The introduction of new casino boat isn’t the first time that the island has offered gambling cruises, and in the past they’ve brought a slew of issues. Rumors of winners not being paid and vessels being left to rust did not sit well with residents. That was then, and this is now. So far, the island’s latest casino boat is everything Key West gamblers have been waiting for.
The 78-foot Tropical Breeze casino cruise launched in November 2011, with 80 Vegas-style slot machines from as little as a nickel per bet to as much as $5 (there no penny slots), and is also fitted with video poker. For those that prefer the “real thing” several tables featuring poker (Texas Hold' em, seven-card stud, and five-card draw), blackjack, craps, and roulette.Casino Dealers Sporting Tropical Attire — Photo courtesy of Tropical Breeze
Two full liquor bars are also available for guests as well as dining on the sundeck with a menu selection consisting of burgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, and burritos. The sundeck is a perfect option if your cruise mates are still gambling, but you need a break from the action, or if you just want to catch the sunset from the water.
The $35 flat fee includes a five-hour cruise, $10 match play, $5 food coupon, and taxes ‒ a reasonable rate considering a night out on Duval will easily cost twice that. Evening cruises embark on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and morning and mid-day departures area also available on select dates. Check out the website for specials and events (including an upcoming reality television show that will feature the cruise).The Tropical Breeze Vessel — Photo courtesy of Tropical Breeze