Following the news that cruise passengers have been striking it lucky in the on-board casinos; we have decided to roll the dice and have a look into the cruise ships and packages with the biggest, best and luckiest casinos.
Oasis of the Seas & Allure of the Seas
The largest ships in the world Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are the unsurprising hosts of the largest casinos at sea with the gaming rooms containing 450 slot machines apiece. Blackjack, roulette and poker tables with skilled croupiers are also abundant in the main casino lounges alongside a bar area, poker room, and the players’ club.
The whole casino pays tribute to the history of casinos with a ‘Museum of Gaming’ walkway entrance leading from the main body of the ship.
Deal: Ocean Voyage on Oasis
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most comprehensive liner offers the fleet’s biggest and best casino with hundreds of slot machines which the line promises are more exciting than ever. Norwegian Cruise Line has won a Casino Player ‘Best of Gaming’ award 9 years in a row and Porthole awarded them ‘Best Cruise Line Casino’ in 2013. The cruise line takes on-board gaming very seriously, offering nearly 3,000 slot machines and 200 table games across their fleet.
Deal: Canary Islands & Morocco
The intimate Azamara Journey plays host to a suitably private casino, retaining a high level of professionalism and elegance. The on-board casino is operated by the same team as the much larger casinos aboard Celebrity Cruises’ ships. The Azamara Journey casino team is dedicated to providing VIP treatment to all players, happily staying open for high-rollers into the wee hours of the morning.
The casino team aboard the Azamara Journey are incredibly helpful and only too happy to convert tables for different games depending upon what is popular that night.
Deal: Amalfi Coast & Sicily
Queen Mary 2
All operations aboard the Queen Mary 2 are carried out with the utmost dedication to sophistication and the casino is no different. The ship’s Empire Casino is an incredibly spacious gaming lounge with a great selection of gaming tables whilst the majority of the ship’s slot machines are located in a separate salon located adjacent to the main room.
The Queen Mary 2 plays host to a progressive Megacash jackpot which has been known to grow into the hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Deal: Hamburg to New York
Holland America Zuiderdam
The Zuiderdam plays host to an incredibly modern and contemporary casino built around a central 11 gaming tables offering roulette, blackjack, poker, Caribbean stud and craps. The casino plays host to 133 slot machines, including six which offer cruisers the opportunity to play for the progressively growing Megacash jackpot.
Deal: Aegean Explorer
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