The Norwegian Escape is one of the world’s largest cruise ships, ferrying its cargo of close on 4300 guests around the exotic, white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, as well as Canada and New England.
Operating out of Miami in super-sunny Florida, the Escape’s parent company – Norwegian Cruise Lines – first drew anchor back in the mid-1960s as little more than a glorified car ferry service. Over the following half century it has flourished into a world-class international cruise line.
When it comes to onboard casino action, the Escape is top of the pile for all levels of gamers. A veritable paradise for online slots, the Escape boasts a state-of-the-art casino with 318 slots machines, along with 28 gaming tables for guests who thrill to the prospect of competing with fellow travellers or taking on ‘the house’. Gamblers aboard the Escape can try their hand at blackjack, craps, Let it Tide, poker, pi-gow and baccarat, with the ubiquitous roulette table also present.
An exclusive experience
The Escape also boasts an exclusive high-limit VIP casino room. Decked out with three tables where the stakes can be raised above the casino’s $5,000 maximum, this can be a firm favourite for high-rollers and heavy hitters who have the appetite for high-stakes gaming.
The casino attempts to cater for players of all abilities, although many of the tables have high minimum bets. The blackjack table has a $5 minimum, but if you want to take a seat at the Let It Ride tables and Ultimate Texas Hold’em then the player’s appetite will need to stretch to a $10 minimum.
You’ve got to know when to fold ’em
Many experienced and novice gamblers set themselves a budget for the night, and once they’ve won or lost their set amount they see that as the time to call it a night. Unfortunately, a player’s ego often gets the better of them and they often throw caution to the wind and keep on gambling, either hoping to ride their luck into the sunset or to win back what the house has taken at the table. This is definitely not the best tactic. Players should set aside a certain amount of money that they feel comfortable with, should they wish to gamble, and ensure that they gamble responsibly. Cruise ships can be great fun – especially when you’ve made new friends on board.