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We are sailing out of Miami May 5 to St. Thomas, Grand Turk, etc. We enjoy duplicate bridge and hope to find other players for a game or two (particularly on days at sea). Email if this of interest.
I'm also a duplicate player, but I'm sorry to say that many cruises no longer have bridge directors for formal play. The "premium" lines (Celebrity, Holland America, and Princess) still seem to have bridge directors on cruises that spend a significant number of days at sea, such as "Transatlantic," "Panama Canal," and "Hawai'i" (RT from west coast) itineraries and some other repositioning cruises. I have heard that the "mainstream" lines (Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean) have dropped the bridge directors completely.
On cruises that do not have bridge directors, many ships do have a time for card games in the afternoon, where you probably will find some worthy opposition and a chance to practice your game, even though you won't get any ACBL
masterpoints for your success. A member of the cruise staff usually shows up at the start of the session to organize the session and to ensure that cards are available, then disappears. After that, you are on your own. And some folks who show up for those sessions may choose to play Hearts, Spades, Euchre, or other games.
Have a great cruise!