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NCL Cruises

Perry Hall
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NCL Cruises

I plan to spend a few days at Harrah's next weekend. One of my offers is for a certificate for a "free" cruise.

Has anyone here ever taken advantage of such an offer? I'm always leery of free stuff, although Harrah's has been pretty good about things in recent times. I assume the accommodations offered are for the basic inside, low deck cabin, but I would hope that would be a good starting point to upgrade to a suite.

Any information would be appreciated.


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Tony I have the same offer, and have used/redeemed similar offers from Tropicana on Carnival. The certificates usually vary based on what level/aspiration of diamond/7stars you are. But the offer I was sent looks like it is good for up to a 7night cruise, and "comped" for a low deck interior cabin. Obviously you will be able to upgrade to different category rooms (ocean view, balcony, suite) for a fee. The offer comps the cruise fare, you will still have to pay the port fees, taxes, and gratuities; figure about $250-300 per person. You will also have to pay for any drink package you wish to purchase. Think the offer we have you must book by December, and sail by April 2018. Christmas/NYE will be blacked out most likely. If your able to cruise by April it's a really good deal when it's all said and done.

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We have used numerous certificates, and it is a wonderful deal vs just booking a cruise. In addition to port charges and taxes, NCL also charges a $20/pp/day administration fee at the time of booking.

After 20 NCL cruises we recently took our certificate from CET uploaded a screenshot to URCOMPED and recieved a free cruise on MSC Divina. Free = free. No charges, only a $200/pp refundable deposit. It was cheaper to fly to Florida and hotel room than NCL "fees". Remember any cruise line will also add a daily service fee/pp once onboard

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Keep in mind with NCL you will get 2 free things. I picked free drinks and free WIFI with my casino comp cruise and only have to pay taxes/port fee/tips plus my cabin upgrade fee. It still turns out great. Just keep your playing in the casino to a minimum, it is not the greatest odds game onboard.


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NCL is unique in that they charge an administration fee on top of the usual port charges,taxes, and gratuities that all other cruiselines charge when receiving a complementary cruise certificate. This makes taking a NCL comped cruise a bit more expensive than the other offers (Carnival,Princess,Celebrity,RCL)

Having said that they are still a great value. I just completed a 9 night NCL Baltics Cruise from a certificate offered by Harrahs AC. My husband's play warranted us a free balcony cabin, but we decided to upgrade to a SPA cabin which gave both of us complementary access to the ship's excellent spa (There is no NCL ship with an indoor pool and Northern Europe in October is not outdoor pool weather)

One thing of note is that ALL cruiselines themselves run their own Cruiseline Casino program as well as partnering with land-based casinos. In NCL's case their partnership with CZR is obvious since both corporations are majority owned by the same Private Equity company, Apollo Management.

This topic warrants a whole separate thread but suffice it to say that it can be a GREAT way to combine 2 leisure activities, gambling and cruise vacations. I should know, this year I will be on 10 !!!! cruises ALL of which are comped either from a land based casino or from the cruiseline's own casino program. In my husband's opinion Carnival has the best cruiseline casino program. They are unique in that they will not only offer a comped cruise vacation BUT also include CASH which doesn't have to be spent in the casino. You can actually go to the casino cage and redeem you cash offer and be paid out. OBVIOUSLY the idea is to get you to plow back the winnings, but paying cash is unique to Carnival. Can you believe he is getting $1,000 cash in addition to a free balcony cabin? And we are getting two of these offers in December, both of which we are taking advantage of.

Additionally Carnival sponsor's all types of games,drawings, and giveaways on specially designated gambling cruises. Their top gambling cruise, called Ultra Premier, includes guaranteed gifts to all participants worth at LEAST $300!

Anybody with additional questions on this programs I would be happy to answer!

Edited: 16 October 2017, 15:37
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kwokpot - i have a question! would you like to leave your husband home to keep the mainland gambling up and take me on your next cruise?!?! hahah.. just kidding. i have never been on a cruise offer (not even the 7 star one) because i am a stranger to cruises. i just dont know how to navigate all of the good stuff.. and every time i try my face looks like the face i see when i try to teach craps to most people. :)

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