Gambling, in general, is something I’m not really interested in. I’ve only gambled once on a cruise and it was done at the slot machines. Rob and I sat down, said we’d try with $10, and would quit after that; win or lose. I don’t enjoy flushing my money down the drain, so gambling is not my thing. If you enjoy playing the tables or perhaps sitting at the slots, my recommendation would be to have a limit. This is something I would say regardless of whether you’re on a cruise or not. The casinos are one area where the cruise lines make a ton of money!
With that being said, remember that gambling is a form of entertainment. One should not go into the casino on a cruise ship and expect to become a rich. I recommend setting a limit and sticking to it. Have fun and don’t expect much in return.
Cruise ship casinos close while you’re in port.
Cruise ships do not keep their casinos open while in port, because the cruise companies don’t want to compete with the port city. Your cruise director will recommend that cruisers disembark and patronize the local stores, restaurants, and casinos. If you want to spend a good amount of time gambling during your cruise vacation, you should book a cruise with more days at sea. There are a couple exceptions to this in Bermuda (open 9pm-5am) and Nassau (open 7pm-3am.)
You have to be 18 to go into the casino.
Cruise ship casinos are open in international waters. Once the cruise ship is 3 nautical miles from shore, they are able to open.
Gambling on a cruise ship is not the same as gambling on land. The atmosphere of the casino has a different feel. Many of the people in the cruise ship casino are beginners. Cruise ship casinos have no competition, so they don’t have to worry about you getting up and going down the street to another one, like on land. You won’t see anyone walking around handing out free drinks either.
Smoking is allowed in casinos on ships that allow smoking.
Disney cruise lines do not have casinos on board. Who has time for gambling when you’re hanging with Mickey, right?
Another form of gambling on a cruise is in the form of a Bingo game. Bingo games are usually played in between activities in the lounges on a cruise. They offer a variety of different options throughout the cruise trying to keep it interesting. Usually you win cash, but they often do one game of Bingo where you can win a cruise. Rob and I usually play 1 or 2 games of Bingo on each cruise. On our last cruise, we won $150 or something like that.
If you’ve cruised before, did you go hang out in the casino? Did you come away a winner?
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