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Casino Comp Questions with Craig Vol 20.

Are Vaccines Required on Cruises 2021?

Celebrity Cruises Requirements: Adult guests and crew members must have proof of full vaccination administered two weeks prior to embark. Children under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 120 hours of embarkation. Celebrity will administer an antigen test to all guests 2 and older at the terminal and again at debarkation for county re-entry.

Royal Cruise Requirements: Adult guests and crew members must have proof of full vaccination administered two weeks prior to embark. Children under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 120 hours of embarkation.

MSC Cruise Requirements: pending

Virgin Voyages Cruise Requirements: pending

Do you need a negative covid test to cruise if you have been vaccinated?

YES. All guests must follow the country’s travel requirements which may include presenting a negative PCR test result within 72- 120 hours of arrival. Prior to booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at cdc.gov/travel/notices. 

Currently, the U.S. requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for those arriving into the U.S. by international air.  

Royal Caribbean will administer an antigen test onboard the ship, and cover the related cost, should it be required for re-entry into the United States. The test will be administered just before the end of the cruise, and guests will be provided a copy of their test results. 

Celebrity will test guests before they disembark 

Will masks be required on Cruises 2021?

The policies are still being determined. We're assuming these requirements will be announced in May, closer to the start date. 

Will my cruise longer than 7 nights be canceled?

There is no set answer on this yet. Our guess is that it won't be canceled but be modified.

Support the opening of the cruise industry here: https://cruising.org/en/clia-action-center 

Will Alaska Cruises be canceled in 2021?

The cruise lines are working with the US Government to try and get a temporary lift to the Jones Act OR Option #2 is to get Canada to agree to a “technical stop” in one of their ports but passengers will not get off of the ship. At this time these sailings are still closed to new reservations but will reopen if an agreement is reached. 

Will Cruisers be allowed to disembark and explore the ports 2021? 


As of now, the policy is that you would have to be part of an excursion to disembark at the ports. 

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Casino Comp Questions with Craig Vol 19.

December 2020 Cruises Canceled

Everybody that had something booked in December now has to rebook it. The options depend on the cruise line. So with Royal Caribbean, they came up with a new offer that you would have received in an email from URComped. If you don't see it, then check your spam folder. If you had free play on your December cruise, that will not roll over because it was directly affiliated with the previous offer you booked your December 2020 cruise on.

For Celebrity Cruise Line, you would have received an email with a list of sailings to choose from to rebook.  Reply to the email and let your URComped host know which sailing you would like.

With MSC Cruises, If you want to rebook, you need to move fast while those reservations are still open. They could close at any time and your reservation will automatically be refunded. We can switch you to any comparable sailing in 2021. The only small caveat is if you want to book a holiday sailing in 2021 there is a surcharge that they didn't have in 2020.

Are simulated sailings going to happen?

With the new CDC order that came out, the cruise lines have to do a number of simulated sailings before normal passengers can start sailing. It is essentially a run-through or practice cruise.  Several people are asking if they can volunteer to be on the simulated sailings. And that's something that I'll definitely ask our contacts because I think it'd be fun. I'd love to see what they're planning on doing. It really hasn't been that long since the CDC released that document, so the cruise lines are still working through exactly how they're going to go live. So stay tuned...

How do casino comps at Hard Rock Punta Cana work?

Hard Rock Punta Cana is one of our new partner casinos. They do have a higher criterion being that they are all-inclusive. They ask players to set up a bankroll, whether it be a credit line or wire money ahead of time or do something to establish when you arrive that you have funds to play with, because it is not within the United States. In Las Vegas, you're in the United States and it is easy to access funds. Whereas overseas, some banks are different. They don't want to offer all this comp stuff to a player who ends up not being able to access funds and don't play.  So casinos in the Caribbean and overseas tend to ask for more assurances upfront that there's going to be a bankroll.

So with hard rock Punta Cana you'll get a discount casino rate, and then based on your play on the trip, they will comp on the back end. They have, they have an equation that they go off of. It's gonna be a great deal, all-inclusive, and then at the end of the trip, they will review based on how much you played, you'll get additional comps off that home to celebrate.

