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On 10/8/2021 at 12:52 PM, Va4fam said:

I have never received any offers from Casino Royale either?  I think my wife and kids are all linked to my email with RCI.  Is it necessary to remove them from my account in order to get offers?  

That’s exactly what I said.  Yes, they must be removed to get offers

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4 hours ago, AshleyDillo said:

True..and while we can blame Royal IT for not figuring out how to apply the 5% charge like they do at the cashier cage it will ultimately be abuse that makes them figure it out. 

Ashley, do you happen to know if there's a cap (either daily or for the duration of the cruise) for the advances? 

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1. Remember that the casino know you are captive , its not that you can go to other casino next door ... Therefore   you will see things like single odds craps tables and not so good odds at the machine (just my impression  anyway).

2. If you are playing the machines remember to check how many points you have at the last day. points can be converted to free play (without any impact on your status) for example if you have 1000 points you can  can convert them to 20$ of free play. Many people are not aware to it or just forget to do so.

3. Since its a cruise expect to see many first timers in the casino , do not be surprise to see people splitting 10s  or standing on 14 against a face card / taken a card on 13 against dealer 6. Anyone is allow to do it , you just need to decide if you want to keep playing there or go to another table. 

4. Check during the first day if you got any free play , many time the casino will give everyone between 5 to 100 $ in free play which is good only for the first two days.

5. Ask the Casino manager how many points you accumulate during the last day , mainly if you played the tables , sometimes you are entitle to some cruise vouchers which are not automatically being processed.

6. Always show your card and use it at the machines , even if you are going to play just with 20$ , remember , its not about how much money you put at the beginning its about how much you played with this 20$ . For example if you are playing blackjack and play 20$ each hand for two hours and you win every second hand and lose the following one you considered as you played average 20$ for two hours . Same with the machine , if you started with 20$ and played for 1 hour 5 $ each hit,  winning every second hit (in average) you actually played total of  1800 $ (5$*60 minutes * 6 (playing every 10 second) .

7. Do not start a game few minutes before  a show or dinner time , saw many people that got good hands  , saying "just one more hand" and missed shows/dinner , its never good for the relationship 🙂 

8.  Remember your plans for the next day , you don't  want to play until 2-3 am when you have early excursions ... 

9. If you used the option of getting money from your on board account and you are lucky enough to win some money and hold to it until the end of the cruise , consider to go to the guest services and pay your on board account using cash  , (that is if you are not collecting points on your credit card , in that case ignore it)

10. Have fun , you are on vacation not at work ...

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I have to agree with so many about a lot of tips, both for gambling on Royal and gambling in general. My September trip on Oasis was my first Royal cruise, and I told myself before I went that I was only going to play what I could afford to lose. Unfortunately for me, I didn't keep that number constant. I kept letting the siren song of the casino draw me back, telling myself I could lose a little more and still be okay, and I ended up a lot more down than I planned. Not to the point where I've wrecked a bunch of things, but it did definitely make me kick myself. From now on, it's hard-and-fast limits plus any free play/earned play from points...then done.

On the upside, after a reminder earlier in this thread to check offers, I see that the points I earned have already gained me a $100 instant-savings certificate, which will come in handy. Still, lesson learned -- walk away when I win and know how much I can truly stand to lose.

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On 10/9/2021 at 3:27 PM, AshleyDillo said:

True..and while we can blame Royal IT for not figuring out how to apply the 5% charge like they do at the cashier cage it will ultimately be abuse that makes them figure it out. 

During one of our last pre-pandemic cruises,  hubby was trying to download funds from our credit card for the second time on a slot machine, and noticed that it would no longer do so. He had planned to use the money that he cashed out in other slot machines and at table games.  A staff member in the casino told him that so many people try to use the slot machines as a free ATM that they allow people to use it only once and then they lock them out. After verifying that hubby was a Prime member and that he was truly trying to gamble on the slot machines, etc., they did something to unlock him and he was able to continue the process. 
 

Now we just charge the money we  will use to our room - it’s tied to our credit card, there are no extra fees, and we earn double points with the credit card.  
 

If we do want actual cash, we both are currently Prime, and they will waive the transaction fee for Prime and higher-level members. However, we no longer see any point  in carrying around large amounts of cash. 
 

 

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On 10/8/2021 at 9:32 AM, leesam82 said:

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Another piece of advice for new gamblers is definitely go to the learn and play. This goes for any casino really. They are always more than happy to help you learn the game. 

So looking at the cruise planner for one of my upcoming cruises this year yet, I saw under Internet & More the below with this in the detailed explanation "Learn to Play is only available on Day 1 and 2 of your sailing. Check the Cruise Compass for gaming lesson times and check-in with one of our dealers"

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my question is can this also be purchased when on board or is it pre-purchase only?

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2 hours ago, CruiseGus said:

So looking at the cruise planner for one of my upcoming cruises this year yet, I saw under Internet & More the below with this in the detailed explanation "Learn to Play is only available on Day 1 and 2 of your sailing. Check the Cruise Compass for gaming lesson times and check-in with one of our dealers"

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my question is can this also be purchased when on board or is it pre-purchase only?

My understanding is Learn and play can be attended without booking in the cruise planner. As it shows up in the cruise compass without a $ next to it.   I was on Adventure and Oasis and pre purchased this in the cruise planner.  The dealers had no idea I had purchased it.  At the end of the lesson session go to the cashier and tell them you attended and get your $25 back in slot money or chips, mine also included 2 free drink vouchers valid at the casino bar.  I’m not sure if this is how it works on other ships.

btw, my last sailing the lessons were on Day 1,3,5 and we had no idea ahead of time.  They also adjusted the time of the lesson on day one, our ship left early, so I arrived the last 5 minutes, no one checked to see if I was there the whole time, I just made my way to the cashier, forked over my sea pass  card and asked for my chips and drink vouchers.

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