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ANTE UP POKER CRUISES

Join Ante Up publishers Scott Long and Christopher Cosenza on one of our great Ante Up Poker Cruises, featuring exotic destinations and great poker action on every cruise!

Every cruise offers:

  • Multitable tournaments!
  • Cash games for all levels!
  • Professional management, dealers and equipment (no electronic tables)!
  • Full casino on board!
  • FREE poker classes!
  • FREE welcome-aboard open-bar cocktail party!
  • FREE refreshments every morning in the poker room!
  • FREE welcome aboard gifts from Ante Up partners The Poker Depot, Thomas Gallagher Casino Seminars and Advanced Poker Training!
  • All the other great FREE things that come with cruising, including all-you-can-eat gourmet food, exciting shows and fun activities!

Read on for more general information about the Ante Up Poker Cruise experience, or skip directly to details on each of our upcoming cruises using these hyperlinks:
Overview
April 2019 (Grand Cayman and Cozumel/Tampa)
August 2019 (The Bahamas/Port Canaveral (Orlando))
October 2019 (Eastern Caribbean/Ft. Lauderdale)
Private Group Poker Cruises
FAQs
Sponsors

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Jeanne Cosenza
(727) 742-3843
cruises@anteupcruises.com

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Cruising

Never taken a cruise before? Or cruised, but just not on a poker cruise? Visit Ante Up's Cruise Guide page for more information on the whole process.

Poker Room

Ramze Suliman, a veteran executive of land-based and at-sea poker rooms, will transform the ships' conference centers into the perfect place to play, complete with professional dealers, tables and equipment. The non-smoking poker room is always conveniently located near restrooms, a smoking area, the dining room and elevators, with a cocktail server on call.

Poker Games

We'll spread any game at any limit, based on demand. Every cruise is different, so we can't guarantee what games/limits our guests will want to play until we get on--board, but these are some of the games we've spread regularly in the past:

  • $1/$3 no-limit hold'em ($100-$300 buy-in)
  • $2/$5 no-limit hold'em ($200-$500 buy-in)
  • $3/$6 limit hold'em
  • $4/$8 limit Omaha/8
  • Multitable tournaments

Player Comps

For every hour of cash-game play you have, you'll get a $5 discount off your next Ante Up Poker Cruise. Play 10 hours, get $50 off. Play 20 hours, get $100 off!

Welcome Aboard Gifts

Ante Up guests on all sailings will get these free gifts from Ante Up partners:

Casino Games

Royal Caribbean operates a full casino on board all of their cruises, featuring slots, blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games.

Win your way aboard!

Casinos, poker rooms and poker leagues often hold satellite tournaments or cruise giveaways in their rooms or events. Details on giveaways are listed with each cruise on this page, and ask the manager of your favorite poker room to do a giveaway.

Book today!

Jeanne Cosenza
(727) 742-3843
cruises@anteupcruises.com
Players MUST book through Ante Up to play in the poker room, per Royal Caribbean policy!

APRIL 20-25, 2019 - Grand Cayman/Cozumel (Tampa)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas
Departs from: Tampa, Florida
Ports of call: George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico
Cruise highlights: This five-night itinerary is always our most popular sailing, stopping in the always-fun Cozumel and stately Grand Cayman. The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 48 hours and features four tournaments.
Ship highlights: The Brilliance of the Seas features big-ship amenities in a more intimate setting!

  • Amenities: Three pools, three whirlpools, outdoor movie screen, spa, salon, fitness center with classes, library, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, sports court, golf simulator, jogging track, cinema, duty-free shops and VOOM high-speed Internet shipwide.
    Dining: Dine for free in the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Marketplace or Park Cafe, oor pay a small charge to dine at Chops Grille (steakhouse), Chef’s Table (tasting menu), Izumi (Asian), Giovanni’s Table (Italian), Rita’s Cantina (Mexican) or room service.
    Entertainment: Enjoy a variety of daytime activities, evening production shows, live entertainment throughout the ship, a full casino and nine bars, including an English-style pub and wine bar. Choose from three different all-you-can-drink packages at an additional cost.
    For families: Complimentary Adventure Ocean programs for children and teens ages 3-17, kids’ pool, teen lounge areas and disco and a nursery for infants 6 months to 36 months old for an additional charge.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Saturday, April 20
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in The Colony Club.
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Sunday, April 21
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
    10 a.m.: $20 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (unlimited $20 rebuys for first hour, with one $20 add-on at first break)
    2 p.m.: $75 Poker League of Nations/Helix Poker bounty tournament.
  • Monday, April 22
    Enjoy colorful George Town, Grand Cayman, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Tuesday, April 23
    Enjoy adventurous Cozumel, Mexico, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Wednesday, April 24
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event tournament
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Thursday, April 25
    Arrive in Tampa at 7 a.m.

