Celebrity Raises The Stakes For Cruise Gamblers

If there are two things cruise gamblers love it’s hitting jackpots and rewards programs. So news that Celebrity has become the latest cruise line to revamp their rewards program should be music to the ears of their loyal passengers. Best of all, the new program is offering a slew of new rewards and is aimed at not only high rollers but the more casual gamblers as well.

How Points Are Earned

While some casinos make it incredibly difficult to figure out how points are earned, Celebrity’s Blue Chip Club follows a pretty simple formula. Gamblers earn one point for each dollar waged on slots, every $2 wagered on video poker and every $8 spent on table games. Players begin at the Pearl level, advancing to Onyx (at 2,500 points), Amethyst (at 25,000 points), Sapphire (at 100,000 points) and Ruby (at 1,000,000 points).

“Our new Blue Chip Club loyalty rewards program is our way of rewarding our dedicated gamers and high-rollers while providing the casual gamer benefits on board that they have never had before,” explains Susan Bonner, Vice president, Revenue Management and Onboard Revenue. “The revitalized program has a wider breadth and affords many additional benefits to many more casino guests.”

What Are The New Benefits?

While players at every level will be able to redeem points for free casino play and receive invitations to special events, the Onyx level will allow passengers to get cash advances on their credit card without paying a fee to the cruise line. But it’s at the Amethyst level that passengers will see increased benefits, including $175 of casino cash per sailing, 60 minutes of free internet, a free standard beverage package and dinner for two in a specialty restaurant. Higher levels will bring such benefits as spa credits, discounts for friends and, at the highest level, prepaid gratuities and the premium beverage package.

For more information on the Blue Chip rewards program, click here.

How important are rewards programs to you when it comes to gambling during your cruise?

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