Vegas vs. Cruising!

Vegas vs. Cruising!

Floating resorts go head-to-head with the City in the Sands in a battle for vacation supremacy.

By Judi Cuervo


My friends and family were awestruck. I was taking a holiday that wouldn’t begin with a lifeboat drill.

In all my decades of travel, I’d somehow missed Las Vegas simply because you won’t find any ship calling there. Still, with cruise-line ad copy touting

“Las Vegas-type casinos” and “Las Vegas-type entertainment,” I often wondered if the real thing would be enough to lure me away from my beloved seas and rivers and into the desert.

My five-day getaway was timed for the dead of winter. The average, about 60-degree temperature would be positively balmy to this northeasterner, who

was only interested in Nevada’s summertime temperatures if they were on an oven thermometer. I researched, I planned, and soon I was on my way to

Sin City, ready to pit the experience head-to-head with my usual cruise vacation. This is what I found.

[impact_text include_button=”yes” button_style=”standard” title=”READ MORE” href=”” color=”orange” target=”_self” position=”cta_align_right” alt_background=”none” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]

This is an excerpt only. To read this article in its entirety, pick up an issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, or check out our digital edition.[/impact_text]


Now in its 25th year, Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine is published bi-monthly and available worldwide through digital subscription. It offers the latest news in cruise and travel, with in-depth features on voyages, new ships, the best destinations, readers' picks, onboard cuisine, entertainment, and more!