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#21
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Originally posted by CalLuvsCrusingToo
I haven't gone back to Carnival, yet......
But I wanted to backup what you said about the Admin Fees NCL charges nowadays.

Agree, my past Freebie Ncl comp cruises from CET did NOT include any addl Admin fees, like an extra $250 for no good reason.
But they do Now.

It does make me take pause.....
If you go back and look at your CET cruises you should find there has been that type of fee but perhaps called a different name.

I've been cruising several years in CAS cabins. All of my CET (I'm SevenStars) certificates have had a charge that has gone through several name changes. It used to be 160, then has slowly grown to 200 per person per week. It's been called 'non-commisionable fare' and 'admin fee' and probably several other things but it's always been there.

When we started calling CAS directly for a comp, the per week fee has remained the same as our CET cabins. We will probably continue to cruise on CET (balcony) certificates and direct from CAS (Oceanview) for 4 or 5 cruises a year as we have enjoyed NCL.

What has changed is the 18% fees added to some of the promos like UBP. First there was no charge, then that fee has climbed from around 65 to 99 or so. We still find these cruises to be just what we want to do and the comps that come with our status with CAS have been easy to understand.

You have to decide what works best for you. I've been reading on these forums about those cruising on casino invites from other lines and it appears less clear about getting a comped cabin from them. CAS has always been very honest and easy to deal with when we call about booking a cruise.

It's just like Vegas in a way. With CET I know exactly what comps I can get. With MGM they want you to stay and play heavily for a few days and then they will see what they can comp for you. One nasty to deal with 'host on duty' at MGM has lost our business.
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Sand and Seas

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#22
997 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
'Free "is certainly misleading,but I still find my cost is usually less than 1/2 of what I would pay if I did not have the comp Just booked BA mini suite for August (1st available for free 3rd person) for myself, DH and 6 yo grandaughter with beverage package . Cost $1400 It would cost more to take her on a beach getaway
#23
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Joined Jun 2015
Originally posted by Sand and Seas
That's great! Just be sure about the promos. In my experience you only get the promos/number of promos that went with your original 'inside'. Not additional if you upgrade. They may have changed, so be sure to ask the nice folks at CAS when you contact them. I have found that most all of them are very nice about answering questions or researching further for you.

Just booked a cruise with CAS. The CAS original offer was for a mini suite which came with a "pick 2 of the 5 free offers".

We decided to pay the difference and upgrade to a suite. To my surprise we get all 5 of the offers. As Sand and Seas noted in their post, in the past this was not the case - you only got the free promos that came with you original offer.

Might change again in the future, but for now, this is how it is. Nice surprise especially since the 18% service charge for the UBP and SDP is waived for suites.
#24
FL
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Joined Jan 2017
I just started playing the slots on our last cruise. Around how many points on the players card do I need to start receiving comps? Thank you
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#25
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Joined Oct 2014
Originally posted by FranMar16
I just started playing the slots on our last cruise. Around how many points on the players card do I need to start receiving comps? Thank you
It may depend on how often you sail and how much you play per cruise. If they notice your play during the cruise they might (but not always) start sending goodies to your room and you could get free drinks in the casino. If you are talking about tier status that guarantees you comps on board, that starts at 5000 pts earned in their evaluation period. (April 1st to March 31st) The comps at that range start with things like free drinks in the casino and OBC. You could also earn anything from a discount on your next cruise to a comped cabin of Inside or higher. Higher tiers get more benefits on each cruise during that year and for the next year.

Here is a link to their page:
https://www.ncl.com/why-cruise-norwe...e/players-club
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#26
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Joined Oct 2014
I should add that this thread is older and some things have changed. For instance, the 'admin fee' on a 'comped cruise' has been reduced to $20 per person per day. For a one week cruise it costs us $140 per person plus whatever port fees are for that cruise.
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#27
FL
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by Sand and Seas
I should add that this thread is older and some things have changed. For instance, the 'admin fee' on a 'comped cruise' has been reduced to $20 per person per day. For a one week cruise it costs us $140 per person plus whatever port fees are for that cruise.
Thank you. I only have a little over 1500 points. We sail again On the Epic in December and may be at 5000 during that cruise. I hit two jackpots on our last cruise totaling just over $5200 (on the same machine) so my interest has peaked lol. I put a chunk of that money away for the next cruise.
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#28
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Joined Oct 2014
Originally posted by FranMar16
Thank you. I only have a little over 1500 points. We sail again On the Epic in December and may be at 5000 during that cruise. I hit two jackpots on our last cruise totaling just over $5200 (on the same machine) so my interest has peaked lol. I put a chunk of that money away for the next cruise.
Congrats on the Jackpots! I would have been camping out at that machine

If you go over the 5000 points on your next cruise a host usually comes and finds you to set you up with your new card. If they don't, go up to the host desk and ask them to check for you. Most hosts are very friendly and will be happy to check for you. Hope you have another fun & LUCKY cruise!
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#29
FL
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by Sand and Seas
Congrats on the Jackpots! I would have been camping out at that machine

If you go over the 5000 points on your next cruise a host usually comes and finds you to set you up with your new card. If they don't, go up to the host desk and ask them to check for you. Most hosts are very friendly and will be happy to check for you. Hope you have another fun & LUCKY cruise!
I hit the larger one the last night. Question, I read that I can have my points from the Jewel transferred. What's the reason for that? They said they aren't counted towards much, just curious if I should do that.
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#30
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Originally posted by FranMar16
I hit the larger one the last night. Question, I read that I can have my points from the Jewel transferred. What's the reason for that? They said they aren't counted towards much, just curious if I should do that.
If you get over 2500 points on a cruise, they can comp items off your bill. It would be at least $25 but could be more based on some kind of secret formula they use! I've seen them give from one to three times the value. Also, you can convert your earned points to free play to use in the machines.

What kind of machine were you playing? I love that you got big $$ at the last to take off the ship.
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#31
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
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Originally posted by FranMar16
Thank you. I only have a little over 1500 points. We sail again On the Epic in December and may be at 5000 during that cruise. I hit two jackpots on our last cruise totaling just over $5200 (on the same machine) so my interest has peaked lol. I put a chunk of that money away for the next cruise.
Also cruising on Epic in December.. With 1500 points you still get 20% off your next cruise. Try calling CAS and they should be able to credit your account...
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#32
FL
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by Sand and Seas
If you get over 2500 points on a cruise, they can comp items off your bill. It would be at least $25 but could be more based on some kind of secret formula they use! I've seen them give from one to three times the value. Also, you can convert your earned points to free play to use in the machines.

What kind of machine were you playing? I love that you got big $$ at the last to take off the ship.
It was a Quick Hit. I hit both on the same machine, I believe two days apart. Thank you for the information it makes more sense now. I just wish I had started on our first cruise lol.
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#33
FL
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by AIRBUSDRIVER
Also cruising on Epic in December.. With 1500 points you still get 20% off your next cruise. Try calling CAS and they should be able to credit your account...
Thanks for the information. I'm going to call CAS today and see what we can get. Maybe we'll meet on the Epic, I plan to spend a lot of time in the casino this cruise lol. We signed up for the Slot pull and Meet and Greet on the Roll Call page.
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#34
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
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Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by FranMar16
Thanks for the information. I'm going to call CAS today and see what we can get. Maybe we'll meet on the Epic, I plan to spend a lot of time in the casino this cruise lol. We signed up for the Slot pull and Meet and Greet on the Roll Call page.
We are doing the Dec 2 and Dec 9 B2B. I see you are on the Dec 9 cruise. Will cya in the casino!!
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