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Malta grants Crystal first OK to operate casino in port under new regulation

Malta grants Crystal first OK to operate casino in port under new regulation
The Malta Gaming Authority has approved Crystal Cruises' application to operate its casino aboard Crystal Serenity when calling on June 5 and 6. Crystal's was the first application received following the MGA's new regulation allowing cruise ships to operate their casinos in territorial waters.

The line is represented in Malta by Gollcher Group.

'Valletta Cruise Port welcomes this first application, following our instigation to introduce this legislation,' said ceo Stephen Xuereb. The legislation makes Malta a more attractive proposition for cruise ships, particularly those calling at Malta or Gozo for an overnight stay, he added.

Valletta Cruise Port has been promoting these regulations, and feedback from other cruise lines has been positive, Xuereb said.

'The Authority is committed to safeguard both the interests of passengers on board cruise ships, as well as those of the Maltese gaming industry,' said MGA executive chairman Joseph Cuschieri, who noted ships may operate their casinos in line with stipulated conditions.

The MGA launched its Cruise Casino Regulations in April. Cruise ships may operate their casinos solely for registered passengers while berthing in Malta and/or Gozo overnight and within territorial waters.

A formal application must be submitted to the MGA, which issues approval once it is satisfied that gaming on board takes place within the principles established by the Authority.

Once approval is granted, cruise ships are allowed to operate their casinos between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Further information/application forms are here.