Ante Up Poker Cruises releases 2019 schedule



Ante Up Poker Cruises will embark on its most exotic sailing ever and will continue to offer the short, affordable sailings that passengers have come to expect, as it rolls out its 2019 schedule.

On Feb. 25, Ante Up will set sail from Miami for 16 nights through the Panama Canal with stops in five countries, including an overnight call on Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, before reaching its final destination of San Diego. A Panama Canal cruise has long been among the top suggestions of Ante Up’s passengers so we are excited to take advantage of a rare opportunity to offer this sailing and on a ship its passengers know well: Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas.

Fresh off its first Southern Caribbean itinerary, Ante Up Poker Cruises will make its first Eastern Caribbean sailing on Oct. 26, 2019, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas and St. Maarten, with other stops in San Juan and Royal Caribbean’s private oasis of Labadee, Haiti. It will be Ante Up’s first journey on the large Adventure of the Seas.

Another new ship to Ante Up, the Mariner of the Seas, will be used for an itinerary that was popular for many of Ante Up’s first sailings but hasn’t been offered in a while: the Bahamas. The four-night sailing on Aug. 5, 2019, is one of three upcoming shorter sailings that appeal well to players who can’t take a lot of time off from work. The other two sail from Tampa aboard the Brilliance of the Seas, first on Oct. 29 this year to Key West and Cozumel and then again April 20 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Ante Up Poker Cruises transforms the conference centers aboard regularly scheduled Royal Caribbean sailings into a professionally staffed and equipped poker room, complete with cash games, tournaments and an open-bar cocktail party. All passengers get a free one-month membership to AdvancedPokerTraining.Com and a free poker odds card from Thomas Gallagher Casino Seminars and earn $5 off their next Ante Up sailing for every hour of cash-game play they log. Also, Ante Up has recently expanded its tournament offerings on all sailings, scheduling at least two tournaments every day at sea.

Ante Up also can schedule private group sailings for groups of at least 16 passengers on most Royal Caribbean scheduled sailings.

For more information or to book, please visit or contact Jeanne Cosenza at (727) 742-3843 or Ante Up also provides a wealth of promotional support to poker rooms that wish to award cruise packages in their rooms. For more information, contact Scott Long at (727) 331-4335 or

Oct. 29, 2018
Brilliance of the Seas
Nights: 5
Departure port: Tampa, Fla.
Ports of call: Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico.
Rates: Start at $539 per person

Feb. 25, 2019
Jewel of the Seas
Nights: 16
Departure port: Miami, one-way to San Diego
Ports of call: Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Rates: Start at $1,910 per person

April 20, 2019
Brilliance of the Seas
Nights: 5
Departure port: Tampa, Fla.
Ports of call: George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.
Rates: Start at $586 per person

Aug. 5, 2019
Mariner of the Seas
Nights: 4
Departure port: Port Canaveral, Fla. (Orlando area)
Ports of call: Nassau, Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean’s private island of Coco Cay, Bahamas.
Rates: Start at $505 per person

Oct. 26, 2019
Adventure of the Seas
Nights: 8
Departure port: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Ports of call: Royal Caribbean’s private island of Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
Rates: Start at $656 per person

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