Ante Up announces 2013 cruise schedule



Ante Up will host four cruises in 2013, featuring two new departure ports, two new destinations, new events on the schedule and all featuring the same great poker action, tournaments and classes.

Ante Up Cruises turn the conference centers aboard regularly scheduled Royal Caribbean cruise sailings into a floating poker room, with professional dealers, staff and equipment. Cash games for all level of play are offered throughout each sailing, as are single-table tournaments, with multitable tournaments scheduled on sea days. All guests are treated to a free open-bar cocktail party and at least two free poker classes per cruise, including one taught by a professional player.

In 2013, Ante Up Cruises will make its first sailings from Miami and the New York City metro area (Bayonne, N.J.), and for the first time will visit Bermuda and Key West.

Royal Caribbean’s casino on board each ship will have a closer relationship with the Ante Up group in 2013, giving passengers who bring guests who aren’t poker players and themselves more opportunities for fun on board. Each 2013 sailing will feature a private blackjack tournament and slot tournament for Ante Up’s guests, who will have their casino play rated by the cruise line so they can earn additional perks.

Here are the details of the 2013 cruises, including the last cruise scheduled for 2012. All rates are per person based on double-occupancy, and include cruise fare, port charges and taxes. For more information, visit To book, call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335.

Nov. 10-17, 2012
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Ports of call: Port Canaveral, Fla.; CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas
Rates: Start at $599 per person, guaranteed through Labor Day
Time is running out to lock in what is turning out to be an amazing price for Ante Up’s first cruise out of Baltimore. The ship overall is close to capacity, meaning that after the rate-guarantee deadline of Sept. 3, the price is expected to jump at least $225 per person. The cruise will feature Lee Childs as the on-board professional and extended port stops in Florida and the Bahamas.

Feb. 4-8
Ship: Monarch of the Seas
Ports of call: CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas
Rates: Start at $369, guaranteed through Nov. 24
Ante Up will make one final sailing on the Monarch, a staple of Ante Up Cruises almost from the beginning because of its low price, easy access from all of Florida and combination of good poker play time and two long port stops.

MAY 2013 – MIAMI
May 20-24
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Ports of call: CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Key West
Rates: Start at $429, guaranteed through March 10
Not only will this be Ante Up’s first sailing from the sizzling destination of Miami, it will also be the first time Ante Up calls on the popular stop of Key West.

Oct. 20-27
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Port of call: King’s Wharf, Bermuda
Rates: Start at $699, guaranteed through Aug. 10
For the first time, Ante Up will sail from Bayonne, N.J., part of the New York City metro area, and visit the island nation of Bermuda. The ship will be docked overnight two nights in Bermuda, giving guests a rare opportunity to enjoy a port stop around the clock.

Dec. 2-7
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Ports of call: Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman
Rates: Start at $459, guaranteed through Sept. 22
Sailing from Ante Up’s homeport of Tampa, this cruise will be among the first on a renovated Brilliance of the Seas and features many of the same amenities found on Royal Caribbean’s signature Oasis class ships. It will also be the lone 2013 cruise to explore the countries of the Caribbean.

For more information on Ante Up Cruises, including sponsorship information, or to book, call Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 or visit the cruise webpage.

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