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LVSWL
02-19-2007, 02:29 PM
OK,here's my question, or questions I should say. I want to know ALL about Bingo about the DCL. We have sailed before, but totally missed this. I was hoping that some of my fellow Dissers could fill me in on their experiences with Bingo. I'm sure with a little digging and searching in the posted navigators I could find some answers but personal experience is always the best. How often do they have games each day? How much do the games cost? Will you miss the evening shows to play bingo? Have you won alot? Are the prizes worth playing? Do many kids play?
Thanks so much guys!:thumbsup2

PrincessGal
02-19-2007, 03:36 PM
I'm curious too!

LisaBi
02-19-2007, 05:18 PM
They play one session a day, most days. Five games per session. Prize money starts under $100 and builds each game and each day. Cost is, I believe, $25.00 for 3 cards per game or $35.00 for 6 cards per game. Cards can be used that specific session and game only. The last game of each session is blackout and a bigger prize. The last session of the cruise brings a huge crowd. The more people, the bigger the prizes, but the less chance of winning.

LVSWL
02-19-2007, 05:23 PM
Thanks LisaBi! Wow, I don't know what I was thinking, but that seems a little pricey. Have you played? Did you win anything?

HeelMD
02-19-2007, 05:36 PM
There is a progressive jackpot that is given away on the last day before port. On our July 2007 cruise, it was about $4000.

vic32
02-19-2007, 05:44 PM
We played twice on the Feb.3 cruise. I won once. Broke even.
Pikey is worth the price of the cards:lmao: He is so fun. Kids are therebut they can not claim a prize.I let my son bend and fold for me!

LisaBi
02-19-2007, 05:48 PM
Thanks LisaBi! Wow, I don't know what I was thinking, but that seems a little pricey. Have you played? Did you win anything?

Yep - we got sucked in. I think we played 3 different days including the final day. Spent $140.00 and won nothing. (On the last day DH and I each bought the $35.00 set of cards; the other two days we just had one set.)

LVSWL
02-19-2007, 06:42 PM
Yep - we got sucked in. I think we played 3 different days including the final day. Spent $140.00 and won nothing. (On the last day DH and I each bought the $35.00 set of cards; the other two days we just had one set.)
OUCH!!! I may have to rethink whether or not I want to do this!

cquick
02-19-2007, 06:50 PM
OUCH!!! I may have to rethink whether or not I want to do this!

Hey, Bingo is just like gambling anywhere else.....it's all in the game, and how much FUN :joker:it is anticipating a big WIN! after all, SOMEBODY'S got to win, right> Might as well be you! :goofy:

Serene1
02-19-2007, 06:57 PM
We played it was entertaining enough for my family of five with two cards. (three little kids) We were one of four winners for the final jackpot (our share was $30). They also have a raffle. We won a Stingray Adventure for two on Castaway Cay. We only did it one night. It fit in nicely after dinner and before the show.

Colmenares3
02-20-2007, 05:56 AM
They play one session a day, most days. Five games per session. Prize money starts under $100 and builds each game and each day. Cost is, I believe, $25.00 for 3 cards per game or $35.00 for 6 cards per game.
I'm a BINGO newbie (DCL too!) so forgive this question, please. :upsidedow Does this mean that, on one night, you get three or six cards for all five games for $25 or $35? Or do you have to shell out $25/$35 per game, per session ($125/$175)? I'd do the former, not the latter.

Thanks!

cabbie
02-20-2007, 06:33 AM
the prizes are not always monetary. some prizes awarded are spa gift certificates and c.c. gift certificates. i never won but it was fun.

Bobbybear68
02-20-2007, 06:40 AM
I'm a BINGO newbie (DCL too!) so forgive this question, please. :upsidedow Does this mean that, on one night, you get three or six cards for all five games for $25 or $35? Or do you have to shell out $25/$35 per game, per session ($125/$175)? I'd do the former, not the latter.

Thanks!

The First is correct $25/$35 per session.

Colmenares3
02-20-2007, 08:04 AM
Thanks, Bob!

carole88
02-20-2007, 08:21 AM
We have always had a great time with the Bingo. On our second cruise we won some raffles that included a diamond bracelet from Diamonds International (retail value $150), rainforest package and souvenir package (watch, slippers, can cozies & binoculars). On our last cruise my DH won a small bingo cash prize after someone called a Bongo.

Gina
02-20-2007, 08:53 AM
I don't know if they still do it, but on each of our other Magic cruises they'll have one session of "spa" bingo where they raffle off spa gifts (as someone mentioned above) but also give anyone who plays 20% off one spa treatment if you go and reserve that day. (Treatment doesn't have to be that day, just the reservation made.) 20% off of a $100+ massage pretty much pays for that bingo session, if you were planning on visiting the spa anyway.

