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The 2016 World Championship Bingo Tournament Cruise Sets Sail!

As you read this, those lucky participants of the Bingo Bugle World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise are either just finishing packing, are on their way or may already have embarked on THE Bingo gaming event of 2016.

Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the 28th Annual Bingo Tournament Cruise is exploring the beautiful eastern Caribbean with stops at four of the region’s most exotic and exciting island destinations—St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk.
Between ports, the eight-day high seas adventure will be jam-packed with days of marathon Bingo and other exciting tournaments, a $100,000 total cash payout, and presentation of free passage for two on Cruise ’17 to the top winner—not to mention the coveted title of World Bingo Champion!
This year’s host ship, Carnival Conquest, has elevated travel at sea to an art form with a jaw-dropping collage of fun spots for passenger enjoyment, including Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar and EA Sports Bar.
Tournament participants are going to find good times everywhere they turn—from the ship’s dance club (great for people-watching) to the stage show lounges (great for show-watching). The Taste Bar will deliver small bites with big flavor and the Alchemy Bar will serve up a range of one-of-a-kind drinks and a complete experience for your senses. There’s also the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, which gives stand-up comedians a microphone and a place to share their craft for cruisers’ enjoyment. And everyone will get a kick out of Seuss at Sea, which turns classic Dr. Seuss stories and characters into fun for all ages.
This year’s travelers won’t have to know a Monet from a Renoir when they dine in the ship’s two artful dining rooms; they’ll just need to be hungry. They won’t need a performing arts degree to enjoy lively musical shows onstage by Playlist Productions, although they can say they’re experiencing art from their seats. And cruisers won’t need to read a rulebook when they enjoy Hasbro, The Game Show, where big fun takes the stage in a live game show everyone will enjoy.
With delicious food, lively bars and top-drawer entertainment, Carnival Conquest has something for everyone. Add to that the magnificent ports of call, marathon Bingo playing (and winning!) in the World Championship Bingo Tournament, added fun in the optional Bingo Bugle Blackjack, Texas Hold ’Em and Sizzling Slots tournaments, and connecting with fellow tournament fans from across the country, and it’s no mystery why the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise continues to grow in popularity.
The Bingo Bugle World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise remains The One, The Only, The Original—and The Best Bingo cruise vacation around.
Couldn’t make it this year? No worries: Plans for the 2017 World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise are already in the works. Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visit us online at bingobugle.com/cruise to request a detailed brochure or learn the latest on the next World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise.

2017 Bingo Tournament Cruise Sails the Mexican Riviera

The 29th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise will take a break from the Caribbean in 2017 to cruise the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera.
Departing November 11 from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched Pacific ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Between ports, tournament participants will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes during marathon games of championship Bingo in Miracle’s spacious Phantom Lounge—where the ship’s amazing stage shows are also performed.
The top Bingo prizewinner will be crowned Grand Champion, receive an additional $5,000 in prize money, and will also be awarded free passage for two aboard the following year’s World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise. Three additional tournaments—slots, blackjack and poker—will also be offered during the cruise.
A trip aboard Carnival Miracle is like a journey to another world. Not only will the ship visit stunning destinations, but also features incredible onboard spaces inspired by elements of fantasy.
Escape from reality as you take in a show at the Phantom Lounge, a drink at Odyssey Bar or a dance at Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab. To lose yourself in a song, find your way to Sam’s Piano Bar. You’ll find great food at every turn, from the casual fare of Horatio’s to the artful eats of the Bacchus and Ariadne dining rooms—not to mention the world-class cuts at Nick & Nora’s Steakhouse.
At Alchemy Bar, drinks are an art form, while the laid-back RedFrog Pub has partying down to a science. Up in Skybox Sports Bar, they’ve combined luxury-box comfort with the down-to-earth view from the 50-yard line.
Outdoors, there’s tons of fun to be found, whether you’re down for a waterslide or up for simply lazing in the sun—Carnival’s Twister Waterslide has you covered (in water, that is), and the Serenity Adult-Only Area will get you relaxing, adult-style.
Don’t miss this exciting travel and gaming opportunity. Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visit us online at bingobugle.com/cruise to request a detailed brochure on the Mexican Riviera World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise.
See you in sunny Mexico!

