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February 11th, 2015 at 10:27:39 PM permalink
I'm not the most technologically inclined and couldn't even find the darn search function. Anyways, I will be cruising in the not so distant future, and wondered if anyone had updates on the conditions for at least the major cruise lines. I wonder if they have the same conditions ship-ship within the same company. I'll start with my past experience.

Carnival Splendor

Continuous Shuffle-H17-DAS-No surrender- No RSA- BJ paid 3-2 Minimum was $6. There was quite a bit more action then I was expecting, several players were playing blacks every night for multiple hours.
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February 11th, 2015 at 11:27:14 PM permalink
Good luck to you. Casinos are usually a very small part of a cruise ship's profits and the ship has no incentive to make better rules. After all, where else you going to gamble. In Las Vegas you can walk next door for a different casino. On a ship, you have one and only one choice. They have little incentive to offer great deals.
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February 12th, 2015 at 2:01:54 AM permalink
I can confirm that Norwegian's "Breakaway" mega-ship does not offer pai gow tiles :(
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February 12th, 2015 at 6:59:46 AM permalink
Quote: sodawater

I can confirm that Norwegian's "Breakaway" mega-ship does not offer pai gow tiles :(

Yeah, I've talked to NCL about not having any Fortune PGP, though they do offer the base game; they don't want the exposure for the high-odds payoffs. They also find that, although they've worked hard to offer better, "more Vegas-like" games than the other cruise lines, they don't try to offer games that only serious gamblers want to play. So tiles don't have enough casual gambler appeal for them to go to the effort of training their dealers and offering it.

I do think NCL is offering the best casino opportunities overall, and would recommend them over Carnival's offerings. However, I can't give you specifics about their BJ offerings. They do hold daily (sometimes twice daily) BJ tournaments that are fun. Those may not reflect what their table rules are, but for them it was 6 deck S17 3:2 DAS D10-11 RSA LS .
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February 12th, 2015 at 7:07:20 AM permalink
I would also be interested if we could compose a sort of 'by company' breakdown of anything recent. I'm probably going on a cruise in a few months (looking in to booking soon) so any cruise with a BJ game out of a shoe would be quite nice =).
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February 12th, 2015 at 7:26:50 AM permalink
What's the craps like on the Breakaway?
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February 12th, 2015 at 8:33:14 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

What's the craps like on the Breakaway?

I was on the Getaway (newest Breakaway class) last March, and the craps was 3-4-5x odds. I would expect Breakaway has the same game.

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February 13th, 2015 at 1:01:46 AM permalink
I recall taking a cruise on Princess Cruises- The Norwegian and they dealt their Blackjack out of a shoe. Had one table open during the day with usually only one person playing. I couldn't tell you about the rules or penetration. I wasn't into Blackjack at that time.
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February 13th, 2015 at 1:09:58 AM permalink
If I operated a casino on a cruise I'd offer great rules, but we wouldn't be playing with a full deck.
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February 13th, 2015 at 1:18:23 AM permalink
Quote: WBGamble

Anyways, I will be cruising in the not so distant future, and wondered if anyone had updates on the conditions for at least the major cruise lines.

See this post with some info on Norwegian Cruise Lines:

I think the best game they had was probably Blackjack, but I don't remember their specific rules.
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