This high-flying cruise ship’s casino is a feast for the eyes for gamers whose experience has been restricted to the world of online casinos, as the Epic boasts a total of 25 table games in its huge Epic Casino gaming room, including tournament play to spice up the gambling action for travellers. You know a cruise liner is huge and, well, epic, when it can serve up Cirque du Soleil shows for its guests. Everything on board the Epic seems to be done on a truly grand scale.
Lucky ladies on the side
A great favourite with Epic regulars is the opportunity to lay a side bet at the Blackjack table. Players can lay down anything from $1 up to $10, and, if the first two cards dealt to a player tally 20, they can claim the side bet that will pay out at $4 for every $1 you set down. That might sound like small fry for high rollers, but consider that if the player had a pair of Queen of Hearts and the dealer gets a Blackjack, then the side bet would pay out 1000 to 1 (up to a maximum payout of $5,000).
Learning the ropes
Voted North American’s Leading Cruise Line for four years in a row, the grand hospitality on board the massive 1,081-foot long Epic (which boasts an astonishing 19 decks) extends to upskilling first-time or novice gamblers with onboard gaming lessons that will have you ready to dance with Lady Luck in one of their popular weekly Blackjack, Slot or Poker tournaments.
Pay if forward
It’s generally acceptable to tip the dealer on a casino cruise ship, particularly as you are likely to see them a few nights in a row. Just remember to cash in your chips for cash while on board because there’s not much value in having colorful branded gambling chips at home when you can’t cash them out at your local bank. Keep one or two chips as a souvenir or reminder of your trip if you like, but bank the balance and enjoy spending your reward for a great holiday.
Soak up exotic locations
After a great night at the slots or spinning the roulette, what better way to spend the next day than soaking up the sun on an exotic location. The Epic is your ticket to exploring the endless history of the varied people and cultures that have inhabited the Mediterranean coastline for centuries. R&R more your beat? Take in the balmy breeze of the beach lifestyle in the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean, lie back in your deck chair and relax with a good book as the Epic carves through the waters of the mighty Atlantic.
From Barcelona to Miami
The Epic offers two epic Transatlantic cruises, a 15-Day crossing ex-Miami that pulls into exotic locales such as Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Seville , Granada , Cartagena, Palma before finally disembarking at funky Barcelona. Or you can go the other way on a 13-Day stint from Barcelona through to San Juan in Puerto Rico. The Epic’s 22 dining options will ensure you never get bored onboard, while the night time entertainment and vast gambling hall will also ensure the days pass in a glorious flash.
Putting on the glitz
Aside from the gambling action, the Epic puts on dazzling shows such as Burn the Floor and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with world-class performers taking centre stage. And at the end of the day you could flop into your bed and truly relax as this giant boutique hotel will lull you to sleep as you dream of another day of exotic cruising. Truly epic!