More Than One Way to Play: Tournaments Abound on Bingo Bugle Cruise

In last month’s issue of the Bingo Bugle, we introduced you to our latest World Bingo Champion—Evelyn Layman of Cave Junction, Oregon—who, at the age of 76, became a newlywed and made the 2015 World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise part of her honeymoon. It was Evelyn’s 15th Bingo cruise and her new husband, Fred’s, first.
“I really like [the Bingo Tournament Cruise],” Evelyn says. “Fred is also a Bingo fan but had never been on any kind of cruise and was a little anxious about the ship. But he agreed to go and ended up having a great time.”
Fred enjoyed it so much that he agreed to go again in 2016. And it’s a good thing he did. During the Tournament, Evelyn won two consecutive $1,200 games and a three-way playoff that landed her an additional $1,700, a trip for two on the 2017 cruise, and the title of World Bingo Champion. “It was super exciting,” Evelyn says. “I was shaking like crazy!”
While the World Championship Bingo Tournament is the centerpiece of our annual cruise, it is far from the only gaming event players have the option to enjoy. There’s also the Bingo Bugle Blackjack, Texas Hold ’em Poker, and Sizzling Slots tournaments—all of which award thousands of dollars in additional prize money.
Billie Wheeler of Pendleton, Oregon, took top honors in this year’s blackjack tournament.
With close to a dozen Bingo cruises under her belt, in recent years Billie has been playing in the blackjack and slots tournaments. “My favorite place to play is Chinook Winds Casino Resort (in Lincoln City, Oregon),” Billie says. “I decided it would be fun to do more than play just Bingo on the cruise, so I started signing up for blackjack and slots, too.”
Billie says she’s been pretty lucky over the years. “Altogether I think I’ve won Bingo pots around six times,” she says. “A few years ago I also won in slots.”
In 2016 she completed her trifecta by taking first place honors in blackjack. “All I remember is that in the final round I was playing cautious and at the end bet only what I knew it would take to win,” she says, “which left me with money in case the hand wasn’t any good. And I got it.”
There were plenty of other tournament winners as well.
Marie Ellsworth of Grass Lake, Michigan, won second place in the blackjack tournament, and Norma Krumpter of Prince George, Virginia, came in third.
Rhonda Reichen of Craig, Colorado, took first place in the Sizzling Slots tournament, followed by Betty Sharron Silveira of Anaheim, California, in second and Rebekah Arnold of Poplar Bluff, MO, in third.
The Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament winners were Linda Muse of Fort Worth, Texas, who came in first, followed by James Thomas of Miami, Florida, in second and Michael Cadle of The Villages, Florida, who finished third.
Bingo, blackjack, slots, poker—the gaming fun never stops during the Word Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise.
Come test your luck during Tournament Cruise ’17, sailing the beautiful Mexican Riviera. Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visit bingobugle.com/cruise online to find out more.

Your Port of Call: Cabo San Lucas

The 29th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise will sail the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera. Embarking November 11 from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched Pacific ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Our first port of call, Cabo San Lucas, which is commonly called Cabo, is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Cabo San Lucas together with San José del Cabo is known as Los Cabos.
Cabo San Lucas has been rated one of Mexico’s top five tourist destinations by Trip Advisor and is known for its beaches, water sports, superior diving locations, balnearios (spa areas), marine life, and the natural rock formation El Arco de Cabo San Lucas—a picturesque arch of stone that juts out of the sea.
The Los Cabos region has become a popular destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Many properties have become havens for corporate CEOs and Hollywood stars; you might just get a glimpse of a celebrity or two during your visit.
Cabo is home to a range of wildlife including stingrays, sharks, birds and sports fish like mahi-mahi and striped marlin. Chileno Beach, located along Chileno Bay, is one of the most frequented beaches in Cabo. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun; snorkelers often visit Chileno Bay to observe underwater sea life including sea turtles and sponges. At certain times of the year, pods of whales can be observed off the coast. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Gulf of California after completing a 6,000-mile migration from Alaska and Siberia.
Many exciting nightclubs and variety of dining venues can be found in Cabo. Spots not to be missed include Cabo Wabo Cantina, the Baja Brewing Company (also the first microbrewery in Baja, California), Pink Kitty Nightclub, Mandala, El Squid Roe, Giggling Marlin, Nowhere Bar, Tiki Bar, the Usual Suspects and the Jungle Bar.
Popular restaurants in downtown Cabo include Edith’s, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina and Sunset da Mona Lisa. Tourists can also ride horses through the desert, charter boats for fishing, and snorkel and parasail along the beach. Grab a copy of the English-language newspaper Gringo Gazette, which has news on tourist activities in Cabo as well as San Jose, Todos Santos, La Paz and the East Cape Baja.
Come and experience the beauty and fun of Cabo San Lucas as part of your exciting World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise vacation. Get full details by phoning the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visiting us online: bingobugle.com/cruise.

