All You Need to Know About Poker Cruises
If you’re interested in travelling and you also love playing a game of poker, a poker cruise might be just the thing you’re looking for. And if you’re looking to club your spouse’s idea of a beautiful cruise to some exotic island to your idea of a holiday in Vegas, a poker cruise is an ideal solution. Booking a poker cruise is extremely easy and all you require is your passport as a proof of identification. You are allowed to decide when you wish to cruise, how long you wish to cruise for, what add-ons you want on your cruise, etc. Most cruise lines also include meals in your cabin prices that include “eat all you want” meals.
Popular Poker Cruise Providers in the US
There are two major poker cruise providers in the US – Poker Player Cruises and Card Player Cruises. Poker Player Cruises offers poker cruises on the Royal Caribbean routes with an average 7-night cruise costing about $1189 plus tax per person. Guests are allowed to enjoy poker games while the ship is at sea and the games shut down once the ship comes to port. Card Player Cruises offer a range of cruises on the Royal Caribbean and the Holland America route. Guests can also book cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Most cruise ships offer a range of amenities apart from poker that offer guests with a variety of things to do.
What to expect
Poker cruises never have a shortage of things to do. In fact, you might end up playing less poker than you plan to because of the number of distractions that you’re likely to encounter. For example, when a ship pulls into a port, you might want to explore the local island and take part in sightseeing and island hopping tours. You can also expect to be served with some great food while on board without having to pay anything extra for your meals. Cruise liners also offer a range of on-board activities such as nightclubs, ice skating, swimming pool, sun decks, rock climbing, sports and games, group activities, fitness centers, mini golf, basketball, etc.
The poker rooms in a poker cruise
Remember, you need to book your cruise through poker providers in order to play in the poker rooms on-board the ship. If you don’t book your itinerary through a poker provider, you’re not allowed to play. If you’re new to poker, you can always take advantage of the low limit tables and the beginner classes that are offered to help newbie poker players. If you’re already a pro, you can move on to one of the higher limit pro tables and enjoy a game of serious poker. Some cruises also offer exciting poker tournaments that include entry fees of $100 – $300. Most tournaments revolve around No-limit Texas Hold’em.
Smoking is strictly forbidden in poker rooms. These rooms are also known to be extremely professional and have an extremely low tolerance for players who harass other players or the staff. The idea is to allow all players to have a good time. Therefore, players creating a problem can be removed from the room.
All cruise lines offer their guests with access to safe deposit boxes that allows one to store valuables such as cash and jewelry while on board. Most cruise lines also offer cash advances on credit cards. Many cruises are also known to use Sail and Sign formats that allow players to register their credit cards or make cash deposits on the day of sailing which can then be redeemed for shore excursions, beverages, photos, etc.