Not sure what URComped is?

URComped works with Casino Partners to give Qualified Members new offers (comps) to Caribbean Resorts and Cruise Lines that they have never been to/ played at before. Think you may be qualified?? SIGN UP (IT'S FREE) upload offers that you've received from either land-based casinos or cruise lines to see what NEW COMPS you qualify for! 


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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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In August of 2019 sailed the MSC Armonia great value.
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Cruise Line Refunds

Royal Caribbean Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension

If you only paid port fees and taxes-  Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC before 6/30/2020. You can also submit your refund request direct if you prefer by clicking herePort fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

Royal Caribbean has an overwhelming amount of refunds to process and it is taking longer than expected.  You can expect to receive a refund within 30-45 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com

Celebrity Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension 

If you only paid port fees and taxes-  Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC before 6/30/2020. Port fees and taxes auto refund  30 -45 days of your sail date. Depending on how you paid (directly to Celebrity or to URComped) will determine who your refund comes from. If paid to URComped, once we receive your refund from Celebrity, that will be issued back to you.

You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner as they are striving to issue refunds within 30-60 days from the cancelation date but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above. Since you paid through us and we were charged by the cruise line the refund will be issued to us first then we will process the refund to you within our system. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com

MSC Refunds for Global Sailing Suspension

If you only paid Deposit- Deposit will be refunded. You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date.

If you paid cruise fair- Tell your URComped host you are wanting a refund instead of FCC

You can expect to receive a refund within 30-60 days of your sail date. This is the most recent time frame that we have been given (as of 6/10/20). The refund could be issued sooner as they are striving to issue refunds within 30-60 days from the cancelation date but due to the high volume to get through it will probably be closer to the timeframe mentioned above. Since you paid through us and we were charged by the cruise line the refund will be issued to us first then we will process the refund to you within our system. If you have any questions regarding your specific URComped canceled booking, please message your URComped host: Call/text: 972-788-1785   Email: host@ib.urcomped.com


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We have been a number of MSC cruises. They are clean and well organized. They have great entertainment
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My favorite line for sure
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MSC Voyager's Club Casino Program

It has been an absolute pleasure to be partnered with MSC Cruise Line. Craig Shacklett, URComped CEO, interviews MSC's Casino and Business Development Manager, Neil Gumbs, to learn more about MSC's casino program. How do comps and certificates work, MSC's plans for expansion, status match, and incentives to rebook are a few of the topics discussed.

Whether you've experienced MSC or haven't yet, here are some common questions that we've received and got answers for.

What is the casino experience like with MSC?

(1:57-3:08) MSC's casinos are top-of-the-line. They have a nice European modern design. They have a wide variety of slots with all of the denominations, and they are always refreshing their slots so you can walk in and see the newest games. They have good product table games and types. They allow all the side bets on their games and even single, zero roulette for those who prefer a European- style roulette.


Outside of the casino, what is the atmosphere on MSC cruises like?

(3:10- 4:38) MSC is a global cruise line. They go to over 200 different destinations and carry at least 180 different nationalities thus the ships have a very international atmosphere where everybody mixes together.

You'll feel the Mediterranean flair in which MSC is known for, as well as experience some of the best shows on the ocean. If you go on one of MSC's newest ships, such as the Bellissima, the Meraviglia, which sometimes sails from New York, then you can even catch the “Cirque du Soleil at Sea.” You can either do a dinner show or you can just go in there for a cocktail and the show itself.


How do comps work on MSC?

(4:47- 7:59) Similar to other cruise casinos, you use your room key, or cruise card when playing in order to track and accumulate points. MSC's average is $3.00= 1 point across-the-board. So on the slots, three dollars of coin-in, gives you one point.

If you earn 1200 points or more on a seven-day cruise, then you will automatically receive a voucher for thirty percent off a cruise, for your next cruise.

Once you reach 10,000 points, you're now into the cabin and stateroom categories. From there, the more points you earn, the higher cabin categories you get- all the way up to “Yacht Club” which is the premier cruising experience on MSC.

