I just came off of a Princess cruise. They stayed on soft 17, so would think that's true of all Carnival Corp. ships.
However I don't specifically recall if the policy is the same on RCI. You could call and ask for their casino dept.
Thank you, Kuki, I will do just that. I'm not sure that there was much of a difference "basic strategy-wise", but my memory just isn't what it used to be. That should make playing blackjack so much more interesting!
The odds go from -0.207% to -0.424% just by the dealer hitting S17 on an 8 deck shoe, which is what cruise ships commonly use.
There is a sliver of hope. There may be a single deck game on your ship. If so exploit it.
As far as changes in BS for dealers hitting S17 there is none that I know of. Contemporary BS has been honed down on super computers over the last fews years to a point where there is a basic generic one that is pretty much used for all situations/playing conditions. The % advantage gained by situation specific BS is almost microscopic and would be unoticable.
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