All About The Casino Royale Goa
Goa, spread across 63 miles of coastal area along the Arabian Sea, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and has attracted people from various countries for many centuries, from the Portuguese, the French to the British. The influence of mixed cultures from Europe is still evident throughout the region. Goa is also the smallest state in India in terms of area but the standards of living are the highest in Goa. There are abundant tourist attractions on offer at Goa and Casino Royale Goa is one of the most popular of them.
Owned and managed by Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Casino Royale, proclaimed as the ‘Vegas of the East’, is the largest gambling vessel in India. There is a huge variety of slots in the casino, which floats about in the Mandovi River. The casino boasts of having a wide range of slot machines and table games along with various entertainment facilities and some great cuisine meeting the highest international standards of service.
The Casino Royale Goa is set on a passenger vessel that is 70 meters long and 14 meters wide. The vessel is firmly anchored to the river although it is claimed that the vessel is fit to sail. This is due to rules set by the Goan government. Safety measures in the vessel are also in compliance with international standards and the standards set by the Government of Goa.
The gaming area in the vessel is spread over 12,000 sq ft. and houses 50 gambling tables and 30 slot machines. There are 5 operational decks in the vessel, each deck housing various activities. To transport people from the land to the casino and back, there are six feeder boats and a private jetty.
Games on Offer
Casino Royale Goa is home to classic casino games, ones that are found in most reputed casinos throughout the world. The classic games included are American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Money wheel, Poker, Pontoon, Craps and Machine Slots.
There is also a special Indian section, which features age-old games from India. There are four games in this section; Indian Flush, popularly known as ‘Teen Patti’, ‘Paplu’, the Indian variant of Rummy, ‘Passa’, one of the oldest games in the Indian tradition, finding mention even in epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and ‘Katti’, also known as ‘Andar Bahar’.
The poker games and card games are played in separate rooms and all sections are divided into two, one for the seasoned gambler and another for the gambling novice. Poker tournaments are held frequently, with attractive cash prizes.
At the topmost level of the vessel, various entertainment shows are held by some of Goa’s best artistes. By sunset, visitors are treated to live music by a band along with singers and there are a number of other entertaining shows like mimicry and play acting. In fact, audience members can even ask for a particular song and ask the band to perform it.
There is also a separate kids section in the entertainment arena, where kids can choose from a number of fun activities and video gaming like X-box and Nintendo. The kids’ section houses activities suited for children up to the age of 17, and the place is supervised by well trained staff specialized in child care.
The dining section contains a 110 cover multi-cuisine restaurant and a bar. The restaurant, catered by China Gardens, treats its customers with cuisines from around the world, where one not only enjoys a meal, but also live music by Club 99. The band adopts different moods according to the time of the day.
The appropriately titled Aqua Bar is situated in a place where one can enjoy a view of the river through the window. The décor and design are also chosen appropriately, with music adding to the ambience. Here you are treated to all your favorite drinks, cocktails along with the usual alcoholic beverages.
Compared to other casinos in the world, the rates for different services at Casino Royale Goa are very affordable. There are a number of packages that are on offer at the casino. Please note that all tariffs given below are in Indian Rupees (INR). 1 US dollar is approximately equivalent to 45 Indian Rupees.
The Casino All-in-1 package costs you around Rs. 3500. This package includes entry into all areas of the casino, unlimited buffet dinner and alcoholic drinks, unlimited entertainment and Rs. 3,000 worth one time play chips. The package on weekends allows only for Rs. 2,000 worth of play chips.
The Casino Day Package, costing Rs. 2,500, has features like entry into all areas of the casino, unlimited buffet dinner and drinks and unlimited entertainment. Other benefits of the previous package do not feature here.
There are separate rules for children. Entry for all children below the age of five is free, and for children between ages 6 and 17, the entry charge is Rs. 1,000, which includes unlimited buffet dinner and entertainment. Nobody below the age of 18 is given access into the bar or the casino floor and are forbidden from consuming alcoholic drinks. For people above the age of 18, normal prices are charged.
Special Offers and Promotions
To make the idea of a casino trip even more enticing, there are a number of special offers that you can make use of at Casino Royale, Goa.
Thank God its Tuesday – This package, costing around Rs. 4,000 includes free play chips worth Rs 3,000, free entry for spouses, complimentary cocktails, unlimited buffet and drinks.
Flavors of India – This package is offered every Thursday and is an all-out treat in the Indian style. Here, you get to enjoy the best of Indian cuisine from all parts of the country. Other features in this package include Indian classical music performances, traditional Indian dances and henna artists, employing experts to create intricate designs on your arms.
There are still more ways to strike an interesting deal at Casino Royale Goa. One of them is by flying via the Spice Jet airlines to Goa, which entitles you to a discount of Rs 500 on the 3500 package. This discount enables you to enjoy unlimited buffet dinner, drinks and entertainment, along with one-time play chips worth Rs 2000.
Similarly, by traveling to Goa by a Go Air flight, you get an additional Rs 1,000 worth of play chips along with the Rs 3,000 already included in the Rs 3,500 plan. The two offers are valid only for the Rs 3,500 plan.
If you wish to enjoy more than a day’s gaming at Casino Royale Goa, there are a few more interesting packages that you can make use of. The casino has entered into several tie-ups with various resorts and hotels in the state, so that you enjoy both your time at the casino as well the services of a luxury hotel or resort.
The Casino Royale Goa- Marriot Resort Package entitles a stay of 2 nights and 3 days for two at Rs 4250 each per night. The package also includes Rs 8,000 worth play time chips free. The 4 days and 3 nights package is at Rs 3850 per person per night and includes Rs 14,000 worth free play chips.
The Casino Royale Goa- Vivanta by Taj Package offers a 3 days and two night’s package for two at Rs 2,750 per person per night with complimentary play chips worth Rs 9,000. The 4 days and 3 nights package costs Rs 2,350 per night per person, with complimentary playing chips worth Rs 15,000.
The Casino Royale Goa along with Welcomgroup Fortune presents a package of 2 nights and three days for two at Rs 2,400 per night per person with complimentary one time play chips worth Rs 8,000. The 3 nights and 4 days package is at Rs 1,900 with one time play chips worth Rs 14,000 free.
You can also opt for a package that Casino Royale Goa offers along with Hotel Fidalgo, giving a 2 nights and 3 days package for two at Rs 2,300 each per night with complimentary play chips worth Rs 8,000 and a 3 nights and 4 days package at Rs 1,700 each with complimentary play chips worth Rs 14,000.
Casino Royale Goa offers a package for two at the Crown Goa at Rs 2,300 each per night with complimentary play chips worth Rs 8,000 for 2 nights and 3 days. The package for 3 nights and 4 days costs 1,800 with complimentary play chips worth Rs 14,000.
There are new and upcoming attractions from Casino Royale Goa. One of these is the Royale Floatel, a seven star luxury hotel floating in the Mandovi River. Also the group is planning to launch a residential complex with 84 serviced apartments for sale.
Goa is not just a tourist destination; the number of casinos in the capital city Panaji makes it a gambling hotspot, one of the very few in India. For those who are enthusiastic about gambling and would like a unique gambling experience, Casino Royale Goa is just the place. Unlike other casinos, it is also set outside the hustle and bustle of city life in Goa.