If I was planning on playing some slots and I had a choice between gambling onboard or in port Id choose the port where there is some resemblance of genuine regulation. Of coarse that takes away some of your free time in port so take that into account.
The Atlantis has a pretty nice casino although I havn't gambled there just breezed through. Its about a half hour from the port via ferry and then old fashioned leg power.
Hah, boat casinos may be the one place where you are actually safer playing the tables. The odds on any ship are horrible since there is no other competition with the casino. There is a theory that each machine is designed to reset after a certain period of time after being idle and pay out more often during the first few plays. This would get the user hooked after he/she wins a couple times. I would advise you to move from machine to machine after you win a few times on each, although this has never worked for me.
I've only been on 3 cruises and must say, my husband and I have been pretty lucky in the casion's on the ships. On our first cruise, the first night in the casino my Husband hit $300 on his 3rd pull on a dollar machine, and I hit $1200 on a 25cent machine. We won a total of $2200 the first 2 nights. I was afraid the slots wouldn't pay that well. We had a blast. My sister who plays Blackjack did pretty good for herself also.
On our 2nd and 3rd cruise, I would win some and loose some. I really need to walk away after winning but end up putting most of it back.
Best of luck and enjoy your cruise.
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We did quite well on Jackpot Party on the Majesty. As you walk in the casino, it will be the 3 row to your left-first machine. They MAY have rearranged since we sailed last August, but it was as consistant as a slot can be. It isn't an ATM, but it was entertaining and somewhat profitable.
Have had some success on Jackpot Party also on other RCI ships. Played both dollar and quarter slots... . machine can be very entertaining as well. I think I won about $200 the one night... and walked away and went to play roulette.... where I doubled my money!!!