Fisher's Guide to Cruising
Hi, I'm Jan Fisher and I'd like to tell you
all you need to know about cruising (well, almost)!
First, here's a little information about me,
so when we meet, you'll feel like you know me.
I've been associated with Card Player Cruises
since about 1990. I started out as a dealer and eventually
became a partner in this business I love so much. It has been
I am a past contributer to Card Player
magazine, where I wrote my column "Poker 101" since
the mid 1990's. Currently, I write for Poker Player Newspaper
where I talk about my travels and other poker-related fun stuff.
Prior to that, I wrote feature articles as well as interviews
with many people in the poker industry. I also was the
live studio announcer for the PPT (Professional Poker Tour)
but the show wasn't picked up for another season, at least
not yet! I am the statistician for the WPT (World Poker
Tour), a WPT Boot Camp instructor, and on the board of, and
a founder of, the Tournament Directors Association (pokertda.com).
This and assorted other poker and non-poker related things
keep me plenty busy!
I have been a resident of Las Vegas since 1977
and I hope that when you visit this exciting town, we can share
some poker adventures and maybe even get the chance to check-raise
each other at every turn.
I hope you find this information helpful. You
are invited to email me with any questions or comments, as
I enjoy providing personal service and want to help make your
cruise with us the vacation of a lifetime! I hope to meet you
on a Card Player Cruises poker vacation soon!
Before your poker cruise, you'll receive
a Deck Gazette containing valuable tips and information about
your vacation. While the Deck Gazette is specific to your
vacation, here are some things that apply to all Card Player
Cruises poker adventures.
Our Poker Room
We feature a professional, fully staffed, non-smoking,
no-abuse poker room. The poker room is usually open for play
immediately after the first-seating dinner on your departure
day. The poker room remains open throughout most of the cruise
except when the ship is in port. On our international cruise
each year, the poker room closes at 1am on nights before port
We also offer free beginner lessons for novices
taught by both Linda Johnson and me, depending on demand, followed
by a $1-$2 limit hold’em game.
The Card Player Cruises staff will be happy
to spread any game and limit that enough players want to play.
If the game you wish to play is full, give your name to the
brush or board person and you will be put on the waiting list.
If the game or limit you wish to play is not in progress, we'll
be glad to start an "interest"
list for most games.
A general guideline regarding the games and
limits on most cruises is as follows:
Texas hold'em: $1-$2, $2-$4, $4-$8, $10-$20, $20-$40
Omaha/8: $2-$4, $4-$8, $10-$20, occasionally higher (usually
Mixed games: $20-$40, occasionally higher (generally ½
HE, ½ OE,or stud/8)
No-limit hold’em at blinds of $1-$2 and $2-$5 with capped
Each domestic cruise has a tournament on each
sea day. These events have proven to be one of the most popular
aspects of the cruise. All tournaments begin promptly as scheduled.
Tournaments generally include a limit hold'em freezeout, no-limit
hold'em, and occasionally an Omaha high-low freezeout. Anticipate
buy-ins of up $125 up to $230. Each cruise is different and
we can answer questions about your specific cruise prior to
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Poker Room Etiquette:
Because we want everyone to enjoy the cruise,
no abuse of any kind will be tolerated in the poker room.
The poker room is always non-smoking. Smoking
areas are available nearby for the convenience of smoking guests.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
Your tickets and luggage tags will be available online approximately 50 days prior to your cruise.
Most Card Player Cruises voyages offer shore
excursions as provided by the cruise lines. In addition, Card
Player Cruises occasionally offers a variety of shore excursions
only to our poker cruise participants. These are unique to
each cruise and will be mentioned in the Deck Gazette we send
you if we have anything planned in this regard. We recommend
signing up for the ship's shore excursions as soon as possible
after boarding. You'll be notified of the Card Player Cruises
shore excursions by email before the start of your cruise if
any are available. Excursions sponsored by Card Player Cruises
may be purchased prior to departure.
