Top 10 Casino Cruises

Today’s luxury cruise ships offer just about every amenity you could hope to find on land, and then some. If you’re looking to spice up your sailing adventures, choose a cruise that features casino-style entertainment. Most casino cruises offer a wide selection of classic games, ranging from slots, video poker, roulette, blackjack and craps. That’s in addition to five-star fine dining, world class fitness and spa facilities, Broadway-worthy musical performances and a whole lot more.nWith so many ways to enjoy yourself, since you board one of these liners you’ll never want to dock

#1- Azamara Journey

Inaugurated in May 2007, the Azamara Journey offers a unique, luxury cruise experience to its 693 (max) occupants. This medium-sized ship is tailor-made for the discerning traveler, featuring more verandas than most cruise ships, as well as butler service in each and every suite. A fine cruising experience is made sensational with a whole host of special amenities and services to keep you entertained while at sea. If you’re looking to travel in style to some of the more exotic Western European destinations, then this luxury cruise ship is the perfect choice.


There is plenty to do aboard the Azamara Journey.If you desire some extra pampering during your vacation, you’ll just love the ship’s impressive spa, with its wide range of luxurious treatments. Before or after your personal pampering session, you can also enjoy a workout in the ship’s wellness (i.e.,fitness) center.

Since luxury cruising is all about relaxation, there are plenty of places to unwind, depending on your mood, including the ship’s casual café, piano bar and wine bar. The live shows and daily enrichment programs (such as wine and champagne tasting) enhance the overall entertainment package.

There is also plenty of gambling action on board in the cruise ship’s very own Casino Luxe, featuring 55 slot machines, eight gaming tables and multiple blackjack and slots tournaments. For those new to gambling, gaming lessons are also offered onboard.


No European cruise would be complete without plenty of dining options.The Azamara Journey has a formal restaurant with open seating for evening meals, a casual buffet, as well as two upscale restaurants (reservations and cover charge required). These options are supplemented by a pizzeria, luncheon grill, casual patisserie café and 24 hour room service. In other words, there is no chance you will go hungry on the Azamara Journey

#2- Carnival Freedom

Picture your ultimate vacation getaway.  What does it entail? Sandy beaches?  Luxurious shopping?  Five-star cuisine?  Arejuvenating spa?  Elegant casinos?  On most vacations, you have to choose between them, but not on the Carnival Freedom, where these amenities are just the beginning.  The Carnival Freedom caters to every craving and whim you might have while aboard the 52 foot ship, to ensure that you experience true freedom out on the sea


The Carnival Freedom is so much more than a ship.  It is an entertainment playground. No matter your age or your interests, there is something to pique your curiosity.Are you the sporty type? Partake in one of the many active pursuits available on the ship.  Take a dip in the pool, make a hole-in-one on the 9-hole mini golf course, or splash down the Twister waterslide.Are you the adventurous 

type? Disembark from one beautiful paradise into another.  When the ship docks at any one of the scheduled idyllic stops, you can discover the rich traditions and heritage of these exotic locales, including Antigua, Nassau, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.

Are you the laid back type? There are endless ways to relax aboard the Carnival Freedom including the full Cloud Nine spa where you can be pampered and spoiled, and the Serenity Retreat, a sanctuary where you can enjoy some time away from the kids.


Want to make some extra spending money while on vacation?  The Carnival Freedom presents the Babylon Casino. It is a thrilling casino that offers a variety of table games, including poker, craps, blackjack and roulette.


