems that most cruise ships have removed poker from their ships. Wonder why?
  24. We just go back from our cruise and still get conflicting information on whether our $$ off casino certificates can be combined with casino VIP rates. On the ship, the Casino Host said yes along with another guest I spoke with. On my last call with RCL casino line they said no. What I have found out is on your last cruise if you get to 1,000 or 1,500 points (depends on ship our Casino Host said), you get the Casino VIP sticker for free drinks in the casino and the 5% convenience fee is waived for cash from Day 1 of the cruise. IN addition, we received our certificates in our room the next to last night and they based what we had in points so far to "guess" what we would get to after the second night. If we were higher they would change in the certificate. Now comes the real test - whether certificates and discounts can be combined! If not, I will just book with the casino rate from now on since that is more $$ off than the certificates get us. I will keep everyone posted!
  25. Hello, My boyfriend and I are going on a RC cruise in May 2018 to the Bahamas on Adventure of the Seas. One of the ports is Orlando Florida. My question is: would we be close enough to visit The Hard Rock Cafe while in port from 12 am to 9 pm.? We are casino fanatics and would like to go there on our own accord, not with a private journey. Any thoughts and/or info would be greatly appreciated.
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