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Fear - Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea!
Coral Princess - 7.31.06 - Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Whittier
CCL Victory - 8.31.06 - New York, Halifax, Canada, New York
CCL Miracle - 8.31.07 - New York, San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, New York
CCL Victory - 6.10.08 - New York, St. John, Canada, New York
CCL Inspiration - 8.21.08 - Tampa, Cozumel, Tampa
CCL Inspiration - 8.25.08 - Tampa, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Tampa (Half way to Platinum!)
CCL Destiny - 11.17.08 - Miami, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Miami
CCL Miracle - 12.7.08 - Ft. Lauderdale, St. Maarten (Happy Birthday to Me), St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Ft. Lauderdale
CCL Miracle - 4.16.09 - New York, Bermuda (overnight), Newport RI, New York
CCL Fantasy - 8.27.09 - New Orleans, Cozumel, New Orleans
CCL Fantasy - 8.31.09 - New Orleans, Progreso, Cozumel, New Orleans (Platinum 3 years to the day since my first Carnival cruise!)
RCI Monarch of the Seas - 12.14.09 - Miami, Coco Cay, Nassau, Miami
CCL Freedom - 8.28.10 - Ft. Lauderdale, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama, Ft. Lauderdale
CCL Miracle - 8.2.11 - New York, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, New York
NCL Star - 8.19.12 - New York, Kings Wharf, Bermuda (3 days), New York
CCL Miracle - 12.16.12 (Doomsday) - New York, Port Canaveral FL, Freeport, Nassau, New York
NCL Breakaway - 8.25.13 - New York, Kings Wharf, Bermuda (3 days), New York
There's no secrets EXCEPT some words of advice. If you're going to gamble on the slots, ALWAYS play the maximum amount. I've seen people cheap it and sorry that they did. You would feel terrible if you hit it and only played 1 coin.
The thing about the slots that I have realized is that these machines are computers. They are programmed to act a certain way, and most of the time you don't win much on them, if anything. Try playing one line for a while, and almost always, a big win will come up on another line. Then switch to playing the max, and no more big wins. It almost always happens, and I think the machine is programmed to recognize when you're playing one line, and then tempt you to increase your bet. I usually play the slots for a little while just for fun, but you probably stand a better chance to win at a table game. They say Vegas odds are a lot better than ship's odds.
BonnieJ is on the right track. The God inside every machine is a Random Number Generator. As it's name suggests, it spits out thousands of random numbers per second. Those numbers correspond to where the reels will land on the face of the machine. The minute you press the "spin" button or pull the lever the RNG stops. Whatever the RNG stops at will determine where the reels will end up. It's more like a computer than a game of chance.
Learn Blackjack basic strategy or stick to the pass/come line at the dice table. Much better odds than the slots.
Everyone brings joy to the room. Some when they enter, some when they leave.
I can tell you how to lose much more than you had planned to donate. Use your S&S card to play the slots with. It's so easy to just punch a few buttons, and like magic, you have money to play with when you run out. I will NEVER play on my S&S card again!! It'll be cash only for me from now on. I was a very bad girl on my cruise last week. Very bad.
__________________ ~ Jan ~ 126 days at sea, and many more to come!
9/3/06 Conquest; 11/26/06 Conquest; 3/24/07 Fantasy; 10/13/07 Glory; 2/9/08 Ecstasy; 6/15/08 Conquest; 10/20/08 Miracle; 3/22/09 Conquest; 4/18/09 Ecstasy; 9/27/09 Conquest; 3/1/10 Triumph; 5/8/10 Triumph; 10/2/10 Triumph; 5/8/11 Conquest; 9/1/11 Triumph; 11/27/11 Magic; 4/22/12 Magic Western, 4/21/13 Magic, 6/2/14 Triumph, 9/28/14 Magic
My secret slot playing technique?
I find a nickle macine and put in a $20 bill................That's it!
If I can't win after $20, I won't win after $40 or $60 or more. And with the right nickle slot, I can play for at least 30 minutes if I'm lucky. I won't have won anything, but at least I had fun.
I have to agree, in my personal experience, and those of friends we've sailed with, the first night of the cruise, the last night of the cruise, and sea days seem to pay out more. I won $500 on a sea day, my mother won $1500 about 5 minutes later! I won on a .25cent slot, my mom won on a $1 slot.
Always play max. If you don't play max, you can play longer, but you won't win "big", for the most part.
Although, I won $375 on Enchantment on night #3, so who really knows.
We have seen on the first night they pay good. (This is to get the people in to play) Then the last night after 12:00 pm It seems that they pay out better. I wonder if anyone else notice this?
I have played slots only a certain machine though. It seems when the ship leaves it pays well, going to the ports etc. After the ship turns for home it seems the machines tighten up for the most part. Just my opinion and I only play one certain machine. Ive paid for two cruises with this as well.