I'm a bingo-holic off the ship anyway, so I really have to try and curtail myself onboard. DS and I love to play. I won about $200 one time, and lots of little raffle gifts here and there. It's just so much FUN!! :)

-gina-

JerseyBelle
03-30-2008, 12:23 PM
Just got off the 3/22/08 Western. We kept not finding time for Bingo during the cruise. Finally on Final Jackpot Bingo my dh and I went while our dd was in the club. We were thinking $35/card that was pricey but decided to do it. We were glad we did. The 1st of 4 games was 4 corners and after around 5 numbers the Bingo Queen asked if anyone was waiting for just one number. I raised my hand. I was scolded (in fun) for not standing up as you were supposed to stand up when you were only waiting for 1. I stood up and I was the only one standing. I forget if it was next number or one more but she called 11 and I yelled bingo. I was the only one so I got the entire pot ($553). Games 2 and 3 were bigger but there was more than 1 winner for each. In the final game (Big Jackpot) a guest won it alone. He went home with over $7,300. Who needs casinos on the cruise when you can win like that.

Andrew DEREK UK
03-30-2008, 12:28 PM
Just got off the 3/22/08 Western. We kept not finding time for Bingo during the cruise. Finally on Final Jackpot Bingo my dh and I went while our dd was in the club. We were thinking $35/card that was pricey but decided to do it. We were glad we did. The 1st of 4 games was 4 corners and after around 5 numbers the Bingo Queen asked if anyone was waiting for just one number. I raised my hand. I was scolded (in fun) for not standing up as you were supposed to stand up when you were only waiting for 1. I stood up and I was the only one standing. I forget if it was next number or one more but she called 11 and I yelled bingo. I was the only one so I got the entire pot ($553). Games 2 and 3 were bigger but there was more than 1 winner for each. In the final game (Big Jackpot) a guest won it alone. He went home with over $7,300. Who needs casinos on the cruise when you can win like that.Well done.

becka
03-30-2008, 12:28 PM
I really enjoy playing Bingo and while it is pricey I just look at it as the cost of my extra entertainment. I have not won anything yet but I really hope that my 3rd cruise is the charm. ;)

Hypermommy
03-30-2008, 12:42 PM
On our last cruise my DH won a small bingo cash prize after someone called a Bongo.

First, what's a Bongo? And after I find that out my next question is going to be whether someone that has to ask what a bongo is should even play? I know how to play Bingo, but I know there are people out there that can keep track of very many cards at one time and I'm not one of those people. Do newbies even stand a chance?

JerseyBelle
03-30-2008, 12:51 PM
Well done.

It covered about 1/2 of our on board account. No bar bill so it covered half. It was great. The funny part was when we received a page from the lab in the middle of the final game. Not being an experienced bingo-er, it was comical trying to handle both cards while sitting in theater seats without a table. I kept thinking I had numbers still punched from the previous game. Who knows maybe I let the big one slip by. Even if I hadn't won, I would say it was money well spent. The Bingo Queen was very funny and the kids loved shouting "SHACK IT UP" when they didn't like the numbers called. This was each time though.

CraftyMouse
03-30-2008, 01:02 PM
We have played Bingo on each of our cruises, although usually just a game or two per sailing. We never won a thing...until our last cruise. On that one I made up all of the money I had spent on our previous sailings, and then some. I won a little over $5,000 as the sole winner of the big jackpot! It was the most surreal experience of my life! DH and I had had a running joke that we could re-book if I won the Bingo jackpot so as soon as we got the cash (yes they paid me in cash!) we headed right to the re-booking desk!

JerseyBelle
03-30-2008, 01:03 PM
First, what's a Bongo? And after I find that out my next question is going to be whether someone that has to ask what a bongo is should even play? I know how to play Bingo, but I know there are people out there that can keep track of very many cards at one time and I'm not one of those people. Do newbies even stand a chance?


I didn't know the term either. A Bongo is when you call bingo but you didn't have the last number called. You have to call bingo right when you have bingo and before the next number is called. If you wait and discover you had Bingo it is too late and you don't win. The first thing they check is that your winning card has the last number called. I have played bingo before and used to waitress for the snack bar for Bingo at our church when I was a teen and I never knew that rule.

As far as newbies, I am a newbie and I won. Granted I only handled one card. It is a little tough to handle as you have a sheet with punch numbers that you punch and fold but don't remove. You pre-punch before it starts so it is easier during the game. I think I would have had an easier time if I had something like a pencil to use the eraser to punch and then my fingers to fold. The bingo I was previously used to you either put chips on permanent boards or you used ink bottles to mark the numbers. With these DCL sheets you turn it over at the end of the game and smooth it out for the next game. It is sometimes difficult to know when you have a number or you just didn't smooth it out well enough from the last game. I found during the final big jackpot game I was constantly going over my numbers against the lit board between each call. I think during the week, bingo was in places like the promenade lounge so you had tables to set it down on; but for final jackpot bingo there were 100s of people playing so it was in one of the theaters and you didn't have a table. It is a lot of fun and a little nerve racking.