Your Port of Call: Mazatlan

The 29th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise will sail the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera. Embarking November 11 from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched Pacific ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Your second port, Mazatlán, is nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific. It offers superb beaches, many attractions, and a variety of interesting historical sites.
Mazatlán is made up of various zones that offer a range of attractions. The Golden Zone is the location of most of the tourist hotels, finer restaurants and most of the local night life. It is home to Fiesta Land—party HQ in Mazatlán—and the place to start or end the search for local hot spots. Most of the nightlife and attractions in the Golden Zone are within walking distance of each other. If you prefer transport, keep an eye out for Pulmonías—open-air cabs that will take you wherever you want to go in the city.
The Historic Zone, Old Mazatlán, in the center of town, is a great area for exploring. Most of the oldest buildings have been beautifully restored. There are walking tours and transport tours that point out the highlights of the Historic Zone.
Mazatlán has miles and miles of gorgeous beaches. The most popular tourist beaches are located in the Golden Zone and offer many varieties of water sports and great beachfront restaurants. Beach vendors work on all of the beaches and offer everything from fresh fruit to temporary tattoos. You can even have your hair braided by a beach vendor. The beaches are dotted with wave-runners, parasailing, banana rides, sea kayaks, and a water park.
Besides the sea and sun, there is plenty more to do in Mazatlán. Everything from bull fights to Triple-A baseball can be found here. The Mazatlán aquarium is Mexico’s largest and offers a variety of sea life—including a shark tank. Seal shows and other exhibitions are offered daily, and the aquarium also has a tranquil tropical botanical park.
For shoppers, Mazatlán has many fine shops, shopping malls and an unending number of open air stores. Many of the local shops feature crafts that are famous all over Mexico. Unique art can be found, along with custom made leather clothing and sporting and resort wear.
The central market, located in the middle of downtown, is one square block of everything you can imagine, and then some. If you have the time and are in the area, at least take a quick walk through. You will be surprised at the diversity of merchandise—everything from hanging meat to huarache sandals. This is a true central market in the old Mexican tradition.
If you get the opportunity to sample nightlife, Mazatlán is the place. Many of the nightclubs and discos do not open until late and stay open till dawn. Many of the local restaurants feature live music, with any number of Mexican fiestas and theme night spectaculars.
One thing is certain—you won’t be bored in Mazatlán! Come and experience its beauty and fun as part of your World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise adventure. Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visiting us online at bingobugle.com/cruise for more info.

Your Port of Call: Puerto Vallarta

The 29th Annual World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise will sail the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera. Embarking November 11 from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise sails for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched Pacific ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Your final port, Puerto Vallarta, is one of the most luxurious vacation spots in all of Mexico, and indeed the world. Here you will find the ultimate fusion of traditional Mexican culture—from crafts to bullfights to grilled marlin served beachside.
In Puerto Vallarta, art and music abound, with live concerts of all types, beachfront sculpture displays, and hundreds of other exhibitions and performances both large and small. The local Indian culture is prominent, with an abundance of crafts and local wares available for purchase, including exquisite textiles, original works of art from local artists and all over the globe, and breathtaking beadwork of the Huichol Indians.
The city is a dream come true for the serious shopper. There are specialty shops galore lining virtually every street in the downtown area. There are outdoor markets, flea markets, shopping centers, small indoor centers and everything in between. Be sure to explore each and every side street, where you may find that something special you cannot possibly live without.
With several different environments close together—ocean, beach, jungle and mountain—there are many excursion options available in Puerto Vallarta. Whale watching tours, dolphin tours, canopy zip-line tours, ATV tours, scuba and snorkeling, fishing, bay cruises, hiking and cultural tours are just some examples.
Must-see landmarks in Puerto Vallarta include:
* The Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe;
* The Malecon – a paved walkway along the seashore that features a collection of sculptures;
* Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale – two large public markets selling a variety of arts and souvenir goods;
* Cuale Archaeological Museum – with a significant collection of local and regional pre-Hispanic art and a small gallery for contemporary art;
* Plaza de Armas and Aquiles Serdan – the city’s main plaza and site of public concerts both at the bandstand and on the stage in front of the arches across the street;
Puerto Vallarta also offers an array of beautiful beaches, including:
* Playa Camarones (Shrimp Beach) – the northernmost public beach in the City of Puerto Vallarta proper. It is named after the shrimpers who once landed their launches there to unload their catches;
* Playa Olas Altas (High Waves Beach) – A popular place to swim, especially for locals and tourists. The beach is lined with outdoor restaurants;
* Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) – The city’s largest public beach. Legend has it the beach’s name stems from a battle between pirates and local miners.
Whatever your desires, Puerto Vallarta truly does have something for everyone. Come and experience its unique wonders as part of your World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise adventure.
Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visiting us online at bingobugle.com/cruise for more info.