RATES
*All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, and include cruise fare, port charges and government taxes & fees and are guaranteed through Feb. 1, 2019, or while supply lasts, whichever comes first. Ship staff gratuities of $14.50 per passenger/per night ($17.50 for suites) will be automatically charged to passengers’ on-board account each night of the cruise.

  • Category 2V - Interior: $586
  • Category 8N - Oceanview: $655
  • Category 6D - Oceanview Balcony: $790
  • Category J3 - Junior Suite: $1,170
  • Single rates: Category 2V: $1,028, Category 8N: $1,166, Category 6D: $1,436 and Category J3: $2,196. We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: Call for current rates.
  • Additional categories available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for current rates and arrival/departure deadlines.
  • Travel insurance: Starts at $59 per person.

Book today!

Jeanne Cosenza
(727) 742-3843
cruises@anteupcruises.com
Players MUST book through Ante Up to play in the poker room, per Royal Caribbean policy!

Promotions for this cruise

PLAYER COMPS
For every hour of cash-game play, players will earn $5 off their next Ante Up Poker Cruise!

Win your way aboard!

Ante Up works with casinos, poker rooms and leagues across the country to offer ways for their players to win their way on board. Check back often for details on new giveaways, and ask your casino or poker room manager or poker league owner to call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 to arrange for a satellite or giveaway if your favorite place to play isn't listed.

AUGUST 5-9, 2019 - The Bahamas (Port Canaveral-Orlando)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas
Departs from: Port Canaveral, Florida
Ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean’s private island of CocoCay, Bahamas
Cruise highlights: This four-night itinerary is a great first cruise for new passengers or a quick getaway for more experienced passengers. And it offers weekends on either side so passengers can add-on a trip to Disney World or Orlando’s other great theme parks. The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 40 hours and features four tournaments.
Ship highlights: The Mariner of the Seas is the largest ship we’ve ever used to visit The Bahamas, with a number of fantastic features!

  • Amenities: Three pools, six whirlpools, outdoor movie screen, spa, salon, fitness center with classes, library, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, sports court, jogging track, in-line skating track, ice-skating rink, peek-a-boo bridge, library, wedding chapel, arcade, duty-free shops and VOOM high-speed Internet shipwide.
    Dining: Dine for free in the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Marketplace, Cafe Promenade or Boardwalk Dog House or pay a small charge to dine at Chops Grille (steakhouse), Giovanni’s Table (Italian) or Johnny Rockets (American diner) or order room service.
    Entertainment: Enjoy a variety of daytime activities, evening production shows, live entertainment throughout the ship, a full casino and six bars, including an English-style pub and the Dragon Lair night club. Choose from three different all-you-can-drink packages at an additional cost.
    For families: Complimentary Adventure Ocean programs for children and teens ages 3-17, kids’ pool, teen lounge areas and disco and a nursery for infants 6 months to 36 months old for an additional charge.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Monday, Aug. 5
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in Lotus Lounge.
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event tournament
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7
    Enjoy festive Nassau, Bahamas, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.!
    9 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Thursday, Aug. 8
    Enjoy Royal Caribbean’s relaxing private island of CocoCay from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open
    10 a.m.: $20 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (unlimited $20 rebuys for first hour, with one $20 add-on at first break)
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Friday, Nov. 2
    Arrive in Port Canaveral at 7 a.m.

RATES
*All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, and include cruise fare, port charges and government taxes & fees and are guaranteed through May 20, 2019, or while supply lasts, whichever comes first. Ship staff gratuities of $14.50 per passenger/per night ($17.50 for suites) will be automatically charged to passengers’ on-board account each night of the cruise.

  • Category 6V - Interior: $505
  • Category 8N - Oceanview: $705
  • Category 4D - Oceanview Balcony: $715
  • Category J3 - Junior Suite: $1,065
  • Single rates: Category 6V: $874, Category 8N: $1,274, Category 4D: $1,294 and Category J3: $1,994. We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: Call for current rates.
  • Additional categories available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for current rates and arrival/departure deadlines.
  • Travel insurance: Starts at $59 per person.

Book today!

Jeanne Cosenza
(727) 742-3843
cruises@anteupcruises.com
Players MUST book through Ante Up to play in the poker room, per Royal Caribbean policy!

Promotions for this cruise

PLAYER COMPS
For every hour of cash-game play, players will earn $5 off their next Ante Up Poker Cruise!

Win your way aboard!

