Posted January 31st, 2011, 01:24 AM
We are taking our 4th comped NCL cruise in January. We signed up for the casino at sea card. They have the cards like land casinos that you put in the machines or give to your dealer. The points translate to $ off your account at the end of the trip. Im not sure of the ratio of points to dollars-sorry!
When booking through the casino at sea you get free drinks in the casino. This can REALLY save a lot of money! Regarding the comped rooms. You are comped a better stateroom depending on your play. We didnt play as much as normal last year so we were comped an inside cabin this year and upgraded to balcony. The best weve had was being comped an outside cabin and just upgrading to balcony. The Casino director comped us 2 dinners for 2 including wine at a restaurant of our choice-of course we went to Cagneys! Edited to say this was in addition to the money off our onboard account.
We were booked thru CAS and rec'd two comped balcony rates off of one and about 10 percent for the second party of two. We booked BOT) Garden Villas so NCL still made a ton of $ off us our family. On this trip we gambled average of $10 per hand on video poker nd the "kids" played blackjack,
Poker, etc to the tune of $25 to $200 per hand. This is average o 5-6 hours per DAY!
Upon our return, when we called to inquired about discount towards next cruise, we were quoted around 17 per cent.....and two free balcony cabins for two of us......
Needless to say, we are looking elsewhere for net cruise. After $40k for tow Villas AND spending over $30-$40 k in the casino, we think that we can do better. Or we will just continue free suites, limos, gourmet restaurants, etc.at the Wynn....
Sort of disappointed as NO ONE was playing at the rate/level of our family of 11 !!!!!!!