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January - June 2003
Cruise & Caribbean News

29th June         Jamaica           Source: Jamaica Observer
Casino boss says let the facts inform gaming policies - Millions being pumped into scientific study on impact of gambling

27th June         Cripple Creek, Colorado          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Opening of Casino Aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta

26th June         Ft. Lauderdale, Florida          Source: The Sun-Sentinel
SunCruz players battle for control of floating casinos

20th June         Bermuda         Source: The Royal Gazette
Robberies of gaming machines spark warning by Police

19th June         Nassau, Bahamas          Source: Nassau Guardian
Government to effect casino tax legislation

16th June        Jamaica          Source: The Jamaica Observer
Vote on casinos, says Bahamas gaming boss
A vote on casinos at the Jamaica Observer reveals 56.7% are in favour from a total of 5,344 votes.

15th June        Portland, Maine          Source: The Press Herald
Casino just beyond Maine's shores
A look at the casino operation onboard the Scotia Prince sailing daily between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

9th June          Kingston, Jamaica             Source: Jamaica Observer
BGLC tightening reign on gaming machines

8th June          Trinidad & Tobago             Source: Trinidad Express
Hold-up foiled outside casino

5th June          Thailand            Source: The Bangkok Post
Police keep eye on cruise ship to ensure its casino stays closed - Vessel must travel 12 miles out for a flutter

28th May & 30th May          Miami           Source: Yahoo/afp
Seventh crew member, from Philippines, dies after cruise ship blast in Miami
Injured Filipino crew member sues Miami cruise line for a billion dollars

27th May          Atlantis, Paradise Island           Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Signs New Heads of Agreement with the Bahamas for $600 Million Expansion on Paradise Island

26th May          Miami           Source: Yahoo/AP & Miami Herald - S.S. Norway
Miami Cruise Ship Blast Kills at Least 4
Explosion 'rocked' ship - Passengers unhurt; no signs of sabotage are found, police say
Ship passed inspection, but has troubled history
Yahoo/AP Photos - Cruise

24th May          Freeport, Bahamas & Biloxi, Mississippi          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces an Agreement in Principle To Operate Bahamas Casino

23rd May          Miami          Source: Yahoo Singapore/Reuters
Cruise line flies U.S. flag to battle giants - Star Cruises owned Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).

18th May          Washington           Source: USA Today/AP
Ship security rules concern operators

17th May          Ohio & Florida           Source: CNN Law/AP
Embezzled $50M invested in gambling boats - Stardancer Casino Cruises.

15th May          Israel          Source: Ha'aretz Online
Casino Austria denies owning floating casino off Eilat coast

12th May          Gulfport, Mississipi        Source: Register
Gambling icon Copa Casino in watery grave
A look at the life of the Ryndam, Pride of Galveston and later the Copa Casino. The ship built in 1942 and launched in 1951 sank off the coast of the Dominican Republic March 16th.

10th May          Tampa, Florida        Source: Myrtle Beach Online/Tampa Tribune
Stardancer vessels sold at auction - One boat goes for $515,000

4th May          Palmetto, Florida          Source: Regal Cruises
Regal Cruises to cease operations
Message on the companies website. The Regal Empress operated 3 & 4 day cruises to Mexico.

4th May          Port Richey, Florida          Source: Tampa Tribune
Seized Gambling Ships To Be Sold - Stardancer Cruise Line Auction next Saturday in Tampa.

25th April          Hollywood, Florida          Source: Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel & Florida Today
Court upholds ruling against big casino boat
Court allows gambling boats in Intracoastal
Readers speak out on gambling boats - Opinions

24th April          Talahassee, Florida         Source: St. Petersburg Times & Florida Today
Gambling ship operators offer tax deal
Haridopolos bill to ban gambling boats sinks

22nd April          Florida         Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune/AP
Gambling cruise industry, lawmakers to discuss taxing boats

21st April           Colorado        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Opening of Casino Aboard Oceania Cruises' Insignia And Completion of 10% Purchase of Casino Millennium

20th April          St.Petersburg, Florida        Source:
Clock is ticking on proposed cruise ship deal for Port St. Petersburg

19th April          Myrtle Beach, South Carolina        Source: The State
Report says casino boats to be auctioned
Three ships, including slots, formerly operated by Stardacncer Casino Cruises are up for Auction on the 9th of May.

17th April          Talahassee, Florida        Source: Florida Today - Editorial
Haridopolos' gambling ban a reckless move
Florida Today has a strong condemnation of newly elected Sen. Mike Haridopolos's plan to ban day ships in Florida. "Of the 4.3 million trips on the state's 13 gambling ships in 2000, 42% were made by tourists"

15th April          Tallahassee        Source: Florida Today
Haridopolis proposes gambling ship ban - Opponents assail bill
Sen. Mike Haridopolis, R-Melbourne. has filed a bill attempting to close down Florida's day ship industry.

