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Tournament Cruise 2018: Set Sail from New Orleans!
It’s official: Organizers of the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise have announced the itinerary for the 30th annual cruising event, and it’s a beaut!
Setting sail on October 28, 2018, from the famed Port of New Orleans, your seven-day Caribbean adventure includes stops at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel aboard an incredible, high-end Carnival Cruiseliner.
While at sea, players will enjoy the pampered luxury of cruise travel and compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes in the 2018 World Championship Bingo Tournament and other tournaments. The top winner will be crowned World Bingo Champion and be awarded an additional $5,000 cash and free passage for two on the 2019 Tournament Cruise.
There will also be a nightly Tournament-players-only cash drawing in the ship’s casino, culminating in a drawing for a seven-day cruise for two. And, you won’t want to miss out on our other exciting Sizzling Slots and Bingo Bugle Blackjack tournaments.
Many other surprises are in store for players as part of the 30th anniversary celebration. This is one Bingo and gaming cruise event no true Bingo fan will want to miss!
Find out more about the 30th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise by phoning the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline (888-352-2464) or visiting us on the web at bingobugle.com/cruise.
And remember—there’s still a small window of time open to join the 29th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming to the Mexican Riviera. Departing November 11, 2017, from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for seven fun-filled days filled with lots of marathon Tournament Bingo and stops in the sun-drenched ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Phone the Cruise Hotline noted above or check the Bingo Bugle website for all the exciting details of this gaming cruise adventure as well.
Timing is Everything in Bingo Cruising
There’s an old saying: Timing is everything.
This phrase, or words like it, must have been on the minds of many 2017 World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise participants as they listened to dramatic weather reports from the Caribbean about hurricanes Irma, Jose, Maria and others, and the devastation that resulted from these savage storms.
Many of the affected islands are quite familiar to Bingo Tournament Cruise travelers as popular ports of call our host ships have visited in the past. We wish the inhabitants well as they continue their recovery and return their island homes to the beautiful places they once were and will soon be again.
On a brighter note, the timing was right for the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise, when 2017 became the year that the Bingo Bugle Newspaper Group took a break from sailing the Caribbean and chose instead to head west for a tour of the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera.
Embarking from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for a week of carefree, gaming-packed days of fun and sun with stops at the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In 2018, the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise returns to the Caribbean. Setting sail on October 28 from the famed Port of New Orleans, this seven-day Caribbean adventure includes stops at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel—beautiful and popular ports that were untouched by the hurricanes that damaged other areas of the Caribbean.
Montego Bay is the capital city of Saint James Parish on Jamaica’s north coast. It features many beaches including Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach—home to an amusement park. There’s snorkeling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters of Montego Bay Marine Park. The Montego Bay Shopping Center and Montego Bay Hip Strip are fun places to visit, especially if you like haggling over prices.
The Cayman Islands are noted for their idyllic, pristine beaches, many of which offer the opportunity for diving, swimming and other water activities. You can also take a trip under the sea to feed stingrays, hike through a tropical forest, or go on a caving excursion or bird watching expedition. The islands’ history is rich and exotic, as visits to local museums or the botanical park will show. And you never have to go far a bargain…whether it’s in town or at the many mini malls with their array of restaurants and shops.
The island of Cozumel, Mexico, is one of the world’s top five Caribbean destinations due to its stunning coral reefs and deep, crystal clear ocean waters. The island city of San Miguel remains one of the very few places left in the “Mayan Riviera” where visitors can truly experience and even become involved in traditional Yucatan culture. It’s also a great place for shopping and for sampling a wide variety of Mexican, Yucatan and international cuisines.
Travelers may also consider arriving early for their cruise vacation and spending time exploring New Orleans’ endless attractions. From the world-renowned French Quarter and Bourbon Street’s notorious nightlife to Magazine Street with its many boutiques and antique shops, it’s no surprise that this is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States.
And let’s not forget the Tournament Cruise itself. While at sea, players will enjoy the pampered luxury of cruise travel and compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes in the 2018 World Championship Bingo Tournament and other tournaments. The top Bingo winner will be crowned World Bingo Champion and be awarded an additional $5,000 cash and free passage for two on the 2019 Tournament Cruise!
Learn more about the 30th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise by phoning the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline (888-352-2464) or by visiting us on the web at bingobugle.com/cruise.
Winners, Winners Everywhere!
In our last issue, we introduced you to the latest World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise champ: 91-year-old Ann Butler of Garden Grove, California.
During Tournament Cruise ’17, Ann racked up $3,000 in Bingo winnings, an additional $5,000 as the top winner of the event, and also won passage for two on the 30th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise, which sails from New Orleans on October 28 with stops at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel.
But Ann was far from the only winner in 2017. Dozens of other Bingo players won Bingo and pull-tab cash during the main tournament, scored big bucks gaming in the ship’s casino, or participated in the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise’s Bingo Bugle Blackjack, Texas Hold ’em Poker, and Sizzling Slots tournaments—all of which awarded thousands of dollars in additional prize money.
This year’s Sizzling Slots champ is Lester Berghorn, 63, of Copenhagen, New York, who was traveling with his wife on the couple’s sixth Bingo Tournament cruise.
“We enjoy cruises and every year go on one or two, sometimes more,” Lester says. “The Bingo cruise is lots of fun, we always have a good time; you can tell the organizers work hard at it.”
During the multi-round Sizzling Slots Tournament, Lester says he had “an extremely lucky machine” and ended the first round with a very high score. “The machine stayed lucky for me right on through, and by rounds three and four I knew nobody was gonna catch me,” he says.
But people sure tried, like Robert Sylvester of Los Angeles, California, who came in second in the slots tournament, and Debra Burr of San Jose, California, who took third place honors.
Play was equally lively for the Bingo Bugle Blackjack Blackjack Tournament, where Lisa Sharp of Riverside, California, came in first, followed by Teresa Mendez of Fountain Hills, Arizona, in second and Albert DiBenedetto of Las Vegas, Nevada, who came in third.
Douglas Mullins of Hilmar, California was the top winner in the 2017 Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament, beating out Patrick Kellett of Camarillo, California, who wound up in second place, and Karen Caron of Aberdeen, Washington, in third.
Gaming is definitely the name of the game on the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise.
This year marks the cruise’s 30th anniversary, and the Bingo Bugle is celebrating it in style by offering an additional $30,000 in cash prizes in 2018, the highest total payout in the trip’s history.
Don’t miss out! Learn more about the next World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise by phoning the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline (888-352-2464) or visiting us online at bingobugle.com/cruise.