DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

How many cruisers out there use the "free" offers from the Casinos for cruising?

Several casino chains now offer free or reduced cruises for Princess and Carnival.  Free cabin for two BUT you do have to pay port fees and taxes which is nominal.  You don't need to be a "high roller" to qualify and there are no hidden costs.  Anybody out there sailing this way?  Also, how many of you are comped free cruises or cash by the ship for playing on board?

Tags: Free Cruises Gambling Casino

8 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I've gotten a few "reduced rate" cruises, but have never taken them up on them.

If it were to be a "free" cruise, I would probably take them up on it.

(Then again, the penny slots don't help my chances of that happening very wellHappy)

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

There is a member of our social group that gets free cruises and stuff, but he is a professional gambler and travels all over to play cards. Most time it seems he gets free air and hotels.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Stations Casinos which owns numerous properties in Las Vegas reward players based on play (not necessarily dollar amount) and points that are earned when a multiplier day is in play can really add up...therefore that 20 cent penny machine bet is worth $2.00 on a 10x multiplier day.  I have been given a free 10 day cruise by Princess when all I played out of pocket was $100.  BUT i was lucky and kept rolling the same money over and over so it's difficult to tell.  The casino host said how long and how often you play is definitely a factor .

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I wish! I need to find these cruises. I know "free" is never FREE but I would take up any chance for cruising. But it would have to be based on time played and not necessarily a tourney or cash because I'm a penny slots person... Would be a nice way to expand my brand horizons too.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I think it is based on money played through the machine (it doesn't necessarily have to be your money; it includes winnings that you played).

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Guess we aren't gamblers because we've never seen any "free cruise" offers at casinos. It may also be that we have to go to the next state over to gamble. It's not worth the driving time, so we don't.  When a full-service casino hits our state, we'll check it out. Honestly,  with all the legal roadblocks erected in advance of actual building, it will be a miracle if it ever happens.

maryred
Contributor Level: Third Mate

I routinely use the on board casino's reduced and "free" cruises with great success. Even when I calculate the price of the port taxes and other fees along with my losing wagers I'm usually getting my cabin for less than the lowest "we pick your inside room" bookings. To me it's a great way to feed my cruising addiction, while having fun on board.

But even though I live less than an hour from the 8 remaining casinos in Atlantic City I rarely see promotions from these land based casinos with a cruise or even other travel being offered as a perk. Besides the one for Celebrity that I qualified for playing Resort's online casino, the last promo for a free cruise I was aware of (& I have the basic Comp cards & get mailers each month from all but the Golden Nugget in AC) was the grand prize for a slot tourney held at Tropicana casino in September '15 and that was co-sponsored by a local radio station.

So like others I would be interested in knowing which casinos are offering free cruises and what card level it's being offered to, regardless of which line it is on. Perhaps a new thread section could be started.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Station Casinos owns and operates Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, Wildfire Rancho and Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel and Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel, Wildfire Boulder, Wildfire Sunset Casino and in Henderson, Nevada. They offer Princess Cruises either free or at discounted rates depending upon your play.

Caesars Entertainment (previously Harrahs) owns and operates casinos all over the US including riverboats and are generally named Harrahs . They offer Carnival Cruises either free or at discounted rates depending upon your play.

 

Both casino chains used to have giveaways with semi-expensive "junk" that they gave away on a regular basis.  The cruise program allows them to reward their customers with a better "prize" in the form of a cruise and I would guess they are well compensated by the various cruise lines for sending casino players..  

 

Go to the casino websites and see benefits tabs.

 

 

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