Bermuda Betting on Casinos?

There’s a fascinating story developing in Bermuda that will interest you if you’re cruising that way, or maybe even if you aren’t.

Here’s the Coles Notes version:

• Gaming is not allowed anywhere in Bermuda

• Cruise ships must shut down casinos when in Bermuda’s ports

• Loss of gaming revenue has driven cruise lines away from Bermuda

• Bermuda is reconsidering whether it should allow cruise-line casinos to remain open

• Opposition to reconsidering includes the belief that it’s discrimination if visitors to Bermuda can gamble and locals can’t

• A referendum on gaming is possible, even likely

Are you with us so far?

If so, then you also realize that a country where gambling is not legal may become a country (okay, British territory) where it is legal mainly because cruise lines that allow gambling are boycotting a country where their customers can’t gamble on days when their ships are in port.

It does beg one question: Why are cruise lines unable to profit without the casino income in Bermuda when they always have to turn off the gambling taps while in any port, anywhere?

Amazing…cruise ships could change a whole country’s policy on gambling!

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  1. Harry says:

    Your question has an obvious answer. Cruise ships do not stay in other ports over night and are out at sea where gambling is permitted. Staying in Bermuda for 2 or three nights removes this revenue stream for cruise ships. In addition, people staying onboard have no connection with those who live in Bermuda.

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