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July - December 2003
Cruise & Caribbean News

24th December          Jamaica          The Jamaica Observer
JRC chairman bats for casinos

20th December          Palm Beach             Palm Beach Post
Gambling ship coming to Port of Palm Beach
The 232 ft vessel now called the Royal Star will be operated by the owners of the Palm Beach Princess.

16th December          Paradise Island, Bahamas             Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Appoints Butch Kerzner CEO

15th December          Nassau             The Nassau Guardian
Casino opens today

15th December          Our Lucaya, Bahamas & Mississippi             Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Opens Casino in Bahamas

10th December          Hamilton, Bermuda             The Bermuda Sun
Gambling: A grim warning
Arguments for and against casino gambling in Bermuda and a comparison with the Bahamas.

29th November          Bermuda            The Royal Gazette
Bar owners gambling on ‘grey area' of the law

27th November          Gloucester, Massachusetts            Gloucester Daily Times
New casino ship has seen smooth sailing so far - Horizon's Edge Casino Cruises

16th & 24th November          Florida            The Keynoter & Yahoo/
Casino ship crashes into dock, boat - both were Sun Cruz vessels
Casino Ship Gets Stuck On Sandbar

17th & 24th November          Bermuda            The Royal Gazette
Tourism activist: Casino resort the only way to save ailing industry
Claim: Why gaming machines do not pay
Gambling decision - Editorial
Betting tax in licensed bookmakers is 20% in Bermuda and many punters choose to play online.

15th November          Hamilton, Bermuda             The Royal Gazette
Stakes raised in gaming machines battle

14th November          Bermuda             The Royal Gazette
Govt. in gaming machines fight
$10,000 in the red - after just a year

13th November          Puerto Rico             Puerto Rico WOW
Two local hotels getting slot machine ticketing

11th November          Trinidad & Tobago             Newsday T & T - Link liable to change shortly
Casino bandits abandon $40,000 loot
The Monte Carlo Casino on Princes Margaret Street and customers were robbed at gunpoint with police later holding a shootout with the perpetrators.

11th November          Bermuda             The Royal Gazette
Scott stands firm on gaming machines
Under the Prohibition of Gaming Machines Act 2001, Slots are set to be banned from Bermuda starting July 1st 2004. There are an estimated 300 machines on the island.

10th November          Bermuda             The Royal Gazette
Premier warms to gambling for tourists

8th November          Bermuda            The Royal Gazette
Vegas style gambling for all

5th November          Dubai, U.A.E            CCN Matthews
MOON Resort and Casino: Contract Award & Development Team Update
TCS John Huxley have apparently got the contract for the 1,000 table casino. Just one problem - the project does not yet have a site!. It is on web though at:

5th November          Mariana Islands            Radio Australia
Northern Marianas voters again reject a casino for Rota

4th November          Nassau, Bahamas           The Nassau Guardian
Police losing gambling fight

30th October          Las Vegas & Puerto Rico          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Agreements to Provide First Ticketing Systems In Puerto Rican Market

27th October          Hamilton, Bermuda          The Royal Gazette
Tourism Minister open to casinos, party split

22nd October          Paradise Island, Bahamas          Yahoo/Business Wire & Reuters
Kerzner Announces Third Quarter Results
Kerzner turns to profit as Atlantis lures tourists

16th October          Port Canaveral           Florida Today
Port holds gambling ships to 2  - Board members say they're protecting Canaveral's image
The two companies currently doing business out of Port Canaveral are Sterling Casino Lines and SunCruz Casinos.

10th October         Tallahassee, Florida             The Herald Tribune/AP
Florida high court hears debate in taxation of gambling ships

1st October         Mississippi          Biloxi SunHerald
Isle of Capri agrees to operate Bahamas casino

1st October         Freeport, Grand Bahama          Yahoo/PRNewswire
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Announces Completion of Agreements to Operate Casino at Our Lucaya

27th September         Jacksonville, Florida           First Coast News
New casino ship indicates growing gambling business

26th September         Fort Lauderdale           South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Broward panel bets on St. Tropez Casino Cruises for coveted port berth

26th September         Saint Nazaire, France           Yahoo UK/Reuters, BBC & MSNBC/AP
World's largest cruiser Queen Mary II puts to sea
World's biggest liner sets sail
The Queen Mary II sets sail
Yahoo/AP Photos - Queen Mary II
Carnival's 150k Tonne QM2 is scheduled to make it's first cruise January 12th from Southamton to Port Everglades.

23rd September          Paradise Island & Dubai          Source: Yahoo/Reuters & Business Wire
Kerzner to build $650 million Dubai resort
Kerzner Signs Agreement To Develop Atlantis, The Palm In Dubai
Kerzner to Acquire Additional Real Estate on Paradise Island

19th September          Paradise Island          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner to Acquire Additional Real Estate on Paradise

11th September          Paradise Island          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Kerzner Breaks Ground on Paradise Island Phase III Expansion

9th September          Hollywood, Florida          Source: Miami Herald
Giant SunCruz casino boat leaves, but smaller one still making waves

5th September          Florida & Ohio          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Banker imprisoned for embezzlement, gambling boat scam - Stardancer Casino Cruises

3rd September           Port Canaveral, Florida            Source: Florida Today
Casino bets on sports success - SunCruz plans on parimutuel wagering
SunCruz bets on bigger boat - Gambling cruise line seeks to draw more customers

25th August           London & Atlantis, Paradise Island           Source:
Kerzner, from Sun City to Paradise
Brief look at Sol Kerzner. Not much meat in the sandwich though, there have been much better profiles.

20th August           Freeport, Grand Bahama         Source: The Nassau Guardian
Our Lucaya casino manager major U.S. player - Isle of Capri.

17th August           Ft.Lauderdale, Florida          Source: Miami Herald
SunCruz may dock boat at Port Everglades

10th August          Israel           Source: Globes Online
Attorney General tells police to move against Eilat floating casinos

6th August          Las Vegas           Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Park Place, Crystal Cruises benefit from partnership
Japanese owned Crystal Cruises debuted the Crystal Serenity in July. Park Place's Caesars brand has had the concession onboard Crystal ships since 1988.

6th August          Palm Beach, Florida          Source: Palm Beach Post
Gaming ship seeks port
Harbor Lights Casino Cruises is being launched by 3 employees of Sterling Casino Lines located at Port Canaveral.

5th August          Jamaica           Source: The Jamaica Gleaner
State hunts for Cash Pot fakes - Gaming commission drafting summonses for 119 vendors

24th July          Paradise Island, Bahamas           Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Second Quarter Results

23rd July          St Petersburg, Florida           Source: St Petersburg Times
Gambling ship fees paid to St. Petersburg
Titan Cruise lines "Ocean Empress" (formerly a Polish ferry) now being refitted in the United Arab Emarates.

22nd July          Las Vegas          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
New Caesars Palace at Sea aboard Crystal Serenity liner extends Park Place gaming operations to 29 properties

19th July          Bermuda           Source: The Royal Gazette
UBP on gambling: Maybe, maybe not

19th July          Paradise Island, Bahamas           Source: Financial Times
Kezner bets on UK's gambling deregulation
Sol & Butch Kerzner discuss their plans for entering the UK market.

11th July          Puerto Rico           Source: Caribbean Business
Tourism authorizes Hyatt Cerromar casino to stay open

8th July          Jamaica           Source: Jamaica Observer
Gov't, gaming industry at poor's expense fattening coffers - Sangster

3rd July         Vienna           Source: Casinos Austria International
Casinos Austria Maritime Expands onto another Radisson Seven Seas Vessel
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