Every cruise line lures customers with a unique cruising style for their particular niche market. However, the growing popularity of mega ships has seen the development of huge vessels hosting activities for every taste and age group. Younger travellers and entire families have embraced cruise ship holidays like never before, and major cruise ship companies have embraced the opportunity to welcome everyone on board. Royal Caribbean International is leading the way with giant theme park rides, gorgeous showrooms and flashy casinos rivalling the best that Vegas has to offer.
All Royal Caribbean cruise ships feature a dedicated casino that will attract everyone from first-timers to high-rollers. The most popular games such as roulette, blackjack and poker are all on offer, along with traditional slot machines and other gaming alternatives. The casinos on Royal Caribbean vessels are considered some of the best at sea.
These huge floating resorts also have dedicated nurseries, child minding and kids club services, so after a day of entertaining the youngsters with fun-filled activities it’s time for some adult casino action. The largest and most spectacular casinos on the Royal Caribbean fleet are found on their Oasis Class ships. These vessels are also the largest cruise ships afloat, with a passenger capacity of almost 5,500.
Oasis Class Casinos
Launched in 2009, Oasis of the Seas is served by just under 3,000 crew, hosts an extremely sophisticated casino that even non-gamblers will want to explore. Not only will you experience the thrill of gambling but you’ll also learn its history as soon as you enter themed walkways, Museum of Gaming and The Hall of Odds. The casino itself boasts superior design elements that include ornate crystal chandeliers, eye-catching sculptures, and the effulgence of semi-precious stone ornamentation. An idea of the casino’s size is understood when you find 450 slot machines and many table games in action. All the popular casino games such as blackjack and roulette are on offer, plus extras such as craps and Caribbean Stud Poker. Time spent between games can be enjoyed at the bar and lounge area or in the dedicated player’s club.
Quantum Class Casinos
Launched in late 2014, with a passenger capacity of more than 4,000, Quantum of the Seas is a natural progression for Royal Caribbean International. Onboard technology is more high-tech than ever before, and the attractions are simply out of this world. Cruisers can ride a giant gondola almost 100 metres above sea level, go skydiving at sea or ride the onboard bumper cars, among many other attractions.
Casino Royale games such as slot machines, video poker, roulette, blackjack, craps and Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em poker are all state-of-the-art. Quantum of the Seas promotes approachable gaming where newcomers are invited to learn the basics of card and table games. The dealers themselves will guide you and arm you with the skills to be a winner. The expansive casino takes up a large section of midship on Deck 3, and it’s decorated in flashy tones of gold, red, black and white. There is also comfortable seating for those wanting to kick back in between table action.
Freedom Class Casinos
Freedom of the Seas, launched in 2006, kept the Royal Caribbean tradition of exciting innovations afloat. This vessel introduced us to the first ever surf simulator at sea and a fun-filled water park, especially for kids. Located on Deck 4, Freedom’s Casino Royale is larger than those found on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager Class ships, with three additional tables and a roomier feel.
Freedom class-ships are perfect for high rollers and newcomers alike. With eight gaming tables as a centrepiece and eleven more along the port side of the venue, there’s plenty of opportunities to find a group that is gambling in your budget zone. These casinos are world-class to the extent that Las Vegas executives evaluate them as potential venues for high-roller at-sea adventures. For those who just want to experience the casino mood without breaking the budget, Freedom class ships have over 300 slot machines with wagering opportunities for as little as five cents.
Voyager Class Casinos
The Voyager Class Royal Caribbean vessels are the next largest in the fleet, although superseded by the sheer magnitude of Oasis Class ships. Liberty of the Seas, for example, is still a mega ship with a passenger capacity of more than 3,600. Naturally, the casino on Liberty of the Seas is expansive enough to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning gambler. It’s not uncommon to see high-rollers engaged in intense action at the games tables or poker competitions, while casual visitors are always happy to try their luck on one of the many slot machines. The large casino on Liberty is overseen by a dedicated casino host, and the Royal Caribbean dealers have the reputation as some of the most helpful and competent at sea.
Royal Caribbean Voyager Class has all the bells and whistles of the new generation of cruise ships. When launched in 1999, Voyager of the Seas was hailed as the most revolutionary cruise vessel ever, with unique attractions that included an ice skating rink, in-line skating and a rock climbing wall. Naturally, the casino was not relegated to the back seat, and to this day remains a significant feature on Voyager Class vessels.
More Royal Caribbean Vessels
The mid-sized Radiance Class, Vision Class and Sovereign Class ships have all remained true to Royal Caribbean style of cruise adventures that cater for people of all ages and tastes. The exotic destinations are unparalleled, and the onboard attractions keep customers coming back for a new adventure. Majesty of the Seas, for example, is still extremely popular. It offers 210 slot machines and 12 gaming tables for roulette, Caribbean stud poker, three-card poker, blackjack and more.
Gambling is not for everyone, but it is one cruise ship tradition that has stood the test of time and is becoming an even bigger feature on the latest cruise ships.