So far, Malaysian gambling operator, Genting, have not been able to install a casino into one of America’s most popular tourist destinations, but that’s not stopping them from preparing to serve its willing visitors and residents.
The company are getting ready to launch a small cruise ship, with a capacity of 1,500, which will be able to pick up passengers from Port Miami and sail them away to one of its newest casinos in Bimini in the Bahamas. The journey would take approximately 2 hours if the agreement gets approval. News of the plans appeared on the county’s website, and it’s expected that Genting will have to cough up around $11m upfront to pay for the necessary alterations to Terminal H. The agreement will also require the gambling operator to pay annual port charges of around $7m if the County Commission approve it next month.
The new cruise ship is already on standby in Miami, and it’s expected to make its first official trip to the Bahamas’ Resorts World Bimini on Friday, 28th June 2013. Passengers are likely to include some of Genting’s top executives, and public tickets would cost $49 and upwards. The ship’s maiden voyage will coincide with the official opening of the new Bimini casino.