Hello there! The reason the blog has been so quiet lately was a combination of moving and vacation. The end of May was full of packing and unpacking followed up by a two week excursion to the Baltic Sea. The latter is what I’m writing about today.
At the beginning of June, my wife and I took off to Copenhagen to begin a cruise on the Baltic Sea that took us to Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. I had never been on a cruise before, but I did know that most cruises feature casinos. This cruise was no exception.
The casino on the boat was small. It had about 10 slot machines, 3 Video Poker machines, a Roulette table, a Blackjack table, and a Three Card Poker table. It was only open when the boat was at sea and could not be open at all anywhere near Russia. But even with those restrictions, there was plenty of time for gambling.
On the boat I stuck solely with Blackjack. The Video Poker odds were horrendous (6/5 payouts), so I decided to not even play it. The blackjack rules, conversely, were quite favorable. Aside from hitting soft 17, every other rule was in the player’s favor. They even used a six deck shoe, not a continuous shuffle machine. Add in that it was a $5 minimum bet and I was in.
I probably spent a total of 8 hours playing blackjack over the 10 days. After all, it was a trip to Europe and a Cruise Ship, so there were plenty of other things to do too. Over those 8 hours I only lost $50 overall and had a blast meeting fellow cruise goers and chatting with the dealers. Since the casino was so small, it was the same dealers every night, so we got to know the dealers pretty well by the end.
All in all, the casino was an awesome addition to the trip. The cruise was amazing in its own right, but the casino was an awesome addition for me to kill a few hours here and there. The favorable rules, great dealers, and convenience made it all worthwhile. I wouldn’t take a cruise solely to gamble, but it kept me occupied while we were between ports and just made the trip that much better.