Reviewed By Adam Kenny
Casino Cruise is reasonably new to our shores, so we wanted to figure out whether they were worth checking out for the average Kiwi punter.
In short, we reckon Casino Cruise is a cracking ride, but what about the downsides, and more importantly, what are the games like?
Let’s check out Casino Cruise from stern to bow and see if it’s worth your time and money.
Like any good cruise, there are bound to be some freebies to get you on board, and with Casino Cruise that comes in the form of an attractive online casino bonus NZ when you sign up and make your first deposit.
In total, there is a welcome package worth $1,500 split across 4 deposit bonuses. It works in a multi-step process across your first four deposits:
You must read the terms and conditions carefully before signing up and making your first deposit. You can find the significant terms below:
The only bonus codes you’ll need for Casino Cruise are for the welcome bonuses that we’ve listed above. The first portion of your welcome bonus does not require a bonus code.
One of the ways to get free spins at Casino Cruise is to join up and claim their welcome bonus that includes 200 free spins on Starburst.
The second way to get free spins at Casino Cruise is with their Monday Breeze promotion, where you can get 10 free spins (and a 25% deposit bonus) every Monday.
In the world of New Zealand online casinos, no deposit bonuses are few and far between. In this case, Casino Cruise doesn’t offer any no deposit bonuses, but they offer a range of other bonuses, including a generous welcome bonus, so it’s hopefully not too much of a loss!
Well, we did just mention a range of bonuses, so let’s see how Casino Cruise stacks up!
Get 10% of your losses as a cashback (max $200) every Tuesday.
Deposit on a Monday and get a 25% deposit bonus (up to $100) and get 10 free spins.
Make a deposit on the first Wednesday of every month to claim 2x 50% deposit bonuses up to $100.
Receive 1 point for every $20 you bet. Once you get 1,000 points, you can exchange them at a rate of 100 points for $1.
Make a deposit (and play) during the week and get a freebie for the weekend in the form of free spins and bets.
Make a deposit on a Tuesday and Casino Cruise will boost your balance by 25% all the way up to $100.
Click on the home page at Casino Cruise and you’ll be greeted with a truly impressive range of categories:
That is a genuinely awesome range of categories and ticks nearly all the boxes for what we would want to see in an online casino.
There are 96 table games, covering all your favourites like roulette, blackjack, poker, and craps. There are also other table games you might not find elsewhere like Dream Catcher and Megaball, so we give Casino Cruise credit for offering such a wide variety here.
Games are bought to you by the best of the bunch in the software development world, with providers like Quickspin, Play ’n Go, NetEnt, and Pragmatic Play bringing their biggest hits to the all-you-can-eat buffet.
All games are tested for fairness by a third party to ensure Casino Cruise’s random number generator (RNG) is legitimate. This means the computer/RNG that generates the numbers and symbols in the games is completely random and fair, so no funny business.
If you’re a Kiwi and you’re looking at casino reviews, it’s probably not a silly guess to say you love the pokies, and if that’s the case, you’ll love Casino Cruise. They’ve got more pokies that you can shake a stick at, and they cover a range of styles and genres to boot.
They’ve got classic pokies like Mystery Joker, Jackpot 6000, Triple Tigers, and Irish Gold. They’ve got video pokies like Book of Dead, Starburst, and Wolf of Gold. Basically, if it’s a favourite pokie, Casino Cruise has got it waiting for you.
Yes, Casino Cruise even has a live casino! In this virtual casino, you’ll be greeted by real-life dealers and real-life players, where you can play the likes of roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, and more.
There are even TV-style games like Dream Catcher and Mega Ball to keep you entertained for hours at a time. All up we counted 111 live casino games, so it’s fair to say you won’t get bored at Casino Cruise.
We like how Casino Cruise is laid out, especially with how many casino categories they give you. All too often online casinos are lazy by giving you only a few categories, which makes it hard to find new or even favourite games.
By giving you lots of categories, Casino Cruise gives you lots of ways to find your style of game, game title, software developer, or completely new games altogether.
Beyond that impressive categorisation, Casino Cruise pages load quickly, as do their games.
Best of all, most games can be tried out in demo mode. This is a great way to practice a game without using your real money, or just have a bit of fun while your funds are low.
