Posted June 21st, 2012, 11:37 AM
It seems that, lately, at least past 2 or 3 years, we get invites from Tropicana Las Vegas to visit and receive our "free" NCL cruise certificates, with the ususal yada yada restrictions & blackouts, for an inside cabin, LOL. But, with the cost of airfares & car rentals from NYC - it's not worth our while but if we do, our host will be glad to set everything else up for us & comp us for our stay (usually 3 or 4 nights) + take care of our meals.
The net out-of-pocket for 2 was priced out to be around $600 then, plus we will have to fly down to MIA for the ships, no thanks.
Last year, we got "free" RCCL cruise offers from Foxwood's other competitor in CT for up to 9 nights, OV or Balcony - good for Caribbean, Bermuda or Europe and working around blackout dates - the port charges/fees/taxes/ etc. w. mandatory insurance still worked out to the around $700 for 2 of us for 5 nights going to Bermuda. The third person add-on is available, but at full rack rate at booking time (and, not the lowest/discounted/sales rate) - subtotaled at $800, not exactly a deal ... But, it's still about 50% over what we've would to pay on our own with homeport at Cape Liberty, NJ. Upgrade to a balcony would cost a small fortune, let alone a suite, ouch.
Nephew's husband got Trump Plaza's "free" cruise offer with Princess line as the partner, and the charges payable is only around $200 for 2 people in a balcony
- the catch is that the ship is based in Florida so they need to add cruise-air, airport transfer plus extra $$ for their 3.5 years old - the tab is something like $2,200 after adding it all up - for a mid October sailing.
It pays to really compare prices & get the bottom line figures straight, plus, add on the costs for "playing" in the casino if you expect to be "invited" back again for future casino cruises ... The slot payouts are among the lowest anywhere & the table game pay-tables are just as bad. But, if you are going to play & cruise anyway - the offers are floating out there.
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