15th April          Boston        Source: The Boston Globe - Opinion
The ugly side of gambling

13th April          Cruiselines          Source: Post
Major cruise lines lower age for drinking, gambling - Listing of Age requirements by Cruiseline.

9th April          Paradise Island & Northampton, England          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire & Dow Jones
Kerzner to Acquire Casino License in United Kingdom
Kerzner Intl Acquires Its First UK Casino License

4th April          Cripple Creek, Colorado & Miami         Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos, Inc. Signs Agreement With Oceania Cruises for Two Casinos

2nd April          Port Everglades, Florida          Source: Miami Heral & Sun-Sentinel
Third gambling ship still in the cards at the port
Broward commissioners back secret deal on gambling ship
The newly arrived St.Tropez will shortly start competing with long running operators Sea Escape & The Discovery.

26th March          Basseterre, St. Kitts          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Resort boosts tourism for Caribbean island - St. Kitts Marriot Resort and Royal Beach Casino

26th March          Hawaii          Source: Pacific Business Journal
War bad for casinos? Bet on it

24th March          U.S. Virgin Islands          Source: Las Vegas Sun
Government settles suit over gambling expansion

20th March           Port Everglades, Florida          Source: Sun-Sentinel
SeaEscape challenges gaming ship's deal at Port Everglades

18th March           Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale         Source: The Sun Sentinel
Third casino ship to set sail
Secret deal allows 3rd gambling ship at Port Everglades
Circle Line Cruises will shortly begin cruises with the 401 ft St. Tropez from Port Everglades. Competition is the long established Sea Escape and Sun Cruz.

17th March           Ocho Rios, Jamaica         Source: Jamaica Observer
$100-m gaming lounge for Ocho Rios

15th March           Galveston, Texas          Source: Galveston Daily News
Lawmaker files bill to help offshore gambling
Under a Bill filed on the14th, day ships out of Texas ports will be allowed to open their casinos at 3 miles. Presently they have to go out 10.36 miles.

15th March           Jamaica          Source: Jamaica Observer
Bartlett rolls dice on casinos

14th March           Puerto Rico          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Monaco Information Systems USA (MIS-USA) - Announces Opening of Caribbean Regional Support Center

13th March           Jamaica          Source: Jamaica Gleaner - Letters & Opinion
Casino gambling
A gamble of an option

11th March           Kingston, Jamaica        Source: The Jamaica Gleaner
Clergy slams casino idea

10th March           South Carolina        Source: Las Vegas Sun
Casino boat faces tax troubles

9th March           Jamaica        Source: Jamaica Observer
Government softens on casinos - Movement comes at MoBay summit

3rd March           Nassau, Bahamas          Source: Nassau Guardian
Checking the Bahamian visitor profile
Survey of the demographics and spending habits of the 4.7 million annual visitors.

28th February           Miami         Source: The Hindustan Times/AP
A Caribbean holiday aboard the SS Norway

20th February           Israel         Source: Ha'aretz Online
Floating casino may head to calmer waters off Aqaba
Casino Austria are apparently not being allowed to operate the Casino Cancun out of Eilat. The company threatening to take the ship to the Port of Aqaba in Jordan. 150 staff are presently on unpaid leave. 

7th February         Miami          Source: The Miami Herald
Ruling may seal loophole gambling ships sail through
Florida's day cruise industry has dwindled from 28 boats in 2000 to 17 today. A medical malpractise lawsuit may mean that operators will have to sail out into the Gulfstream instead of just 3 miles offshore.

3rd February         South Carolina         Source: The State/AP
Feds to question former casino cruise employees - Stardancer Casino Cruises

2nd February         Jamaica         Source: The Jamaica Observer
Patriots set to challenge PNP's resistance to Casinos

29th January         Paradise Island, Bahamas           Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Fourth Quarter Results
Results were the highest ever at the Atlantis resort. However the Internet casino arm of the business - Kerzner Interactive appears to be getting the chop. Websites and

28th January         Miami           Source: The Miami Herald
SunCruz may challenge ruling

22nd January         Havana, Cuba         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Castro rules out gambling and drugs as tourist attractions
On seizing power on New Years Day 1959 Castro closed the casinos. He opened them again unsuccessfully for a brief period in an attempt to encourage tourists to return.

17th January           Ohio & Florida          Source:
$40 Million Diverted to Casinos in Paulding County, Ohio, Bank Theft - Stardancer Casino, Inc

15th January           Florida Day Ships           Source: St. Petersburg Times
U.S. agents seize Stardancer ships, slots, files

13th January          U.S. Virgin Islands          Source: Yahoo/AP
Jermaine Jackson Plans Caribbean Resort
The $560 million casino resort is planned for the eastern end of St. Croix.

6th January           Florida         Source: South Florida Business Journal
Cruise ship owner and operator file Chapter 11 - The M/V Palm Beach Princess.
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