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#1
North Carolina
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Joined Nov 2011
when gambling do you use cash or sail card? Is there a fee if you use you sail card like cash advance on your credit card?

Thanks in advance

Karen
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#2
NYC
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Joined Sep 2009
best to use cash, there might be a fee if you have to charge your room account
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#3
USA
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Joined Apr 2015
Originally posted by K922
when gambling do you use cash or sail card? Is there a fee if you use you sail card like cash advance on your credit card?

Thanks in advance

Karen
Machines and Tables take US Dollars. If you advance against your "sail pass", you will be charged a 3% service charge.
#7
Texas
2,594 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by K922
when gambling do you use cash or sail card? Is there a fee if you use you sail card like cash advance on your credit card?

Thanks in advance

Karen
You can use either one. Cash that you bring with you, or that you get out of the ATM, either on the ship or in ports. The ATM in the casino has a service charge ($6, I think), plus whatever your bank charges you for using your ATM card in a non-network ATM.

You can get a cash advance through the casino desk. There will be a 3% fee charged for this. The advance will show up as a charge against your on board account.

You can put your key card or your CAS (Casinos At Sea) card in a slot machine and get the same cash advance downloaded to your account which is secured with a PIN that you setup. There is a 3% fee for this. You can then download $$ from that account to the machine you are playing.

If you plan on playing a lot you should see the casino player's desk and get a CAS card, so your play will be tracked for potential future discounts on cruises. When you reach a certain # of points on the cruise you will also get a "free drink" card for use in the casino, although this has become less important with the advent of the UBP. Finally, if you play enough the casino will also apply the points you earn as credits against your final on board bill.
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#8
Bozeman, Montana
471 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
You can get money off your stateroom card for a 3% fee from any machine. You'll have to authenticate with details like your birthday.
We had a large onboard credit perk. It's use it or lose it, so we took the credit out as cash and ate the 3%.