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Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships by [Bertoia, Cara, Bertoia, Raymond]
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The #1 cruise ship novel was featured as a Top Rated Bargain Book at the most popular Kindle website Ereader News Today, Dec 3
The Review Girl blog raves, "Cruise Quarters is an amazing travel novel which is as much about romance as it is about travel."
Get In The Hot Spot Blog recommends it as one of 17 Great Books for Travelers and Fiction Readers

Before writing about their adventures meeting and falling in love at sea the couple produced 'Camino de Santiago a Walkers Guide,' the most popular movie about the 500 mile trail through Spain.

Cruise Quarters is a fun, fast paced true story of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises cruise-ship. It was written by authors who have decades of experience working on luxury cruise ships and in casinos across the globe.

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 needs.

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 exist 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.

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.

Excerpt from Chapter One:

When people sat down at Sarah Seldon’s blackjack game, they always wanted to talk about The Book.

“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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ARAY / Productions (19 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #524,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! 17 February 2011
By Randy Benjamin - Published on
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This is one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. I always wondered what it would be like to work on a cruise ship. It seems like it would be a party every night...turns is! And more...a lot more!

The book is about what takes place behind-the-scenes as told by a lady croupier. If you think the guests are having fun, wait until you see what goes on with the crew members.

Actually, there's a lot more to the book than just fun and games. I learned what it's like to actually work on a cruise ship. It's so different than any other job that I can imagine. Even though it's a fascinating occupation, there's a tremendous amount of pressure that comes with the job as well. No wonder the crew likes to unwind whenever they can.

One of the things I liked best about the book was the descriptions of the exotic places the cruise ship visited. Most were off the beaten 'tourist' path. These are the discoveries that only someone who's been there many times would know about. They were described with such detail that I felt like I was right there with them. It's a wonderfully written book.

As I said, the lead character is a croupier in the ship's there's a lot of good advice and funny stories about the gambling side of cruise ships as well. From the front cover to the last page... I was hooked! If I could give it ten stars...I would!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 4 September 2011
By R. A. Brittain - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting OK book 15 February 2012
By C. Young - Published on
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This was a pretty interesting story about Sarah and her life and loves aboard a cruise ship. There were also some insights into the lives of the crew members. I ordered this book because of the subject matter and all of the 5 star reviews. However, in order for me to give a book 4 or 5 stars it has to be something that I can't put down. It needs to be a storyline that just grabs me and won't let me go. This book didn't do that for me. I was able to stop at any time and go on to other things. Sometimes it took me several days before I decided to read further. I read a great deal and I read all types of books, this one, for me, just didn't have that "IT" factor. For free you can't go wrong but I am glad I didn't spend money on it.

Well, it is a month later and I just finished this book. I wish I had finished it before I rated it and will do so from now on. If I had waited, I would have knocked it down to 2 stars. It seems like the author decided the story was over and just wrapped it up as fast as she could. The ending was contrived and had little to do with cruising. This was just one of those books that I didn't get.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling the dice on love 5 March 2011
By Robert from Boca - Published on
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First I have to admit that I have no interest in gambling, it seems to be much too much work for an activity that is statistically stacked in the house's favor, and as we all know, love is a crap shoot at best. But Cruse Quarters is a great read none the less. For anyone who is interested in an Upstairs Downstairs tale on the high seas this may in some small fashion be a Masterpiece Theater turned upside down. The punters, gamblers who are never as smart or lucky as they think are pitted against the dealers who know all the tells and are the real aristocracy of the gaming tables.
But, the heart of this novel is the love story between Sarah and Paul, two card dealers who find one another after what most of us would believe to be a glamorous life of freedom and world travel. The reader quickly finds that the world of cruise ships and casinos is both insular and lonely especially for a single woman. The "Welsh Wonders" who can disappear like a wizard when an affair becomes inconvenient and Italian waiters, who never miss an opportunity to serve up more than a meal are easily replaced by a battery operated "husband" purchased in the red light district of a sea port city. For Paul, the danger of a six month stint in a newly capitalist Moscow casino brings him to question if relationships are based in mutual affection and respect or are they just an entree to exploitation?
As the cards are laid out on the table we see that love conquers not only cynicism and rough seas but for those of us who might bet on hope over reason it could pay off big in the end.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - and if you're a traveler, you will too! 3 November 2012
By Pam Pritts - Published on
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Cara and Raymond (or Sarah and Paul as you come to know them in the novel) have shared their exciting lives as crew members on a cruise ship. If even half the story is based on their true lives, what lives they have led! You'll discover what goes on below decks and in the casino where they spend their work hours as croupiers. But the thing that made it really special for me was all the inspiring stories of the restaurants and adventures they enjoyed while they were off the ship. I had no idea that the crew was able to spend as much time on shore! There's a nice love story, or two, that's woven into the fabric of the novel that will keep you interested and wondering if this romance is ever going to work out! If you've cruised before, this book will get the fire's burning to take the next one. And if you haven't ventured out into that exciting world, you'll want to get off your butt and plunge right in! I loved it and it's a book I'll read again!