Over the past ten years, the number of passengers on cruise ships has increased by 70 percent to around 30 million travelers. Cruises, originally a form of travel for the "upper ten thousand", have now become affordable for broad sections of the population.
Many holidaymakers fulfill their dream of boat trips that stand for variety, foreign countries, good food, sport and wellness as well as sophisticated entertainment. Cruises offer a great advantage: the guests on board the floating hotels, which are usually exclusively equipped, are not tied to one location. During the course of your cruise you will get to know different ports and "experience" some of the unusual routes to the most beautiful and unusual destinations in the world.
Cruise ship Azura in Bridgetown Barbados
Cruise ships are getting bigger and more luxurious
The affordability of ship travel depends on the segment in which ships are established. The travel prices are not least dependent on the size of the ships. Luxury ships like the one under construction Crystal Endeavor are unimaginably expensive with daily prices of more than 1.000 euros per person. In contrast to these ships, the much larger, versatile cruise ships of AIDA Cruises, such as the AIDAcosma or AIDAnova or the TUI Cruises cruise experiences at comparably low rates. This also applies to the large ships of the established, international providers.
On-board casinos make the cruise perfect
Large casinos have long been a standard feature on international cruise ships. Already on the Titanic or the legendary paddle steamers on the Mississippi, games were played in on-board casinos.
American Empress paddle steamer
Many people find gambling on ships particularly attractive. The cruise lines are happy to meet this need, after all, they make good money from it.
What games are offered in the floating casinos?
Queen Mary 2 - Silver Ager at the game
The floating arcades on cruise ships offer the games that are in vogue in a land-based casino or in an online casino. The range extends from slot machines to poker, craps, roulette and blackjack. The latter is also known as 17 and 4. This game is especially popular because the odds of winning aren't entirely down to luck. Achievements are comparatively easy to achieve. If you want to practice the game at home before you face a real croupier, you can try the online variant.
With all this preparation, the time may have come to book a trip on one of the largest casino cruise ships and try your luck. We introduce three notable casino giants.
The ALLURE OF THE SEAS
ALLURE OF THE SEAS - Port Everglades
The 362 meter long and 47 meter wide Royal Caribbean cruise ship is known for its exceptionally good and varied entertainment programs. When the ship left the shipyard, it was dubbed the "largest cruise ship in the world". It has now lost that attribute to the sister ship Symphony of the Seas. Although the “Symphony” is marginally larger, the entertainment program in the 2.704 cabins and suites “Allure” is as varied as before.
The entertainment complex also includes the on-board casino, which has been adapted to the gigantic dimensions of the ship. Cruise experts put the casino in first place in an “8 of the Best Cruise Ship Casinos”. The area on the fourth deck has more than 450 slot machines and 27 table games. Here, experienced players and newcomers alike can put their luck to the test at roulette, blackjack and baccarat and enjoy games, fun and excitement as an encore. The atmosphere in Casino Royale is almost similar to that of the casinos in Las Vegas, including the glamor decorations and the cocktail service.
The casinos in Las Vegas are known for the big shows and special appearances. The entertainment program of the "Allure of the Seas" also offers this. The program in the Royal Theater includes excellent Broadway musicals such as Mamma Mia !, the Aqua Theater at the stern of the ship shines with acrobatic performances and the Ice Rink offers spectacular ice shows.
The Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 in Brooklyn
The 2003-meter-long Queen Mary 345, which went into service in December 2, is still one of the world's largest passenger ships, despite the many complex cruise ships built over the past 16 years. Queen Mary 2 was designed for transatlantic liner trips. In the winter months it is also used for cruises. The ship is the last transatlantic liner. Its size alone is impressive, and the interior is even more fascinating. The ship offers all the pomp and pomp that one would expect from such a traditional ship. It offers its guests a huge on-board library with more than 8.000 volumes, the only planetarium on the high seas and the elegant Empire Casino.
Queen Mary 2 Casino
The Cunard flagship casino is glamorous and reminiscent of Monte Carlo gamblers. A total of 100 slot machines and twelve tables are waiting for players. Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Craps, Roulette and Caribbean Stud Poker are on offer. Croupiers offer daily training for beginners and those who are unsure of the rules of the game.
The world's first super yacht casino
Casinos on board passenger ships remain closed on land. The situation is different with the XNUMX-starSunborn Yacht Hotel and Casino. The hotel ship has been permanently anchored in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar since XNUMX. A casino was added the following year. It appeals to players who prefer to play blackjack or other games on a ship without spending their time at sea.
Gibraltar with cruise ship
The casino is entered via a separate entrance. There are 58 slots, three roulette and four card tables. Poker fans play in a separate room. If necessary, players can book a luxurious room or one of the suites in the adjacent hotel.