The Ultimate in Cruise Ship Gambling

31 Oct 2013 | 03:19 Author: Seth Shafer

Casinos have been common on cruise ships for decades but now you can get your gambling fix without ever leaving your cabin on some cruises.

Celebrity Cruises has announced a partnership with Cantor Gaming that will let passengers on certain cruises play slots, table games, poker, and video poker from anywhere on the ship with smartphones and tablets. The app developed by Cantor Gaming will be available for iOS and Android devices and will work on iPads as well as with some Android tablets.

Guests will download the app via shipboard WiFi networks and then can head to the casino desk on board to activate and deposit money into their account. As long as the ship is in international waters -- where local anti-gambling restrictions no longer apply -- passengers can gamble away to their heart's content on their mobile devices.

Ships will still have traditional casinos so the mobile gambling option isn't meant to replace the standard casino experience on many cruise ships; guests will simply have more options when it comes to gambling, choosing to try their luck at a few spins on slots from pool side or while relaxing in their room in addition to the thrill of live gambling in the casino.

The new mobile gaming option will be available on Celebrity's Solstice-class ships (Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette, and Reflection) in addition to being offered on its four Millennium-class vessels (Constellation, Infinity, Millennium, and Summit).

The Cantor Mobile Casino app is free to download and has been in use in other similar gaming environments, including several large brick-and-mortar casinos where Cantor already has a presence running sportsbook operations. 

Mobile gambling has been picking up steam around the world over the last year, with companies including Caesars and IGT investing heavily to tap into the gorwing demand for social casino games on smartphones and tablets.

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