Floating around the Caribbean in a cruise ship for days under the warm tropical sun sure is fun. You can meet a lot of people, enjoy swimming the oceanic waters, or just lie under the radiant sun and let the good times roll. However, more and more people are going to cruise ships just to experience gaming like no other: on board poker.
With hundreds of miles away from home and a place full of friendly competitors, this unique gaming experience has lured even the most hardcore card players of gaming meccas like Las Vegas. To celebrate this new fad in the marine industry, here are some of the top poker joints in cruise ships:
1. Oasis of the Seas
One of the three Oasis-class cruise ships built, this 225-thousand metric ton monstrosity is only a few tons short of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Aside from these features, the ship is powered by 3 16-cylinder Wartsila common rail engines and 3 12-cylinder Wartsila engines, and runs at almost 23 knots. However, these are not the only features that make Oasis of the seas a true beauty of the sea. Completed in 2009, this is Royal Caribbean’s newest flagship and has all the amenities and luxuries any modern cruise ship has to offer. Aside from the lavish suites, exquisite on-board restaurants and other luxurious amenities, they also house one of the best poker tourneys on a cruise ship. If your cruise lasts for more than four days, they hold Texas Hold ‘em tournaments and satellite tournament winners get two cruise tickets and the seat to the Royal Poker Tournament, where the pot money soars up to $100,000. But if you cannot participate in these on-board poker matches, you can always pop out your laptops or tablets and go to partypoker.com .
oasis of the seas
2. Crystal Serenity
Of the two cruise ships operated by Crystal Cruises, this 68-thousand ton ship can hold more than 1,000 passengers and almost 700 crew members yet runs on 21 knots. With different design houses in charge such as Tillberg Design, Garroni Designers Company, Okada & Associates and other designing companies, the ship’s interior and exterior embodies the contemporary luxury design zeitgeist. Because the ship exhibits modern Epicurean pleasures, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted them as the best cruise for 16 years. Aside from all the facilities offered, their poker games are the most memorable. With only a few people playing poker and the buy-in is as low as $20, you can play card games with other passengers until you either sweep the tables or you drop.
3. Carnival Breeze
While the Carnival Breeze just sailed to the high seas last year, this Dream-class cruise ship has been the talk of the international community because of its stark yet unparalleled elegance and functionality. As the 40th anniversary ship of Carnival Cruise Lines, it houses top-of-the-line amenities and services Carnival can offer. Recently, the ship has been famous for its poker games because it hosts the latest PokerPro computerized poker tables, both on regular and high-stakes tables. Their tip: wear glasses so other players can’t read you.
Do you know any other cruise ships which offer best on board poker experience?