I was on the Golden on Aug. 29-Sept.15 and played BJ a lot. It was a blast. There was always a variety of table minimums -- $5, $10, $25. Naturally, during peak times the $5 tables were always crowded. The dealers are very friendly once you get them warmed up a little. OK, one dealer was like a rock during the whole cruise, but the others were a blast. I had my favorites -- Terence and Andrew. Even though I did lose my shirt, I do feel the games were honest. After all, I think they have incentive for you to win -- they get tips! There were some dealers that didn't hesitate when someone took a hit when they shouldn't have. I think it's sort of a courtesy for them to pause just to be sure the player isn't doing something unintentional. But most confirmed the questionable plays at the table before moving to the next player.
I don't remember the continuous shuffling/dealing equipment at the tables. The tables I played at all had standard shoes.
Good luck. Even though I came back a major loser, I wish I were back in their casino right now!
To someone who asked about Caribbean Stud -- I'm not a player there but there was a couple of tables on on the other side of the casino, along with pai gow, and let it ride. There was also a Spanish 21 table, craps, and roulette. There might have been something else over there, but I stayed on the BJ side of the casino -- there were about 8-10 tables of BJ.
WOW 3.00 tables - you don't see that to often I might even try and play for that. I know the game it's just normally to expensive for my purse. I leave it to my husband normally - he always wants me to play to though. Hope they have some 3.00 tables that'd be great.