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Casino Offer - Drinks On Us

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Have a decent Casino Offer in my VIFP profile right now that we may use when it comes time to rebook our Oct. 19th cruise. It includes Drinks On Us in the casino once we qualify. Never used that program before so have a couple of questions: 

 

1. What exactly does it take to qualify for DOU (money spent, time spent in the casino, etc.)? I'm not a high roller by any stretch of the imagination, but I usually play a little each day. I usually set a limit for the week and when that's gone, I'm done! lol

 

2. Does the qualification limit vary depending on length of cruise? We are on a four day cruise. So perhaps it takes less to qualify on that shorter cruise than it would if we were on a week long cruise. 

 

3. There may be three of us sharing a cabin together. Does the DOU apply to all of us once I qualify or does each person have to qualify individually? Or does this only apply to me since the offer was sent to me? 

 

I would normally get Cheers, but it might be worth it to do DOU if I can qualify early in the cruise. 

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You have to ask your casino host or pit boss in the casino as soon as the casino opens.

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Also ask how much you need to play in order to get invited for free Cruises

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Do I get complimentary drinks while playing?
We do offer complimentary drinks to eligible players once they have reached a certain level of play:

Slot Players:  Any guest who earns the required number of points during a single voyage departing from North America and Europe will be eligible to receive the 'Drinks On Us!' card. The standard point level that must be reached to qualify from slot play is 1,000 points on sailings less than 5 days and 1,500 points on sailings 5 days or longer. 

Table Players: Table players will be awarded a 'Drinks On Us!' card when they reach comparable table play. 

Please see the Casino Host on board for further details about our 'Drinks On Us!' program.

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I play poker and the whole table usually gets a free drink every hour or so.

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Hi Misty,

 

Just wanted to mention a few things. Everybody gets the DOU after they qualify. It does take some effort to actually qualify if you are not a serious gambler. In other words, have you ever come close before? 

 

I would suggest, if you get to sail, purchase the Cheers package. Even if you do qualify, the DOU only get you drinks while you are actually "playing" in the casino. 

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I would just buy the cheers package.  The offer will only be for you anyway.  Each of you will have to "earn enough points" to each get the free drinks.  Also, as previously mentioned you have to be playing in the casino to use you DOU card.  It won't work anyone else on the ship.  

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You will probably lose much more than the cost price of the drinks you receive free

 

 

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Unless you play max bets, it would take you 2-3 days to earn a DOU card.  As noted, getting Cheers is probably cheaper

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They aren't really giving you a special offer.  Anyone over 21 that plays in the casino gets that opportunity.  For a four day cruise, you will need to get 1000 points to qualify for the Drinks on Us card.  For every $2.50 you spend, you get one point.  That doesn't mean that you have to spend $2500 to get the card.  Let's say you put $20 in a machine and win $50.  Play until that $50 is gone.  You now have twenty points and you still have your original $20 in the machine. 

 

Out of twelve cruises, I have only gotten one free drink from a Casino Host.  I always limit myself to $100 a day for the casino.  If I'm lucky, I get the card on my second to or the last day of the cruise.  We aren't heavy drinkers so for us, it's cheaper to just buy them individually.

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The DOU is for individuals, not the entire cabin.

 

No tip to the server means they might only come around every once in a great while.

A $1 tip per drink, means they will come around a little more often.

A $5 tip every couple of drinks means they will ensure you are taken care of.

 

As with everything else in life,,, Follow The Money and you will find the answer to your question.

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Or Tip $20 on the first day, they remember your name and your card number and your wife and you are set.... 

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The DOU is for individuals, not the entire cabin.

 

No tip to the server means they might only come around every once in a great while.

A $1 tip per drink, means they will come around a little more often.

A $5 tip every couple of drinks means they will ensure you are taken care of.

 

As with everything else in life,,, Follow The Money and you will find the answer to your question.

