Are the casinos owned/run by the cruise lines?

Curious if the casinos are owned/run by the cruise lines, or are they tenant businesses that pay for space on the ships? Know someone who gambles a lot and ends up with "comps" (free cruises) and able to use those comp'd rooms across several different lines - outside a line. Example: Wins on Carnival but can use the comp'd cruise on Celebrity. (Just has to pay taxes on the cruises she accepts the comps.)

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Carnival and Royal are both owned by the parent company for all their individual lines. Casino is way too profitable to let someone else take the lions share. Getting comps across multiple lines typically involves the use of an independent casino host who arranges the cruises for the individual based on "selling" their gambling history to each of the cruise line's casino organizations.

You got it exactly right.....and considering how the slots are "adjusted" for their captive patrons, and if you know someone who "gambles alot" getting those comps, up to and including "free cruises" can get VERY expensive, even if they seem to like only table games......Im glad you replied so objectively georgevw….I worked in the seedier side of the biz for almost 20 years in 3 different joints...the part nobody likes to talk about...when you have credit lines splashed across 5-6-7 or more joints...and can't pay..peeps who brag about their gambling wins, and so on, and their comps, now get a BIG laff out of me....back in the day, people who actually WORKED in the biz thought they were disgusting...but...I guess I should be grateful to them....provided me AND the wife an excellent living and early retirement...we don't even want to walk THROUGH a casino, ashore or at sea...(not to mention that they usually stink...)

Carnival and Royal are different companies. Carnival doesn't own RCL they're competitors. Royal owns Celebrity and Azumara and a new luxury line. Carnival owns Holland America and Costa (sister company). They are competitors - that's why I asked the question.

I have no idea about the casinos since I rarely if ever gamble.

the casinos are getting worse, catering to the more than casual gambler. Where it used to be a form of entertainment, it is becoming a major source of revenue. Especially since it isn’t regulated, they can adjust all the machines as they please. On NCL its difficult to even find a $5 table.

Its getting to the point I’d rather eat my money with a nice dressing than give it to the casino.

Why an experienced gambler would test his skills on a cruise ship is beyond me.

Good question. It appears most still retain management control and ownership over their casinos, however some do contract out the management and some manage but partner with other gambling concerns, which might explain the interface for casino awards between vessels of different lines.

Thanks for the thoughtful reply - I suspected that which you proposed.

Found out on my last cruise, per one of the ship's hospitality officers - Casinos are operated by a 3rd party company, that's how you can get comp'd between lines. Cruise lines get a % of the take, but do not own the people or machines/tables. (Contracted out) Similar to how Celebrity and other cruise lines use Canyon River to operate the spas.


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