Before the SKY, I'd only played bingo on our 2 RCL cruises. On one, the final jackpot was almost 6,000 and the other, almost 5,000 (both were 7 day cruises, too!). Then came the Sky! Besides charging more per session than the others, they kept announing on the final day that the bingo jackpot was going to be.....$1,000!!! I thought they were joking, or that it was going up from there, so I asked. That was it! We passed. Not that a $1000 is to be sneezed at, but they should be ashamed of themselves for setting it so low after all they raked in because they had a very good turnout each time!! (My husband, who otherwise likes NCL, calls them the Bingo bandits!!) Then the other day on this board, someone said the final jackpot on their cruise was $600, and all my feelings of '03 came rushing back! So here I am to 'gripe' some more and get your experiences and thoughts on this.
I have to add the following which really makes my point. On our Galaxy cruise in November I split the final jackpot..Francis from N Little Rock and I each got $1800. Their sessions were cheaper and smaller than those on the Sky, and the final payout, in part, was determined by the number of people playing the last game. (That is how it should be but isn't with NCL).
I, personally, will never play bingo on NCL. I think a boycott is the only thing that will make them change their squirrelly ways! If you agree, I hope you'll join me, no matter how much you may enjoy playing!
Note: If Francis is out there, or if someone knows Francis, please holler back on here. We talked when they walked us to the purser (?) to get our money and I told her that my parents retired to NLR and lived there 20+ years but I was in such shock that I couldn't even remember 'where' when she asked. It came to me shortly after!!