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Just thought I would share a recent experience I had with Club Royale... Just so you know I have been a member since 2011 and even though they have changed dramatically its how I still book all my cruises... So I am already going on the June 29th Mariner cruise that I booked using certificates from Club Royale. My other friends said they wanted to go on the July 13th Mariner sailing and would I like to go. Well I currently don't have any certificates to use as I am also going on the July 21 Harmony sailing so I told my friends I would call Club Royale and if they can give me a decent deal I will do it. So I called this morning and asked what kind of "Casino Rate" I could get on this Mariner sailing. The man said do you have any certificates or offers you would like to use. I said no currently I don't. He then said would you mind holding so I can look into what I can do for you. I said sure and when he came back he said ok good news based on your play I can offer you a Comped Balcony room for 2 and I would only have to pay for taxes and fees. I was pleasently surprised by this as I thought maybe they would take 50% off but no fully comped. They gave me a nice room also right on the hump. Anyway the reason I am sharing this story is I strongly feel it really depends who you get on the phone when you call. If you call club Royale and you don't hear the answer you want call back and see if someone else offers you something better. I got lucky this time and got what I wanted on the first try but I think when it comes to club Royale it takes patience.  I forgot to mention about my play. I play blackjack and bet $50 a hand and play around 6 hours a day. sometimes more sometimes less depends on if I am winning and for a week spend about $2,500- $3,000 which at that level is where I find you start to get some good comps. Feel free to ask me any questions. I just felt I would share a recent experience. - Stephanie  

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I keep calling until I get an answer I want too!  We recently booked a 2 Bedroom Royal Family Suite for 4 of us.  I called to get the casino rate (no certificates) and one person said it was going to be $6,000 (normal website price was $7400).  I say no way.  I call back a few days later and get a different person.  He puts me on hold for a bit and comes back and says $2,500 for the four of us.  He said if the other couple could prove that they gambled on land he could do better.  They don't gamble at all so we paid the $2,500.  I think an almost $5,000 discount off this type of suite was a big win!!

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37 minutes ago, Boston Babe said:

So the bottom line is, you really need to spend between $2000 to $5000 per sailing to get these kinds of discounts, am I on the right track? 

We don't gamble at all but if that's what you have to spend in the casino then it's not really a discount is it? 

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1 hour ago, Boston Babe said:

So the bottom line is, you really need to spend between $2000 to $5000 per sailing to get these kinds of discounts, am I on the right track? 

 

45 minutes ago, Sabrinaklai said:

We don't gamble at all but if that's what you have to spend in the casino then it's not really a discount is it? 

It's not really how much you've spent (i.e., lost), it's how much you've cumulatively bet, which is a whole different thing. If you are like the OP and bet $50 a hand at blackjack, you could bet a total of $2,500-$3,000 while only being out of pocket for $500 or $1,000 if your play is good, you have some decent luck (and all good table mates who also know proper betting strategy!), and you can manage to win a fair bit more often than you lose.

On the other hand, you could be a blackjack player like me and be out of pocket for $300 in 20 minutes! :4_joy:

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41 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

On the other hand, you could be a blackjack player like me and be out of pocket for $300 in 20 minutes! :4_joy:

Well, like I've said before, considering the fact that I can't win anything, not even a free coffee, I think I'll just have to pay for my cruises out of pocket and look for deals from TAs lol.

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Stephanie, it’s good to hear from you !  Glad to know you are still getting good results from CR !  Did you ever get your Star Class cruise ?

Nice job on the comped balcony. Best we’ve ever done is comped ocean view.  I totally agree that you should never accept the first answer you get if you don’t like the answer.  Always try again...or better yet, let your TA haggle with them !

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13 hours ago, Boston Babe said:

So the bottom line is, you really need to spend between $2000 to $5000 per sailing to get these kinds of discounts, am I on the right track? 

Well Yes, but I also WIN... so I can spend $2,000-$3,000 and walk away with $10,000... I did this on Allure last summer... They really care about Average bet and time spent in the casino... When I was on Allure last summer I was on a huge Roll... I was doing so well one night I was spending $300 a hand for hours which really helped my average bet.. That cruise I was doing so well I was spending about 10 hours a day in the casino and the pit boss was joking with me that I spend more time in the casino then him lol. So bottom line they don't care if you Win. They care how much you wager and how long you spend per day gambling

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12 hours ago, Sabrinaklai said:

We don't gamble at all but if that's what you have to spend in the casino then it's not really a discount is it? 

