At sea casinos provide an unforgettable Vegas-esque experience.
Minimums for table games can be shockingly low, enticing casual gamblers to try their luck. Penny machines and slot machines with minimal betting requirements such as $5 are also available.
Cruise lines use your room keycard – not printed vouchers – to track winnings when cashing out.
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 undertakes regular scheduled transatlantic sailings from London (Southampton) to New York, usually over seven-night journeys. This floating museum at sea showcases many murals and paintings depicting Cunard ships through time along hallways and staircase landings, while their permanent “Heritage Trail” exhibition showcases art work depicting this line’s glorious history.
Dining options at San Miguel de Allende include Mexican dud, Giovanni’s Table, Vintages wine bar and Samba Grill Brazilian churrascaria. Tip: If you are interested in any specialty eateries, be sure to book reservations as quickly as possible as these eateries tend to fill quickly!
On evenings, QM2 hosts an amazing nightlife, including cirque-style stage spectacles and Broadway shows at Royal Theater; comedy clubs; live music performances by MO5AIC; as well as Illuminations Planetarium with full-scale exhibits that explores our universe.
As soon as the QM2 arrives in New York, she turns to starboard and passes by Manhattan’s Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal before docking within view of New York’s famed skyline. A free shuttle takes passengers back to Southampton Central train station when it’s time for disembarkation – taxi rides cost approximately PS9 for Mayflower/City terminals or PS12 between QEII/Ocean Terminal.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is an enormous ship at sea, boasting 18 decks packed with world-class entertainment, cutting-edge technology and 2,384 crew members. As Royal Caribbean’s flagship vessel, Allure of the Seas features seven distinct neighborhoods, 25 dining venues and 37 bars and lounges – along with the longest jogging track at sea!
Casinos provide players with numerous ways to test their luck, from penny slots and poker tables to coin pushers resembling arcade machines but with wads of cash instead of tokens.
The Allure of the Seas elevates cruise entertainment to new levels, featuring full-length Broadway show Mamma Mia as part of their cruise fare. Furthermore, all Oasis class ships offer Oceanaria; an undersea themed production with high divers and acrobats featured as entertainment. Other attractions on board Allure of the Seas include ice skating shows, rock-climbing walls and the FlowRider surf simulators. At nightfall, Allure of the Seas’ Royal Promenade provides the ideal spot for relaxing with a cocktail while watching people and feeling the pulse of this floating “city at sea”. Located out of Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Allure sails worldwide including stopping off at Labadee Haiti for added adventures at its own private beach.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic stands out among cruise lines with its distinct offerings and attractions, like its large casino at sea – not unlike many of NCL’s ships – offering a Vegas-style ambiance without being overwhelming or intrusive. Additionally, its diverse bars, lounges and entertainment venues create a variety of experiences, such as Bliss Ultra Lounge (complete with velvet drapes and day beds); Svedka Ice Bar where furniture, artwork and vodka drinks remain at 17 degrees; as well as of course its main casino.
NCL’s Epic offers an expansive array of restaurants, such as Moderno Churrascaria (a Brazilian steakhouse); Le Bistro (a French formal eatery); Cagney’s – CCL’s signature steakhouse; and Great Outdoors, serving buffet fare at lunchtime as well as snacks throughout the day. There are even a few for-a-fee eateries aboard the Epic, like Shanghai and its Noodle Bar, offering Chinese and pan-Asian fare. Balcony cabins boast unique designs featuring rounded wall corners and living areas open to the deck; toilet facilities can be found behind translucent doors. Sailing out of Miami and San Juan on two-week Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries respectively. A major renovation in 2020 completely transformed The Haven to create even more luxurious experiences for passengers.