Princess vs. Carnival Casino

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#1
St. Louis, MO
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Joined Aug 2004
I'm Platinum (almost Diamond) on Carnival and (supposedly) a casino VIP... always get a Drinks on Us card at the beginning or earn it early on in the cruise, and I get Premiere and Ultra casino offers.

Going on Princess for the first time in November. Since the same group manages the players clubs for most of the Carnival Corp. brands (including Carnival and Princess), I'm wondering:

(1) Does Princess have a Drinks on Us program where you drink for free in the casino after earning a certain number of points?

(2) Any experience with the Players Club recognizing past play across Carnival brands (i.e., is it worth contacting the Players Club to see if I have any comps coming based on past play on Carnival)?

Thanks in advance for any input.
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#2
Cape Girardeau, MO
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There is no Drinks on Us program on Princess. If you are in the casino a lot and have a high point count, you may get a few comp'd drinks. Would recommend you introduce yourself to the casino host at the start.

I would definitely contact the players club and ask about any cash comps based on your Carnival play. Give them your past Carnival ship, sail dates, and booking # along with what Princess cruise you'll be on and booking number. I can't say for sure that you'll be offered casino cash however a few years ago - going from Princess to Carnival - I did get a couple of hundred in casino cash on Carnival.

Princess does have a Come Back program now like Carnival's Bounce Back. They seem to be a little easier to book - less restrictions as to what sailings you can use them on. In fact, I'm sailing on Caribbean Princess 10/7 for 14 nights in a balcony cabin on a Come Back offer!

Good luck and have fun.
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