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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!

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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 each 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
May 2014 (Transatlantic/Ft. Lauderdale to England)
July 2014 (Bahamas/Orlando metro area)
October 2014 (Western Caribbean/Houston metro area)
December 2014 (Western Caribbean/Tampa)
FAQs
Sponsors

OVERVIEW

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


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, but these are some of the games we've spread regularly in the past:

  • $1/$3 no-limit hold'em ($60-$200 buy-in)
  • $2/$5 no-limit hold'em ($200-$500 buy-in)
  • $3/$6 or $4/$8 limit hold'em
  • $4/$8 limit Omaha/8
  • $3/$6 and $4/$8 HORSE or HOE
  • $1/$2 pot-limit Omaha
  • Single-table and multitable tournaments

Casino Games

Both of our cruise-line partners operate full casinos on board all of their cruises, featuring slots, blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games.

Win your way on-board!

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.

MAY 4-17, 2014 - Transatlantic (Ft. Lauderdale to England)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas
Departs from: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Arrives in: Southampton, England (one-way Transatlantic)
Ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cruise highlights: Sail to Europe for less than you can fly to Europe! With a staggering 155 or more hours of poker, this cruise will offer plenty of poker to keep you entertained as we cross the Atlantic Ocean. While we’ll, of course, spread any game at any limit based on demand as always, because of the length of this cruise we’re expecting a smaller, more leisurely crowd and have designed a tournament-heavy schedule to keep the poker excitement high for all 13 nights. We’ll run two Ante Up Poker Tour multitable tournaments every sea day, culminating with a $100 main event. Each sea day, Ante Up publisher Scott Long will offer free poker courses for a variety of poker games, including Omaha, stud, triple draw, Badugi, Pineapple and Double Flop, so you’re sure to get off the ship smarter than when you got on it.
Ship highlights: The Independence of the Seas is a Freedom-class ship packed with amenities. The ship features four pools, including the adults-only Solarium and FlowRider surf simulator, six whirlpools, outdoor movie screen, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, ice-skating rink, boxing ring, basketball court, spa, fitness center, casino and and several bars. Alternative complimentary dining options include the Windjammer Cafe (buffet), Jade (Asian-fusion) and Sorrento’s (pizza), while specialty restaurants include Chops Grille (steakhouse), Portofino (Italian), Giovanni’s Table (Italian) and Johnny Rockets (burgers).

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Sunday, May 4
    5 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in the Pyramid Lounge
    8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Monday, May 5
    Enjoy beautiful Nassau, Bahamas, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.!
    3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    3 p.m.: Single-table main event satellites
    4 p.m.: FREE Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Tuesday, May 6
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Omaha 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Wednesday, May 7
    Enjoy beautiful Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Thursday, May 7
    Enjoy beautiful Philipsburg, St. Maarten, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Friday, May 8
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Stud 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Saturday, May 9
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Draw Poker 101 (triple draw/Badugi) course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Sunday, May 10
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Hold’em Alternatives (Pineapple/Double Flop) course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Monday, May 11
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Tuesday, May 12
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Omaha 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Wednesday, May 13
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Stud 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Thursday, May 14
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Draw Poker 101 (triple draw/Badugi) course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Friday, May 15
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight (or later): Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $60 multitable tournament
    1 p.m.: $40 multitable tournament
    4 p.m.: FREE Hold’em Alternatives (Pineapple/Double Flop) course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
  • Saturday, May 16
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    9:30 a.m.: $100 Main Event tournament
  • Sunday, May 17
    Arrive Southampton, England, at 5:30 a.m.

RATES
*Our rate guarantee date has passed for this sailing. Bookings from now until sail date will be made at prevailing rates and based on availability. 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: Call for current rates
  • Category H - Oceanview: Call for current rates
  • Category E2 - Deluxe Balcony: Call for current rates
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $Call for current rates
  • Single rates: Call for current rates
  • Third passenger sharing stateroom: Call for current rates
  • Additional categories may be available. Call for current rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Airport transfers: Call for rates
  • Travel insurance: Starts at $59 per person. Final rate based on total price of stateroom.
  • London hotel package: St. Lucie West Cruises, Tours & More is offering Ante Up guests a two-night London hotel package that includes transportation from the port to the hotel in the Earls Court section of London, transportation from the hotel to the airport plus breakfast each day for $285 per person. Call Sharon Camarda at (772) 340-1600 to book.

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!

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.

JULY 28-AUGUST 1, 2014 - Bahamas (Orlando metro area)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas
Departs from: Port Canaveral, Florida
Ports of call: CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas
Cruise highlights: For the first time, we’ll sail in the summer months so poker players with children can join us without disrupting their school schedule. And sailing out of the Orlando metro area means you can tack a few days at the Magic Kingdom on either side of the cruise to make this a vacation for the whole family! The Ante Up Poker Room will be open more than 40 hours and features three free poker courses and two Ante Up Poker Tour tournaments.
Ship highlights: Recently revitalized, the Enchantment of the Seas packs a lot of options into its Vision-class ship. The ship features two pools, including the adults-only Solarium, six whirlpools, rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline, spa, fitness center, casino and and eight bars. including R Bar, a retro-inspired bar with a mixologist. Alternative dining options include the complimentary Windjammer Cafe (buffet), complimentary Park Cafe (gourmet sandwiches and salads) and Chops Grille (steakhouse) speciality restaurant.

