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TNShadyLady

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About TNShadyLady

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  • Location
    Memphis
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Eastern/Southern Caribbean
  1. It does. And that's what I thought, but just wanted to be sure. Thanks.
  2. We're doing a premier 7-day next week. Really hate to hear how they've cut back. Not much impressed with Premiers anyway, and sounds like now even less so. Ah well, less time in the casino means less money I'll lose. 😉
  3. If you have Priority boarding (casino offer) do you still have to abide by the "arrival time" printed on your boarding pass? We are traveling in a group and all have the casino priority boarding, but different arrival times to the port. Can we still all go inside by virtue of the priority, or must we wait until our official arrival time?
  4. So if you're playing in the casino and have the DOU card (free drinks) who's picking up the tab? Casino services, I guess. But is gratuity included? I always tip cash anyway but no one has ever been able to answer this question for me.
  5. I've never bought Cheers but I always get DOU in the casino, and I always tip $1 cash for every drink. I've often wondered if the casino is comping my drinks, are they also picking up the gratuity to pay those servers? I had heard about the pooling, but by tipping with cash I know it goes into the right pocket. On the other hand, I just came off an elite cruise where several of us had free drinks anywhere on board and I swear I might have been the ONLY one tipping extra cash.
  6. Yep, same way. But remember those cautions about moving money to your bank at a slot machine, then cashing out? It's for real. I was drawing down large-ish amounts, then immediately tranfering it all to my casino bank, then just pulling out a little at a time from the bank to play on the machine. The computer didn't recognize that I played all that money away. It only saw the large transfer right to my bank (which I could in theory have cashed out at that point). So I had to go to the casino desk to "unlock" my S&S card and listen to the mini-lecture about pulling money from my S&S card through the slot machine, yada yada... Lesson learned. Every time after that when I'd draw down large-ish amounts, I'd play off about ten spins or so before transferring it to my casino bank. No more problems.
  7. Thanks guys. I procrastinated too long on that Crystal offer and there are no more cabins available. :( But the info is good to have. Much appreciated.
  8. Not sure, but this was my first Crystal offer. I also have a RCCL offer, and have had NCL offers in the past. You can try uploading images of any new comps you've received lately. That could create more offers for you.
  9. Well, it looks like I procrastinated too long on the Crystal offer. :( But I'm still curious about how other cruise lines operate their casinos. Do any of the others use the same system as Carnival?
  10. Got an offer through URComped and I haven't booked yet but am considering it. I've only cruised Carnival up til now so looking to branch out, but finding that practices vary from line to line. How do the slots in the Crystal casinos work? Is it similar to Carnival? With Carnival, I use my Sail & Sign card in the slots to track my play and draw down money from my onboard account for use in the casino. I like to put my casino play on my credit card attached to my onboard account because (1) it helps me keep track of what I've spent, and (2) when it is billed at the end of the cruise, it is billed just as an onboard purchase, not a cash advance, so I avoid cash advance fees. Oh and (3) I carry some money with me when I travel, of course, but I don't like carrying a large amount of cash, so being able to put everything on my shipboard card is convenient - and safer. So I've looked around all over the place and cannot find out whether Crystal uses a similar system or not. Will I need to just use cash in the casino, or can I charge everything to my onboard card? And for that matter, is there an onboard card used to get in and out of cabins, make purchases, etc.? These may seem like obvious questions for experienced Crystal cruisers, but for newbies, it's hard to find answers to questions that everyone seems to take for granted.
  11. Thanks for all the newbie tips. Enjoyed reading them. I have a question about the casino and didn't want to start a new thread, so hopefully someone can answer here. I haven't booked yet but am considering it. I've only cruised Carnival up til now so looking to branch out, but finding that practices vary from line to line. How do the slots in the Crystal casinos work? With Carnival, you use your Sail & Sign card in them to track your play and you can also draw down money from your onboard account for use in casino. I like to put my casino play on my credit card attached to my onboard account because (1) it helps me keep track of what I've spent, and (2) when it is billed at the end of the cruise, it is billed just as a purchase, not a cash advance. So I avoid cash advance fees. Oh and (3) I carry some money with me when I travel, of course, but I don't like carrying a large amount of cash, so being able to put everything on my shipboard card is convenient - and safer. So I've looked around all over the place and cannot find out whether Crystal uses a similar system or not. Will I need to just use cash in the casino, or can I charge everything to my onboard card? And for that matter, is there an onboard card used to get in and out of cabins, make purchases, etc.? These may seem like annoying questions for experienced Crystal cruisers, but for newbies, it's hard to find answers to questions that everyone seems to take for granted. :halo: TIA
  12. It totally depends on how much luggage you have and whether it's easily portable or hard to manage. My old luggage had wheels but they were stationary. My new luggage has 360 degree wheels, making it so much easier to manage. Self-debark passengers are among the first to get off, but it's still a LOT of people trying to debark at the same time PLUS all that luggage. I've done both. Depends on how fast I need to get off (flight times, etc.) but I do like not having to finish packing until the last minute and not having an extra tote bag to worry about (those pesky overnight things plus fresh clothes).
  13. I've had BB offers and other premier offers, but this is the first time the dates/departure ports were something I could book. So I'm excited to be taking my very first premier cruise. All I really know about a premier cruise is free DOU cards for me and cabin mate, plus priority embarking. What does priority embarking mean, exactly? When I enter the terminal, do I tell someone I'm on a premier cruise? Do I go to a VIP section? What kind of gifts can I expect in my cabin? Will they be for both of us, or just me? What kind of events can I expect? Special tournaments just for premier cruisers, etc.? I'd love to read a review of someone who has actually gone on a premier cruise. Maybe I'll write one myself after I get back! But in the meantime, I'd really like to know in advance what I can expect, so any advice or personal experience is appreciated.
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