Enjoy magnificent dining throughout the ship.  The Posh and The Chic offer indulgent banquets to excite your senses. The Freedom restaurant on the Lido deck presents international flavors that will keep you coming back for more. The Sun King Steakhouse serves mouthwatering dishes with elegant Manhattan style.  And the Bar Nouveau provides pleasing vintages for even the most discerning of wine aficionados.  Whatever your palate craves, it can be found on the Carnival Freedom

#3- Norwegian Epic 

The Norwegian Epic set off on its maiden voyage in 2010, and has been sailing the seas in first-class luxury ever since. Offering Transatlantic and Mediterranean cruise options with stops in destinations like Barcelona, Ponta Delgada, Provence and Palma Majorca this is a great ship for visiting European ports. This five-star cruise gem has capacity for up to 4,100 passengers, all housed in style including contemporary architecture, comfortable living space, and roomy washroom facilities.Norwegian Epic cruises are well-suited for middle income travelers of all ages (including children) and cruisers of all experience levels


The five star quality of the Norwegian extends far beyond accommodations and is possibly best expressed in the activities and entertainment offered guests.

Some of the standout entertainment options include what has been dubbed the first Ice Bar at sea, an adults only beach club and pool, and numerous professional performances as diverse as the Blue Man Group theatrical phenomenon, Second City comedy troupe, the long-running Legends in Concert, and the outrageous Howl At The Moon-Clap sing (and howl) along.There are also numerous bars and lounges aboard the Epic including the lovely Bliss Ultra Lounge.For a different kind of fun you can also enjoy bowling in one of the three bowling alleys, a trip to the art gallery, batting cage, video arcade, rock climbing walls, or cinema.If you enjoy gambling then you should make sure to stop in at the Epic Casino to try your luck at sea.


Much of the joy of cruising is all the eating opportunities, and the Epic certainly delivers in the realm of good eats as well with a total of 17 different dining options including pizza, sushi, Chinese, traditional Italian, American, English country and more. You will definitely not go hungry aboard the Epic cruise ship.

#4- Celebrity Century

Whether you are looking for some relaxation in exotic destinations or prefer shopping, gambling and dining onboard one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, the Celebrity Century, caters to everyone's desires.The pride of operator Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Century made her maiden voyage in 1995 and returned to the docks in April 2006 for an opulent refurbishment. In total 314 new verandas and 24 new suites and staterooms were added to the ship. A new specialty restaurant was also added, while thebeautiful AquaSpa was further expanded


One of the highlights of the ship is the recently revamped Fortunes Casino. With nearly 200 slot machines, five blackjack tables, a roulette table, a craps table, and many poker tables for Caribbean and Three Card Stud, Texas Hold' Em and Ultimate Texas Hold' Em, endless hours of fun are guaranteed.

Other entertainment onboard includes, the Crystal lounge, Michael's Club jazz/piano bar, the Rendezvous lounge, the Hemispheres observation lounge and disco, and the brand new "X-Treme" lounge and video arcade, specifically for teenagers (with a dance floor, video arcade, juice bar, jukebox, karaoke, and computers with Internet).


If you like good food and drinks then you're well-catered for onboard the Celebrity Century.Right in the center of the ship you can find the new Murano specialty restaurant. This restaurant is named after the island near Venice, famous for its glass-blowing since the 13th century, which supplied the beautiful chandeliers in the restaurant. 

One must-see is the remarkable "ice bar" inside the ship's Martini Bar. The Celebrity Century is the first cruise liner with a frozen liquid wall and a bar made of ice-cold arctic stone.

The ship also boasts the largest sushi bar at sea, theOcean Grill restaurant (which is surrounded by glass and breathtaking ocean views) and theimpressive "Grand Restaurant" under the direction of the world famous Chef Michel Roux, with its sweeping staircase and enormous windows at the stern.

#5- Crown Princess

The Crown Princess is a luxury cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. In the winter months it sails the Caribbean, and switches to a European cruise for the duration of the summer season.

