Where’s the Casino on my Disney Cruise?
There are some activities many adults consider integral to the cruising experience – hitting up a buffet multiple times a day, shopping for tax free goods in port…and gambling. Those folks will find themselves asking “where’s the casino?” Here is the lowdown on what to expect when you cruise the Disney Magic, Wonder, Dream, or Fantasy on an Eastern, Western, or Bahamas cruise.
You’ve Got To Know When To Hold ‘Em
Welcome to Disney Cruise Line. If you’re booking your first cruise with DCL, you may be surprised to find out there is no casino onboard. What there is is bingo. Don’t scoff. Bingo is seriously fun and you may win some money back onto your onboard account. Bingo is played on both sea days and port days (check your Navigator for times and locations), and both kids and adults can participate. Most people opt for the electronic cards (just sit back and watch them mark themselves off) though purists may choose manual cards with ink stamps. Game play goes quickly though, so we don’t think anyone but a seasoned pro would be able to keep up with more than 1 or 2 manual cards. Each cruise will have a big final big day with a potential (though not guaranteed) $5000 or even $10,000 jackpot.
You’ve Got To Know When To Fold ‘Em
Even if you don’t win cash as bingo, you may win other small prizes like tote bags. Jackpots and crowds get larger as the cruise goes on, so your chances of winning something are better earlier in your itinerary. Other opportunities to win random things onboard include raffles for treatments or cash at the spas on embarkation day. You do have to be present to win. These are usually around 3pm (before the lifeboat drill). If you need baseball caps, bags, or want to participate in another raffle for cash, stop by any Disney Vacation Club presentation – there will be plenty during your cruise.
You’ve Got To Know When To Walk Away
OK, maybe bingo and raffles don’t do it for you. You’re in luck. You’ll find casinos in Nassau and St. Martin (though not in St. Thomas, the Cayman Islands, or the Mexican ports). San Juan also has many large chain resort hotels with casinos attached. Jamaica does have plenty of casinos, but none are convenient to Falmouth.
|Port||Casino||Location||Contact or Web Site|
|Nassau||Atlantis Casino||Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island||www.atlantis.com|
|Nassau||Crystal Palace Casino||Wyndham Resort, W. Bay St.||Wyndham Resorts Web Site|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch)||Atlantis World Casinos||multiple locations||www.atlantisworld.com|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch)||Princess Casino||Princess Port de Plaisance Resort, Simpson Bay||www.princessportdeplaisance.com|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch)||Casino Royale||Maho Beach Resort||www.playmaho.com|
|St. Kitts (Basseterre)||Royal Beach Casino||Marriott St. Kitts and Nevis||www.marriott.com|
And Know When To Run
Hey, did you know that the only legal gambling in Alaska is bingo and pull-tabs? Me either until I looked it up.
Do you care that there is no casino on any Disney ship? Is it a plus for you? Talk about it in the comments! (Options for folks cruising the Mediterranean or Northern Europe will come in another article.)