Cruise Ship Rules
  • I'm going on a Mexican Riviara cruise on Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas in a few weeks. Does anyone know the blackjack rules? Does anyone know their tournament rules and have any tournament tips?
  • I've heard that RC prides itself in having the most "player-friendly" blackjack rules in the cruise industry, but I'm pretty sure all games are multiple deck. Tournaments have fair payouts, but the casino does take a piece of the action.
    Post a report of your findings when you return, and good luck!!
  • Went on a Holland American cruise ship last October and found the blackjack dealers to be very polite and friendly. They are cruise ship employees so they are trained to be extremely customer friendly and helpful. The tables were so much fun and they at least paid 3-2 for a blackjack (despite the fact that there is nowhere else to go to play on a ship) and could probably only offer that crummy 6-5 payout on blackjacks like so many of the Las Vegas casinos are now doing if they wanted. They aren't there to make the house money, they are there to make a cruise patron have a good time which is where it differs from regular casinos too. Also on a positive note, my husband hit $1500 the first night and $1200 the next day on the ship on a Stars and Stripes slot machine!!
  • Here's what I observed:

    3 tables: 8 deck, Hit soft 17, DAS, Split up to 4 hands, no resplit aces, no surrender, approximately 75% penetration (varied by dealer), blackjack pays 3-2.

    One of these tables had the "Wheel of Madness" sidebet. 2 tables were $5 - $500 and one table was $10 minimum.

    1 table: 1 deck, Hit 17, 6-5 on blackjack, No Double after splitting, $5 minimum, They only dealt two rounds when there were 4 or more players.

    The multideck tables were quite busy but I never had too much trouble getting a seat as most players only bought in for $40 and left when they lost. The tables had nine spots to play which made them a bit slower than a typical 7 spot table.

    The single deck table was not busy and rarely had more than one or two people playing.

    FYI, other games offered: Caribbean Stud, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, & Craps

    I'll report on the blackjack tournament in my next post.
  • I know Steve Kruse and I just got off the phone with him. Accordingly he said he was not totally familiar with rules, but stated the following.

    6D, DAS, S17, split two hands. I didn't ask about the pen because I truly believe he dosen't understand. I have heard from friends that the pen depends on the dealer and his mood....I'm would think tipping would certainly help...lol.

    Hope this helps.

    Enjoy your trip and good luck.

    Happy Cards, Jim

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