International casino entertainment company Century Casinos Inc. has announced the opening of its casino onboard the Glory Sea of Diamond Cruise International Co. Ltd, on its maiden voyage from Shanghai to Japan.
The Glory Sea has a capacity of 1,200 passengers and is focused on the Chinese cruise market with four-day trips between China, South Korea and Japan. The casino features 40 slot machines and 16 live gaming tables, catering to regular cruise passengers as well as VIP players provided by junket operators.
Diamond Cruise International intends to acquire an additional three to four ships in the next five years to better compete in the Chinese cruise market.
“We are excited to enter the Asian gaming market and to increase our position as the worldwide leader in operating casinos on cruise vessels through a long-term agreement with Diamond Cruise International,” remarked Century Casino’s CEOs Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger. “This is a very cost effective way for our company to gain a foothold in the lucrative Chinese market and certainly has the potential to grow our ship-based casino segment to a very meaningful size.”