JerseyBelle
03-30-2008, 01:16 PM
We have played Bingo on each of our cruises, although usually just a game or two per sailing. We never won a thing...until our last cruise. On that one I made up all of the money I had spent on our previous sailings, and then some. I won a little over $5,000 as the sole winner of the big jackpot! It was the most surreal experience of my life! DH and I had had a running joke that we could re-book if I won the Bingo jackpot so as soon as we got the cash (yes they paid me in cash!) we headed right to the re-booking desk!

That is great. I was amazed at how much the man won on our recent cruise. I was amazed at how much I won. I was thinking I would apply it to our account but they had already made a progress payment on our credit card so I took the cash. They asked if I needed assistance with anything else. I said how about an envelope. I didn't have a purse on-board. A gentleman standing in line next to me said he'd be glad to carry it for me. I laughed. I took it right back to the room and locked it in the safe.

HiddenMickeys
03-30-2008, 01:18 PM
I really enjoy playing Bingo and while it is pricey I just look at it as the cost of my extra entertainment. I have not won anything yet but I really hope that my 3rd cruise is the charm. ;)


We'll be right there with you. DW and I love bingo in the "real world" too, so since our families are both on the same cruise, hopefully one of us will at least win something. Good luck. :thumbsup2

CraftyMouse
03-30-2008, 01:49 PM
That is great. I was amazed at how much the man won on our recent cruise. I was amazed at how much I won. I was thinking I would apply it to our account but they had already made a progress payment on our credit card so I took the cash. They asked if I needed assistance with anything else. I said how about an envelope. I didn't have a purse on-board. A gentleman standing in line next to me said he'd be glad to carry it for me. I laughed. I took it right back to the room and locked it in the safe.

It was amazing to me how many other cruisers "knew" me after my win. I was constantly being stopped and congratulated. While it was very sweet it was also a little bit unnerving!

flymv
03-30-2008, 01:56 PM
We played 2 times on each of our cruises, with our children. Nov 2006 DD I won the Jackpot it was just over $5,000 and my son(15) won $400 (I had to collect it for him) this past Nov before that nothing. It is just fun time with the kids when nothing else grabs your attention.

DAD AT DISNEY
03-30-2008, 01:58 PM
Hey, Bingo is just like gambling anywhere else.....it's all in the game, and how much FUN :joker:it is anticipating a big WIN! after all, SOMEBODY'S got to win, right> Might as well be you! :goofy:

Not true, your odds gambling at a casino is much better than playing bingo on the ship.

Please save your money.

NancyIL
03-30-2008, 02:06 PM
I thought about this thread while on a Royal Caribbean cruise last week. My daughter and I decided to play the "Win a free cruise" BINGO. The cost was one card for $15 or 4 cards for $45. You guessed it - I spent $45. Nope - we didn't win the free cruise! I think I'll give BINGO a pass on future cruises, because I prefer to lose my money a little more slowly - like in the quarter slot machines! :)

DAD AT DISNEY
03-30-2008, 02:17 PM
I thought about this thread while on a Royal Caribbean cruise last week. My daughter and I decided to play the "Win a free cruise" BINGO. The cost was one card for $15 or 4 cards for $45. You guessed it - I spent $45. Nope - we didn't win the free cruise! I think I'll give BINGO a pass on future cruises, because I prefer to lose my money a little more slowly - like in the quarter slot machines! :)

Your odds are MUCH better playing the slots compared to bingo.

CraftyMouse
03-30-2008, 02:24 PM
I thought about this thread while on a Royal Caribbean cruise last week. My daughter and I decided to play the "Win a free cruise" BINGO. The cost was one card for $15 or 4 cards for $45. You guessed it - I spent $45. Nope - we didn't win the free cruise! I think I'll give BINGO a pass on future cruises, because I prefer to lose my money a little more slowly - like in the quarter slot machines! :)

That's why we don't play very often anymore. I also find that it can be repetitive to play often and I'd rather use my time for other things. I now play the final session only and that seems to be a good compromise for me.

As to those who say it isn't worth it, each of us gets to spend our money how we like. If you don't want to play Bingo don't play...simple as that.

NancyIL
03-30-2008, 02:39 PM
That's why we don't play very often anymore. I also find that it can be repetitive to play often and I'd rather use my time for other things. I now play the final session only and that seems to be a good compromise for me.

As to those who say it isn't worth it, each of us gets to spend our money how we like. If you don't want to play Bingo don't play...simple as that.

