In its latest bid to become the No. 1 port for tourists, particularly those who gamble, Bermuda recently changed its laws to allow casino cruise ships to offer gambling while they are in port.
The Cruise Ship Act, approved by Bermuda’s Parliament, would enable ships to operate onboard casinos between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. when they are docked, the Royal Gazette reported. Ships that carry more than 2,000 passengers would be charged a license fee to offer 24/7 gambling.
A similar measure was defeated in 2009. But in recent years, the number of cruise ships to Bermuda has been steadily declining. In 2012, 161 ships visited; that number is expected to drop below 125 this year.
“This move makes Bermuda much more attractive to the gamblers who go on cruises for the casinos,” said analyst Richard Weldon. “To not have to leave the boat and to be able to continue to gamble in the casino is a big, big attraction for gamblers.”