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I’ve actually come kind of close to this once before–the whole Brazilian model cabinmates on a poker cruise thing that is–except my cabinmate was my lovely wife, who‚Äôs from Milwaukee, and it was an overnight ferry from Copenhagen to some island in the middle of the Baltic Sea, and we played some heads-up poker for Danish candy and some snack I either don‚Äôt remember or never knew what it was in the first place. I was actually hoping some of the young, blonde-haired locals on the ship, which should be read as ‚Äúeveryone on the ship who wasn‚Äôt us,‚Äù would want to join us for a cash game but they were too busy not knowing how to speak English while entranced in an Olympic handball match on tv and chain smoking Marlboros by the carton.
So yes, all in all, it wasn’t the ideal poker cruise scenario, but neither is something like the Card Player Cruise, which, despite offering poker, is still every bit of a carnival to me. And not to rock their boat, as I’m sure people have a grand time, but it’s just that if you look at my requirements above, well, let’s just say it’s probably one too many gramps with a “Don’t Forget My Senior Discount” shirt
I guess what I really want is exactly the opposite of your typical cruise ship experience and that’s pretty much what low budget, low frill cruise line easyCruise is going for, and when I heard the other day that easyCruise is considering adding poker to its Atlantic crossing, the odds of me boarding a cruise just got better (still about 3.5:1 though).
And while this works out well for the Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises, with plenty of ports of call to stop at, it doesn’t work out so well when the ship is making its annual Transatlantic crossing. So when Stelios was traveling the other weekend to Barbados for the launch of his cruise ship in the Americas, he had, shall we say, the ‚ÄúPerfect brainStorm,‚Äù (ok, we shouldn‚Äôt have said) on how to make the ship’s pond-crossing more “sellable.‚Äù
You got it: Poker, the panacea for any business–from your local dive pub to a European based cruise line–looking to make an extra buck during a slow night, or Transatlantic crossing.
Thankfully though, when it comes to easyCruise, it only takes a low-limit PokerStars bankroll to afford a trip, and if poker‚Äôs added to the mix, along with a bunch of crazy drunk European fish, well, it sounds like even a better deal, doesn’t it?.
So just how cheap is it? Dirt cheap. While we don’t know how much the pond-crossing will cost, prices for the Caribbean jaunts begin at $15 per person per night, based on two people sharing a standard cabin (without window). Current rates for a standard cabin with a window, quads and suites in the Caribbean start at $30 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing), $24 per person per night (based on 4 people sharing) and $72 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing), respectively.
Of course, for our U.S. readers, you’d have to factor in the cost of a flight over to Europe to catch the cruise to the Caribbean, but it just may be worth it for a few non-stop days and nights of nothing on the high seas but poker, partying and pretty girls (if easyCruise’s marketing photos, seen below, are any measure of potential cabinmates).
We’ll keep you posted if we hear anymore on easyCruise’s poker plans, or any new Stelios ventures.