We did have fun...losing! My daughter and I debated about buying the cards, knowing the odds of us winning were quite slim. We went in knowing we were probably contributing to someone else's free cruise! :)

CraftyMouse
03-30-2008, 03:06 PM
We did have fun...losing! My daughter and I debated about buying the cards, knowing the odds of us winning were quite slim. We went in knowing we were probably contributing to someone else's free cruise! :)

That's always how I feel too...and yet it's all about the experience for me. I never expect any return on my money. If I win, I win and if I don't, I don't, but I have fun in the meantime!

bonnielynn
03-30-2008, 04:19 PM
I have only cruised once.. so dont laugh to hard at me, but I swear I never saw anyone playing bingo.. where do they do this?

:rolleyes1

keishashadow
03-30-2008, 05:16 PM
We thought it was pricey, at least they don't play the games while you're sitting in the theater (captive) waiting for the entertainment to begin every night as Carnival does.:thumbsup2

You can call it entertainment but, it is gambling...why not a few slot machines stuck in a corner for the rest of us (adults) who'd prefer to wager a different way?:confused3

CraftyMouse
03-30-2008, 05:22 PM
I have only cruised once.. so dont laugh to hard at me, but I swear I never saw anyone playing bingo.. where do they do this?

:rolleyes1

They usually do two sessions per day and those are listed in the Navigator. The earlier sessions are in Rockin' Bar D/Wavebands. The final session on the 7-day sailings is on Thursday afternoon in the Walt Disney Theater. I'm not sure where it is held on the 3- and 4-day sailings.

DAD AT DISNEY
03-30-2008, 05:48 PM
We thought it was pricey, at least they don't play the games while you're sitting in the theater (captive) waiting for the entertainment to begin every night as Carnival does.:thumbsup2

You can call it entertainment but, it is gambling...why not a few slot machines stuck in a corner for the rest of us (adults) who'd prefer to wager a different way?:confused3

Great idea!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

keishashadow
03-30-2008, 05:52 PM
Great idea!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
my secret wish for the new ships;) i'd prefer table games but, don't want to push my luck:rotfl:

KrisannB
03-30-2008, 06:22 PM
for those who do not want pay for bingo - they do offer a family bingo by the goofy pool that is fun and the kids can play and win - there are lots of fun prizes like hats, pens, etc. So this is an option for just some "Fun" bingo

Alexander
03-30-2008, 06:28 PM
We played on our last cruise. It was hard for DS to keep up with the bingo caller, she went kind of fast. It was okay. We played on the first night, but I wouldn't say it was "fun". It was okay. We didn't go again, not worth the money when we can find other more fun things to do.

DAD AT DISNEY
03-30-2008, 07:53 PM
We played on our last cruise. It was hard for DS to keep up with the bingo caller, she went kind of fast. It was okay. We played on the first night, but I wouldn't say it was "fun". It was okay. We didn't go again, not worth the money when we can find other more fun things to do.

That's exactly how I feel about bingo. If they could make it more affordable and not keep 90% of what they take in I wouldn't have a problem with it.

DAD AT DISNEY
03-30-2008, 07:58 PM
my secret wish for the new ships;) i'd prefer table games but, don't want to push my luck:rotfl:

It would be nice if they had a small casino on board. Looks like I will have to settle for Atlantis for the time being.

Livesincelebration
03-31-2008, 05:12 AM
:thumbsup2:

I have won bingo 4 times and have only cruised twice! I am absolutely addicted!

It paid for all of my extras on the frist cruise!:woohoo:

Not a lot of people play, so your odds are good!

Hypermommy
03-31-2008, 06:09 AM
Not a lot of people play, so your odds are good!

I understand that there could be hundred(s?) at the last day which make sense since that's when the big prizes are. But what about the daily bingo -- how many people would you say play that one?

disneyfinatics
03-31-2008, 08:35 AM
for those who do not want pay for bingo - they do offer a family bingo by the goofy pool that is fun and the kids can play and win - there are lots of fun prizes like hats, pens, etc. So this is an option for just some "Fun" bingo


Thanks for the information. I think the kids would love that!:yay:

JerseyBelle
03-31-2008, 10:37 AM
I understand that there could be hundred(s?) at the last day which make sense since that's when the big prizes are. But what about the daily bingo -- how many people would you say play that one?

I don't know since I only played the last session but I would think not that many. They have it in small locations like the Rockin Bar D and the Promenade Lounge.

Livesincelebration
04-01-2008, 05:20 AM
I would say that about 25 to 30 people actually play per day. That makes your odds great. The final game they hold in the theatre and it is packed.

CraftyMouse
04-01-2008, 07:05 AM
I would say that about 25 to 30 people actually play per day. That makes your odds great. The final game they hold in the theatre and it is packed.

When we have played it was closer to 75 during the regular sessions and hundreds at the final session. That's for the Magic. On the Wonder it could be different.