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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. Earn Ante Up Poker Tour Player of the Year points!
  • Cash games for all levels with reasonable rakes!
  • Single-table tournaments with low house fees!
  • 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!
  • 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
August 2016 (Alaska/Seattle)
November 2016 (Western Caribbean/Tampa)
Private Group Poker Cruises
FAQs
Sponsors

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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 lounge, 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
  • Single-table and multitable tournaments

Player Comps

New for 2016 is our player tracking system! 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!

Casino Games

Royal Caribbean and NCL operate full casinos on board all of their cruises, featuring slots, blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games.

High-Speed Internet

Stay connected to your home or business while at sea! Royal Caribbean now offers VOOM high-speed Internet on all ships. Ante Up guests who book their Internet package before sailing enjoy a 30% discount on pricing. Two levels are offered: a basic one for emailing and general web-surfing and an advanced once that allows for streaming of Netflix and other services.

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 and NCL policies!

AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 - Alaska (Seattle)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas
Departs from: Seattle, Washington
Ports of call: Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska; Victoria, British Columbia
Cruise highlights: Our first cruise to Alaska will afford guests majestic views while enjoying some great poker action! The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 73 hours and feature two free poker courses and six Ante Up Poker Tour tournaments!
Ship highlights: The Explorer of the Seas is packed with Voyager-class amenities, including an outdoor movie screen, ice-skating rink, surf simulator, 3-D movie theater and specialty restaurant Portofino. The ship features three pools, including the adults-only Solarium, mini-golf course, rock-climbing wall, basketball court, spa, casino and 15 bars.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Friday, August 26
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Saturday, August 27
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publishers Chris Cosenza and Scott Long)
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $20 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (unlimited $20 rebuys for first hour, with one $20 add-on at first break)
  • Sunday, August 28
    Enjoy metropolitan Juneau, Alaska, from noon to 9 p.m.!
    10 a.m.: $50 Sudden Death no-limit hold'em tournament (players remaining after two hours split the prize pool)
    9 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9 p.m.: $75 no-limit hold’em bounty tournament ($25 bounties)
  • Monday, August 29
    Enjoy rustic Skagway, Alaska, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    8:30 p.m.: $75 no-limit hold’em bounty tournament ($25 bounties)
  • Tuesday, August 30
    Enjoy viewing the majestic Tracy Arm Fjord from from 7 a.m. to noon!
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Wednesday, August 31
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Texas Hold'em strategy roundtable discussion (led by Ante Up publishers Scott Long and Chris Cosenza)
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event
  • Thursday, September 1
    Enjoy stately Victoria, British Columbia, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Friday, September 2
    Arrive in Seattle 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 June 10, 2016, or while supply lasts, whichever comes first. Ship staff gratuities of $12 per passenger/per night ($14.25 for suites) will be automatically charged to passengers’ on-board account each night of the cruise.

  • Category N - Inside: Sold out!
  • Category M - Inside: $1,206
  • Category H - Oceanview: $1,510
  • Category E3 - Deluxe Balcony: $1,675
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $3,212
  • Single rates: Are double posted rates. We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: $840 for Category K Inside and $814 for Category D1 balcony. Call for rates for additional categories.
  • Additional categories available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: $54 per person from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). In-bound flights can arrive no later than 12:45 p.m., and out-bound flights can leave no earlier than 11:45 a.m.
  • 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!
DISCOUNTED HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
Ante Up guests who book a high-speed Internet package before sail date will receive a 30% discount. Rates for one device on this cruise are $63.63 for the "Surf" package (web surfing, email, social networking) and $88.13 for the "Surf + Stream" package (web surfing, email, social networking, Netflix and other video stream apps, Spotify and other music apps and Skype and other video-chatting apps). Add up for four more devices and receive a discount on each!

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.

  • HARRAH'S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - One package will be awarded as part of $10,000 in prizes during the Cash and Splash drawing on June 25. Players can earn drawing tickets in cash games starting June 1.

NOVEMBER 14-19, 2016 - Western Caribbean (Tampa)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas
Departs from: Tampa, Florida
Ports of call: George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
Cruise highlights: We always enjoy sailing from our homeport of Tampa, and this cruise is the bargain of the year! The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 51 hours and feature three free poker courses and two Ante Up Poker Tour tournaments.
Ship highlights: The Brilliance of the Seas has been completely refurbished with Oasis-class amenities, including an outdoor movie screen, new staterooms and several new dining options, including Chef's Table, Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Iznumi Asian Cuisine and Rita's Cantina! The ship features three pools, including the adults-only Solarium, mini-golf course, rock-climbing wall, basketball court, spa, casino and 16 bars.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Monday, November 14
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in the Colony Club
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Tuesday, November 15
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publishers Chris Cosenza and Scott Long)
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $20 no-limit hold'em rebuy tournament (unlimited $20 rebuys for first hour, with one $20 add-on at first break)
  • Wednesday, November 16
    Enjoy stately George Town, Grand Cayman, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!
    4 p.m.: $20 Happy Hour tournament
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    Midnight: $20 Happy Hour tournament
  • Thursday, November 17
    Enjoy beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Friday, November 18
    9 a.m.: FREE Texas Hold'em strategy roundtable discussion (led by Ante Up publishers Scott Long and Chris Cosenza)
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $100 Main Event tournament
  • Saturday, November 19
    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 Aug. 29, 2016, or while supply lasts, whichever comes first. Ship staff gratuities of $12 per passenger/per night ($14.25 for suites) will be automatically charged to passengers’ on-board account each night of the cruise.

  • Category N - Inside: $449
  • Category H - Oceanview: $504
  • Category E3 - Deluxe Balcony: $728
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $888
  • Single rates: Are double posted rates. We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: $523 for Category L inside and $599 for Category D1 balcony. Call for rates on other categories
  • Additional categories available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: $43 per person from Tampa International Airport (TPA). In-bound flights can arrive no later than noon, and out-bound flights can leave no earlier than noon.
  • 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!
DISCOUNTED HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
Ante Up guests who book a high-speed Internet package before sail date will receive a 30% discount. Rates for one device on this cruise are $45.45 for the "Surf" package (web surfing, email, social networking) and $62.95 for the "Surf + Stream" package (web surfing, email, social networking, Netflix and other video stream apps, Spotify and other music apps and Skype and other video-chatting apps). Add up for four more devices and receive a discount on each!

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.