Hitting the Jackpot: Making the Most of a Short Stay in Las Vegas


The self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World; Las Vegas is built upon a luxurious decadence and a dedication to the mantra: ‘bigger is better’. Famous for a stunning skyline, behemoth casinos and unique hotels; the South Nevada city has been enduringly popular with tourists for over 100 years since the Hotel Nevada opened in 1906.

Here we explain how best to enjoy an unforgettable weekend in Sin City.


In a city which values size and grandeur, it makes sense to take your dinner jacket and coin purse to the largest of the casinos: the MGM Grand Las Vegas. With more than 2,500 gaming machines alongside 139 games tables, there are almost limitless ways for the intrepid to strike it lucky. The casino features a High Limits Slots area with machines which pay out as much as $500,000. The casino-hotel completed a full refurbishment in 2012; fitting the full building with modern, contemporary amenities.

MGM - Sarah Nichols


Las Vegas boasts an incredibly diverse range of entertainment from the glitzy shows most commonly associated with the city to Battlefield Vegas: a war simulation experience with authentic machine guns, helicopter rides and trenches. The world-famous Cirque du Soleil is currently staging the ground-breaking Mystere show at the Treasure Island hotel in the city, offering a high-energy performance including unique stunts, artistry and costuming.

Cirque - Focka


The USA is the home of the all-you-can-eat buffet and Las Vegas hosts arguably the finest such establishment in the country. The Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas takes the humble buffet and gives it an upscale flair, offering an incredible selection of freshly prepared cuisines. All the culinary treats, from marrow bones to pad Thai, are beautifully presented in a tapas style – honouring the cultures from which they are borrowed. Although the Wicked Spoon has spawned many imitators, none can take its crown as the king of the buffet.

Wicked Spoon - kennejima


If the hustle and bustle of the city which attracts almost 40million visitors every year gets a little too much, there are a number of spas and salons available to escape the stresses of the strip. Scandals Salon and Day Spa is perfect for those hoping to indulge themselves and enjoy a little ‘me time’. The fully-stocked salon offers massages, waxing, facials, and treatments for hair and nails. The spa also offers a comprehensive bridal package for those in Vegas for a shotgun wedding.



At Cruise1st, we have a selection of cruises which visit the USA’s beautiful West Coast, taking in the beautiful cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and, of course, Las Vegas.

For a full range of cruises to the USA’s West Coast, visit our dedicated page or call our helpful sales team on 0808 2746 777.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Prayitno, Sarah Nichols, Focka, kennejima, Visit Finger Lakes


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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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