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  1. I have one, expires in Jan 2020, $125, what I paid. The issue is trying to reach you since dm's aren't allowed on here. bvpremier and the search engine mail place is my email.
  2. Or book a fake name in with the BF. If he can't go, that cancels and she's already in your room. If he goes, the fake name no shows, (or you cancel before hand) you get that person's port fee back, but nothing else on that cabin, as if he was sailing single, he'd pay the single supplement. She's checked into your room, but stays in his. He can get an extra key for his cabin.
  3. There's enough noise from the water jets that if you're close to another person and just talking, it's fine. It's a group loud talking and laughing that was annoying.
  4. I would be super annoyed with this. You pay that extra for exclusivity. I'd have asked for a partial refund. Reason: Because I wasn't offered to buy just the sea days, why should people be offered single days on port days?
  5. Adding, my plans for future cruises, based on my experience on the Epic, is to not pre-purchase and check the spa out myself first. I'll see if they have the music. I know I could just bring my phone and earbuds and listen to my own, but it's not the same and I can't use that in the water. If they don't have the music, I'll wait until the first day and visit a couple times to see what the vibe is. If it seems people are using it as a party hot tub, I'll probably skip it and find myself another quiet corner to read/nap in.
  6. Things I love about the thermal spas I've been in on NCL and my plans for future cruises . . . -It's not usually all that busy and you can always find a lounger. -The tea and water bar. -The showers and changing area, blow dryers, etc. I never showered or did my hair in my cabin. The light was great for makeup as well. -The Spa itself of course is fantastic. Loved the pool with the strong jets to work the knots out, the heated lounger, the steam room and sauna. -It's open quite early and my husband is a bad snorer. We stay up very late in the casino and sleep in most days. When I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep for his snoring, I had somewhere quiet to retreat to, and often would go right back to sleep in there. It was lovely! Specific to the Gem, I loved the floor to ceiling windows and the spectacular view while lounging and the music they played, piano music with crashing waves and nature sounds. It really relaxed me and made for a very peaceful vibe in the room. I also enjoyed that they enforced the quite space rules. Specific to the Epic, I loved the huge deck outside the Spa suite, with the two large beds you could read/nap on and the extra loungers. However, that did take away from the view from inside the spa and the weather wasn't always nice enough to be outside. The Epic spa was also loud and even the sounds of the water echoed. They didn't have the music like the Gem so there was nothing to muffle the sound. Also if people were loud talking or laughing it was amplified and quite annoying. Pair that with the fact that on that specific trip there were several groups of people who would come into the spa with drinks, (which is allowed in plastic) and actually party in the spa like it was a giant hot tub. Talking, laughing, just having a grand old time. You rarely say an attendant, so to complain you had to get up and go out to the desk. They'd come in and ask the people to please respect the quiet space policy, which was posted all over. But a few minutes after she's leave, they'd be right back to the loud obnoxious behavior. It was really putting a damper on my enjoyment of the spa, so on the last few days I just went early mornings and avoided it except to shower and get ready for dinner.
  7. Not the OP, but based on how he stated it, a $150 hand at that game would be $25 on the Ante & Blind with the possible $100 bet pre-flop. That's how it was explained to me how they calculate average bet, and it's one of the reasons that both UTH and Mississippi Stud are better point earners than other table games. Not only is their edge high, but the floor can't possibly track and count how many hands each player risked 4X on and how many he checked through to the end, so the play is based on the average possible bet. So chances are playing as the OP described, he was tracked at an average bet of around 75, maybe more if he plays trips. The Ante+Blind+MaxBet/2+Trips is what was described to me. I only play $10 tables and go up if winning. My host always tracks my average bet at $35 average. 10+10+40/2 = 30+5(Trips bet). On Mississippi, (which I've never seen on a ship.) the points really rack up, because on a $10 table your average bet is $50+whatever you're putting on the 3 card bonus. (10+30+30+30)/2.
