September 14-21, 2014
About this Event

The first U.S. Senior Open was played in Sun City West, Arizona in 1981. The first U.S. Senior Open Cruise was organized by Cactus Jack Miller in 1990. The players loved it, and the tournament was held on a cruise every other year for the next ten years. Now, for the first time in over a decade the U.S. Senior Open returns to the high seas.

The Allure of the Seas launched in December 2010 and is the largest cruise ship in the world with 16 passenger decks and a full capacity of 6,296 guests in its 2,704 staterooms. Its seven distinct neighborhoods are loaded with interesting and entertaining activities including more than 20 eating venues, Broadway Theater, Aqua Theater, Comedy Club, Jazz Club, Central Park, Boardwalk, ice skating, a full casino, fitness center, miniature golf, karaoke lounge, programs for children and teens, duty-free shops, internet cafes, Starbucks, jogging track, and many cool public lounges.

There is no need to pay extra for food on a cruise ship since the food in the free venues is plentiful and tasty. The Adagio dining room is open for breakfast, lunch (on sea days), and dinner with a choice of at least three appetizers, soups, and salads each evening as well as at least six entree options and six dessert choices. Don’t forget it’s all you can eat. If you prefer a more casual dinner or prefer to wear shorts or to go casual on formal night there are plenty of alternatives.

The Allure has six special shows during the week in addition to all the other activities offered. The talent on the Allure is terrific, and each week a different headliner is featured. The shows are light-hearted and entertaining. On a ship this large you might think that everything would be crowded and there would be long lines but neither of us encountered a long wait for anything. We got right into every show and had no trouble finding seats.

With a leisurely one round per day there’s plenty of time to enjoy the ship and ports. The round schedule allows for time in each port and a liberal bye policy allows you to spend an entire day in port if you wish. Side events will be held on sea days.

Vegas Chess Festivals (organizers of the National Open for over 20 years) and Card Player Cruises (with 20 years of poker cruise experience) are partnering with USCF to bring this event to members 50 and over. Even if you’re too young to play in the Senior Open you may want to join us to watch the tournament and play a little poker, or just to enjoy the cruise.

You must book with Card Player Cruises in order to have access to the chess tournament and poker room. Whether you are an experienced cruiser or a first timer they can help you with all your travel plans.