Very few cruise ship casinos are cash-only but a few do exist. (Windstar and Silversea are examples.) Though most big ships will have an ATM, the fee to withdraw money is usually pretty high; bring some bills if you're unsure of how the casino on your chosen ship works.
Above, are drinks free in cruise casinos? Casinos. Booze doesn't flow as freely in a cruise ship casino as it does in Las Vegas, but if you're a frequent player or a high-roller, you may earn free drinks while you're playing on your current or a future cruise.
At the very least, do you get free food on cruises?
All cruise ships have at least one complimentary main dining room (many have two or three), and most also have a buffet that is free of charge as well. The main dining rooms and buffets serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Are free cruises really free?
These are travel sellers, not cruise lines. The ship they are offering to get you on is often Grand Celebration. ... Second, as you might guess, the cruise isn't actually free. The cruise fare is waived, but you still have to pay government taxes and fees up front: $65 per person, when I called.
Cruise ship casino rigged is a problem that many of the players have reported. They say that the slots in the games especially blackjack have been rigged. They are rigged in a manner that the cruise ship casino management get the more of it.
In general, it's safe to budget between $12 and $15 per person per day of the cruise. So, for a family of four taking a four-night cruise, bring at least $240 just for onboard tips. (It's not necessary to tip on behalf of an infant.)
Activities. Free: Trivia, pool games, big-screen movies, dance classes and sports deck activities -- such as basketball, rock climbing, mini-golf, ropes courses and shuffleboard -- are all normally free on a cruise ship.
Sadly it's not possible to buy packages for specific sea days as a drinks package can only be purchased for the entire duration of your cruise. If your cruise itinerary is planning a lot of time docked and you'll be off exploring the wonders ashore, then a drinks package may not be worth investing in.
Take, for example, the Symphony of the Seas, currently the world's largest cruise ship. Feeding around 6,600 passengers and 2,200 crew on a typical seven-day itinerary requires some 60,000 eggs, 9,700 pounds (4,400 kilograms) of chicken, 20,000 pounds of potatoes and 700 pounds of ice-cream.
The cheapest times to cruise are typically in the late summer and fall because of hurricane season. (If you decide to travel then, purchasing cruise insurance is a good idea.) But you can often find other patches of bargain sailings, especially during the early weeks of December and in the spring.
See, cruise pricing is similar to tour pricing. The closer you get to the departure date, the cheaper the cruise becomes. ... Because cruise ships don't want to depart with half-empty boats, so they drop prices steadily until that boat is leaving port, since for them empty cabins mean less money.
Cruise ships are terrible for the environment. Their heavy use of fossil fuels means that even on a short week-long cruise, a person would produce the same amount of emissions as 18 days on land. They also emit large amounts of sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide and have terrible waste management policies.
Cruise vacations can often expose you to too much sun while lying on deck or when hitting the beach at one of your ports. Too much sun can not only increase risk of cancer, but it also can cause heat stroke, cataracts, dizziness, fatigue and skin blisters or burns.