That is how the bartenders earn over $4000 every month

 

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My wife plays the slots and doesn't drink.  I drink beer and don't gamble and I get drinks on her DOU.  We always take 7 day or longer cruises.

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On 7/22/2020 at 11:24 AM, drsel said:

That is how the bartenders earn over $4000 every month

 

And?

 

I'm happy, and they're happy. Life is good

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3 hours ago, GLCM GUY said:

My wife plays the slots and doesn't drink.  I drink beer and don't gamble and I get drinks on her DOU.  We always take 7 day or longer cruises.

Good way to get it pulled 

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My wife plays the slots and doesn't drink.  I drink beer and don't gamble and I get drinks on her DOU.  We always take 7 day or longer cruises.
If they see that your wife is not drinking at all and passing on the drinks to you, they may stop serving her

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Thanks for the feedback! I should have mentioned that one of my cabin-mates isn't interested in getting Cheers, so I thought if I could at least earn the DOU I could off set some of the cost of buying drinks individually by getting them free while I'm playing. I know I won't get the same value as Cheers since it's only good in the Casino. It's the best rate right now for me to book under so even if I don't qualify it will be worth it.

 

 

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1 minute ago, MistyRo76 said:

Thanks for the feedback! I should have mentioned that one of my cabin-mates isn't interested in getting Cheers, so I thought if I could at least earn the DOU I could off set some of the cost of buying drinks individually by getting them free while I'm playing. I know I won't get the same value as Cheers since it's only good in the Casino. It's the best rate right now for me to book under so even if I don't qualify it will be worth it.

 

 

As I understand it, if one person in a cabin buys the Cheers package, ALL people in the cabin are required to purchase it, if they are of drinking age. 

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6 minutes ago, Joe817 said:

As I understand it, if one person in a cabin buys the Cheers package, ALL people in the cabin are required to purchase it, if they are of drinking age. 

Yes that is correct. And one of the three of us in my cabin doesn't want to get Cheers so if she doesn't buy it, we can't either. Which is why I was hoping maybe I could qualify for DOU to help offset my cost of drinks at least a little bit. But given our cruise is going to be rebooked to next year, I have plenty of time to work on convincing my friend that Cheers is the way to go! 

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2 hours ago, drsel said:
22 hours ago, GLCM GUY said:
My wife plays the slots and doesn't drink.  I drink beer and don't gamble and I get drinks on her DOU.  We always take 7 day or longer cruises.

If they see that your wife is not drinking at all and passing on the drinks to you, they may stop serving her

In fact I had been going to the bar and purchasing my beer and the bartender told me to go to a server on the floor and my beer would be comped.  We were not trying to game the system.

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In fact I had been going to the bar and purchasing my beer and the bartender told me to go to a server on the floor and my beer would be comped.  We were not trying to game the system.
On which Cruise were they serving complimentary drinks in the casino?

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I can't say for sure which cruise it was but we are West Coast cruisers so it was on one of the Mexican Riviera trips that we do 4-5 times per year.  The DOU card worked for both of us.  

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19 hours ago, MistyRo76 said:

Yes that is correct. And one of the three of us in my cabin doesn't want to get Cheers so if she doesn't buy it, we can't either. Which is why I was hoping maybe I could qualify for DOU to help offset my cost of drinks at least a little bit. But given our cruise is going to be rebooked to next year, I have plenty of time to work on convincing my friend that Cheers is the way to go! 

 

Hi MistyRo

 

This is another option, not as good if there are only two in a cabin with one not wanting, but with three (or more) in the cabin and only one not wanting, it might be practical. You would have to do the math and decide if it makes sense for yourself. A lot depends on how much you actually drink.

 

The thought is that with the Cheers package, you get more than the "alcohol drinks". You get pop, sports drinks, bottled waters, milkshakes, coffees, etc...as well as the alcohol. The idea being, that unless the third person wants absolutely none of these things as well as not drinking any alcohol, it could be practical moneywise to buy three drink packages and you offer that third person a discounted rate. As I said, you would have to figure out if it would work for you.  

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