Product DescriptionCruise Quarters - A novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships is a fun, fast paced tale of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises cruise-ship. The crew of the Regal Star resemble a mini United Nations, hiring people from all over the world. But unlike the UN, Regal Cruise's employees present a united front above decks as they attend to their passenger'sProduct DescriptionCruise Quarters - A novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships is a fun, fast paced tale of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises cruise-ship. The crew of the Regal Star resemble a mini United Nations, hiring people from all over the world. But unlike the UN, Regal Cruise's employees present a united front above decks as they attend to their passenger's every need. Below decks though, that is a different story. Sarah Seldon is a croupier on the luxury liner. After many unhappy endings, and burnt out on shipboard romance, she is determined to forget about men and concentrate on becoming a casino manager. On land women face a dearth of GOOD men but on a ship giving up men would take willpower. The mostly male crew exists to serve her every need. Handsome Italian waiters bring her food, the Filipino steward cleans her room, English officers play poker with her and the Welsh plumber fixes her sink. She leads a cushy life, sleeping 'til noon, eating gourmet food, and the topper - she gets to wake up in beautiful new place everyday. All because she works in a casino, a place so bad it has SIN in the middle. After college she took a summer job at Lake Tahoe in the casino business and became a member of the Church of Gambling. She has been in the gambling business long enough to know that in order for a gambler to be successful, they must have Lady Luck on their side. But a gambler also has to follow the rules of basic strategy. When love unexpectedly sneaks up on Sarah on the magical island of Mayreau, she wonders whether she could apply the rules of gambling to love? What if she could write Sarah Seldon's Basic Strategy of Love?Book a cruise and travel with Sarah and the crew as they work, play, feast, and fall in and out of love, all while the ship sails around the globe, stopping at exotic ports of call. Along the way, from Venice to Barcelona sight-see in the Med, shop in St. Martin, take an eco-cruise down the Amazon, and feast in Glasgow. Let the crew tell you their own stories as they sit in the hallway in the wee hours of the morning. While the ship travels to new destinations, tired and tipsy they share tales of love and betrayal. When people sat down at Sarah Seldon’s blackjack game, they always wanted to talk about The Book. Excerpt from Cruise Quarters “Should I double down? Should I hit? Dealer, I know you’re a gambler; you could let me win if you wanted to. What does the book say?” She had never read this book, this mythical Bible for gamblers. The truth is there are 2256 books, each teaching its own foolproof winning system. But Sarah had been in the casino business long enough to think with a gambler’s mind. Gamblers knew they could follow all the rules of basic strategy, utilize money management and still lose if they weren’t dealt the right cards. The allure and curse of gambling was that there were no sure things. In the end it all came down to luck; gamblers prayed that Lady Luck would show up and that she would stick around for awhile. On that particular day, Sarah perched on a chair to get a better view through her salt-stained porthole onto the dock, filled with people busying themselves with the activities necessary to supply a huge cruise ship. Port activities in Hong Kong demonstrated a model of modern efficiency. Even though the ship had been docked for under an hour, already the crew had begun to perform the necessary safety checks. At the same time operators steered forklifts, moving wooden pallets filled with provisions into the hold. Like a patient hooked up to life support, long, fat hoses attached to the side of the ship fed water and gas into tanks, providing nutrients for the upcoming voyage. Based on a true story:On a summer break from her teaching job Cara took a summer job in Lake Tahoe and didn't leave for many years. Raymond was studying at City University in London when he saw an advert 'Train up To Be a Dealer, see the world'. He took that advice and worked as an inspector in casinos all over Europe, from Moscow to Greece. The couple met while working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Raymond jumped ship to be with Cara and they married after a whirlwind romance. Their knowledge offers a rare insiders look at casino operations. The couple also walked 500 miles across Spain, Their movie of the trip, Camino De Santiago - A Walker's Guide, is a popular guide to the Camino. You can find them at www.caminovideo.com or on Amazon....
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Cruise Quarters - a Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships Reviews
This novel rates high as one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read. Writing about her own experiences, Cara smoothly combines her romance and true love with worldly adventures on a cruise ship, as a casino Croupier (dealer).. I’m unable to decide which part I enjoyed best – the visits to exotic places where she finds the local cafes away from the tourist traps (becoming known as the “food scout”), she described the scenery, the food and the locals so vividly that I felt I was there and part of it. Or perhaps it was the gambling.Cara made her living as a casino dealer on this cruise ship and throughout the story I found myself at the gambling tables filling my head with more insight than I ever dreamed of. Numbers, gamblers and those that gamble. “A Gambler Knows to Celebrate A Win Tonight Because Tomorrow Might Be A Loss.” Now I know what a Counter is and now I know a few ‘non-fail’ proof systems. “In Life As In Cards, Never Show Them You Are Nervous”. “Next stop, Rio de Janeiro, the City of hot nights and beautiful women.” I probably enjoyed the visits to other countries the best, but if I go to a casino, I’ll be re-reading this book. A romantic trip to beautiful places – highly recommended.
I accidentally chose this book to read as part of my trial Prime membership at Amazon. I thought I was downloading a free book. I would have chosen differently had I realized what I was doing. So I bumped it up a extra star (I would have given it two stars) to not defer my frustration on to the book over to mix up on the downloading error. I have been on three cruises and thought the behind the scenes story was interesting. I would have liked at little more character development on someone other then the main character, Sarah. I realize the story was basically from her point of view, but when another character reentered the story a few chapters later, I couldn't remember who they were.At the end of the book there is a letter and it doesn't seem to go with the rest of the story so I found the addition of it confusing. I did find the glossary of terms a nice addition although I used the dictionary on my Kindle for several terms as I read. It was an meh read and was glad it wasn't a book I purchased.
For someone who never went on a cruise ship, this book was quite an adventure, without even stepping my foot on a boat. I was exposed to a world un-known to me with different rules of the game. This story takes us to places all over the world with gambling and lots of different people and cultures. It is the unknown and the familiar that bring the reader to one understanding: People are looking for love everywhere. Take this book with you to your vacation, take it to the beach, take it to a cruise ship, or read it at home, and let it do the job of taking you to all those places you wish to go to.
Fun, informative book full of vignettes about life on a cruise ship and the eventual romance that unfolds. I've done a lot of cruising, and I learned things about what it's like from the "other side" of the passenger/crew equation.
I loved how the author(s) wove the perspectives between main characters Sarah and Paul, drawing them ever closer together, and bringing us along to all the exotic ports of call. This is a fun read, perfect for the beach, or... a cruise, of course! Lots of humor and plenty of romance. Well done!
This was a goodreads giveaway. I thought it was going to be a technical book. It was not. I enjoyed reading this. A story about some of the crew members and their lives on a cruise ship. Some of the places I have been to were mentioned in this book which brought back memories.
A fun read about life as a crew member on a cruise ship.