Thanks all for answering my casino question. I guess each time I cruised I was to busy running around the ship to even venture into the casino but this time I plan on going in for awhile just to have some fun.
I just got off the Fascination on the 24th of March I used cash and bills and my ship and sail card at times , there was no fee I asked and I checked my final bill to make sure. Also I won $600.00 on slot machine and I didnt give but a $150.00 back the rest I got smart and kept.
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There is nothing like the sound of the money hitting the tray when you win
That is why I am glad they still use coins.....
Yes most of the land based casinos are getting away from using coins because of the obvious savings in labor. I think its only a matter of time before the ships do the same. I think though that allowing direct charging on a sail & sign card might lead to some people losing track of how much they gambled, and therefore getting into trouble. I think therefore that having to at least handle cash (either in bill or coins) is a good thing.
Also although its a minimal expense for most people I consider that 3% charge for the sail & sign to be nothing but a cash grap by the cruise line.
Best advise: set aside a certain amount of cash for gambling before you cruise and when its done leave the casino.
Personally I like the slot and blackjack tourneys but thats just me. Yeah I know the odds of winning these are slim but if I can afford the cruise I can afford the $20 entrance fee I never enter more then once. I have a Carnival T-Shirt from coming in second place in a slot tourney on my first cruise The $50 is long gone but the T-shirt brings back the memory of the fun.
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