Apparently, Norwegians also play poker! Taking from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and their new catch phrases (“Norwegians do ‘fill-in-the-blank'”), the cruise line has announced that poker will be the game of choice on Norwegian Epic from November 9-16, 2014. That is when the line will host its first annual Norwegian Poker Challenge, which will feature World Series of Poker Champion Joe Cada. This coincides with the ship’s first Caribbean cruise of the season from Miami. The Challenge, which is the largest offered by any cruise line, will give guests the chance to win a share of the $200,000 guaranteed prize pool during a week-long tournament at sea.
According to NCL’s press release: “Players will have the chance to join cash games on a daily basis during the Poker Challenge, which will feature four tournament events. Along with a chance to win cash, players will also have the opportunity to go head-to-head with World Series of Poker champion Joe Cada, the youngest champion in the history of the tournament. Cada won the series’ Main Event in 2009 at the age of 21, beating out 6,494 players. His current lifetime live winnings exceed $10 million. During the week-long tournament, Cada will be hosting an exclusive meet and greet event, available only to tournament entrants.
The Norwegian Poker Challenge is open to all players, with a tournament entry fee of $1100, which is in addition to the guest’s cruise fare. Players must register for the main event with their travel agent or Norwegian’s Casino team prior to sailing. Players can also win their way into the tournament, as Norwegian is hosting satellite tournaments on every cruise** through September 30.
Sailing from Miami, Norwegian Epic, named the “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings beginning November 9, 2014 through April 19, 2015. Cruisers will explore beautiful ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. Fares for the Poker Challenge cruise on November 9 begin at $399 per person.
Players will have another opportunity to show their skills during the Second Annual Norwegian Poker Challenge, which will be held next year onboard the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, sailing an eight-day cruise from Miami on November 7, 2015. Players can win their win into the Second Annual Norwegian Poker Challenge via satellite tournaments on select dates and ships beginning November 1, 2014.”
For more information or to enter the Norwegian Poker Challenge, visit http://www.ncl.com/pokerchallenge or you can contact Your Charlotte Cruise Ships Examiner at email@example.com.
Getting to Miami to pick up this cruise is easy for residents in the Charlotte area. You can drive to the embarkation port of Miami, which will take you about 12 hours, or you can fly down to Miami from Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport, which will take you about two hours.
For more cruise news and happenings, stay tuned for future articles. Until then, Bon Voyage!