Bridge, whether it is contract bridge or the popular variation of duplicate bridge, is a wildly popular card game played by millions of people all around the world. While it is favoured by seniors, there are plenty of younger players testing their skills or trying to break into the competitive scene.
Due to the persuasion of the general bridge crowd, bridge experts have decided to combine the play and teaching of the card game with cruise ship holidays. With these, people come on board the cruise ship to enjoy the ocean, the many destinations along the route, as well as lectures and competitive or social games of bridge on the ship.
There are many cruise ship companies which run bridge cruises, and these are some of the best that feature top-class bridge players and writers:
Caribbean and Cuba: Mike Lawrence
On a round trip from Miami, USA to the western side of the Caribbean – including Cuba – Mike Lawrence’s Regent Seven Seas bridge cruise is set to deliver everything that you could want from such a voyage. With five lectures and five scheduled gaming sessions across the seven-night bridge cruise, players will get to make the most of Lawrence’s expertise as a three-time world champion.
This bridge cruise leaves Miami on the 6th of February 2019, returning on the 13th of February. Included in the price of $4599 (€4026, £3584) per person based on double occupancy are unlimited shore excursions, gratuities and all beverages, room service, and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Just in case this bridge cruise isn’t for you, check out the other scheduled bridge trips on offer from Go Away Travel right here.
Portugal to Monaco: Roberta and Arnold Salob
Setting off on the 12th of August 2019 and finishing on the 23rd of August, the Iberian Images bridge cruise from Bridge Holidays LLC and Crystal Cruises is set to be a very prestigious event on the calendar of bridge enthusiasts. Not only does the 11-night cruise span Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Ibiza, France, and Monaco, but it also features Roberta and Arnold Salob’s specialist bridge programme.
The bridge cruise features many social games of bridge alongside the coveted ACBL-sanctioned games of duplicate bridge for players to test their skills. During the cruise, Roberta Salob will be holding many lectures which concern many topics, such as Go Forward with Reversing, Position Matters, and Only Perverts Repeat Five-Card Suits. The cruise is all-inclusive from $3815 (€3339, £2973) per person based on double occupancy.
If a trip from Lisbon to Monte Carlo doesn’t sound right for you, check out some of Bridge Holidays’ other cruises by following this link.
Quebec to New York City: Audrey Grant
Audrey Grant, esteemed writer of the official textbooks for the American Contract Bridge League, and Tully Luxury Travel are hosting a bridge cruise from Quebec, Canada down to New York City, USA from the 8th of September 2019 to the 15th of September.
The seven-night trip includes stops in Saguenay and Halifax with tickets from $2106 (€1843, £1641) per person on double occupancy. As for bridge, Audrey Grant schedules daily lectures, sends notes to all customers, and hosts ACBL-sanctioned games of duplicate bridge.
But, the somewhat chilly voyage from Quebec isn’t the only bridge cruise to be hosted by Audrey Grant in the coming year, with more on offer via her website.
There are many cruise trips with an emphasis on playing and learning bridge that take place all over the world throughout the year. So, if you want to enhance your bridge strategies and put your skills to the test, consider hopping on board a bridge cruise.