To many gambler's on board

Crying was just wanting to say the last Cruise on the brilliance from March 2nd to March 6th.  As always Royal Caribbean produces a good Cruise however this one time I believe that the Royal Casino booked entirely too many gamblers on board. it was impossible to get inside the casino,every machine was taken. people had to stand in line just  to lose their money. There were over 700 Cruisers booked under the Royal Casino. Making the casino experience awful.

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I'm no gambler but am curious - I ran into a couple a few cruises back (a Princess ship) - the fellow (claimed to be a chaplain) was in an inside cabin directly across from me (Dolphin deck?) - and claimed that he didn't pay a cent for his cabin - that it was "comped" because of his active gambling - even claimed that he had "come out ahead" on his previous trip. Does anyone know how this works?

I can speak to how it works on Princess ... not sure on other lines. As you play, you accumulate points on your cruise card. Depending upon the length of the cruise, the length of your play, you will receive an offer at the end of the cruise that may consist of a free cruise and/or cash. Or it may be a reduced rate. There is a very limited time frame (approx. one month) to book a cruise and the cruise usually must be taken within 6 months.

On one cruise I was on, I happened to hit 3 taxable jackpots during the cruise and definitely came out ahead and was given a free cruise. This obviously does not happen all the time ... I happen to be very "lucky" when it comes to gambling.

People will argue this point over and over but I can tell you it does not have as much to do with how much money you gamble, but how consistently you play. A person who hits the casino every day it is open and plays $50 is more apt to get an offer than the person who walks in on the last day and drops $1000. It is also at the discretion of the casino hosts!

That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Whoever told you that 700 cruisers were booked via the Royal Casino is pulling on a statistic that doesn't make sense ... Booking "too many gamblers" is a silly comment - the cruise ships would love if everyone was a gambler or became one once on board.

Thanks! I wonder if they use an algorithm of some kind - the hotel manager must have it down to a fine science - pay to prey?

LOL - it's the casino hosts (not the hotel manager) that hold the cards (pun intended). And having seen people compare notes as to who got what offer, it is discretionary on their part to a large degree....

Thanks again (and I'm pretty sure the casino falls under hotel management). It's all profit and loss.

My point is that the casino functions under different management than the "hotel" does on a ship - very different than a casino/hotel on land.... speaking to someone at the front desk to get a casino comp on a ship will get you nowhere. Asking the casino host for a spa comp or specialty restaurant comp can result in a pleasant surprise.

Thanks. I am smarter than I was!

We don't gamble on ships anymore.

We don't gamble at all, so if the casino was full of gamblers, lounge chairs on the outside decks might be plentiful for cruisers like me. Wink


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