Cruise lines permitted to operate casinos in Bermuda

Bermuda’s government has passed a new legislation, which will allow cruise lines to operate casinos while docked overnight.

The Cruise Ship Act 2013 outlined that onboard casinos can operate between 9.00pm and 5.00am. Previously they were not permitted to open while they were in Bermudan waters, Royal Gazette reported.

To be eligible, ships need to stay in port for a minimum of one night, and if passenger capacity exceeds 2,000 the line must pay a licensing fee to the government.

According to Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell, research found the decision would have little impact to local businesses, with most passengers returning to the ship by 9.00pm.

The new rule could also help boost cruising to the region, particularly after the number of scheduled cruise ship visits fell by 25 percent this year to 128 from 163 in 2012.