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Nicole June 19th, 2002 07:50 PM

Casino - chips and tokens?
I was wondering if you could charge chips and tokens in the casino on the Triumph back to your Salil and Sign card? Or do I need to bring cash to convert to chips? If you charge to the sign and sail, do you need to pay a service charge or fee?

Please advise ASAP, we leave on Saturday to "nowhere"! :)

Kuki June 19th, 2002 08:02 PM

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Up to $500 /day on your sail & sign card.. no service fee. Its charged as a sale on your credit card, not a cash advance.

Nicole June 19th, 2002 08:05 PM

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thanks Kuki! :)

Lynn D June 20th, 2002 09:13 AM

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Just as an FYI, Carnival will implement a service charge of 3% beginning in July. It won't affect your cruiser Nicole, but thought it worth mentioning.

Have a great time!

Lynn D

barry June 20th, 2002 09:17 AM

Carnival 3% Fee?

Where did you get this information?

This is bad news for me as I have just gotten used to not taking a lot of cash for the casino.


Lynn D June 20th, 2002 09:26 AM

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Hi Barry,

I work for Carnival - in the casino division. Just checking the boards and helping out where I can.

Have a great day!

Thomas June 20th, 2002 09:28 AM

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Gee, now their gonna charge ME 3% to take all my money. I ought to be charging them.
Not only are they going to end up with all my allotted gambling money, they're going to deduct more from my bank account to do it!

Just GREAT!!!!!


Lynn D June 20th, 2002 09:29 AM

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Sorry Barry,

For some reason I didn't see the second half of your post. Keep in mind you can always establish front money or a casino credit line at no charge. Contact the Ocean Players Club via the site: and they'll help you out.



barry June 20th, 2002 11:01 AM

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Thanks. I will look into either Front Money or Establishing Credit. Of course, if I keep losing like I did on May Paradise cruise, I won't be able to afford gambling or cruising :)


Lynn D June 20th, 2002 11:36 AM

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awww. Better luck on this next cruise Barry!

Kuki June 20th, 2002 11:48 AM

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Hi Lynn,

I think this will turn out to be a bad idea for Carnival (charging the 3%fee, like Princess). On our New Year's cruise on the Golden Princess, I saw many players approach the tables and ask for chips on their ship's card, yet when they found out about the 3% service fee, they passed, and didn't bother playing, or took less than they planned on, and didn't play as long as they likely would have.

Even discussed this with the Casino manager on the Golden, and he thought it was a pretty major deterrent to many players.
My "bet" <G>, most people would loose more with the "free" money system, than the 3% service fee will make up.

I do however like the Ocean Player's Club. If you play the higher stakes, at least you get "something for your money"<G>. I've got a certificate for over $900 to get myself started on our CruiseMates Legend cruise in Jan.
Now if only the cards will co-operate I won't have to worry about the 3%... though I will miss all those FF miles. LOL

Kuki June 20th, 2002 11:58 AM

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Hey Lynn!

I had one of those DUH moments. Just realized we had "talked" just prior to our cruise last fall on the Triumph. Nice to see you! <G>

And thanks for the heads up on the new policy.. even if I don't like it much.LOL

Lynn D June 20th, 2002 01:24 PM

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Hi Kuki,

Yes, that was me! Nice to see you too!

I've started to take an active part on line by monitoring the boards and answering questions when I see them. Sorry about the 3% and the FF miles. :(

I was glad to see that you are planning a group cruise in January. Maybe I'll come along on this one?

Again, I'll keep an eye out for questions that I can answer. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch if I can help with anything!

Warm regards,


Lynn D June 20th, 2002 01:29 PM

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And by the way Kuki, I'm glad you enjoy the Ocean Players Club. That's my program and I think we've come a long way with it!

Bruce Tyko June 20th, 2002 04:04 PM

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For those who are not familiar with the Ocean Players Club, it is a great perk for those of us who gamble for higher stakes.

At table games, in order to qualify, you need to bet a minimum of $25 and play an average of two hours a day (total 14 hours on a 7 day cruise), you qualify to earn points. About three weeks after the cruise, you will get a letter from the Casino Department telling you how many points you earned. On your next cruise, you bring the letter to the casino and they will give you cash or chips.

Once you have a history with them, notify the casino department in advance of your cruise. They will advise the staff in the casino that you are coming, and you will be treated as a VIP. Also, on my last two cruises, my cabin was decorated with balloons and streamers, and I received a cake, bottle of wine, fruit basket and two bottles of Evian water, all courtesy of the casino department.

I have not spoken to Lynn in the casino department, but I have dealt with Barbara and Maria and have found them to be wonderful, as were all the saff in the casinos on the ships.


Kuki June 20th, 2002 08:58 PM

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GREAT! Thanks for joining in. Sure there will be lots of Carnival fans here who appreciate your input.

Love to have you join us for my Birthday Bash Cruise

Debbie Carter June 21st, 2002 08:46 PM

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Hi Lynn D,
My husband and I are going to be sailing on the Conquest November 21, 2002. He likes to gamble. If we dont have cash and put this on the sail card there will be a 3% charge from what I understand. What about ATMs are they available and what is the charge for that.

This is our first cruise. Celebrating 10th anniversary, any help is appreciated.

Thanks DEB

TomS June 22nd, 2002 06:09 PM

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Debbie, there are cash machines available, but they have a $5.00 service fee (plus whatever your bank charges). Just a thought. If you grab $100.00 in chips, that is a $3.00 charge, plus you get any benefits since it is a "sale" and not a "cash advance" even though there is nothing preventing you from running with your $100.00 and cashing them in on the spot.

Chris Owen June 23rd, 2002 06:55 PM

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I've got a better idea Lynn-

I think I should just be able to give all my money to the casino manager when I get on board and be able to play my choice of slot machine for 7 days. It would be so much easier that way. I never bring any money home anyway, I just like to play! And since you jinxed me the other day I have no hope of winning so why not?

Well and since you opened the door wide open for questions and stuff , consider this...

We Ocean Players Club members (we have regional meetings) wish there were different "levels" of membership. Not based on how much you ....but your gambling skill level. If you had Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum I would be on the Aluminum level. But I love your casinos!

Happy Cruising

Chris LovesCarnivalMoreThanLifeItself Owen
(OPC Member)

Lynn D June 23rd, 2002 07:42 PM

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Hi Chris! You always put a smile on my face!

Regional meetings huh? No fair planning war against me! Good thing I have an undercover mole in your area. Should be good for some new casino strategies.

Aluminum huh? No more solid gold ship on a stick for you! I'll have the dining room staff send you home with an aluminum foil swan next trip! And since you're one of our known favorites we won't even deduct any ocean tokens from your account for it! Completely on the house!

No need to hand your money over on the first night. I've got a feeling you're going to hit it big on your next trip. jinx jinx jinx LOL

Seriously - always good to hear from you and hope to see you soon!


Lynn D June 25th, 2002 06:06 PM

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BTW Deb,

It looks like TomS did a great job of answering your questions, which is why I didn't chime in. If there is anything else I can help you with, please don't hesitate to ask.

Lynn D

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