The popularity of the casino industry is, without any doubt, increasing every year. However, some countries like Sweden have not embraced the idea of land-based casinos much. The only time that you will be lucky to come across a casino will be when you visit the major cities such as Sundsvall, Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo.
What if I told you that you could enjoy casino gaming while on a cruise? Cruises around the world have embraced the idea of incorporating casino gaming in remote locations. Our expert gamer Carlos Norberg (check profile) was kind enough to share with us some of the major cruises with casinos:
Oasis of the Seas
Getting a chance to board one of the biggest ships in the world is something you will never forget when you choose this cruise. It is a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruise. You can spend your daytime by the pool and the nights in the on-board casino that covers 1,800 square feet. There are different types of table games and slot machines that will keep you busy during your vacation.
The Oasis of the Seas cruises from Miami via Florida and finally docks at the clear waters of the Bahamas. The cruise ship is known for organizing casino tournaments where gamers compete in various classic games. The stylish bars within the ship creates the right mood as the boarders get cocktails throughout the trip.
Freedom of the Seas
It is another ship from the Royal Caribbean and cruises through the deep waters of the Southern Caribbean. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options within this vessel. The housekeeping and customer service are highly trained to ensure that you always get the best attendance.
Its flagship casino is dubbed Casino Royale, and those on board can enjoy different games such as slots, roulette, blackjack and a variety of poker games such as 3 card poker and Texas Hold’em. No need to worry if you do not understand casino gaming as there are casino classes you can join at different times of the day and learn new skills or brush up.
The capacity of this cruise ship is 700, which is somehow lower than the other ships we have covered so far. Azmara Journey has a magnificent casino centre that allows those on board to play various casino games and get to know each other during the journey.
There are various luxury boutiques within this ship, which mirrors its destinations. Azmara journey cruises to some of Europe’s most sophisticated destinations such as Monte Carlo, France and Sweden. It will be perfectly alright to head down to the shops after playing several rounds of poker or blackjack on the ship. Such an experience will make you ready for the next docking station.
Queen Mary 2
It is the cruise ship to board if you are looking for a royal experience. Queen Mary 2 is managed by Cunard cruises and is the flagship vessel. Some of the most famous routes for this ship are the U.K. and the U.S., even though it goes beyond.
Its casino is dubbed ‘The Empire’. You can choose from 99 different slot machines and 12 gaming tables. Some of the table games you can play include poker, roulette and blackjack, to mention a few. The games are perfectly designed to fit players from Europe or the U.S.
You can expect celebrity treatment while on this cruise, just as the name suggests. There are 11 different cruise options, with Alaska and Asia being some of the most popular. Fortune Casino is the centre stage for casino gamers as there are multiple table games, an electronic Texas Hold’em table and almost 200 slot machines to choose from.
There are tons of activities to choose from when you do not feel like visiting the casino. The wellness centre within Celebrity Cruises comes in handy with various SPA treatments. You can join trivia sessions and jumpstart your brain while on this cruise. Music and dance lovers also have their place as there are dance lessons.
Can you play online games while on a cruise ship?
There are days that you want to just lay in your chamber and have some alone time. You may have familiarized yourself with online casino.
Maritime law can be somehow confusing, and some of the laws date hundreds of years back. Whether you are allowed to engage in online gambling or not will depend on the cruise ship in question. The modern online casinos can automatically detect your IP address, and you may be blocked from sites if they do not support the countries you are surfing from.
One of the oldest laws is that a ship that is 12 miles away from the coastline is on ‘international waters’. The ship is thus deemed to be a ‘territorial extension’ of its country of origin. Thus, it will be legal to play online casino games while on the international waters if you are on a ship from Sweden.
Visiting a floating casino within a cruise can be an awesome approach to keep you busy and entertained during the cruise. Ensure that you familiarize yourself with what the cruise ship has to offer, or else you end up in the wrong vessels. Create a casino gaming budget as you may find yourself immersed in gaming and end up in a financial crisis.