Posts Tagged with #MSC Seaside

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MSC 2021 Meetup with URComped

URComped CEO, Craig Shacklett, sits with MSC Cruises' Head of Player Development, Neil Gumbs, to talk about URComped's MSC Meetup 2021, MSC becoming the first cruise line to sail after the ban and new MSC updates.

MSC Steps out

After, what seemed like, endless months of not being able to sail at all, MSC Cruise Line is now the first major cruise line to be back sailing in the Mediterranean.  They devised new health and safety protocols and ensured that all policies and procedures were put into place. Once they got the green light from the Italian government on August 15, 2020, their confidence level increased about getting back in the sea.

The MSC Grandiosa set sail on August 16, 2020. Within the Mediterranean, MSC has multiple embarkation ports meaning guests get onboard as the cruise continues. While the Grandiosa was in Civitavecchia, Rome more passengers joined the cruise as well as the other ports of call:  Genoa and Naples, Italy.

MSC is continuing to add more ships in the water including the MSC Magnifica which will sail from Bari,  Italy, on August 29, 2020 and take its passengers to Athens, Greece. They expect this cruise to follow the Grandiosa in being a complete success.

MSC Health Protocols

MSC has gone above and beyond to ensure their guests feel safe and comfortable onboard. On top of all the intense cleaning, any guests that are sailing will go through a rigorous screening before they can get on the ship.  The screening includes a temperature check, a questionnaire, and a rapid COVID test. Social distancing is implemented as well as masks being worn onboard.

URComped Meetup on the MSC Meravigila

 URComped has had an amazing relationship with MSC Cruise Line. We have scheduled an MSC Meetup Cruise onboard the gorgeous Meraviglia for July 10, 2021. It will be a 7- night cruise leaving from Miami. With stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic, and MSC's new private island Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, this cruise will be unforgettable. There will be cocktail parties, nightly raffles, a slot pull and other special events just for URComped members.

URComped CEO, Craig Shacklett, and MSC's Head of Player Development, Neil Gumbs, plan to be onboard to host this fantastic cruise. The two have hosted one of URComped's record-breaking meetups onboard the MSC Armonia 2019 New Years Cruise to Cuba. There were tons of URComped members onboard. The energy was phenomenal and the casino atmosphere was out of this world. 

MSC Updates

In other news, MSC is relocating the MSC Seaside to Port Canaveral! This will be a new addition to MSC's homeports in the USA. They are planning to start regular three and four-day sailings from Port Canaveral to add shorter itinerary options,  which will include a stop at Ocean Cay Marine Reserve.  The beautiful MSC Seaside is massive and will also do seven-night cruises as well. MSC's casino has a great selection of slot machines, table games, and some of the best-looking casino floors in the industry. The casino is thoroughly taken care of and there have been some exciting jackpots. Because MSC is a European based cruise line, they run on an honor system meaning... If you hit a jackpot, it is up to you to report it to the IRS.

Join the MSC Meetup July 10, 2020 on MSC Meraviglia

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Casino Comped Questions with Craig Vol 12.

What do you do with points earned in Royal Caribbean's Casino? 

Let's say you're racking up the points on Royal Caribbean trying to get a cruise certificate (Inside cabin= 2400 pts.) Not only do points earn you a cruise certificate, but they can do even more! There are 2 options: 

You can either download them for credits on a slot machine, or you can see the casino host before the end of the cruise, and when they run the report on the last day, they will apply those points towards your folio. The value of the points is 2 cents per point when it comes to comp or slot dollars.

What is an easy way to find an international cruise on

The Cruise Search Tool! So if you are logged in, select the tab that says "Tools", and then select "Cruise Search". You can filter by departure port. It could be Rome, Barcelona, Sydney, Singapore, and more. If it's an international departure port, it's more than likely going to be an international cruise. There are transatlantic which can be tricky because they may leave from a domestic port like Miami.

