New casino card lets players earn rewards on three cruise lines

By Rosemary McClure

Cruisers who love to hit the ship's casino — and count on scoring rewards when they do — might hit pay dirt with a new program called Casinos at Sea.

The payoff: Players can earn and consolidate rewards on any one of three lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises.

Rewards may be cashed in for stateroom and suite discounts as well as free play and onboard credit on any ship in the three fleets.

That means that if you're bored with the casino you've been playing at, you can choose from 24 different casinos across the fleets — and try 4,000 games.

Cruise line officials say it also means there are many more itineraries open to members to cash in their rewards, plus additional amenities and a larger array of on-board restaurants.

How do you sign up for the new program?

You can do it on board any Norwegian, Oceania or Regent Seven Seas ship at the Players Desk. You’ll be issued a new personalized Players Card, which allows you to claim benefits and rewards whenever you play in the casinos on those three lines.

Players progress through five tiers of rewards: Jade, Pearl, Sapphite, Ruby and Elite, which qualify them for nearly 20 benefits and rewards depending on the cruise line.

Beginners start at Jade and after earning 5,000 points make it to the Pearl level. They receive one point for each $5 they spend on reef and video slots, and one point for each $10 they earn on video poker. Table games receive points based on the average bet and other factors.

Points can be used toward charges on the final bill or can be used for a future cruise. Membership is free and players must be at least 18 to join.

Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times


5 Answers

Sounds like the cruise industry just got more interesting (for those who gamble).Wink

I have an associate who when not running his own company, spends a lot of time in Las Vegas at poker tournaments. He has been approached to play cards on a cruise, I don't know which one but there is a lot of money involved. I don't cruise enough with those lines to get the card, but I'm sure some do.

Giving away "free cruises" has become very popular in Vegas and all of our casinos have some sort of program for earning points that earn you a cruise. BIG difference is that you have a much longer time period to earn it. This card would necessitate some really heavy duty play in a very short period of time ... nice if you're lucky, but a bad deal if you lose ...

If my memory is correct, DVCruise gave a nice dissertation about gambling and perks about cruise gambling a while ago which I hope to try next cruise. (Bet low, bet often, look good).

OK, I may have to settle for 2 out of 3.

I like this concept. Hope it expands to other cruise lines (Princess - are you listening!!)

Princess has given me several free cruises for "gambling" ... On a 7 day cruise, if you "roll over" approximately $500, you will receive an offer. I do suggest that you schmooz up to the Casino hosts early on in the cruise ... Even playing locally lately in Vegas, we have noticed a different "trend" in the ways the machines seem to pay off... Betting the "MAX" no longer pays off the way it used to and on some "40 Line" machines a bet of 10 cents x 3 (10 Lines x 3) $.30 will pay off more often and higher than 40 cents x 5 (40 Lines x 5) $2.00. In terms of earning points, the longer the money lasts, the more points you earn.

I have hit over 5 "taxable" (amount over $1199) jackpots on cruises and all of them were on machines that were "progressives" ... Watch for machines that pay a progressive whether or not you are playing the max (e.g. Fisherman Bob) ...


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