Cruise line seeks to operate casinos in Vietnamese ports

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Royal Caribbean is said to have asked officials to overturn an old law that forbids cruise ships from operating casinos and souvenir shops while docked at Vietnamese ports.

The law was founded over 20 years ago as a means of reducing the smuggling of duty-free items, according to local news publication VietnamNet.

Today, the law is considered outdated, particularly with metal detectors and strict port security in place that prevents smuggling.

Bermuda had the same regulation in place up until October last year when government officials agreed to allow lines to operate casinos at night while in port.

Now, Royal Caribbean’s vice president John Tercek is said to be speaking to Vietnam’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh and officials from Hue’s tourism industry to reach a similar agreement.

Talks come as Royal Caribbean agreed to invest in upgrades to Hue’s local port Chan May so it can receive a Voyager-class ship.

The line is hoping to bring 25,000 passengers a year to the port. However, some may not want to go sightseeing and need entertainment – like casinos and shopping onboard – to keep them busy.