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change

  • Monday, July 28
    4:45 p.m.: Open-bar welcome aboard cocktail party in the Spotlight Lounge
    7:45 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Tuesday, July 29
    Enjoy beautiful CocoCay, Bahamas, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.!
    9 a.m.: FREE Poker 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Chris Cosenza)
    10 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and 7:45 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, July 30
    Enjoy beautiful Nassau, Bahamas, 7 a.m. to midnight!
    3:15-5:15 p.m.: FREE Texas Hold'em strategy roundtable discussion (led by Ante Up publisher Chris Cosenza)
    7:45 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Thursday, July 31
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Omaha 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
    10 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments.
    10 a.m.: $100 no-limit hold'em Main Event
  • Friday, August 1
    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 22, 2014, 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: $549
  • Category H - Oceanview: $611
  • Category D2 - Deluxe Balcony: $851
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $1,021
  • Single rates: Inside ($888), Oceanview ($999), Deluxe Balcony ($1,479) and Junior Suite ($1,819). We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: $482 for Category I, $512 for Category D2, $562 for Category JS. Call for rates for other categories.
  • Additional categories available. Call for rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for rates.
  • Travel insurance: Starts at $59 per person. Final rate based on total price of stateroom.

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!

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 19-26, 2014 - Western Caribbean (Houston metro area)

Ship: Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
Departs from: Galveston, Texas
Ports of call: Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico
Cruise highlights: Welcome aboard, Texas! This will be our first cruise sailing from Texas and our first cruise visiting the great dive spots of Honduras and Belize. The Ante Up Poker Room will be open at least 76 hours and feature three poker courses and four Ante Up Poker Tour tournaments.
Ship highlights: The Navigator of the Seas is packed with Voyager-class features and will be revitalized before sailing with Oasis-class touches! The ship features four pools, including the adults-only Solarium and FlowRider surf simulator, six whirlpools, outdoor movie screen, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, ice-skating rink, basketball court, spa, fitness center, casino and and several bars. Alternative complimentary dining options include the Windjammer Cafe (buffet), Jade (Asian-fusion) and Park Cafe (snacks), while specialty restaurants include Chops Grille (steakhouse), Portofino (Italian), Giovanni’s Table (Italian), Izumi (Asian) and Johnny Rockets (burgers).

SCHEDULE
Schedule subject to change
**Please note: Because bar service is not available until the ship is in international waters, our open-bar cocktail party on this sailing only will be held the final day of the cruise, with an informational social at the normal cocktail party time

  • Sunday, October 19
    5 p.m.: Welcome aboard informational social in the poker room
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Monday, October 20
    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)
  • Tuesday, October 21
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Texas Hold'em strategy roundtable discussion
    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.: Multitable tournament
  • Wednesday, October 22
    Enjoy beautiful Roatan, Honduras, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Thursday, October 23
    Enjoy beautiful Belize City, Belize, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Friday, October 24
    Enjoy beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Saturday, October 25
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea!
    9 a.m.: FREE Omaha 101 course (taught by Ante Up publisher Scott Long)
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $100 no-limit hold'em Main Event
    5 p.m.: Bon-voyage open-bar cocktail party, Ixtapa lounge
  • Sunday, October 26
    Arrive in Galveston 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. 4, 2014, 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: $684
  • Category H - Oceanview: $814
  • Category E3 - Deluxe Balcony: $984
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $1,484
  • Single rates: Inside ($1058), Oceanview ($1,318), Deluxe Balcony ($1,658) and Junior Suite ($2,658). We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: $484 for Category N, $536 for Category I, $686 for Category JS, call for rates on other categories.
  • Additional categories available. Call for rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for rates.
  • 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!

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.

  • RUNNING ACES CARD CLUB - The card club near Minneapolis, Minn., is awarding one package in freerolls at 6 p.m. every Monday until further notice.
  • COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT - The casino in Kinder, La., will award four balcony packages for two plus spending money in drawings on June 28, July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 20. Players can earn drawing tickets by getting a full house between June 1-Sept. 20.

DECEMBER 6-11, 2014 - 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 two free poker courses and three 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

  • Saturday, December 6
    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
  • Sunday, December 7
    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)
  • Monday, December 8
    Enjoy beautiful George Town, Grand Cayman, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.!
    3 p.m.: $50 no-limit hold'em sudden-death tournament (chipleaders split the prize pool at 5:30 p.m.)
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Tuesday, December 9
    Enjoy exotic Cozumel, Mexico, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
    8 p.m.-3 a.m.: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
  • Wednesday, December 10
    9 a.m.: FREE Texas Hold'em strategy roundtable discussion
    10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight: Room open for cash games/single-table tournaments
    10 a.m.: $100 no-limit hold'em Main Event
  • Thursday, December 11
    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 Sept. 24, 2014, 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: $479
  • Category H - Oceanview: $570
  • Category E3 - Deluxe Balcony: $660
  • Category JS - Junior Suite: $910
  • Single rates: Inside ($724), Oceanview ($904), Deluxe Balcony ($1,084) and Junior Suite ($1,584). We try to pair roommates on request.
  • Third/fourth passengers sharing stateroom: $350 for Category N, $414 for Category E3, $514 for Category JS, call for rates on other categories.
  • Additional categories available. Call for rates.

OPTIONAL

  • Roundtrip airport transfers: Call for rates.
  • 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!

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.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER
All ships registries:
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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.