United States and Canadian passengers need
proof of citizenship (passport recommended, or a copy of birth
certificate with raised seal). Resident aliens need their Alien
Resident Card. Aliens should contact the appropriate consulate
to inquire about necessary travel documentation. All passengers
will need a photo ID. The law has changed and everyone will
be required to carry a valid passport so please check with
the cruise line for updated info about ID requirements. You
also may call our office at 888-999-4880 for answers or contact
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It's important to know that while US currency
and traveler's checks are accepted in most ports of call, most
of the ships employ a sail and sign format.
In order to purchase beverages, photos, shore
excursions, and other incidentals on board, you will need a
sail-and-sign card. You'll be asked to register your credit
card or make a cash deposit with the purser on sailing day.
At that time, you will be issued your sail-and-sign card.
Small cash advances are possible with major
credit cards at the ship's casino and in most ports of call.
Card Player Cruises will accept cage deposits by check up to
14 days prior to departure. Please note that Card Player
Cruises is unable to cash personal checks but is happy to accept
We strongly recommend that you use some form
of prevention if you are prone to motion sickness. Please remember,
to be effective, you must take this before you get sick. The
purser will provide you with seasick pills at no charge. We
have found Bonine to be very effective in combating seasickness,
and it does not make most people sleepy. Bonine can be purchased
without a prescription at most drug stores.
Everything you have heard about cruise food
is true! You will be able to eat constantly on your cruise
if you wish, including 24-hour-a-day complimentary room service!
You can have breakfast in your cabin, then in the dining room,
again up on deck, and eat again in the poker room. We keep
drinks and "munchies"
in the cardroom. You'll have your choice of any (or all) of
the entrees in the dining room.
To minimize disruptions to the poker room,
most of the poker players are scheduled for the early seating
and the cardroom will close during this time so that our staff
can have a nice meal and get to know you all better. The cruise
line will be able to accommodate most special dietary or seating
requests but they must have this information well in advance
of sailing. Please contact our office for specifics.
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Comfortable, casual resort-style clothing appropriate
for the cruise climate is the best choice. You will have several
occasions when you will have a chance to dress up in more formal
For formal night, ladies usually wear evening
dresses or cocktail dresses. Gentlemen may wear either tuxedos
or suits. (Tuxedos or dinner jackets usually may be rented
on board.) There are alternative dining arrangements available
for those who do not wish to dress up.
You can bring your hair dryer, electric razor,
hot curlers, and other small electrical appliances that require
110 volts AC. Most ships have hair dryers in the cabins but
they are very low powered so we do suggest you bring your own.
You may bring radios, ipods, and cassette players, but you
are requested to use headphones out of respect for the other
passengers. Laptop computers can be used and not only are there
Internet cafes on every cruise ship today, cybercafés
can be found in almost any port worldwide. There is a charge
for internet service on the ship and varies from cruise to
You are prohibited from bringing alcoholic
beverages of any kind on board the ship. If you purchase alcoholic
beverages in port, you may not consume them in public rooms
or on deck.
Gratuities are not prepaid for most cruises
but are conveniently added to your sail and sign account before
the end of the cruise. These generally will total $10 a day
per person. We strongly suggest you add to this minimum amount
for especially good service, which you will receive! As a guideline,
the $10 amount is broken down to approximately:
Waiter - $3 per person, per day
Busboy - $1.50 per person, per day
Cabin Steward - $3 per person, per day
Head Waiter - $1.50 per person, per day
Maitre'D - $1 per person, per day
Gratuities are distributed by the cruise lines
to the appropriate employees. The staff works for tips and
are always appreciative.
Welcome Cocktail Reception:
There will be a welcome cocktail reception
the first day of the cruise so you can meet your fellow poker
players, pick up your welcome gift, and have a chance to get
all the information on any CPC tours and tournaments. This
generally is right before first dinner on debarkation day.
Cruiser Appreciation Party:
On the final evening of the cruise, Card Player
Cruises hosts a farewell cocktail party to say goodbye and
thank you for sharing your vacation with us. We invite you
to attend both parties and also to fill in and return to us
your CPC surveys at this time.
Please contact us (888-999-4880 or contact
me with any questions you may have. Please call our office
to book a cruise or have a chat with our staff.
I look forward to welcoming you on your cruise!
Get to know Jan Fisher here.
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