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Cruising with Cosmo

Discussion in 'Exclusives from The Cosmopolitan' started by Elf70, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Elf70

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    I haven’t done a TR in awhile but really wanted to share our epic adventure on last week’s Cosmo VIP cruise. We were aboard the MSC Seaside for seven days that went by way to quickly. It was an absolutely amazing trip. Ports included San Juan, St Thomas, St Marten, and Nassau. What an amazing and fun week it was!

    The night before the cruise many of my fellow Cosmo cruisers and I stayed at the ALoft hotel in Miami. The Cosmo crew, Kevin, Catie, Desiree, Rebecca, and Mary started our week long party off with a meet and greet with open bar and appetizers. It was a great start to the trip and a great way to get to know everyone we’d spend the next week with.

    My ALoft hotel room had a mini wrap around balcony. Just like being at Cosmo!

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    Saturday morning a bus picked us up at the hotel and we were off to the port. We all had upgraded cruise packages provided by Cosmo so we got to bypass all the check in lines and were on the ship in record time.

    My cruise cabin had a mini wrap around balcony. Just like being at Cosmo!

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    After leaving Miami, first on the agenda was a meet and greet with the MSC casino staff in the Seaview Lounge. Drinks flowed and appetizers were consumed. We all got a Cosmo backpack full of Cosmo swag.

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    After that we, of course, headed to the casino. Many handpays and big wins happened night one and throughout the trip. I no longer believe the rumor that cruise ships tighten the casino after a few days. At least this one didn’t. Several days into the cruise someone from our group won the Major on Rising Fortunes for about $5800 and later that night another Cosmo cruiser won the Grand for more than $40,000! Several other people hit handpays over $5000. Then on the last night a Cosmo cruiser hit the Lightning Links Grand for over $20,000! I had several handpays on Buffalo Gold and Buffalo Max throughout the cruise. The game selection overall was very good. The casino hosts, slot attendants, and drink servers were all wonderful. Here’s a few pictures of the slots. They had a nice selection.

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    The MSC casino had, exclusively for Cosmo cruisers, freeplay giveaways worth several thousand dollar throughout the cruise. Cosmo also has several drawings for freeplay during the trip. Fun times!

    Our first day was a sea day. All of our cabins came with 2 free massages and free thermal spa access. Most of us took advantage of this during the cruise. I had my first massage ever and enjoyed it so much I booked another one for later in the week.

    Dinner that night was at one of the specialty restaurants. Teppanyaki was very enjoyable and delicious. Our chef was so entertaining!

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    Our first port was San Juan. Several of us disembarked at the same time and ended up on a bus tour of some sites. We all abandoned the tour before it finished and headed back towards the port for drinks and shopping. Those tour buses really need to consider serving cocktails!

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    Next up was St. Thomas. We had an entire day there and lots from our group did many different things.

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    Dinner that night was in the main dining room. It was Italian night. Here’s Cosmo host Rebecca and her husband David dancing during dinner.

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    That night my new cruise friend Melissa and I played Buffalo Gold and Buffalo Max side by side for hours!! Drinks we flowing and handpays were happening! I also won $100 in freeplay during a “hot seat” giveaway. My first drawing win ever!

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    Next was St Marten and my favorite day of the cruise. Cosmo put together an amazing beach day for us all. Covered loungers, open bar, delicious food, a band playing, sand, sun, and beautiful warm water. I really can’t describe how perfect the day was.

    Here’s our private beach area. Notice the purple Cosmo flag welcoming us!

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    Here’s Kevin (Cosmo_Slot_Vice_President) on a jet ski. It looks like I chopped his head off in the picture. Lol. Sorry, but he was moving fast! I’m also sorry I didn’t get a picture of his epic wipeout directly in front of our group. Lol. He survived.

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    Next we had another sea day. Unfortunately the seas were very rough and the ride was tough. Lots of us were queasy during the day but still managed to enjoy the casino and more massages and spa time. That night there was another Cosmo freeplay drawing in the casino.

    Our last day was in Nassau. Before making it into the port I had more luck on “my” Buffalo machines.

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    Many of us headed to the Atlantis water park. I’d never seen Atlantis. It’s a beautiful resort.

    One last night in the casino and the cruise came to an end. I had some good luck on Lightning Links. My $930 win was on the machine that hit the Grand later that evening. The MSC casino staff did one final freeplay drawing for our group for $3000.

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    The Seaside Is a beautiful ship. The staff was great. It was wonderful meeting so many fellow Cosmo slot players. I encourage everyone who plays at Cosmo to talk to your host and see how you can join in on the fun on the next cruise.

    Thanks Kevin, Catie, Desiree, Rebecca, and Mary for hosting this awesome adventure. I can’t wait for the next one.

    Hopefully some of the other Cosmo Cruisers from the forum will add their thoughts.
     
  2. Texas Steph

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    Just like Cosmo!! Lol!!!!

    Yes, hopefully some other Cosmo cruisers post their thoughts... how many would you say went due to the Cosmo invite? And were a bunch of them Forum members (if you know)?