Something unique about MSC's certificates is that they aren't limited to a list of sailings. The certificates are for ten nights or less anywhere they sail. So you can choose from any itinerary with any destination on any ship unless the sailing is sold out. Plus, if you're comped, it's totally free! 

The motto with MSC, ”Free means free.” So once you receive an offer from URComped or you receive a certificate on-board from your play, then your cruise is absolutely free. MSC takes care of port fees and taxes


Is there a fee for pulling out money in MSC's Casino?

(8:00- 9:00) Pulling out cash in the casino or accessing money does not require a fee with MSC. When you use your cruise card, either by giving it to the pit boss at the tables or inserting it into the player tracking system on-board, there is no convenience fee. MSC doesn't charge for downloading funds onto the slot machine or buying chips at the tables.

Also, there is not a limit on the amount you can download or amount you can request, as long as you have it on your folio and have the funds available.


How do comped drinks work on MSC?

(10:02-10:41) Qualified URComped players who receive an offer from URComped to sail on MSC or a player who receives a certificate on-board, will qualify for complimentary drinks while they’re playing in the casino. Their guest will also receive comp drinks.


How does MSC determine future comps?

(11:15- 13:32) Your play on an MSC cruise will determine what level comp you will receive on your next MSC cruise. MSC, at the moment, has its On-Board Reward Program as part of the Voyagers Club Loyalty Program, which has many benefits including their status match.

MSC determines your future comps based on win-loss, average daily theoretical (ADT), and Average daily win. The MSC offers you see on your URComped "my offers" page will be reflective of your previous play with MSC.


How does MSC Status Match work?

(13:41- 15:51) If you are a frequent traveler and have a rewards card with any land-based casinos or other cruise companies, MSC will match that up to their equivalent status onboard prior to your sailing. Before you sail, you should go on to msccruises.com and click on “Voyagers Club” and sign up for the status match program in order to receive all of those benefits from when you first experience MSC. You'll send a photo of the reward card that you want to be matched with on MSC. ALWAYS use the highest tier card that you have.

Because of what's been happening lately, MSC has extended all ”Voyagers Club” player's tier status until December 2021.

So if you enrolled and your status expires in 2020, that's going to be extended to 2021, along with those who enroll in 2021, will be extended to 2022.


What kind of incentives is MSC offering to get people to re-book?

(15:51- 18:20) Instead of paying a $200 per person deposit ($400 total for a stateroom), which is refundable onboard their sailing, players now only have to pay $100 per person ($200 total for a stateroom) for the deposit.

For those who have had their cruises canceled, be sure to check out MSC's website for the most current travel updates and information regarding FCC, what can be refunded, how far out they can cancel if you're worried about a future cruise. Currently, in April 2020, MSC is offering 125% future cruise credit. Until the end of September MSC has the “Cruise Assurance Program” which allows guests to cancel 48 hours before sailing

Anybody books into a suite stateroom or above a suite or Yacht Club, will get free Wi-Fi

If players earned a comp stateroom certificate or an onboard certificate with a percentage off their next cruise and it’s expired now in 2020, MSC is extending expiration dates until the end of December 31st, 2020.


Does MSC give Win-Loss statements and W-2s?

(18:28- 19:03) MSC doesn't supply a win-loss statement or W-2s. So as a player, the burden is on you to track your wins and losses on MSC. But if you hit a jackpot over $1200, MSC doesn't do a W-2 form that you have to fill out. MSC stays out of the American tax system in regards to casino players.


Does MSC have plans to expand throughout the United States?

(19:10- 20:38) MSC has heavily invested in making Miami their US home. In the next couple of years, they’re going to be building their newest terminal which is going to fit two mega-ships on the same day. It's going to be the largest terminal in port Miami.

MSC is also looking at new destinations and new ports to embark in.

They did a few sailings last year on the “MSC Meraviglia” out of New York City and they have new sailings starting again out of New York starting September 22nd. At the same time, the MSC Armonia, which is currently in Miami, will relocate to Tampa and it’ll start doing 4-5 day cruises out of Tampa.


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URComped Top 5 Video Slot Jackpots Of The Week - March 29, 2020 Edition

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