Posted August 5th, 2008, 10:35 PM
If CAS offered your DH a free room (was it inside, ocean-view or balcony?) I assume has has been rated by them (if he was one of the top 7 players, I'm sure he has). If he is a rated player they'll extend an offer on the ship/itinerary of your choice based on his ranking.
FWIW, I was on Dream in July. The casino is only open 4 of the 7 days since we are docked at Bermuda 3 days. I only did what I consider "average" play (for me) and based on that one cruise alone CAS:
- Gave me an invitation for a balcony cabin on Dawn for a 7 day trip from NYC to Bermuda to play in a slot tournament. I declined since I had just returned from Bermuda.
- Ranked me as an INSIDE-COMP, meaning they'd give me an inside cabin on any 7 day cruise. Using that ranking, I upgraded to a Courtyard Villa on Jade for 14 day cruise in Europe, CAS comp'd a huge amount of the bill (they took about $5K off).
I belong to many player's clubs, but CAS is quickly becoming one of my favorites. From my limited experience with them to date, they take good care of their players. By comparison, I played through $49,000 on a 12 day Princess cruise in Europe last year, their player's club (Ocean Players) has never contacted me to offer me anything, and when I called a couple of weeks ago to ask a few questions, they didn't seem to have me rated (but I am Platinum! just shy of VIP-Platinum, which is their highest rating!) and didn't seem to even know what they could offer me. The woman I spoke to mentioned something about a slot tournament cruise in the Fall and said she'd email me an invitation with the details, I never got it.
My advice: Pick a ship, itinerary and dates that you want. Call CAS and ask them what they can offer - and if you like the terms (which I expect you will) book it directly through them.
Happy Sailing - and Good Luck!