Will MSC reduce the point requirement for casino cruise certificates?

That is something that we've talked to MSC about. The MSC onboard certificates have a higher point requirement than other cruise lines. For example, 10,000 points on MSC would get an inside cabin certificate, but on Royal Caribbean would get a balcony cabin certificate. It is a very high threshold, and we've definitely made it known to them. They are working on a new structure for their loyalty program. We are not sure what the timeline is on that, but they definitely know that their certificate program is a little bit out of line with the rest of the market.

In addition, we're working on getting more offers from MSC which we can promote, and typically give a better offer than the certificate that was earned.

Does URComped offer cruises from North East U.S. ports? 

YES! We've got a name meetup cruise out of Bayonne in May. We upload batches of Royal Caribbean offers monthly, so keep an eye on there for Baltimore Boston, Bayonne. We will keep adding more and hopefully,  get this new New York sailings from MSC. We are supposed to get some new offers from Celebrity and they sail out of New York too.

Which cruise ships are kid-friendly?

I've got 3 kids, and I've taken them on Royal Caribbean Oasis Class ships and on the Mariner of the Seas and Royal Caribbean does a great job with kids. I've taken them on the MSC Armonia, and there wasn't a lot for kids, but on the MSC Seaview, which is the sistership the Seaside, there's a lot to do for kids. And we went on the MSC Divina with the kids and there's a lot. So the MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and then any Royal Caribbean ship are going to have a lot of kid stuff to do.

Will bad play in one cruise line's casino put booked trips at risk?

Potentially. This is pretty rare and is determined on a case by case basis. Most players we book are consistent when it comes to their play. But anytime you don't play on a trip it will affect future offers. If you don't play in Cruise Line A's casino and you have 2 more comped trips booked through Cruise Line A after that trip, then they may look at your future trips and reevaluate the comp. They'll look at how big the investment is on their part.  There's not like a hard and fast policy on it, but it could be concerning and would definitely affect future URComped offers if play dropped off.

How do trade-in value cruise certificates work?

A lot of cruise certificates will say a cabin type offer or trade-in Dollar Amount. On the back, it will have a list of 20-40 sailings where you can use that certificate for a the specific cabin offer. That means if you were to choose a sailing, not on the certificate, the cruise line would look at the price of the sailing you chose and deduct the dollar amount of the certificate from the sailing's price. 

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URComped’s Top 5 Slot Video Jackpots Of The Week - November 17, 2019 Edition

Hello & Welcome Back To This Week’s Edition Of URComped’s Top 5 Video Slot Jackpots Of The Week - November 17, 2019


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Jose Ruiz

MSC Seaside

Lots of Fun!!
Awesome Hist Taylor, Thanks Mallory and MSC. Loved the Cruise, the treatment was very good. The Cruise is Beautiful and lots of things to Donde estan?, but my favorite and my wife was the Casino. To all the new friends we met, thank you! Thank you URComped
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MSC Seaside

Great ur comped cruise on MSC Seaside
Beautiful ship and balcony cabin very nice, plus great shows and good food! Slots did pay but not every day.
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MSC Seaside

MSC meetup Cruise
First of all, let me just say the MSC Seaside is a beautiful ship! The atrium with the Swarovski Crystal staircases, and views of the ocean all around is stunning! For this particular cruise, we stayed on the 15th deck in an inside cabin. Closet space on MSC is really small. Not a lot of drawer space either. And the bathroom size is adequate for cruise ship standards. Casino is really small. Not a lot of variety for slot machines, but that’s just my opinion. No craps table either. All the staff in the casino are very friendly! The casino bar staff are amazing and check on you regularly. Food onboard is about the same as other cruise lines. But the Venchi Chocolate bar is delicious!! Best gelato and chocolate martinis!! Try will thank me later! 😊 This was also a meetup cruise with our host Tyler! He was so nice and made sure he was around if anyone needed anything. Thanks Urcomped for a great trip!
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