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Some CAS Information


terrymtex01

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Often I have read where people ask if you can book more than one comp'ed cruise through CAS at a time. Today I called them about booking our 2010 cruise and asked them the offical position of CAS on that question. Here is what I was told.

 

Used to, they would do it.. they would see how well you played in their casino on one cruise, and with approval from management, they could approve two comp'ed cruises based on the play of that cruise. They have changed that now. Now what they will do is they will book you one comp'ed cruise, if you qualify, and then for the second cruise you would like them to comp, they will book it as if they are just giving you the normal casino discount. So you would actually have to pay the taxes and port fees, etc, for the first cruise, then you would pay the normal deposit required for the second cruise. Then after a few days of getting back from your comp'ed cruise you can call them and ask them to look at your play on the comp'ed cruise and see if they will comp the one you have a deposit on. If so, your deposit will be refunded after taxes and port fees are taken out of it, since you always will have to pay at least that much. If taxes and port fees are more than the deposit you placed, then you can just pay the difference. If you don't qualify at that point for the second cruise to be comp'ed then you can just complete the normal payment schedule and pay the fare at the casino reduced rate. This all will only work if you book the second cruise more than final payment period out from the comp'ed cruise.

 

Hope this is helpful to those who have asked in the past.

 

For those who do not know what CAS is, that is Casino at Seas which is NCL's players club program. They offer discounts and comp'ed cruises to those who qualify. They assess your qualification based on your last cruise you took with NCL (how much you played in their casino on your last cruise)

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On a related note, some folks want to get two cabins for the SAME cruise - family usually.

 

As to how much you need to get a comped cruise - this was discussed in another thread this weekend. You probably need at least 100 points or $100 dollars in cruise credit based on your play, and with $135 in play per point, you would need to pump over $13k through them. Some say you need more than that, but at least that is a starting point and somebody spending a couple hundred can save a phone call.

 

 

PS - there are at least three long and detailed messages threads going right now about CAS or Casinos At Sea

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Do you have any idea on what the minimum action is to qualify for a discount?

 

Steve... I can only give you a guess. I think the actual formula is kind of a very guarded thing with CAS. For us, it has always worked out that if we want a comp'ed stateroom, we qualified for one that was about 1/3 the amount we actually gambled out of our pockets on the previous cruise. Just to give an example of what I mean... say we are hoping CAS would comp us a stateroom for a cruise that would cost $2,000.00. On the previous cruise I would guess you probably needed to have gambled around $6,000.00 out of your pocket. I know there is what I call "re-gambling" where you put the money you win back into a slot machine (which we do by the way..LOL), but I don't count that. I don't know how accurate all of this is, I can only tell you my experience and what I have kind of come up with from that.

 

Well the guy on my cruise in 07 had the Garden Villa comped. I watched him lose $40,000 in 2 hours at the 3 card poker table. :eek:

 

 

Ok.. true story. On our first cruise with NCL we became friendly with this very nice guy in the casino. Doug and I were playing quarter and dollar machines and he was playing $25.00 and $50.00 and $100.00 machines. Doug and I were and always are in the casino a lot, but this guy was in there every moment they were open. They BARELY comp'ed an Owners suite for him, from what he told us. This guy was going through at least $5,000 to $10,000 a day, and he said he had spent that in the casino on his last cruise that had been a few months before the one we met him on. The reason I say they barely comp'ed him the OS is he told us he told them that was the only way he would take another cruise that soon was if they gave him the OS. He brought his partners niece and nephew with him and they made him pay $250.00 for each of them.. LOL. This was back in 2006, so I know CAS has changed since then... but I am amazed they did not give him the OS without question. On our last trip on the Star, there was a very nice older gentleman who was going though $20,000.00 a night that I would chat with on occasion. I say on occasion because he was always on the $25.00 or higher slot machines and I was rarely over in that area.. LOL.. but I would see him every night come in and get the $20,000.00 from the casino cashier.

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On a related note, some folks want to get two cabins for the SAME cruise - family usually.

 

As to how much you need to get a comped cruise - this was discussed in another thread this weekend. You probably need at least 100 points or $100 dollars in cruise credit based on your play, and with $135 in play per point, you would need to pump over $13k through them. Some say you need more than that, but at least that is a starting point and somebody spending a couple hundred can save a phone call.

 

 

PS - there are at least three long and detailed messages threads going right now about CAS or Casinos At Sea

 

You know.. I almost didn't start a new thread, but since this was a little different from the ones I had read I thought I would.

 

Using the points is a good approach to the topic too. I can say we usually have between 300 to 400 points each and we have always been comp'ed suites. It is harder for us to get those points now as they do not seem to do the double or tripple point promos like they once did.

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It is harder for us to get those points now as they do not seem to do the double or tripple point promos like they once did.

 

I'm wondering if this is a common practice for NCL now? We've only cruised with NCL 3 times. The first and 2nd time (Dawn & Sun) were 7 day cruises and they had several double and triple points times. The 3rd cruise was on the Sky this past January and there were zero double/triple points times. I thought it was because the Sky was just a 3 day cruise, but you're saying that it's all cruises now? If so...bummer. :(

 

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One thing that I do want to add to your orginal post Terry so people don't get confused. You of course are talking about getting comped cabins.

 

However, if you only qualify for the discounted cabins(not a comp cabin) , they will allow you to book up to two based on your previous cruise play. You don't need to do what they are telling you you have to do.........book both and then go on the first one and call them back after that to see if you qualify to get the 2nd one. That must only apply if they are comping you a cabin.

 

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When we sailed last Oct on the Pearl, they still had the double and tripple point nights... (usually between like Midnight and 2AM, etc). But several times since then I have posted on here advising people who wanted to know how to get the most points they could to look for those promo's that are mentioned in the Freestyle Daily and they came back here and reported they never saw any. So to be honest, I am just assumming based on what people have said on here that they no longer are doing that. Some posted saying that is what the casino manager had told them, etc etc. I am really hoping that isn't the case and that they still have the double and tripple point promos.

 

In reality, the credit you get towards your onboard charges is a cheap way to get folks to spend their money in the casino. The charges they credit off of your bill because of the points you accumulate cost them even less in actual dollars as far as paying for what is credited off.

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I am really hoping that isn't the case and that they still have the double and tripple point promos.

 

Our Spirit cruise last month did not have any double or triple points. We were told by casino staff that "Miami" had made the decision to discontinue them. It made it MUCH more costly to get the big points. Still, we managed to get enough to get a balcony comped and we upgraded from that. But we also found out that of the 2 cruises we booked, only 1 was comped and the 2nd was the casino discount. We were also told to call back after our next cruise to see if we qualify to get that one comped also.

 

Thanks for your informative post.

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Terry, it would appear that our roll call meeting would be better held in the casino as that is where many of us will be a goood deal of the time. The repo roll call is so huge.

 

That would work for us. LOL... We missed a M&G on the Star because we got "stuck" in the casino.

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