As I said sometimes I spend that much but also win... On Allure last summer I started with $3,000 but walked away with $10,000 at the end of the week so I won $7,000 net. I got a free balcony stateroom on that sailing and $7,000 so to me it was worth it.

 

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5 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Stephanie, it’s good to hear from you !  Glad to know you are still getting good results from CR !  Did you ever get your Star Class cruise ?

Nice job on the comped balcony. Best we’ve ever done is comped ocean view.  I totally agree that you should never accept the first answer you get if you don’t like the answer.  Always try again...or better yet, let your TA haggle with them !

Hey Raye, I never did get that Star Class suite.. I really do still want it but since I live in Florida so close to the port I basically have been going on more cruises vs getting a nicer room. On my last several cruises the BlackJack gods have been nice to me and I have been winning. When that happens I can bet more and play for more hours and I have been walking away with the Balcony certificates. I never can use the dates on the back but I combine them with my friend and we make our own "free" cruises. My next cruise is a quick 5 nighter on Navigator on March 25. I asked today if the "new program" will be ready for my sailing but of course they couldn't confirm if it will be. I just really want to see what "tier" I fall into but I guess I still have to wait. I hope you are doing well and I'm glad you love Star class. One day I will get there... 

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14 hours ago, Sabrinaklai said:

On the other hand, you could be a blackjack player like me and be out of pocket for $300 in 20 minutes! 

LOL I agree!! and like @Sabrinaklai said, I NEVER win at anything. Except one time at a fundraiser I won a Doll House!! LOL Sold it for $200!:4_joy:

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On 2/26/2018 at 2:46 PM, Boston Babe said:

So the bottom line is, you really need to spend between $2000 to $5000 per sailing to get these kinds of discounts, am I on the right track? 

 

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4 minutes ago, Bette said:

My first trip I won $10,000 on slots and lost back about $4,000 before the 9 day cruise ended and have been getting free balcony stateroom cruises ever since.  Going on my third this summer.

Wait are you telling me you're still getting comped cruises without renewing your Prime (or above) status from year to year? Surely you're still gambling on the free cruises you went on afterwards right?

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5 hours ago, Bette said:

I did gamble on the cruises since the original, but not much.

Oh that's good to know, I always assumed they'd stop sending you email or snail mail offers once you've lowered your play on the free cruises. Of course I know you probably still have to at least reach Prime level. 

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On 2/26/2018 at 5:15 PM, JLMoran said:

 

It's not really how much you've spent (i.e., lost), it's how much you've cumulatively bet, which is a whole different thing. If you are like the OP and bet $50 a hand at blackjack, you could bet a total of $2,500-$3,000 while only being out of pocket for $500 or $1,000 if your play is good, you have some decent luck (and all good table mates who also know proper betting strategy!), and you can manage to win a fair bit more often than you lose.

On the other hand, you could be a blackjack player like me and be out of pocket for $300 in 20 minutes! :4_joy:

Me too!!!

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53 minutes ago, Miller Lite said:

Nice win! Just kills me how they give out W2's for US based sailings when Florida has casino cruises that are tax free (no W2's issued). 

Yeah it is really annoying. I agree

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On 7/7/2019 at 5:34 PM, tonyfsu21 said:

2 weeks ago on Mariner playing the wheel of fortune machine with the gold spin. I hit a gold spin and it landed on 15 x multiplier and then the wheel of fortune hit $250 so it was a $250 x 15. $3,750.00. Fun night in the casino.

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Nice!!! Last February on the Jewel I watched a guy drop over 1.2k on this machine and he finally decided to quit cause his wife made him. I sat down after him and put in $200 and it quickly went from $200 to $26 before I hit the gold spin. Got the 15X on the bonus wheel and $100 on the wheel of fortune wheel for $1500. I felt bad cause the dude that dropped the 1200 decided to watch me. I still remember the look on his face. I can't imagine the mood between the two of them afterwards, his wife was right to make him quit, but I bet he prob argued back later about how he would've gotten all his losses back had she not made him quit cause he was pretty reluctant to quit at the time.

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On the Casino Royale note, lately I've noticed that the cost to upgrade if you have a free cruise has gone way up.  Wish me luck because tomorrow I'm going to try to get them to honor the difference between an interior and exterior on the website which is $50 per person.  When we originally booked using the free certificate it was very high to upgrade.

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