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July - December 2004
Cruise & Caribbean News

 

22nd December          Trinidad & New York           New York Daily News
Dicey bid for bull may be outta luck

22nd December          St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands         Virgin Islands Daily News
All bets on Golden Gaming

19th December          St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming's $150M casino project moves forward

17th December          Jamaica           Jamaica Observer
Casinos, education and economic growth

16th December          Jamaica           Jamaica Gleaner
Rolling the dice - 'Casino gambling would provide billions for education'

14th December          St. Maarten           Daily Herald
Caravanserai to add 150 rooms in US $10 M expansion  project – Resort hopes to open its own casino

8th December          Paradise Island, Bahamas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner and the Government of the Bahamas Amend 2003 Heads of Agreement Regarding the Phase III Expansion

5th December          Savannah, Georgia           The Macon Telegraph/AP
Engines fail on Savannah-based gambling ship

29th November         St. Petersburg           St. Petersburg Times
Problems ground gambling ship
The owners of the Ocean Jewel, Titan Cruise Lines are reported to have burned their way through $70 million so far.

28th November          Port Canaveral, Florida           Florida Today
Gambling with passenger safety - Reports reveal more than money at stake on casino ships
A detailed look at some of the recent Cast Guard safety failures on Florida's day ships.

25th November          St. Petersburg           Tampa Bay Online
Casino Draws Gamblers To Port
The 2,000 pasenger Ocean Jewel is anchored in International waters and has three shuttles that take passengers the 1 hour journey to the ship.

24th November          St Croix, U.S Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Panel again delays decision on Golden Gaming project

19th November          Montego Bay, Jamaica            Jamaica-Gleaner
MoBay set to benefit from casino gambling

13th November          St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands          Virgin Islands Daily News
Land Use board delays meeting on CZM permit for Golden hotel, casino

12th November          St. Petersburg, Florida          St. Petersburg Times
Gambling ship to offer high-speed shuttle boats

12th November          Paradise Island          Yahoo/Business Wire
Sol Kerzner Named Hotelier of the World

9th November          Paradise Island          Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Third Quarter Results

1st November           St Petersburg, Florida          Tampa Tribune
Ship Cruising After Spate Of Trouble
The Ocean Jewel that will be docked in international waters off St. Petersburg has now opened for business.  - www.oceanjewel.com

27th October           Nassau, Bahamas          Miami Herald
Competitors set to give Bahamas megaresort a run
A tentative $1.2 billion plan for Nassau's Cable Beach has been announced by a group of U.S. and European investors. It would combine the Nassau Beach Hotel, Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino.

25th October           Las Vegas & St. Petersburg, Florida          Yahoo/PRNewswire
VirtGame Launches First Vegas Style Sports Book in Titan Cruise Line's Ocean Jewel
- www.oceanjewel.com

22nd October           Jamaica          Jamaica Observer & Jamaica Gleaner
Butch endorses call for casinos - Sandals CEO Gordon Stewart.
Sun's rising on casinos

18th October           St. Petersburg, Florida          St. Petersburg Times
Crew leaps from burning casino shuttle

17th October           Kingston, Jamaica          Jamaica Observer
Supporting casinos
The Jamaican Observer argues that casinos would be good for the island, and comes up with the interesting statistic that so far this year 1,000 people have been murdered.

16th October           Paradise Island          Yahoo/Business Wire
Sol Kerzner Receives Innovation Award at Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference

15th October           Kingston, Jamaica          Jamaica Observer
'Roll the dice on casinos' - Thomas says gov't hypocritical; Delay undermines US$billion investment

13th October           Paradise Island, Bahamas          Hospitality.net/HOTEL Asia Pacific
The One&Only Sol Kerzner
Interview with Sol Kerzner on Kerzner International's plans for the One&Only brand.

5th October           Jacksonville, Florida          Marinelog.com, FirstCoastNews.com etc...
Casino vessel ordered out of U.S. waters
La Cruise Casino Granted Grace Period
LaCruise Casino ordered to shut down
La Cruise based out of Jacksonville has been ordered to leave U.S. waters within 72 hours.
- www.lacruise.com

28th September           Port Canaveral, Florida          Florida Today
SunCruz faces penalty for not evacuating Port

19th September           St. Petersburg, Florida          St. Petrersburg Times
Gambling ship suffers criticism, new delay
- www.oceanjewel.com

8th September           Port Canaveral, Florida          Florida Today
Sand closes busy Port Canaveral - Closure means $1M a day in losses locally

7th September           Ocho Rios, Jamaica          Jamaica Observer
More support for casinos

7th September           Freeport, Bahamas          The Miami Herald/AP
Bahamas' hotels face costly repairs after hurricane

5th September           St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands          Virgin Islands Daily News
Appeals board to decide in 2 weeks on disputed Golden Gaming permit

