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Dwayne 02-20-2011 01:47 AM

Drink On Us Program in the Casinos
 
The "On Us" drink program they have been testing on some ships is being expanded to other ships March 1st. They are:

Carnival Glory
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Pride
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Victory
Carnival Triumph
Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Legend

The program works like this; keep your Sail & Sign card in the slot machines while playing, when you reach 1500 points, you get a "Drink On Us" card. You will then receive FREE drinks while playing in the casino for the rest of the cruise.

Table Players can also qualify for the card. They will need to ask the Pit Boss/Supervisor to get rated for the program. They do this manually.

tncruiseman 02-20-2011 10:36 AM

Well that is going to make my next cruise happen sooner! A great perk for many of us!

Dwayne 02-20-2011 09:54 PM

It is a nice perk and way past due. At first I wasn't all that thrilled about it as I was afraid it would replace the perks already given to Player's Club members. For example I already get free drinks in the casino on occasion, but not consistently. I am liking it better now though. Still 1500 points is a lot of play through when you're playing a quarter at a time.:)

macmom111 02-21-2011 07:00 AM

I have a theory about the cards in the machines. it is so they can track you and your spending habits. if you dont spend big on the ship, you dont win big.
We were on a cruise once and there were 2 weddings on board. One bride with the big wedding won 1000.00 on the slots the Bride with the littlier wedding won 600.00 sounds like that was fixed to me. I think the winnings are also tracked to the type of room you book. expensive rooms, big win, cheap room, little win. Just my opinion

Dwayne 02-22-2011 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by macmom111 (Post 285666)
I have a theory about the cards in the machines. it is so they can track you and your spending habits. if you dont spend big on the ship, you dont win big.
We were on a cruise once and there were 2 weddings on board. One bride with the big wedding won 1000.00 on the slots the Bride with the littlier wedding won 600.00 sounds like that was fixed to me. I think the winnings are also tracked to the type of room you book. expensive rooms, big win, cheap room, little win. Just my opinion

I've never really thought that. They do track your play as that is how you get points with the Club. I won $1600 on the $1 Wheel of Fortune machine on the Celebration once and was staying in an Upper/Lower cabin.

They do know what machine you are at during any given time I found out. They have this thing called "Slot-O-Prizes" were if you are playing during the specified time frame you can be randomly chosen to spin a big wheel for prizes. I kept hearing them call Dwayne to come up for something. I thought it was someone else because I hadn't entered any drawing. Finally the Hostess announces for the staff to go get Dwayne he is playing machine #xx. Well it was me as here came a posse of staff to get me. So now I am embarrassed so much that my face matches my hair as everyone is looking at me. I spun the "Slot-O-Prizes" wheel while being cheered on. I won a photo voucher. Whoppee!

I always sorta thought suspiciously about that though. Because I had met the Hostess and Floor Managers prior, and they all knew I was a long time Player's Club member and was on the returning member Guest list. There had to have been a few hundred people playing the slots, and for me to be chosen?

This man on the Fantasy last year had won $400 on a Quarter machine. He refused to put his card in to cash it out saying he was superstitious of putting the card in. So he said he was going to sit there and spin it all off instead. It took him 3 hours. I was hoping he would give up and walk away. Then I would have put my card in and cashed it out in a flash.:)

For information about the Carnival Player's Club look HERE.

Sorry for the long post, but I know some of you enjoy my true stories I post on rare occasions.:)

Jim C. 02-22-2011 06:46 AM

While the slots are connected via the network, the machine are made by the same companies that make machines for Vegas and other land based casinos. Technically you could create a machine capable of this, however, to have machines with special software that would allow the cruise casinos that much control over the payouts would be impractical. So no, I don't believe they would bother with making the machines "money spent on the cruise" aware.

Dwayne's story of being picked for the prize wheel because he is a Player's club member is MUCH more likely to be a case of rigging as the host can easily determine which players get put into the pool of names to be picked.

Slot players are (well ok... all gamblers I guess) superstitious by nature and the randomness can lead to all kinds of patterns that make it look like something could be fishy, but there is also a lot of losing going on by those people in the more expensive cabins that no one notices.....

penny3333 02-22-2011 08:07 AM

I've lost as much in a balcony cabin as I have in an inside cabin, LOL!

tncruiseman 02-22-2011 04:30 PM

I have too Penny! On the 2 cruises I have won the most ($5000+) I was in an inside cabin on R and an outside on M. I've never won at all with a balcony room or suite..only big losses.

macmom111 02-22-2011 05:07 PM

well if it is not to track spending habits, then why are they pushing so hard to get people to insert the card in the machine. I dont think it is just so they can reward points.

Dave 02-22-2011 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by macmom111 (Post 285726)
well if it is not to track spending habits, then why are they pushing so hard to get people to insert the card in the machine. I dont think it is just so they can reward points.

You are correct. This type of thing is never done to be kind to loyal cruisers. It is done to entice more gambling which always means more losers than winners. They've run the odds and figure the cost of drinks is worth it, so they make more money in the big picture. As with anything, follow the money and you'll find the truth. I won't be putting any cards in slot machines any time soon. I do not like to gamble.


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