Emerald Princess Casino Cruise

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  1. eDiceGuy, May 21, 2018

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    About eight years ago my wife and I decided to revisit several of the places where we spent summer vacations with the kids. We were no longer limited to school closing schedules, thus we could travel anytime of the year. Our first trip was to Washington, DC, but it wasn’t until the following year in New Orleans that we discovered many of these cities now had, or were close to, Casinos.

    The next year was TN. No casinos, but we did stay a couple of nights at Harrahs in Tunica near Memphis. We followed that with South Lake Tahoe (Stateline and Reno for gambling). My youngest son (36) joined us for trips to Atlantic City, Blloxi and South Lake Tahoe again.

    This year we returned to Hilton Head Island, SC. The last time we were there was 33 years ago. I was all set for ocean swimming, beach walking, sightseeing tours to Savannah and Charleston, and, of course, gambling. Whoa there, bubba boy. There are no land based casinos in SC or Georgia. Casino cruises to the rescue!

    My wife and I are not strangers to cruising. We went on several before and after the turn of the century. We enjoyed the food, entertainment and the casino. My favorite was formal night when we would show up at the craps table in our formal wear, I in my gown and my wife in her tux. Just kidding of course. I would walk up to the craps table and introduce myself as “Bond, James Bond”. Everybody laughed, and I am sure they said “what an asshole” after I left.

    So with fond memories, I researched Casino cruises out of SC and GA and settled on the Emerald Princess, which sailed out of Brunswick, GA, about 2 hours from Hilton Head. The nightmare was about to begin.

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  2. eDiceGuy, May 21, 2018

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    We arrived at the Emerald Princess ticket counter, handed over our drivers license (no passport required). We were informed that today was Seniors day and our ticket was free and it included a small buffet lunch. My wife looked at me and said, “We’re winning already.” These were the last kind words I heard from her. The Emerald Princess consisted of three levels, plus observation deck. The casino was on decks 1 and 2 with tables and slots on both decks. The mess hall was on the third deck. The tables were all the usual games: craps, blackjack, roulette, etc. There was no bubble craps. My wife said that most of the slot machines were quite ancient.

    The ship was underway. We had time to kill before hitting international waters so we went to deck 3 for the buffet lunch. We had a choice of either a boiled sausage link and bun, or a cod fish sandwich, plus fixin’s. We all went with the cod and after 1 bite my wife and son refused to eat any more. Perhaps we misunderstood that it was not a piece of cod but a codpiece. My wife was able to eat her salad, but was shortly running to the ladies room, as she put it, to shoot craps. My son slipped his fish sandwich into his pocket. We went upstairs to the observation deck where he tried to give the piece of fish to a Pelican. It wouldn’t eat it either and flipped us the bird as it flew away.

    When the ship announced gambling was open, my son and I proceeded to the craps table. Minimum bet was $5. There were only 2 table attendants. We started out with several good rolls, my son made about 4 points in a row. But things eventually went downhill. Same old story for me and live table craps, not aggressive enough on the long rolls, too conservative during the short rolls.In addition, shortly after hitting international waters, the ships AC went out. My son and I took a break and happened to be sitting in a lounge area where the captain and the chief engineer were discussing the AC problem. The engineer was right out of Star Trek and could’ve also passed for Willy the janitor on the Simpsons. In fact, the captain called him Scotty. Their conversation went something like this:

    Captain: Scotty, how’s it going with the AC?
    Scotty: She’s giving it all she’s got captain, anymore and she’ll blow for sure.
    Captain: Thats not acceptable,
    Scotty: I can’t change the laws of physics, Captain. I’ve got to have 30 more minutes.
    Captain: Is there anyplace on board where it is cooler?
    Scotty: I can provide more cool air to the restrooms, but there is a maintenance issue in the Womens. I wouldna go in there. It’s not pretty

    My son and I returned to the craps table. My shirt was starting to stick to me and my hands were getting sweaty. I wiped my hands on my shirt before each row. Once one die stuck to my hand showing a 1, the other die rolled on the table and landed showing a 6, “Seven out, line away” called the stickman. “But its stuck to my hand”, I cried. He hit my hand with the stick, and the die falls out showing a 1. “Seven out” he said, “ don’t make me call Scotty.”
    Suddenly a woman, who had been sitting at the bar guzzling drinks, stands up and yells “We are all going to die. I need a man who can make me feel like a woman again, one last time before we suffocate!”. I respond, “I’m your man!” I ripped off my shirt, threw at her and say “Here, go wash this”.

    We left as losers. We stopped for dinner. Amazing how a couple of gallons of ice cold sweet Tea and a good steak can win the day. We returned home and collected our mail. At the top was a postcard from Emerald Princess notifying us that we have been awarded VIP status. This means that on our next cruise the buffet will be all you can eat. I don’t think so.
     
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    garbage food, no AC, the runs, and lost money.
    doesn't get much worse than that.
    now you know where you wont go anymore.
     
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  4. eDiceGuy, May 22, 2018

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    Since you put it that way I am having second thoughts. VIP status, all you can eat, what's not to like?:)
     
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    Used to go on an Emerald Princess out of Fernandina Beach. May be the same vessel as read it had moved to Brunswick. However, there were only a dining level(water level) and the casino on the second floor plus I guess the roof of the casino but without any service. Not the same unless changed quite a lot. This dates some 20 years back...anyhow, thanks for the memories.
     
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