We are planning a family reunion cruise for 2005 to Hawaii and a casino for evening entertainment is de regieur for this group of travelers! Does anyone know if NCL has casinos on their Hawaii-based ships?
I do not think they do because their home port is America.. We also are casual gamblers, enoying prior to watching the shows, for this reason, we chose another cruise line that made a visit to a foriegn port, which is what is required to allow gambling.
This year we will be on the Star, which is a coastal cruise but because they visit Canada, gambling will be allowed.
Have to agree with whiteknight on this one. The Star, when she did the Hawaiian (including Fanning island) route had no casino.
I think you will have to choose; do Hawaii with no gambling or pick a different destination. For me it would be no contest, going to Hawaii would be much more important than the gambling but ,if some in your group really look forward to that as part of their vacation, you may have a tough decision.
Thanks everyone for your input. When we were on Celebrity Summit Hawaii to Vancouver, the casino was open while at sea. One of our group was hoping to avoid the foreign port part of the cruise and only do 7 days in Hawaii. She will be overruled by the majority. We will choose a different cruise line.
You may be right. I know that when I sailed on the Carnival Spirit from Vancouver, they had to shut down the casino as we approached the Hawaiian Islands and when I inquired as to the reason, I was informed by a ship's offficer that the Hawaiian Islands did not permit gambling in their territories and that area extended the distance of 40 miles around each of their land masses. So it's possible the ship's officer I talked to was incorrect, and therefore, incorrectly informed me with that information. I don't personally have any information to dispute or confirm that and I'm not interested enough to go to the trouble of doing looking it up, so whatever you say on this subject is good enough for me.
We did a 12 day cruise from Hawaii to Ensenada last year on Carnival. The casino was closed each of the 7 days in port but would be open in the evenings while we were in route to another island. The key here is that the ship visits a foreign port--Ensenada, so they allowed gambling. Does not make much sense, I think it has to do with old law still on the books.