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Free Drinks in the Casino

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I sailed on Infinity last week and came across a benefit I don't ever recall seeing in 40 years of cruising: on all sea days, drinks were free for all active players in the casino.  And I don't mean that you first had to accumulate X number of points by gambling X number of dollars over the course of the cruise.  And I'm aware that some people are provided free drinks by their host.  But this was a come one come all promotion.  If you were sitting at a slot machine or a table and playing the bare minimum, your drinks were free.  This also applied to people playing poker.  It was advertised in the daily programs as well as with electronic signs in the casino. It reminded me of when I lived in Las Vegas.

 

Is this something new with Celebrity or was it a one-off?  I was on a 14-day cruise on Millennium in Asia earlier this year and don't recall that being the case. However, I was in a suite with the attendant premium drink package so I may not have noticed if that was true then as well.

 

Has anyone else sailed when drinks were provided free to all players in the casino without any other restriction or prequalification? 

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We did on the Equinox in October.  But with the drink package we didn't pay much attention to it.   If this is a permanent change then with this and the Elite 3 drinks on your card, we may never buy a drink package again.  As you can tell we are not big drinkers - lol

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2 hours ago, MadManOfBethesda said:

I sailed on Infinity last week and came across a benefit I don't ever recall seeing in 40 years of cruising: on all sea days, drinks were free for all active players in the casino.  And I don't mean that you first had to accumulate X number of points by gambling X number of dollars over the course of the cruise.  And I'm aware that some people are provided free drinks by their host.  But this was a come one come all promotion.  If you were sitting at a slot machine or a table and playing the bare minimum, your drinks were free.  This also applied to people playing poker.  It was advertised in the daily programs as well as with electronic signs in the casino. It reminded me of when I lived in Las Vegas.

 

Is this something new with Celebrity or was it a one-off?  I was on a 14-day cruise on Millennium in Asia earlier this year and don't recall that being the case. However, I was in a suite with the attendant premium drink package so I may not have noticed if that was true then as well.

 

Has anyone else sailed when drinks were provided free to all players in the casino without any other restriction or prequalification? 

 

I've seen it on occasion as a promotion to get people in the casino.

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We had that offer on the reflection TA....in fact it was free drinks all day (and night) on the first sea day.....after that it was free drinks up to I think 5PM on sea days.  AFAIK, it's free "bar brand" drinks....it's not any drink or brand you want....but heck, the price is right.

 

I don't frequent the casino during the day...but I do enter the blackjack tournaments.  Drinks are free to all players and if you are playing in the blackjack (or other) tournament, you can get a free drink when you are actually playing (maybe more, who knows)..

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On ‎12‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 1:59 PM, Duanerice1 said:

We did on the Equinox in October.  But with the drink package we didn't pay much attention to it.   If this is a permanent change then with this and the Elite 3 drinks on your card, we may never buy a drink package again.  As you can tell we are not big drinkers - lol

Same here.  Plus I usually start the day with a free Bloody Mary or two at the Elite breakfast.  Combining that with the Elite HH and now perhaps free drinks in the casino (at least on Infinity), there would be absolutely no reason for us to get a drink package. In fact, since we got free drinks in the casino last week, we used the majority of our HH vouchers for bottles of water.

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It was offered on the Reflection Thanksgiving cruise. 😊

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