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Old November 28th, 2001, 02:04 AM
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Old November 28th, 2001, 02:38 AM
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> Can you use your on board account for Casino chips?
yes! on RCI , up to $1500/day or until your credit card waves the white flag.


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Old November 28th, 2001, 08:55 AM
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Kuki --
That's great, but it's not clear to me...
Could you please confirm that there is no charge to use your ship card to get cash in RCI casinos for gambling? (Princess, for instance, charges a fee for this.) I've always taken travelers checks and cashed them at the purser's desk, but it's much easier to just use the ship card if there's no charge for the service...
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Old November 28th, 2001, 09:24 AM
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Kuki,

I had a similar question a few days back so I called RCI. The person there told me that your shipboard account and "casino credit" were two different things. They said that "casino credit" was a cash based system (news to me), but that your shipboard account could be settled via credit card. This is surprising to me, because it seems that RCI would not want folks to be in a situation where they wanted to gamble, but didn't bring enough cash/travellers checks. What was inconsistent in what they told me was that I could have "casino credit" issued to my account prior to departure by using my credit card and calling 1-800-rccl-gift; AND it would be treated as a normal product purchase, not a credit card advance.

My guess (and this is a guess only), is that you can use your credit card for casino chips. Don't know why they have 2 different type of accounts though
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Old November 28th, 2001, 11:23 AM
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Here's a link to a story I wrote on this about a year ago. I was on Explorer last month, and it still holds true. You can do it at the cashiers cage or at the tables. There are even signs on the tables telling you that you can use your "Super Charge" card (which IS your onboard charge card).
As you'll see in the article.. it doesn't work on Princess since they charge a 3% service fee. Not in the article... on Celebrity DON'T go to the cashier asking for a cash advance. Call it a cash advance they charge a fee.. Buy casino chips= no fee.
<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/hum-op/freemoney.cfm>

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Old November 29th, 2001, 12:44 AM
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On Royal Caribbean it is no problem and there is no extra fee. I used it twice on my last trip while playing craps and they got the chips to me quickly.

Funny Note: On my last night of the cruise I saw my bill before I went to dinner. My bill was so much lower than my last trips I decided to gamble a little the last night. I asked for $200 and the girl rang up $40,000 by accident. She then showed me that she credited me and then gave me my $200.

The next day I saw my bill and it was a whopping $37,000. After using the paddles to get my heart beating again I remembered the mistake from the night before. She only credited me $4,000 on the $40,000 mistake. So there was a nice 36,000 extra in my bill. I went to the pursers desk, we all had a laugh and they fixed it after a few minutes.

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Old November 29th, 2001, 08:02 AM
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Kuki --
Thanks! I think I understand now, but please confirm:
I can use my shipboard card to get chips in the casino. It'll go on my mastercard as a purchase, not a cash advance--so no advance fees from Mastercard, and I get the miles--as long as I ask for chips, not cash, right? (semantics are everything). They'll give me a $100 chip for a $100 advance, then I use that chip at the tables, right?

Love getting miles for no fee!! :-)

Do I have this right? thanks again.
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It won't show up on your charge card as a separate transaction. All of the charges from your SuperCharge card (blue card) , including any cash in the casino will be on your final bill the last day of the cruise. Then when you get your statement in the mail there will only be one charge from RCI on the statement.

I do it on each cruise. Even though you are asking for cash or chips in the casino, they don't look at it like a cash advance but more like a pruchase.

Have a good time and don't spend it all on one table!! On the last day of the cruise go to the casino and say goodbye to your money like I always do.

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Old November 29th, 2001, 08:32 PM
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Judy --
That makes perfect sense to me. Not sure why I didn't think about the ship charges being just one line item on my MC, I knew that.
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Old November 29th, 2001, 10:32 PM
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I was able to do this on Carnival....I could buy coin also for the slot machines. They charged it to my Sail and Sign account, no fees, waaaaaaaay to easy!
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Old December 5th, 2001, 05:22 AM
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I don't gamble, but I always use this to get cash without the cash advance fee.

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Old December 7th, 2001, 01:42 PM
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Having just returned from the Monarch, I can confirm the info above is correct... including the comment that this is *waaaay* too easy. ;-)

"Free" frequent flyer miles and no cash advance fee notwithstanding, next time I'll take a certain amount of cash just for gambling, and when that's gone, that's it. I swear.
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