A few weeks ago I let you know about a fantastic addition to the Status Match Merry Go Round.
This new match requires a trip to the Ocean Casino in Atlantic City and comes with two free nights. It, of course, also requires that you already have your Hard Rock Rock Royalty status. Read that post first if you haven’t already since this post is Part 2. The match gets you Ocean Prime status.
Now, the terms state that you can receive two free nights at Wynn per calendar year as well as a free MSC Caribbean cruise. The terms also state that you won’t be able to book until after the 15th of the following month. This is very true and it turns out they manually send a list of new Ocean Prime members on the 15th.
So I called back both Wynn and MSC today to clarify some things that I wondered about (or that some of you asked me about).
In this article
Wynn – Two Free Nights
You can use the two free nights any night of the week, including weekends, but there are limits on when. If the room rate is higher than normal, don’t expect to be able to use them The nights I booked were selling for $239, but when I asked about a weekend with $800 nights, I was (as expected) told those weren’t available.
You can opt to not pay a resort fee, which is around $45 plus tax. If you opt out, you can buy Wifi on its own for a price of $20 and up based on speed/devices. If you add casino marketing nights on to your stay before or after the comp nights, you will then be required to pay a resort fee on ALL nights. But, if you book those other nights elsewhere, you would only have to pay the resort fee on the nights booked elsewhere. Just be sure to book the same room type so the front desk can check you out and back in without moving you.
Thought the terms imply that this is valid only at Wynn, I successfully booked Encore.
You can use the benefit once per calendar year, so if you match now you can use it in 2022 and again in 2023. From then on if you re-qualify for status you get it each calendar year. Realistically, we’ll see what match options await down the road 😉
To book, call 866-770-7930, mention Ocean Casino Resort and your tier level.
MSC Cruises – Free 7 Night Cruise
You’ll get a free 7 day cruise, once per calendar year, in an ocean view room and only in the Caribbean.
Port fees and tax are included, however they will take a $400 deposit. The deposit is put into your onboard account but they tell me you can even take that out at the casino – which to me means essentially a full refund. I asked about an upgrade to a balcony room which I was told would be about $800. But there really are no other fees.
To book, call 1-844-MSC-PLAY (1-844-672-7529) and mention Ocean Casino Resort, your account number and tier level.
And remember that MSC is the cruise line with a status match program, so grab your highest hotel or casino or cruise tier and match before cruising.
I think that pretty much covers it…. pretty nice deals!
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Fantastic! I’m from Brazil (American citizen) and going to Atlantic City next week to match status in all of those programs
Im already caesars diamond status and I love Vegas
Thanks a lot for this article mate
Awesome. Love to hear it!!
Looking forward to my Atlantic City trip next month for these status matches! Some clarifying questions if they are relevant to what you booked:
1) Do the Wynn comp nights also work at Encore?
2) For the 7 day (nights? 8 days?) cruise, can you depart from Miami/Orlando to the Carribean or does the entire cruise have to start/end in the Carribean? The example you screenshotted last time was a 7 night, 8 day cruise out of Miami. Did you end up booking that/a similar one?
Thank you for writing this update to the Merry Go Round!
You’re welcome! I didn’t actually book a cruise because I’m not personally cruising at this time…. so I really just called to do the research for all of you 🙂 But yes, a cruise from a US port to Caribbean is what I meant (although I’m sure an intra-Caribbean one would work, too).
The Wynn room has to be Wynn, not Encore.
Alvin: Just updated the post as I called back and asked to change to Encore – request granted! Seems allowable within their internal fine print.
That is great news as the Encore rooms are a tad bit bigger 😀
Thank you so much!
How do you book the cruise…. I emailed MSC and they had no idea about comp cruise and told me to contact oceans casino
You have to call MSC.
Has anyone taken advantage of the free MSC cruise and been able to essentially cash out the $400 deposit/credit, as Dave mentioned in the post? I’m unlikely to find a good use for $400 deposit/credit since my girlfriend and I don’t drink.
Yes, you can use the deposit as credit at the casino. Got everything minus $15 back!
Awesome thank you!
couldn’t you just do nothing with it and get it back after the cruise?
The deposit? Someone mentioned being able to use at the casino for a $15 fee. They won’t just refund it, though, no – it’s onboard credit.
I booked my two free nights at Encore at Wynn. Able to even book them for a weekend. Taxes and fees were waived as mentioned in your article. I was given the option to upgrade (for $40 a night) to a higher floor with better view but I didn’t mind the lower floor and the view was fine.
I’m also thinking about using my free cruise. I was hoping to upgrade to a balcony but $800 is too steep. Plus it looks like alcohol packages are about $50 for mid-level alcohol per day of the cruise, so another $350.
Did you get the taxes and fees waived when you checked in? Just told them to opt-out the resort fee? TIA!
Yes. Wynn is excellent. They’ll let you know options. But in short, super easy to opt out of the resort fee 🙂
I got lucky with a free upgrade to a balcony room about a week before departure.
Mind sharing which hotel/casino status you matched to MSC with? I see they only allow you to upload one status, so I’m trying to make it count!
Thanks for all the tips Dave! Once you match once…are you able to continue doing this merry go round each year with Caesar’s- hard rock – oceans? Or is hard rock to oceans a one time thing?
Thanks so much!
We don’t yet know what Ocean will offer come July 1st for inactive members. For sure there is no chance of an Ocean match sooner than 1 year from the last time you matched or played at Ocean. But they may further restrict for the next program year, or remove matches altogether, or something else. We probably won’t know until July.
Dave or any folks, if we get matched to Prime before or by june 30th, the status along a comp MSC cruise & stay @ the Wynn will be be good til 6/30/23, or the matched status with benefits will end in 2 months by 6/30/22? TIA
The pamphlet I got said the 6/30/22 still applies
How do i book my free cruise?
Hi David, I got matched in July 2022 to Ocean Prime. Can I verify that it’s 1 free cruise in 2022 and another in 2023 or is it just 1 cruise from July 2022-June 2023?
What about port taxes and fees for MSC? Do they also cover staff gratuities?
The first part is answered in the article. Not sure why they’d cover gratuities.
Dave for the one stay/cruise per calendar year. Is it Jan 1 to Dec 31 or based on oceans year