I have been on 20+ cruises, majority Royal Carribean. Almost every ship I have been on uses 6 decks, not 8. Most also have a single deck table as well. This past April was on Mariner of the Seas and they did not use the Automatic Shufflers, nor did they on the Sovereign in October. I agree with above poster that many ships are getting rid of the auto shufflers. Mariner had one 3 card poker table.
Are you sure they used 8 and not 6? When the dealers places the cut card in 6 decks its about all he can grasp with one hand unless he has giant hands. They usually place the cut card at the nuckle of the first finger to get the pen they want, and we hate.
Id expect 8 decks would be a little tough for the girl dealers.
Most likely same on all other CCL owned lines, and I venture to say RCCL as well now looking back.
Tough row to hoe for an Advantage Player.
CCL Inspiration 09
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern 09
CCL Miracle Southern '08
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas Western '07
PCL Caribbean Princess Eastern '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Western '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern '04
CCL Destiny Southern '01
CCL Sensation Eastern '94
CCL Ecstacy Western '92
CCL Jubilee Eastern '90