28th August         Cape Canaveral           Florida Today
SunCruz wagers on sports action - Patrons can bet on pro, college teams in September 

28th August         Savannah, Georgia           Savannah Morning News & WTOCTV.com
Maiden voyage of Millionaire's Casino cut short
Casino Boat Loses Power on Maiden Voyage

26th August        Savannah, Georgia          Savannah Daily News
Casino boat gambling a go

24th August         Dania Beach, Florida          News4Jax.com
Gaming Cruise Line Helps Competitor's Stranded Ship

20th August         Savannah, Georgia           Savannah Morning News
Casino boat to offer 'gambling lite'

16th August         Bermuda          The Royal Gazette
Casino ship set to arrive in Bermuda next month
The 196-foot Corinthian previously did cruises to the Galapagos Islands and is being refitted in Alabama.
Corinthian - Galapagos Cruise Ship

16th August         Savannah, Georgia           WSAV.com
Owner: Millionaire's Casino Boat Opens This Week

12th August         Port Canaveral, Florida           Florida Today
SunCruz delay extended - Coast Guard orders drydock repairs for gambling ship

11th August         Port Canaveral           Florida Today
SunCruz Casinos out of service - No crowd, no gambling action as casino ship remains in port
The SunCruz VII and Sterling Casino's Ambassador II are the two daily ships presently operating out of Port Canaveral.

10th August         Florida            Florida Today
Coast Guard inspectors shut down SunCruz

8th August         Washington & St Croix            Washington Times
Gambling rejection 5th for St. Croix firm

6th August         Jamaica           The Jamaica Gleaner
Trump to build casino in Harmony Cove?
The Gleaner speculates that Donal Trump may be one of 30 companies interested in establishing a casino on the island.

5th August         Fort Pierce, Florida           Palm Beach Post
Casino ship, Fort Pierce make a deal
The article has a picture of the Lady Luck - all 77ft of her.

5th August         St. Croix           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming seeks 2nd appeal

4th August         The Bahamas           Business Day - South Africa
Kerzner fills war chest to expand

4th August         St. Croix, U.S. Vigin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
CZM orders Golden Gaming to supply more information

3rd August         Paradise Island           Yahoo/Business Wire
Kerzner Announces Second Quarter Results
The press release gives some further details on the three British and one Moroccan contract recently announced by the company.

3rd August         Fort Pierce, Florida           Palm Beach Post
Casino ship casts a line for new port

1st August         Fort Pierce, Florida           Palm Beach Post
Troubled casino ship might weigh anchor

31st July         U.S. Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden Gaming loses court bid to force CZM to honor its permit

29th July         U.S. Virgin Islands           Virgin Islands Daily News
Golden gets six-month extension of casino license

28th July         St. Petersburg           Tampa Tribune
Casino Ship Delays Inaugural Voyage
The 450 ft Ocean Jewel intends shuttling passengers to and from the ship by Hovercraft.
- www.oceanjewel.com

25th July         Nasau, Bahamas           The Nassau Guardian
Kerzner International on the move again

23rd July         Paradise Island & Morocco           Yahoo/Reuters
Kerzner to begin work on Morocco resort in March

22nd July         Hamilton, Bermuda          The Royal Gazette
Lost jobs blamed on gaming machine ban

22nd July         Paradise Island, Bahamas          YBusiness Wire
Kerzner Announces Agreement to Develop Destination Resort Casino in Morocco
Kerzner announcing a 4th international casino deal inside a month.

19th July         Tarpon Springs, Florida           St. Petersburg Times
Launch of gambling cruise ship delayed
The 350 passenger Casino Odyssey plans to be permanently docked offshore.

17th July         Port Canaveral, Florida          WFTV.com & Florida Today
Gambling Cruise Ship Detained Over Major Rule Violations
Coast Guard halts Sterling Casino ship from sailing out of Port Canaveral
- www.sterlingcasinolines.com

11th July          Myrtle Beach, S.C.         Myrtle Beach Online & The State/AP
SunCruz agrees to pay fee to county
Gambling boat debate might cool with deal

10th July          Freeport, Texas & Jacksonville, Florida         TheFacts.com & Jacksonville.com
Casino cruise set for gamble
La Cruise Casino resumes schedule after shutdown

10th July          Hamilton, Bermuda           The Royal Gazette
Gaming machines still providing relief, entertainment for die-hard fans

4th July          Myrtle Beach, S.C.           The State
New gambling boat stirs debate

2nd July          Hamilton, Bermuda           Royal Gazette - Corrected link
Floating casino’s lawyer vows the ship will sail
AG slams door on casinos
The 196-foot Corinthian could possibly be the first Cruise ship to be based in Bermuda that offers gaming in international waters.

1st July          Hamilton, Bermuda           The Royal Gazette
Last minute bid to stop gaming ban
The 2001 Prohibition of Gaming Machines Act comes into force today barring slots from Bermuda.
 



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