Casino games available on cruise ships are a big attraction. Most passengers don’t have much experience with casinos, though, so the environment is a little different than in a regular land-based casino.

The payout percentages are much lower than both online and in other land-based casinos. They go as low as 75% in slot games, so it’s much more profitable to play online on your own laptop (payout percentage is about 95% or more) than use the slot machines available on the ship.

Skill-based games, such as poker and blackjack, always give the opportunity to have profits as long as the player is very good at the game. Since most passengers are not experienced with those games at all, it’s quite easy to win big if you know very well how to play them. The other players making bad decisions don’t affect your ability to win as long as you focus on your own moves and don’t get distracted by getting annoyed.

Cruise ship casinos, unlike most regular land-based casinos, raise the minimum bet during the night, for example from $5 to even $25. If you want to play at night, you need a higher bankroll. Otherwise stick to playing during the day.

It’s a good idea to avoid all the readily available ATMs if you have trouble managing your bankroll. It might be the best to not bring your card at all and instead only have cash on you.

Don’t drink alcohol because it will distract you from the game and can make you lose when you make a simple mistake.