Cunard Cruise Line
Cunard Cruise Line
Cunard Cruise Line Overview
Cunard Line has been operated by Carnival since 1998, but the company has a rich and illustrious history dating back to 1839. Starting out with Britain's first transatlantic steamship mail contract, there are now three vessels in operation offering Northern European, Mediterranean, Transatlantic, Caribbean, and World Cruises.
The fleet currently consists of the ocean liner Queen Mary 2, and cruise ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. A 4th vessel is slated for operation n 2022. There is a casino on board each Cunard ship. However, not all cruises offer gambling as the Empire Casinos do not open during voyages without foreign ports of call on the itinerary. Vessels stopping in Dublin, Cobh, St Peters Port and all foreign country ports will sail outside of UK territorial waters (12 miles/45 minutes) and the casinos will be opened while outside of the UKGC's jurisdiction.
Queen Mary 2 offers Roulette, Blackjack, Three card poker, and Heads up Texas Hold'em - a house-banked casino game played against the dealer - as well as about 100 slot machines. There are 9 gaming tables in total aboard QM2. As mention, the casino opens about 45 minutes after leaving port. Once out to sea, slots machines are available for play beginning at 10am. Tables are open from 11am until 5pm, and then again from 7:30pm until close. Closing time is at the discretion of the casino manager.
Queen Elizabeth offers about 45 slot machines and 5 gaming tables. Available table games include Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, and Fun 21.
Queen Victoria features about 45 slots and the same mix of games spread over 5 tables as are found on Queen Elizabeth.
Table limits on all ships vary from $3 - $25 minimums with maximum bets ranging from $100 - $500. Reels slots, video slots, and video poker machines are multi-denominational with 'coin' sizes ranging from a penny to $5.
All machines are coinless. Deposits are accepted in notes or via cruise cards. Cashouts are done to your card. Cash and cards are accepted at the tables to purchase chips. A credit card must be registered at the front desk in order to use your cruise card for gambling. "Onboard spending money" is not accepted for chip purchases.
Complimentary gaming lessons are available during the day for those who may not be familiar with the rules or practices of certain games.