NCL/Total Rewards Comped Cruise

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Missy posted this 05 August 2018

Hello.  I received and booked a comped cruise on NCL from my land based Total Rewards property.  Does anyone have any experience with these comped cruises (perks, etc.)?  Thanks!

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schaubjimmy posted this 06 August 2018

The brochure explained everything pretty thoroughly but if you have any questions the folks at (877) 742-9521 are very helpful! They are open M-F 9a-9p and weekends 100a-7p Eastern time.

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Missy posted this 06 August 2018

Thank you!

ron90069 posted this 08 August 2018

I've on two cruises through TR and Norwegian.  They have a separate Casino Guest check-in table/window when you get to the port to board at the start, which can save you standing in line a long time with the non-Casino guests.  

You also get free drinks in the Casino itself (not anywhere else, unless you buy the Beverage package)...you just show your Casino Guest card (you are given it when you embark).

Other than that, there really aren't any other special benefits during the cruise itself that I recall.  All in all, they treat you very well regardless of status.  I did have some issues with the length of the lines for Customer Service in the main lounge throughout the duration of the trip, but I assume that's pretty standard everywhere nowadays.

You can expect to pay extra for EVERYTHING that's not specifically included, and they will offer you myriad opportunities to buy pictures from their photographer at very high prices (high to me, at least).  Think of a super-priced hotel gift shop and worse.

The first ship I was on, the Pearl, had a vending machine outside the rarely-open medical office (doctors cost extra!), which had packets of seasickness pills.  I later found that the afore-mentioned long-lined Customer Service counter had a bunch you could get for free (or maybe I just talk fast).  If you think you're subject to seasickness, get your doctor to prescribe the Transderm Scopalomine patch.  I think it cost me under $10 at my regular pharmacy (covered under Medicare) for a pack of four, each lasted for three days and worked really well.  (Be careful in the shower not to wash one off accidentally.)

Their shore excursions cost probably $20 to $100 more than the exact same ones available in each port, but you have the assurance that if your return on their bus/van/etc. is late, they WILL hold the sailing for you.  Not so if you buy the excursions from the onshore vendors.  We had no problems, and I bought some from Norwegian and some independently.

I don't know your destination, but Alaska was amazing!  My second cruise was to Mexico.  The downtown area by the piers is DEFINITELY a tourist trap, but you can usually bargain down the prices.  That even worked for the prescription medications (no Rx needed there), saving me maybe 40% over what they were first asking.  I think they anticipate most people just pay the list price, but negotiating seems to be a way of life.

Most people in the shops spoke English.  I would be wary of offers from random strangers, but of course that's standard advice.

Be prepared to wait a while to get on and off the ship in each port; security screenings coming back on slow it down a lot.

You'll have fun!!!!!

         -- Ron

jmtuna posted this 12 August 2018

Make sure you get a separate casino card and upgrade to Pearl and even Saphire if you gamble enough on your cruise. If you make it to Saphire you don't have to pay the "admin fee" on your next free cruise. Although the ship may not offer you a cruise, you can call the CAS office after your cruise to see if they have an offer for you.

Be sure to check your casino points before the end of the cruise and ask the host if he/she will cover some of the charges on your ship charge card or if you should spend some money in order to use your points, which are like casino comps.

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CmrVancouver posted this 13 August 2018

Are most cruises for 7 days or are there normally options for longer cruises? Picking my voucher up in sept. Thks

Missy posted this 14 August 2018

Thank you!  I agree with Cozumel.  We usually do a pre-planned excursion there to Mr. Sanchos or just go to a few routine stops and have a relaxing day on the ship. 

Missy posted this 14 August 2018

Make sure you get a separate casino card and upgrade to Pearl and even Saphire if you gamble enough on your cruise. If you make it to Saphire you don't have to pay the "admin fee" on your next free cruise. Although the ship may not offer you a cruise, you can call the CAS office after your cruise to see if they have an offer for you.

Be sure to check your casino points before the end of the cruise and ask the host if he/she will cover some of the charges on your ship charge card or if you should spend some money in order to use your points, which are like casino comps.


-- jmtuna

Great advice!  Thanks!

Missy posted this 14 August 2018

Are most cruises for 7 days or are there normally options for longer cruises? Picking my voucher up in sept. Thks


-- CmrVancouver


I think most of the ones listed on mine were for 7 days.  I'l double check if I can find it.  

lawgirl610 posted this 17 September 2018

I have gotten free offers for cruises up to 11 days from my total rewards casino.  I have taken 11 of these free cruises and I absolutely love them!  I currently have two more cruises to book and we are going on another in October.  I usually receive four free cruises a year.  I have even been able to book free cruises from calling Casino's At Sea without having an offer in hand.  They will rate my overall play on my last cruise to give me a free offer.

Hope this helps!

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