Ante Up works with casinos, poker rooms and leagues across the country to offer ways for their players to win their way on board. Check back often for details on new giveaways, and ask your casino or poker room manager or poker league owner to call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 to arrange for a satellite or giveaway if your favorite place to play isn't listed.

OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 3, 2019 - Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas
Departs from: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ports of call: Royal Caribbean’s private oasis of Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Cruise highlights: This eight-night weekend-to-weekend itinerary is our first to sail to the Southern Caribbean, with added stops in relaxing Labadee and resurging Puerto Rico. The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 86 hours and features nine tournaments.
Ship highlights: The Adventure of the Seas features a number of incredible amenities but with plenty of space to get away from it all!

  • Amenities: Three pools, six whirlpools, outdoor movie screen, spa, salon, fitness center with classes, library, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, Flowrider surf simulator, Dual Racers waterslides, Splashaway waterpark, sports court, jogging track, ice-skating rink, wedding chapel, peek-a-boo bridge, arcade, duty-free shops and VOOM high-speed Internet shipwide.
    Dining: Dine for free in the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Marketplace, Cafe Promenade or Island Grill, or pay a small charge to dine at Chops Grille (steakhouse), Giovanni’s Table (Italian) or Johnny Rockets (American diner) or order room service.
    Entertainment: Enjoy a variety of daytime activities, evening production shows, live entertainment throughout the ship, a full casino and eight bars, including a sports bar, English-style pub and champagne bar. Choose from three different all-you-can-drink packages at an additional cost.
    For families: Complimentary Adventure Ocean programs for children and teens ages 3-17, kids’ pool, teen lounge areas and disco and a nursery for infants 6 months to 36 months old for an additional charge.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Saturday, Oct. 26
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in The Imperial Lounge.
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Sunday, Oct. 27
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
    10 a.m.: $20 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (unlimited $20 rebuys for first hour, with one $20 add-on at first break)
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Monday, Oct. 28
    Enjoy a relaxing day on Royal Caribbean’s private oasis of Labadee, Haiti!
    10 a.m.: $75 bounty tournament ($25 bounties)
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29
    Enjoy resurgent San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.!
    10 a.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
    9 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30
    Enjoy breathtaking Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Thursday, Oct. 31
    Enjoy gorgeous Philipsburg, St. Maarten, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open
  • Friday, Nov. 1
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open
    10 a.m.: $75 bounty tournament ($25 bounties)
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Saturday, Nov. 2
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event tournament
    3 p.m.: $50 survivor tournament (all players with chips after two hours split the prize pool)
  • Sunday, Nov. 3
    Arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 5:30 a.m.

RATES
*All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, and include cruise fare, port charges and government taxes & fees and are guaranteed through Aug. 9, 2019, or while supply lasts, whichever comes first. Ship staff gratuities of $14.50 per passenger/per night ($17.50 for suites) will be automatically charged to passengers’ on-board account each night of the cruise.

  • Category 6V - Interior: $656
  • Category 8N - Oceanview: $816
  • Category 4D - Oceanview Balcony: $1,236
  • Category J3 - Junior Suite: $1,526
  • Single rates: Category 6V: $1,145, Category 8N: $1,465, Category 4D: $2,305 and Category J3: $2,885. We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: Call for current rates.
  • Additional categories available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for current rates and arrival/departure deadlines.
  • Travel insurance: Starts at $59 per person.

Book today!

Jeanne Cosenza
(727) 742-3843
cruises@anteupcruises.com
Players MUST book through Ante Up to play in the poker room, per Royal Caribbean policy!

Promotions for this cruise

PLAYER COMPS
For every hour of cash-game play, players will earn $5 off their next Ante Up Poker Cruise!

Win your way aboard!

Ante Up works with casinos, poker rooms and leagues across the country to offer ways for their players to win their way on board. Check back often for details on new giveaways, and ask your casino or poker room manager or poker league owner to call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 to arrange for a satellite or giveaway if your favorite place to play isn't listed.

PRIVATE GROUP POKER CRUISES

If you have a group or organization of at least 16 passengers interested in sailing together and playing poker when you do, Ante Up Poker Cruises can arrange a private-group poker cruise for you on any regularly scheduled Royal Caribbean sailing, based on availability.

Ante Up will handle all the details for your cruise - rate negotiation with Royal Caribbean, booking of passengers, on-board support and, of course, a professionally staffed and equipped poker room available only to your group. We can even assist with private shore excursions for your group!

If you have a group of fewer than 16 passengers, we can offer preferred pricing for your group on any of our scheduled Ante Up Poker Cruises.

For more information, or to request a custom quote, please contact Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER
All ships registries:
Bahamas

Sponsors

FAQs

If you've never been on a cruise before, or a poker cruise, visit our Cruise Guide page for more details on the experience.