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Old 05-15-2017, 10:12 AM   #276
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I would be careful about generalizing this to all their cruises. My wife (non-poker player) and I (I was in my late 20s at the time) did a Card Player cruise out of Boston in October 2014. The 1/2 games on that cruise were a nit fest; almost no one would put money in a pot. When I talked to Linda and Jan after, they said this can happen on some of the cruises that are outside of the Caribbean; you just get an older crowd. The higher games and non-HE games had a lot of experienced/good regs and weren't really good for making money either.

Now, the cruise was wonderful, and Card Player Cruises really does a masterful job with the logistics. If they had a cruise at a destination I wanted to go to, I would do it regardless of the dynamic I laid out in the first paragraph. However, if you're doing a non-Caribbean/Bahamas type cruise with them, I would calibrate my expectations to the games being fairly tough by the standards of whatever level you will be playing.
Thanks for the info. It must be variable as I've had a different experience on their non-Caribbean cruises. I've done their cruises once out of Boston to Canada, and once out of Seattle to Alaska. In both cases, I found the poker play similar to their Caribbean cruises.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:49 PM   #277
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@PotLuckNeeded: PokerXanadu nailed it. The only thing I will add it is that you don't *have* to have a roommate, but if you *don't* get a roommate you have to pay for the whole room yourself. In my case, I was travelling solo and they paired me with another cruiser who happened to be a 71-year-old man who's been playing poker for 50 years and was very generous about tutoring me, and a super nice guy, so it worked out very well.

Have you ever been on any cruise, poker or otherwise?
I've been on 2 singles cruises many years ago. It sounds very similar where the organization buys like 200 cabins, they have their own events and you can also access general cruise events with everyone else.

Thanks for the response (as well as PokerXanadu). I plan on booking the upcoming Alaska cruise.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:51 PM   #278
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I've been on 2 singles cruises many years ago. It sounds very similar where the organization buys like 200 cabins, they have their own events and you can also access general cruise events with everyone else.

Thanks for the response (as well as PokerXanadu). I plan on booking the upcoming Alaska cruise.
note that alaska cruises are for the newly wed and the nearly dead and the casino is like empty almost every night. It's just a totally different crowd. Most excursions off ship are all day excursions though which is what you should be doing in alaska....enjoying God's country, not sitting in a casino. Note that during cruise season for Alaska - there are 20 hours of daylight.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:20 PM   #279
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note that alaska cruises are for the newly wed and the nearly dead and the casino is like empty almost every night. It's just a totally different crowd. Most excursions off ship are all day excursions though which is what you should be doing in alaska....enjoying God's country, not sitting in a casino. Note that during cruise season for Alaska - there are 20 hours of daylight.
Are you talking about a cardplayercruises poker cruise, or just an Alaska cruise without cardplayercruises? There was plenty of participation in the poker room on the Alaska cruise I went on. Of course, like all cruises, the poker room was closed whenever the ship was docked in port.
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