The Inside Scoop on Casino Cruises
By Nathan G.
A friend of mine recently got into casino cruises. He’s big into blackjack and big into sailing, so the new development didn’t surprise me. I hadn’t heard much about gambling ships, so his experience piqued my interest. Here’s what he had to say.
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
The cruise lasts about six hours from the start of boarding to the end. My buddy insists that Sunday is the day to go. With a noon to 6 PM schedule, it’s the perfect amount of time to get in a couple hours of gambling, eat a decent meal and soak up the sun on the upper deck.
While most cruises come with a pretty hefty price tag, casino cruises do not. My buddy pays around $40 for a ticket, which includes a meal voucher and credit to play in the casino. That’s a steal for a cruise ship outing.
They have $5 and $10 blackjack tables – and no continuous shufflers.
Did I mention my buddy likes playing blackjack? He will park himself at a table with a low minimum just to stretch out his play for as long as possible. He tries counting cards, but he isn’t very good at it.
As a bit of a landlubber myself, I wouldn’t race to a port anytime soon, but I am a bit curious. What are your thoughts on these open-water gambling expeditions?