If you go with the Crown Princess, get ready for the journey of a lifetime. With capacity of 3,070 guests, serviced by 1,200 crew members this almost city on the sea offers you almost endless food and entertainment options for an unforgettable high-end holiday


There are incredible entertainment options onboard, day and night when you vacation on the Crown Princess.  Live theater, of a Broadway caliber is a definite highlight.  If you love lounging at the pool, then you’ll definitely love the Movies Under the Stars poolside movie theater.  Other great options include Gatsby's Casino for a bit of gambling action, the Explorers Lounge for nightclub-style performances, and the Skywalkers Nightclub.  There are also a number of bars as well as a Speakeasy cigar lounge. If you’re bringing your children with you, you won’t need to hire a babysitter.  They can spend the day at the Fun Zone, Teen Center, video arcade, or Chill Out splash pool.


The Crown Princess features what is called Personal Choice Dining.  That means in addition to the traditional fixed seating (i.e. seating at the same times for each meal), you can also dine on what you want, when you want according to your own preferences.  

Gourmet options include Sabatini's Italian restaurant and the Crown Grill for steak and seafood.  There are also many casual options including a pizza and ice cream bar, 24-hour cafe, and afternoon tea service.

#6- Ms Eurodam

While only mid-size by cruise ship standards, the MS Eurodam, with capacity for 2,104 passengers is the largest cruise ship in the Holland America Line. For a unique cruising experience, you can book one of the ten cabins with both floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, aboard this stunning new, luxury cruise ship. While a European cruise is always fun, you can also enjoy a vacation aboard the MS Eurodam as you travel through the Caribbean, Canada and New England, or the Mediterranean.


For something a little different, the MS Eurodam offers passengers what they call a Digital Workshop, powered by Windows®, where the less technically advanced can learn how to share their digital vacation memories via email, blog or social networking, in a fun and supportive environment. Not looking for a tech lesson? Fret not; there are plenty of other entertainment options available such as the Culinary Arts Center where you can enjoy gourmet tasting events as well as cooking classes. You can also book one of the ship’s private cabanas for a relaxing poolside getaway from your getaway.

For live entertainment in the evening, you can give the Mainstage Show Lounge a try with its talented array of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and variety acts.


One thing’s for certain, you won’t go hungry aboard the MS Eurodam. For something special try the Tamarind Restaurant and Silk Den Lounge, the cruise ship’s new Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge, complete with stunning panoramic views. Other dining options include the sophisticated Pinnacle Grill, laidback Lido Restaurant, and comfortable coffee house ambience of the Explorations Café. 

#7- Crystal Symphony

The Crystal Cruises owned and operated Crystal Symphony cruise ship made her maiden voyage in 1995. This luxury ship has 461 staterooms, the majority of which have verandas. The two impressive Crystal penthouses have Jacuzzis, butler service, private library and gym, as well as other personalized comforts.In 2003, Condé Nast Traveler awarded the Crystal Symphony with the honor of “Best Medium-Sized Cruise Ship in the World 


The Crystal Symphony has a lot to offer those looking for some sports and recreation. For starters, you can take a dip in one of the two swimming pools (indoors or outdoors). Or, if you prefer, why not try your hand at some golf on the sports deck? Or work up a sweat in the exercise studio, with its wide selection of spinning classes, yoga sessions, and personal training? After a hard workout, relax at the recently redesigned feng shui style Crystal Spa. It has various treatment rooms, a dry sauna, and a steam room. For evening’s entertainment, if you feel like a good show, then 'The Hollywood Theater' is the place to go. If you prefer some romantic star gazing, then try the Observatory lounge.

The ultimate entertainment, however, is found in the fabulous Crystal Casino, infamous for its impressive chandeliers. The luxurious casino offers many thrilling games, such as blackjack, craps, roulette, 3 card poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. There are also plenty of slot and video poker machines for your enjoyment. You need to be 21 or above to play any of the money-based games (including bingo).


The Crystal Symphony has nine restaurants including the Japanese Silk Road and Sushi Bar, The Bistro coffee shop, theItalian restaurant Prego, the Trident Bar & Grill (for light snacks), the Lido Cafe, and the Palm Court.

#8- Ms Westerdam

The MS Westerdam is a Holland America Line cruise ship which was christened in April 2004 in Venice, Italy. Equipped with a diesel-electric power plant and Azipod propulsion system, the ship can hold up to 1,916 passengers. Its main destinations are the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.