    Thanks so much T, for writing up this report!! So happy you had a fun and winning time, and had your first massage, yea!! Guess I've been in my own little world, cause I wasn't even aware that this was happening! (Then again, I AM a guppy at Cosmo, so no reason I should've known, hah!)

    I'm glad the cruise wasn't affected by any storms... and only 1 rough day at sea is probably to be expected, idk.
    I bet the Cosmo staff were happy to have a "vacay" away from Vegas Lol! Thanks again and I love your pics!!
     
  3. TIMSPEED

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    Looks awesome!
    I always wondered if the “free cruise” they sent out was that one..since it was on NCL I don’t think it is..
    This event is more like the “Million Point Club”?
     
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  4. Elf70

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    Yes it’s different than the certificate giveaways. This has separate qualifying criteria.
     
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    Elf70 - what a wonderful trip - and a first massage!! Most definitely the start of something that will always be on your itinerary - Vegas spas are fabulous. Thanks for sharing - we are often thinking of diving into a first cruise but always get cold feet.
     
  6. Elf70

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    It had been 15 or 20 years since my last trip so I really didn’t know how I’d like cruising. It was great! I suggest you dive in and get cruising! And yes, Vegas spas are probably in my future!
     
  7. Elf70

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    Hi Steph! All the Cosmo cruisers were invited through the event. (I think that’s what you were asking??). I know at least one other Forum member was with us. She’s going to add to this when she has time. Hopefully anyone else who was on the cruise and a Forum member will see this and post also.
     
  8. sparkydog

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    Thanks for sharing @Elf70 ! Looks like it was top notch which Cosmo is known for. If you ever cruise again bring Meclazine with you as it is excellent for sea sickness and you can still safely consume alcohol which makes for a double win!!
     
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    I was also on this cruise, and wrote up last year's adventure on the VIP cruise. @Elf70 did a much better job with all the photos! It was everything she said, and just crazy good! Getting to know so many of the Cosmo team (shoutout to Mary - the behind-the-scenes wizard who makes all those slot tournaments and special events come together), seeing my host (Yay, Rebecca) and the rest get to have some well deserved fun was awesome. All the perks and royal treatment was much appreciated. The best part may have been making new friends, enjoying the incredible wins, and knowing that every Cosmo trip will be a family reunion! We are headed back to Cosmo this week (craziness, for sure!) for my birthday celebration and an Eagles concert, and know that 2 or 3 of our cruise group will be there too. I can say, without reservation, that no other casino takes care of you like Cosmo does. The big corporations just can't do customer relations like this. We've had status with all of them, and nothing touches this. If you ever get the invite for the VIP cruise, do what you have to do to make it happen. My first massage too - and have to agree, at almost 59 years of age, it was incredible! Thanks, Cosmo. Perfection.
     
  10. Elf70

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    Have a great trip! Win big on Fire Link and enjoy your birthday celebration!
     
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    Thanks for sharing your experience! It sounds like Cosmo and the cruise staff made it special!
     
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    Great TR, Elf. It's always nice to read about two of my favorite things; Cosmo and cruising! It sounds like it was a wonderful experience all around. .It looks like you had a lot of blue skies and water. Very good to hear you enjoyed the spa and massage. I see visits to Sahra Spa in your future. :)

    I know you're not a video poker player, so I am hoping someone can chime in on what the offerings were on the Seaside.

    Thanks for taking the time to report and post pictures It's refreshing to read experiences where a company is giving/rewarding players in a climate of cutbacks.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts/comments.

    How would you compare MSC to NCL?




     
  14. tringlomane

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    Looks like a fun time! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    That cruise sounds heavenly. Thank you for sharing!
     
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    What an awesome adventure!! I’m sure you all had a blast! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I have to report that Firelink at Cosmo was incredible! Hubby got 1 handpay the first night, 3 hand pays the last night, and I got 2 the last night! Gotta love a winning trip!!! Also saw two fellow cruisers - family reunion : )
     
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    They are both great! Since Cosmo treated us to the Aurea level experience on MSC, we had anytime dining, which made it similar to the Freestyle Dining that I love on NCL. Aurea level also granted spa access and the free massage, so that was definitely a plus. My NCL Cosmo cruise was on the Bliss, and both it and MSC Seaside had wonderful outdoor spaces to relax, which is important to us. Food was better on NCL - we loved the Local and the buffet was better; casino and staff were better on MSC. . We also had the "wraparound" aft balcony on MSC and that was a favorite. We are cruising again on both ships - so definitely liked both : ) Alaska on the Bliss and Western Caribbean on Seaside. MSC has a very straightforward offer - earn 9999 casino points to receive a free cruise, which was awesome. Of course, the more points earned, the higher level the room type offered. The Observation Lounge on the Bliss was probably our favorite area on the ship. MSC had a much more impressive atrium and high energy entertainment. Of course, itinerary/ports are more limited on MSC as they are newer to the US, but I think they will continue to expand the options. I can 100% highly recommend either ship/line!
     
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    Wow - beautiful pictures and what looks like a wonderful time.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us. Congrats on the wins!!
     
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