The mobile casino for Casino Cruise is well designed and works just as well as any other top mobile casino you’ll come across. Pages load quickly, and the graphics are just as good as if you were playing on a computer. It doesn’t matter what type of device you have either — whether it’s an iOS device or Android, phone or tablet, everything works just as you would expect.
You’ll be able to find everything fine as well — although some of the menu buttons have been moved to suit a smaller screen, everything is easy to find. If you’ve played Casino Cruise from your computer, you’ll be instantly at home with their mobile site.
There is no dedicated app for Casino Cruise, but honestly, that’s no big deal. The mobile version of their website is so quick and smooth you won’t miss having an app at all. Along with that, there is no dedicated support for PIN/Touch ID/Face ID, just your usual passwords.
There are a few ways to deposit and withdraw at Casino Cruise:
Again, be aware that when you go to withdraw your winnings, you will need to supply Casino Cruise with a copy of your photo ID. This is an industry-wide practice that is in line with international gambling laws.
Payout rates are usually described as Return to Player, or RTP. This is a percentage of the money a game pays out vs what is put in.
There is no way to list the RTP for every single game that Casino Cruise offers, but here is an overview of their RTPs by game category:
Progressive jackpots can be hard to find, so it’s good to see they are on offer at Casino Cruise. The best way to find them is to go to their jackpot section, and just browse for a jackpot game that shows a jackpot over $1,000,000.
Some of the progressive jackpot games on offer at Casino Cruise include:
Casino Cruise has gone to the best of the best when it comes to recruiting the best software providers. They offer a bunch of the top players in the game, as well as some smaller indie developers just to add an extra little bit of flavour.
Software providers at Casino Cruise include:
Like most other big online casinos, the registration process has been simplified for easy registration.
Signing up to Casino Cruise looks like this:
You may be requested to supply verification documentation as part of the casino’s KYC procedures when requesting your first withdrawal.
We hate it when an online casino has either no live support or make it hard to find. Thankfully, Casino Cruise makes it easy to get in touch straight away. Just click on the chat button on the bottom right of the screen, and you’ll be instantly in touch with their support team straight away.
Support is available 24/7, which is super handy for us Kiwis on the other side of the world from Casino Cruise’s European offices.
Casino Cruise’s VIP program is pretty straightforward — the more you play, the more loyalty points you earn. The more loyalty points you earn, the more you will climb the VIP ladder. Generally, you will be contacted by their VIP team, but there is nothing wrong with contacting them directly to see if you qualify.
Here are the tiers for the VIP program at Casino Cruise:
Your perks will depend on your tier/level but expect bonuses, VIP events, personal account managers, gifts, and cashback.
We’ve all felt at some stage like we went too far with the odd bet, especially if it turns out to be a loss. Thankfully, as a trustworthy online casino, Casino Cruise offers a range of responsible gambling tools to help you get on the straight and narrow.
Head down to the bottom of the page to find the responsible gambling link, where you’ll find a page with all the resources you need, including self-assessments and links to gambling help organisations.
There are also various responsible gambling tools such as deposit limits, reality checks, session time limits, wagering limits, and loss limits.
If in doubt, please check out these tools — having a punt is meant to be fun. If it stops being fun, there are the right tools available to help you.
Honestly — there is not much to fault with Casino Cruise. They offer a wide variety of online casino games, they have a ton of ongoing promos, and their welcome bonus is also pretty good. They also manage to not fail in the basic ways that a lot of other online casinos do, so we appreciate their attention to the customer experience.
The only real downside is a slightly higher than average wagering requirement, however, that is nothing in the grand scheme of things.
No, Casino Cruise does not offer sports betting. Instead, they focus on casino and live casino gaming.
Yes, Casino Cruise has a good range of live dealer games, including classic games such as Blackjack and Roulette and next-generation live game shows.
Payout percentages will vary from game to game at Casino Cruise, so you should be able to find a pokies game that suits your play style and risk-to-reward profile.
Casino Cruise’s minimum withdrawal amount is $10.
Yes, Casino Cruise has a good selection of games, ranging from all your favourite pokies, to live table games.
Yes, Casino Cruise’s mobile website works flawlessly and will be familiar to anyone who has used their main website.
Definitely. Casino Cruise is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gambling Authority (MGA), the UK Gambling Commission, and follows NZ Gambling Commission guidelines.
Depending on your withdrawal method, the average withdrawal time at Casino Cruise is anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on your choice of payment method. Check out our review of Casino Cruise to see the withdrawal times for each withdrawal method.
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