The Best Cruise Ships with Casinos

The cruise ship industry has been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Many ships have stopped sailing for the time being, as it was originally deemed too risky to be onboard. However, as the pandemic recedes and we start to get back to normal, we’ll see the ships start to sail again. They’re currently working on safety protocols to ensure that future customers are protected and that outbreaks – if there are any – are contained.

On the plus side, there are some great deals to be had on cruises these days. Whether you’re planning to take advantage (safely) and go soon, or whether you’re looking to wait it out and go later, here’s a list of the best cruise ships you can hop on board if you’re into casino gaming.

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship

Destination: 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise

Departs From: Miami

Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship

If you’re thinking about where is a safe place to take a cruise these days, heading on out to the Caribbean might be one of your best bets. There are a number of countries in the area that aren’t too badly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s not as if you’re going to sail into an epicenter.

In terms of the gaming on the Norwegian cruise ships, their selection is among the best. You can play video slots, video poker, blackjack and craps. This ship has more than 300 different slots along with nearly 30 table games. And they have a great variety for limits too, ranging from $5 all the way up to $5000.

Rated the Best Large Ship by Porthole Magazine in 2017, this ship has a massive 3000-square-foot zipline, ropes course and a 15,000 square-foot pool. They even have Broadway shows like Burn the Floor and Howl at The Moon available on the ship. You won’t get too bored on here.

Allure of The Seas

Destination: 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Departs From: Orlando, Florida

Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is a fantastic option for gamers. Every single one of the ships in this line has a Casino Royale, which are all decked out with a Monte Carlo-like décor. These ships have a huge playground for players with over 500 slots, nearly 30 table games and video poker too.

The seven-night escape on the Caribbean cruise will start off in Orlando, but take you through St. Johns, Antigua, CocoCay, Bahamas and Charlotte Amalie, and St. Thomas, among other stops. In terms of some of the other on-boat amenities, there is an adults-only Solarium, a rock-climbing wall, surfing on FlowRider, and the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! Performing regularly, so there’s plenty to do.

If you’re looking for a little rest and relaxation (to go with your gaming), this is a wonderful option.

Carnival Vista

Destination: 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise

Departs From: Galveston, Texas

Carnival Vista Cruise Ship

It’s wild to think just how affordable a cruise ship adventure has become. This seven-day jaunt on Carnival Vista can cost you as little as $339 per person, which is incredible. That boils down to about $49 per day, which might be cheaper than your cab ride to the airport.

This fantastic voyage takes you through Montego Bay to Grand Cayman to Cozumel, so it does a little Caribbean loop before coming home. While en route, you’ll have access to some of the best gaming you can get while at sea.

Taking a look at the full itinerary, this ship has more than 200 different slots available, along with more than 20 table games. They’re generous to players too as they pay out about $1 million in tournament prizes per year. Also, they have a VIP program (Carnival Players Club), so that will help with some of the costs if you’re a loyal customer who plays regularly with them.

Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship

Queen Mary 2

While Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is grounded for now, it is a site to behold when it does leave port and head out to the seas. This cruise ship is 1,132 feet long and can handle 2,691 customers along with a crew of 1,292. The amenities on the boat are incredible as we’re looking at everything from their Canyon Ranch Spa, to a sizable library. And of course, an action-packed casino.

It’s not the biggest gaming floor around but it’ll have everything you need. There is a variety of 100 different slots and you’ll find all of the other classics available too like roulette, video poker and Texas Hold’em. Betting limits can start as low as $5 and climb as high as $500. So, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from when you play.

Azamara Journey

Destination: 7-Day Adriatic Wonders Voyage

Departs From: Athens, Greece

Azamara Journey

If you’re looking for something a little more exotic than a Caribbean getaway, Azamara’s Journey is heading into the Adriatic this October. Captain Johannes Tysse will guide you from Athens, Greece to Venice, Italy with all sorts of fun stops along the way.

Azamara are known for their high-end luxury ships, which are generally smaller than the average. That means you’re not going to encounter huge crowds. The casinos are not major, but they do offer a good selection of slots, blackjack, roulette, three-card poker and a few other games.

Celebrity Experience Cruise Ship

Celebrity Cruise Ship

Destination: Spain, France & Italy Cruise

Departs From: Barcelona, Spain

One of the most popular cruise paths is in the Mediterranean. Guests can see some of Europe’s most beautiful countries. On this journey, you’ll start off in Barcelona, head to Valencia, stop-off in Ibiza. Then head to Nice and Marseille in France, before hitting La Spezia in Italy and ending in Rome.

On a trip like that, you’re going to eat very well, but you’ll also game well too. The Celebrity cruise ships are stocked with awesome games, which is why they have been rated the Best Cruise Line Casino in consecutive years by the Casino Player’s Gaming Awards.

The gaming floor is quite large as they offer over 2000 slots for you to play across the fleet. Whatever the theme or type you’re looking for; they’ll have it here. They also have 148 table games too.

So, when you’re ready to set sail on a cruise ship, where will you go?

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Dave Golokhov

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As a travel/adventure writer, Dave has written a number of destination stories covering some of the most unique destinations, such as Bilbao (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel) to Iceland. He’s also (been lucky to) had the opportunity to review the experience of eating at some of the world’s best restaurants, including Noma (Copenhagen), Amber (Hong Kong) and Eleven Madison Park (New York). All of those stories can be read on, The Daily Beast and The Globe & Mail.


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