Hey guys, Just wanted to share a few things about a recent "Free Cruise" I went on that was given to me by a Harrah's Property. As you may or may not know, CET has some sort of agreement with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). Anyway, a casino I play at with some regularity has a once-a-year offer where players with enough play on their card receive a "Free Cruise" from NCL. The offer is anywhere from 3-7 nights, could be a variety of room classes and a variety of destinations. The lowest would probably be a 3-night cruise to the Caribbean with an inside stateroom to the best being a 7-night cruise basically anywhere NCL goes with a suite. Anyway, both my friend and I were given a free cruise. I received a 7-day cruise to Bermuda, Mexico, or the Carribean with an inside room and my friend received a 7-day to anywhere with an ocean view. All of these cruises allow you to take a guest. As you can guess we were super excited because we realized we could either both go on the same cruise with a guest or we could take 2 cruises using each other as our guest. At this point I will describe why "Free Cruise" needs to be in quotations. Yes, technically, you are not paying for the cost of the cruise. BUT YOU STILL PAY THE TAXES, which is about as much as the cost. Then you add a set per day fee for gratuities, travel to the cruise port, cost of alcohol on the boat, and cost of "specialty" restaurants on the boat which cost more. So basically, for a $1,000 cruise, you are getting the "cost" of the cruise waived but you pay about $1,000 in taxes. We had a great time but just keep in mind if you are ever offered this that the costs will add up. Lots of "fees" keep popping up. You can get a week-long all-inclusive resort + airfare to Jamaica for like $800. Just my thoughts! - Dye P.S. The blackjack on this boat was interesting. Most the tables were 8-deck H17 6:5, but if you played $10 min you got 3:2, and if you bet at least $50 a hand you also get S17. P.S.S. The casino has a players card where the points entitle you to receive money off your final bill or even money off your next cruise. Also, drinks are free in the casino.