Gambling has gradually expanded its reach throughout the world in recent years with even major countries such as the U.S., Japan, and China. Whether it is Las Vegas or Macao, gambling continues to be a popular pastime.
One of the best niches within the gambling industry remains with cruise ships. While many of the top of the cruise lines look to build through shopping, there are still a number of adult-oriented cruise trips which feature onboard casinos.
The roots of river gambling came from the steamboats along the Mississippi River. These riverboats used to be a means of transportation until the arrival of the railroad changed things. To survive, these boats used gambling as a way to attract customers. Eventually, gambling on the seas became popular on Caribbean cruises and spread from there.
These days, most ocean liners have a casino area which features an abundance of slot machines and some gaming tables for roulette, craps, blackjack, and poker. However, there are a few that still truly stand out from the pack.
The following is a list of four of the best casinos found on the seas today.
Superyacht Hotel and Casino
You won't have to worry about getting seasick on this because this ship is actually a permanent casino/hotel that just so happens to be always docked by a pier. Found in Ocean Village Marina in Gibraltar, it provides a good dockside view while providing the illusion of playing on a cruise liner.
In reality, it is a hotel with a back entrance to the casino area. The hotel offers bedroom suites which feature deck areas to look out from. As for the casino area itself, it features poker tables, American roulette, slot machines, and table-side service.
Allure of the Seas
Many regard the liner Allure of the Seas and its sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, as a premier vessel. They are the two largest cruise ships around and the ships do have 18,000 square feet of casino fun on it.
Run by Royal Caribbean, the casino has a Las Vegas-style look and feel to it. Whether it is roulette, craps, poker, blackjack, or slots, there are plenty of options within these boat casinos. You can get served at the table or try one of more than 500 slot machines available.
This ship is a prime example of the gambling prevalent on Caribbean cruises. The Norwegian Escape has its own expansive casino floor which features 318 slot machines and 28 gaming tables. The casino itself is called Escape Casino at Sea and the name fits.
Another positive for this casino on a cruise line is that it has tables fit for different experience levels ranging from novices to the high-rollers. There is also an exclusive VIP room for the latter group.
Queen Mary 2
With such a royal name, it is fitting that the Queen Mary 2 also has a casino area that signifies riches. The Cunard Cruise Line ship has an appropriate name, Empire Casino.
You can find daily lessons on blackjack in the casino area, which features 99 slot machines and nine tables. Though the dress code is only smart-casual, the royal setting suggests that you can easily wear finer attire if planning an evening of gambling aboard this vessel.