Earlier this week, the government of Bermuda voted to allow cruise ships to keep their casino’s open while docked at the island nation.
The Cruise Ship (Casino) Act 2013 was passed by Bermuda’s Parliament on Thursday, would allow cruise ships to have their casino’s open between 9 pm and 5 am. Parliament members claimed that these open times would have little impact on the local retail and tourism sectors, as most stores and tour operators are closed by 9 pm.
Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell stated that the new law would benefit both the cruise lines, which would increase on-board revenue, and Bermuda, which would collect licence fees from the cruise lines.
Cruise ships must remain in port for at least one night before being granted permission to open their casinos to guests.