Originally Posted by johnthed0g
I was told that they alter the odds during the cruise, you are less likely to win as the cruise progresses....
This is unlikely. I used to work at a casino. It is quite a process to change out the odds on a machine, it requires changing a chip. You might be able to do this on the new sever based machines but I don't think they have those on board ships yet.
The problem with knowing the payback on the machines is that the casinos are not really regulated by any agency. The casinos are loosely "overseen" since 1999 by an organization called the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), whose members include most of the cruise lines. In terms of facilities and equipment, the ICCL guidelines call for all equipment purchased and installed on cruise vessels to "meet the regulatory standards of the Nevada Gaming Control Board or other licensed jurisdiction for payback and internal software."
I have played in the casino on the NCL Dawn. It seemed the slots paid back about as much as most casinos. The odds on the tables were not so good.