The First Casino Cruise Liner Approved by the Malta Gaming Authority, Crystal Serenity to Set Sail in June
The first application received by Crystal Cruises has been approved by the Malta Gaming Authority. Crystal Cruises, which is owned by Gollcher Group is a Malta based group that is known for its award winning Crystal Serenity.
The Crystal Serenity will makes it way to Malta the 5th and 6th of June. The onboard casino features all classics a “regular” casino offers including Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Slots, 3 Card Poker, Video Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
“Valletta Cruise Port welcomes this first application, following our instigation to introduce this legislation. This legislation makes Malta a more attractive proposition to cruise liners particularly those cruise liners that opt to call at Malta or Gozo for an overnight stay. This is undoubtedly an incentive to encourage cruise liners to overnight in Malta or Gozo, and include both islands in their Mediterranean itinerary. Valletta Cruise Port has been promoting these regulations, and feedback from other cruise lines has been positive”, commented Stephen Xuereb, Valletta Cruise Port’s Chief Executive Officer.
MGA launched its Cruise Casino Regulations in April 2015 which are a result of the policy announced by the Government in November 2014 during the 2015 Budget speech.
“Malta Gaming Authority’s Executive Chairman also released a statement for the first application saying, “The Authority is committed to safeguard both the interests of passengers on board cruise ships, as well as those of the Maltese gaming industry. The regulations issued by the MGA mean that cruise ships will be able to operate their casinos in-line with the stipulated conditions whilst berthed within Maltese territorial waters.”