There are a number of traditional cruise entertainment options aboard the MS Westerdam. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll enjoy the comfortable, friendly vibe of the Sports Bar, as you watch live sporting events via satellite on large screen TVs. For those of you who like a little pampering as part of your vacation, you can stop by the Spa Thermal Suite where you can enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, or full mani-pedi as you sail the seas... There is also a library, fitness center, and an incredible art collection (which includes an Andy Warhol original) aboard. Of course, as on all self-respecting cruise ships, the MS Westerdam has a full service cruise casino with slots, blackjack, roulette, and poker.


A big part of cruising is always the food, and the MS Westerdam does not disappoint. The Pinnacle Grill offers an intimate, elegant dining experience, with premium Sterling Silver beef, delicious seafood dishes and excellent wines. If you prefer something a bit more casual, give the Vista Dining Room a try with its impeccable service, and fabulous continental cuisine (including low-carb and vegetarian options).

#9- Seven Seas Mariner

The Seven Seas Mariner, owned and operated by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, is a true luxury cruise and the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship. Each one of the 700 passengers aboard benefits from the high space to service ratio, which guarantees personal and attentive service. A highlight of this cruise is the all-inclusive beverage program which includes a complimentary in-suite bar set-up, wines at dinner, and a no-tipping policy. If you’re looking to take a cruise to Europe, Alaska, Africa, the Caribbean, or the Panama Canal, then this is definitely a top choice for those who like to sail in style


There’s plenty to keep you busy in between ports aboard this cruise ship. The entertainment program is particularly rich with high-level guest lecturers, a fully equipped internet café, dance classes, bridge lessons and culinary workshops. For those of you who want to stay active in between all the eating, the ship has a fitness center, golf cages, jogging track, shuffleboard and ping pong tables. For evening entertainment you can enjoy a Broadway style or Big Band performance at the Constellation Theater. The Stars Nightclub is a great place to go for a night of dancing, while the Horizon Lounge is a great place to grab a drink. Of course there’s also a casino on board where you can play most of the more popular casino games.


Dining aboard the Seven Seas Mariner is a fantastic experience, especially when you consider the options. The Signature restaurant, created and run by chefs from Paris’ famous Cordon Bleu is your best bet for classy French cuisine. For some more casual fare, you might want to give La Veranda a try, especially the daily breakfast and lunch buffets. The other two restaurants are the elegant Compass Rose and the intimate, reservations-only Latitude.

#10- Seven Seas Voyager

The Seven Seas Voyager offers you the ultimate in luxury cruising. There’s no such thing as a standard cabin aboard this suites-only ship. Each suite also has a balcony, for stunning views along the way. In other words, you are guaranteed a good room every time you book. A small ship by major cruise line standards, the Seven Seas Voyager holds just 700 passengers, with a staff of 445 for one of the highest space to service ratios at sea, ensuring impeccable, attentive service around the clock. In terms of destinations, the Seven Seas Voyager offers European cruises, Mediterranean cruises as well as cruises to Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, and around the world.


A main source of entertainment aboard the Seven Seas Voyager is the elegant cruise casino, which is open daily and not restricted by territorial border limits. You can easily spend an evening (or more) playing roulette, blackjack, mini-craps, poker or the slot machines. For a taste of culture, you are certain to enjoy the many goings-on in the plush Constellation Theater, including the nine piece Regent Signature Orchestra, cabaret spectaculars, professional ballroom dancing and more. There are also lounges, a cigar bar and nightclubs, for an overall entertainment package.


Fine dining is a serious highlight of any Seven Seas Voyager cruise, especially with a restaurant (Signatures) operated by Le Cordon Bleu of Paris. Other dining options include La Veranda for casual dining, the elegant American steakhouse Prime 7, and the Compass Rose for excellent continental cuisine.

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