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Those who love to see the world and also like to gamble can choose from over 80 casino cruise ships which depart the U.S all year around – operated by various cruise companies globally. Once in international waters cruise ships can open their casino games to their thousands of guests.

On some cruise ships, you can even gamble for Cash anywhere on board, without having to even visit the casino! For example, on a number of Princess Cruises ships it’s possible to wager for real money on slots, poker, bingo, roulette and more via the company’s MedallionClass app from anywhere on the ship, including in your stateroom.


On this page we list the major casino cruise operators as well explaining what you can expect to find in a USA casino cruise ship.

The only major cruise company that doesn’t offer gambling is Disney Cruises

Which casino games are usually available on cruise ships?

Games on offer on board casino cruise liners include table games, live poker (sometimes cash-games on cruises are played on a video-poker terminal with other players – or sometimes with real dealers), video poker, slots, roulette (European with one Zero, and American roulette with two zeros), baccarat, blackjack & more.

Are lessons available for Casino newbies in casinos on cruise ships?

Lessons are usually available to introduce the uninitiated to the rules and mechanics of each specific casino game. Check with your cruise host or casino manager for details. Usually you will be given reference material, an intro to the game rules, and play chips or play-money to use during the lesson – and until you understand the basics of the game.

Once you’re confident – it’s time to hit the real money casino games.

Casino Odds On Cruise Ships

Of course, as in all casinos – the odds are always in the house’s favor. That’s even more true on a cruise.

For example, usually poker machines table will indicate the payout on the machine is “9/6” — that’s a pay out of nine credits for a full house and six credits for a flush. This results an expected payout of 99.5% if correct poker strategy is used over the long run. On cruise ships you will often find “6/5” video poker machines, with a reduced payout of 94.9% over the long-run.

For blackjack – the gold standard is 3-to-2. However on cruise ships tables that pay 6-to-5 on blackjack instead of the normal 3-to-2 are very common at low to medium stakes. If you move to higher limit tables, it mayb be possible to find 3-to-2 blackjack payouts.

If your plan is to get the best payouts on games vs the house (as opposed to cash poker games), then you are are quite often better off playing at land-based casinos.

Poker on cruise ships

Poker comes in three distinct flavors:

  • Video poker – where the player plays against a RNG “house” aiming to hit a Royal Flush
  • Poker Cash Games – where the player competes against other competitors on a single table in a real money cash game (usually Texas Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha)
  • Poker Tournaments – the player competes against other competitors in a tournament format (Tournament chips, and a tournament payout schedule that usually pays the top 12% – 15% of the field

Casinos on cruise ships are laden with hundreds of electronic gambling machines – with video poker terminals even embedded into the bars at the casinos.

If you want to play Texas hold’em cash-games or tournaments with other travelers, sometimes your options may be quite limited.

A lot of cruise companies (e.g. Princess Cruises) and Carnival Liberty Cruises have eliminated human-dealt poker altogether – instead players play against each other using an electronic poker table games (ETGs) to do the dealer’s work (dealing, paying winners) as well as auto posting blinds for players who are sitting in.

On these electronic poker tables on cruise ships players can buy chips and cash them out from these electronic poker tables with their cruise card. The main problem that can arise when these tables are the only poker tables on offer is that if they break while at sea, it might take up to a week for an engineer to fix the problem – leaving only video poker or slots or table games as gambling options on the ship.

USA Casino Cruise Ship Companies

There is a vast selection of cruise ships with casinos departing the U.S regularly:

Casino Name City State Owner(s)
Victory Casino Cruises Cape Canaveral Florida Victory Casino Cruises
Carnival Valor Casino Galveston Texas Carnival Cruise Line
Big M Casino Cruise II - Little River Little River South Carolina Big M Gaming LLC
Carnival Magic Casino Port Canaveral Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Breeze Casino Galveston Texas Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Dream Casino Los Angeles California Carnival Cruise Line
Emerald Princess Casino Cruise Brunswick Georgia Golden Isles Cruise Lines, Inc.
Carnival Vista Casino Miami Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Splendor Casino Hollywood Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Sunshine Casino Charleston South Carolina Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Freedom Casino Galveston Texas Carnival Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Dawn East Boston Massachusetts Norwegian Cruise Line
Carnival Conquest Casino Hollywood Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Triumph Casino New Orleans Louisiana Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Glory Casino Miami Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Liberty Casino Port Canaveral Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Victory Casino Miami Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Jacks or Better Casino Galveston Texas
Big M Casino Cruise I - Little River Little River South Carolina Big M Gaming LLC
Carnival Pride Casino Baltimore Maryland Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Miracle Casino Los Angeles California Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Imagination Casino Los Angeles California Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Ecstasy Casino Charleston South Carolina Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Elation Casino Jacksonville Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Fantasy Casino Mobile Alabama Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Sensation Casino Miami Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Paradise Casino Tampa Florida Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Inspiration Casino Los Angeles California Carnival Cruise Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Nieuw Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Koningsdam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Zuiderdam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Westerdam San Diego California Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Oosterdam Tampa Florida Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Veendam San Diego California Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Amsterdam San Diego California Holland America Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Eurodam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Holland America - ms Rotterdam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Cunard Cruises - Queen Elizabeth Bayonne New Jersey Cunard Cruise Line
Holland America Cruise Line - Prinsendam Fort Lauderdale Florida Holland America Line
Silversea Whisper Casino Hollywood Florida Silversea Cruises
Seabourn Odyssey Los Angeles California Seabourn Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas Explorer Casino Miami Florida Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Windstar Cruises - Wind Spirit Seattle Washington Windstar Cruises
Silversea Wind Casino Hollywood Florida Silversea Cruises
Royal Flush Casino - Carnival Splendor Cruise New York New York Carnival Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International - Serenade of the Seas Fort Lauderdale Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas Juneau Alaska Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Anthem of the Seas Cape Liberty New Jersey Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Allure of the Seas Fort Lauderdale Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Oasis of the Seas Port Canaveral Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Freedom of the Seas Fort Lauderdale Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Independence of the Seas Fort Lauderdale Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Liberty of the Seas Galveston Texas Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Explorer of the Seas Seattle Washington Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean - Brilliance of the Seas Tampa Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Enchantment of the Seas Miami Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Grandeur of the Seas Baltimore Maryland Royal Caribbean Cruises
Royal Caribbean International - Rhapsody of the Seas Tampa Florida Royal Caribbean Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Bliss Seattle Washington Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Breakaway New York New York Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Epic Cape Canaveral Florida Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Escape Miami Florida Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Gem New York New York Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Jade Tampa Florida Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Jewel Seattle Washington Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Pearl Seattle Washington Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines - Sky Miami Florida Norwegian Cruise Line
Princess Cruises - Regal Princess Fort Lauderdale Florida Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Star Princess Los Angeles California Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Coral Princess Los Angeles California Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Island Princess Los Angeles California Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Caribbean Princess Fort Lauderdale Florida Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Crown Princess Fort Lauderdale Florida Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises - Grand Princess San Francisco California Princess Cruises
Crystal Cruises - Crystal Serenity Anchorage Alaska Crystal Cruises
Oceania Cruises Insignia Miami Florida Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises Regatta Los Angeles California Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises Riviera Miami Florida Oceania Cruises
Celebrity Cruises - Eclipse Miami Florida Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises Equinox Fort Lauderdale Florida Celebrity Cruises