  8. You do have to file a us tax return to get the taxes withheld refunded, if the casino withholds. The casino shouldn't withhold funds for a Canadian and send it to the US, as they aren't on US soil. Many have testified that the casino may issue a w2g to a Canadian, without withholding. The Canadian can then just toss it in the trash, as they don't owe Canada taxes on them and they aren't obligated to file in the US. Whether you owe taxes or not has to do with the laws of your country. Whether the casino issues a W2-G or not depends on if they have a policy, either nationally or that casino to operate under US laws. The W2-G is a US tax form. The US can require that US citizens claim and pay taxes on gambling winnings, but it can't force casinos in other countries to withhold and file W2-G's on their behalf. So both of these statements are true. If the ship has a presence in the US, regardless of where it's flagged, they will likely follow US regulations regarding issuance of W2-Gs. The Bahama Casinos have no requirement to tax US citizens or file W-2s on payouts to US Citizens.
  9. Did you use all you bought or do you plan to use them on a future cruise? I too want to purchase as a supplement to the prime casino drinks. Was thinking if you knew you were going back again you could purchase extras to use on the first days of your next cruise. Tip to those wondering if your sailing will have them and when, you could try asking in a roll call for a recent past sailing of your itin.
  10. Adding that I could never walk up to a bar and eat what was there. I have to see the bartender take a clean craft and watch him fill it up and set it in front of me. Which was my experience on NCL. The bartenders would do this for each guest when they sat down.
  11. On NCL they have these little bottles that look almost like a tiny wine craft they put the bar snacks in that can't be reached into. You have to pick it up and dump a little bit into your hand. I love those because I have a huge don't touch my food phobia thing, to the point I make my family get their own little bowls of chips, popcorn etc and won't even share a bowl of nuts with my husband. (Which is stupid, I know, I mean I kiss him and so why does the idea that some tiny bit of his spit might touch my chip eeck me out so bad? I don't know!) I just can't stand the fact that people put their hands to their mouth and then reach in a common bowl of food. Even if I have just watched them wash their hands. Can't do it!
  12. We normally get the package, as it's a perk on NCL, so I thought I'd want the package on Royal as well. but it's expensive! I saw on here where Royal sells a package of 10 drinks for a price, around $80. I'm going to purchase two of those, in case we want a bloody mary in the morning or something with dinner, and utilize the casino for evening drinks. Should work out cheapest and keep the tab under control.
  13. My two Royals on NCL. First was Oct 2016 on the Gem, literally the third time I ever played UTH and the second last Nov on the Sky. I have to admit I've never had a hand pay or any slot win over $800 on a ship, but I've had luck at the tables.
  14. Just be sure to earn at least 2500 points on the Royal cruise to make Prime and you'll leave the boat with a free inside offer and receive another inside offer after April, plus you'll receive offers from URcomped that should be at least a free inside, maybe higher. If you want to keep receiving free comps, even it it's a little more that you usually play, play hard on that first cruise to get the offers rollin' in.
  15. I don't think anyone gambles with the goal of getting a free cruise in mind, but those of us who gamble, do want to maximize our comps when we're getting them. If you don't know the point system, you can't do that. For instance, at my home casino, the first couple years I played, I'd see all these players that I know play at or below my level making the top tier every year, and I never quite got high enough for the black card. Then I read the fine print in the players club faq on the website and found out I was missing out on tons of points because they have a daily point bonus. 170 coin in is a point, but make 20 in a day and you get 10 bonus points, but earn 30 and you get 30 bonus points! Double points. 2000 to black. Well I was playing and earning 15-18 points maybe at a time and not getting those bonus points. Or stopping in for just a couple hours 2-3 times a week, earning 4 or 5 points, rather than going once a week and earning the full 20 or 30. Once I started making sure I stayed and got at least to 20 and often to 30 points in a session, I made black in the first few months of the casino year. So if I were on a comped cruise and I played and the second to last day I knew I needed x points to make sure I get a return comp, I'd be sure to earn those points and not fall short by a measly few and blow my offer.
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