From the Desert to Bingo in Paradise!

The city of Lancaster is located roughly 70 miles north of Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California.
Needless to say, when a description of your hometown includes a reference to a desert, it’s pretty safe to assume that the region you’re used to is hot, dry and cactus-prone. And it’s also logical that when it comes time to take a vacation, what you envision for your getaway includes rolling ocean waves, tropical breezes, and a room with some serious central air conditioning.
Lancaster resident Joanne Greenleaf, 89, found her ideal vacation getaway through the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise. “I’ve been on eight Bingo cruises and I have to tell you, it’s the only way to go,” Joanne says. “It’s so convenient, so comfortable and so entertaining. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy going year after year.”
Joanne says she first learned about the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise through “buzz” at a Bingo hall. “I don’t remember if it was from someone who had been, someone who was going, or just people talking in general about how interesting it might be,” she recalls. “But right away it struck me that a cruise combined with a Bingo Tournament was made for me. I had to go and see for myself if it was as good as it sounded.”
And was it?
“It was fantastic!” Joanne says. “The way they planned it out, you get to play in the tournament while the ship is at sea, and then take a break and visit the ports when the ship docks. Besides the Bingo and the tours there were different shows you got to see on the ship, there was shopping and lots of good food to choose from…it was all quite amazing and enjoyable.”
Joanne says that the way cruise vacations are structured, it gives virtually anyone the opportunity to “go and see what’s out there. Your room and your belongings travel right along with you as the ship visits each port,” she says. “You can make excursions in all different locations with the comfort of knowing that you will be picked up and dropped off right at your front door.
“I look forward to each and every trip, and always feel like they end too soon,” Joanne says. “That to me is the sign of a great vacation.”
This year’s World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise sails the Pacific’s glamorous Mexican Riviera. Embarking November 11th from the Port of Los Angeles aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise travels for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Learn more by phoning the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or going online to bingobugle.com/cruise.

 

Bingo Tournament is Key to a Great Cruise Vacation

When you stop by to visit Judy Van Wettering of Tucson, Arizona, it doesn’t take long to figure out what she likes to do with her vacation time: Her walls are filled with photographs of the many happy times she has had as a player in the World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise.
“I enjoy having these pictures around me,” Judy says. “Whenever I look at them, they take me back to all the experiences I’ve had on the cruises. I also have albums and albums and albums with more pictures—some from the ship photographer and others I’ve collected myself. So many great memories.”
Judy’s private photo gallery represents at least 15 cruises she enjoyed, almost all with the Bingo Bugle. “I found out early that the Bingo Tournament is key to my enjoyment of a cruise,” she says. “I’ve been on other cruises, and honestly got a little bored. Having the fun of the Tournament while the ship is between ports solves that problem—in a big way!”
Judy plays a lot of casino Bingo when she’s back home, but because she is on a fixed income, sometimes feels outgunned by players who can spend more money. “When you’re up against people who can drop $200 and load up their Bingo machines, it’s hard to compete,” she says.
This leads to another reason why Judy enjoys Tournament Cruise Bingo. “On the cruise, you’re playing on an even field,” she says. “Everyone has the same number of cards, and it’s all paper, which I like. So I know that when the Tournament begins, I have just as much of a chance of winning as everyone else in the room.”
Judy is also very happy with the way the games are played. “The people who plan the Bingo Tournament are just great,” she says. “They make you feel at home and very comfortable. The staff works hard to make everything relaxed and enjoyable. It’s all so well run.”
Away from the Tournament, she enjoys the many dining options, Broadway-style stage shows, and the opportunity to explore the ports of call. “I’ve done a lot of the excursions over the years,” says Judy, who has traveled with neighbors, friends, family, and travel groups. “Now, I like to enjoy my time at the beaches; when you live in a place like Arizona, seeing and spending time by the ocean is always great.”
This year’s World Championship Bingo Tournament & Gaming Cruise sails the Mexican Riviera. Embarking November 11 aboard Carnival Miracle, the tournament cruise travels for seven fun-filled days with stops in the sun-drenched ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
Phone the Bingo Bugle Cruise Hotline at 888-352-2464 or visit bingobugle.com/cruise for more details.