EvenBob
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September 26th, 2011 at 5:50:01 PM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

I think you would factor in $100 for fine dining, $200 for drinks,



I travel with a half gallon of vodka, it
always comes in handy. If we stay at Indian
casinos, I go up to my room and mix a huge
drink in a casino glass, and get free soft
drinks when I'm playing to dilute it. I used
to own a bar and I know what the markup
is on booze and I refuse to pay it.
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RaleighCraps
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September 26th, 2011 at 6:34:27 PM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

Nice write up, DJ. $1166.33 is 4,564 credits which is more than the 4,000 full pay that you would usually get with max credits. $312.50 is 1,250 credits.

My wife and I are likely cruising in February / March next year. Since it's just the two of us, we're going Celebrity. RCI is simply too big and caters to too many kids. We considered Princess, but the ships on Celebrity offer a better itinerary and better food options for us. Carnival had activities that we weren't interested in. We went to Hawaii instead thanks to a $4,000 fire bet win.



boymimbo,
Celebrity had the best food by far of any cruise line I have been on. The crowd on our ship tended towards the older side (late 50s to 70s)
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September 26th, 2011 at 6:37:16 PM permalink
Seems like a willingness to accept the pros and cons is good, particularly if you have some idea in advance of just what the situation is likely to be.

Shipboard casinos seem to be small and have captive audiences so why should they offer 10x odds at craps?

Tipping envelopes seems like a good idea with specific percentage suggestions. Even those forty thousand a week yacht charters get a tip envelope at the end of the charter period.

I've heard that those willing to travel at the last minute will often get great deals because the cruise company wants to fill each stateroom. Last minute health related cancellations can mean bargains for those nimble enough to say yes instantly and grab a pre-packed suitcase.

Some of those on an Alaskan cruise will spend several thousand dollars at each port so I imagine weather related course deviations for cruise ships can be expensive.

Nickle and dimed? Even the Venetian charges a fortune for toothbrushes, cigarettes or aspirin tablets.
toastcmu
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September 26th, 2011 at 6:39:11 PM permalink
Quote: RaleighCraps

boymimbo,
Celebrity had the best food by far of any cruise line I have been on. The crowd on our ship tended towards the older side (late 50s to 70s)



I'd have to agree, except for the food comment - I've taken 1 NCL, 1 Celebrity, and 3 Holland America Cruises - I thought that cruises on HAL were the best food, I've had out of all of them - They even had Indonesian cuisine for lunch once (the crew tends to hail from there on their ships). However, HAL makes the Celebrity crowd look like they are in their 30's. Most of the people were between 60-80 on the HAL cruises I was on. I took my honeymoon (10 day) back in 02, and the whole ship referred to us as "that young couple." There were only 7 of us that I counted, so they were not far off.... ;)
Of course, the last cruise I took was 2007 so take it with a grain of salt.

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DJTeddyBear
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September 26th, 2011 at 7:34:59 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I used
to own a bar and I know what the markup
is on booze and I refuse to pay it.

Then you should know that what you're doing is illegal, could cause you to be thrown out of the casino, barred, or, in extreme cases (although highly unlikely), cause the casino to pay a fine and/or lose it's liquor license.

Is that what you're promoting?
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buzzpaff
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September 26th, 2011 at 7:41:21 PM permalink
And just where do I find that big sign, telling me I can not take legally purchased alcohol into the room, that I have rented ?
EvenBob
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September 26th, 2011 at 7:56:43 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

Then you should know that what you're doing is illegal



Its illegal to bring a container thru the casino doors, its not illegal
if its in your luggage. If I brought the bottle down to the casino
floor and used it there, thats illegal. In my room, its not. Most
cruise ships have a ban against bringing liquor on board because
they want to rape you on drink charges. I just read an article that said 2/3's
of cruise guests sneak it in on board anyway. Apparently its not unusual
for 2 people to rack up $1200 in drink charges on a 3 day cruise.
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DJTeddyBear
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September 27th, 2011 at 4:55:47 AM permalink
I guess I should have quoted the entire post.

Quote: EvenBob

I travel with a half gallon of vodka, it
always comes in handy. If we stay at Indian
casinos, I go up to my room and mix a huge
drink in a casino glass, and get free soft
drinks when I'm playing to dilute it.
I used
to own a bar and I know what the markup
is on booze and I refuse to pay it.

It seems pretty obvious to me that you're saying you bring outside booze into the casino. As a bar owner, you should know that's illegal.
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EvenBob
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September 27th, 2011 at 5:24:16 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

It seems pretty obvious to me that you're saying you bring outside booze into the casino. As a bar owner, you should know that's illegal.



Its not enforceable because you're staying in
the hotel. The bottle is in your room, not in
the casino. When's the last time any hotel,
casino hotel or not, asked you if you had
booze in your bags when you checked in.
You can go to a liquor store while
you're staying in the hotel and bring liquor
in a paper bag right up to your room. From there
you can replenish drinks and wander around
the casino as much as you like.
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September 27th, 2011 at 7:19:46 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Its illegal to bring a container thru the casino doors, its not illegal
if its in your luggage. If I brought the bottle down to the casino
floor and used it there, thats illegal. In my room, its not. Most
cruise ships have a ban against bringing liquor on board because
they want to rape you on drink charges. I just read an article that said 2/3's
of cruise guests sneak it in on board anyway. Apparently its not unusual
for 2 people to rack up $1200 in drink charges on a 3 day cruise.





Let's see at $600/$10 = 60/3= 20 drinks per day per person. Seem's a little high. When I drink beer on a cruise it is $4.25 for a 16oz bottle. That would mean I could have 40 per day. I don't think so. I personally have never seen a $10 drink on a cruise ship. So I don't think it is too bloody likely for 2 people to charge $1200 in drinks on a 3 day cruise.

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