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Has anyone had experience recently with the arcade, and using credits? I've been reading stories on the boards that are all over the place with regards to: having problems with credits, having problems checking the balance, having problems with spending limits at the arcade, etc.

I pre-purchased the sale credits in the Planner for my teens ($40 for $50 worth of credit). I also see the most recent C&A onboard offer for teens is 'buy $50 worth of arcade credit and get $25 back' so that seems like a better deal if it is easily redeemed and maybe I should cancel my planner purchase. Has anyone successfully used this C&A deal? Did you get the credit, either applied to balance or refunded back to card at the end of the cruise? 

I'm also wondering if minors can still override daily spending limits on their cards by purchasing at the arcade? Any recent experience with this? And current practice for checking arcade credit balance?

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27 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

I just know the arcade on Liberty was junk. Half the games were turned off and half of the ones that were on didn't work.

We're on Allure although your comment definitely makes me want to lean towards cancel the planner credits and (maybe after we check it out) book on the ship!

 

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I purchase the arcade every cruise. The purchase is made in cruise planner under my teens name, she knows it's a 50.00 limit and it's tethered to her sea pass card. She keeps track and asserts there is a clear way in the arcade to see your balance. Now. IF she goes over the charges are there on her seapass card, I keep an eye for this also. 

We pay 40.00 she gets 50.00 of play and if she goes over it's usually 2.00 to 5.00. She is 15 and enjoys the independence of it. Our last sailing she was with a friend so we did the 80.00/100.00 play package. 

She struggled to spend the credits on the Odyssey she didn't like that arcade.  We always purchase before we sail.

OMG I asked her how she finds out her balance. " I GO TO THE CASINO!" Oh brother I had no idea. Now I'm going to look into this arcade credit promotion above!🤦‍♀️

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We last sailed over Christmas and then back in August. On both sailings, half the arcade games were closed for social distancing. 

Also, I prepurchased arcade credits on both of those sailings for my kids. We had problems with both. In August, the kids' cards didn't work in the arcade and the credits weren't loaded. Over Christmas, the wrong dollar amounts were loaded.

I am not prepurchasing any credits going forward based on those experiences. But, based on your original post, I am definitely going to look into the C&A onboard offer.

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23 hours ago, Neesa said:

OMG I asked her how she finds out her balance. " I GO TO THE CASINO!" Oh brother I had no idea. Now I'm going to look into this arcade credit promotion above!🤦‍♀️

Yep - this was what I was reading about checking the balance, LOL!

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20 hours ago, roundabout said:

In September on Oasis, $25 credit was posted to account on the last day of the cruise.  Make sure minor's card is used in arcade, offer is only for minors.

Really good to know, thank you! I'm going to cancel my planner credits and wait until we're on the ship. If the arcade is functioning in a way that will be fun for my teens, I'll have them use the C&A deal by purchasing the credits with their own SeaPass cards.

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@roundabout - did your young person buy the whole $50 in credits at one time, or was it spent a bit at a time, adding up to at least $50 total? I feel like it would be easier to keep track if it wasn't "credits" but rather just 'at least $50' spent in the arcade prior to the last day.

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On 3/30/2022 at 4:40 PM, Neesa said:

OMG I asked her how she finds out her balance. " I GO TO THE CASINO!" Oh brother I had no idea. Now I'm going to look into this arcade credit promotion above!🤦‍♀️

Why does she need to go to the Casino? Every swipe at the arcade, the game tells you the balance on the card and asks if you'd like to proceed. You can click "no" and it won't deduct anything.

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New Random question about games and items in the arcade: My children are avid collectors of the squished penny's from the roller type machines; they typically have 4 designs to pick from and with 4 kids it works out well.   To the ships in the fleet have these?   This will be our first cruise so I am not sure how to answer when the question came up at dinner the other night while discussing the Cruise.

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1 hour ago, forttfn97 said:

 To the ships in the fleet have these? 

Yes! I have seen them on several ships. I can't say for sure which ships have them or that all of them do, but I know I recently saw one of these machines, either on Harmony or Oasis since those are the ones I've been on recently.

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1 hour ago, forttfn97 said:

New Random question about games and items in the arcade: My children are avid collectors of the squished penny's from the roller type machines; they typically have 4 designs to pick from and with 4 kids it works out well.   To the ships in the fleet have these?   This will be our first cruise so I am not sure how to answer when the question came up at dinner the other night while discussing the Cruise.

There's one in the American Icon dining room on Anthem of the Seas!

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On 3/31/2022 at 7:21 PM, jbrinkm said:

@roundabout - did your young person buy the whole $50 in credits at one time, or was it spent a bit at a time, adding up to at least $50 total? I feel like it would be easier to keep track if it wasn't "credits" but rather just 'at least $50' spent in the arcade prior to the last day.

Apologies somehow missed this 😐 credits machine did not work anyway and our young lady spent >$50 over several days.

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On 5/27/2022 at 6:06 PM, roundabout said:

Apologies somehow missed this 😐 credits machine did not work anyway and our young lady spent >$50 over several days.

No problem! My kids ended up not using the arcade at all this cruise! They were busy with port stops and free activities, and when they were interested in the arcade, it always ended up being closed. I did ask this question at the help desk and they confirmed what you said - the amount accumulates over the cruise and once they hit $50, they get the benefit.

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