Bridge holidays are popular and it seems that everyone wants to go on a cruise. Why not combine the two? Enjoy a your favourite game whilst cruising in luxury and making new friends. Sounds perfect.
Most cruises offer bridge as one of the many activities available for guests. Some offer a dedicated programme of bridge classes so you can improve your game whilst seeing new sights.
Here are a few cruises for bridge players that I’ve found for 2015.
Robert and Arnold Salob run an annual program of cruises using the Crystal cruise ships as their base. Locations range from Peru to Alaska, from the Baltic to Myanmar. Roberta’s lectures cover a wide range of subjects to keep you entertained and improve your game. Don’t worry if you are travelling alone – there will always be a partner available and what a great way to meet new friends. Bridge played follows the American Standard System.
Mr Bridge and Fred Olsen. If you prefer smaller ship cruising, head for Scandinavia and the Baltic on one of Mr Bridge’s cruises aboard a Fred Olsen ship. Check which system of bridge is played, but I would guess it to be Acol as the cruises depart from the UK.
Cruise Professionals offer a range of cruises. Audrey Grant teaches on board two cruises with Crystal and Holland America. Joel Wooldridge and Christopher Rivera teach ACBL bridge on board a Crystal cruise to Greece. Bobb Crossley and Barbara Vann teach ACBL bridge on a Norwegian Cruise Line trip to the Northern Cape in June.
Larry Cohen is running a selection of bridge cruises around the Americas for 2015 and 2016. Lectures are at the intermediate level. Each cruise features lectures and duplicate bridge, whilst leaving plenty of time for sight seeing.
Silversea offer bridge as an “enrichment” programme on 35 of their cruises for 2015. There will be daily bridge sessions (twice daily when at sea) along with a programme of lectures for beginner and intermediate players.
Diamond Bridge are offering a cruise to the Far East with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Diamond Bridge are a UK company, so I’d guess Acol bridge will be played.