Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Century Casinos recently signed agreements with Nova Star Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises to manage and bring new game technologies to those companies’ shipboard casinos.
Nova Star Cruises will operate a round trip cruise ferry service connecting Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, providing a high level of comfort and entertainment on this ferry route, which is scheduled to start May 1, 2014. The project has the full support of the Province of Nova Scotia, which pledged roughly $20 million over seven years to restart the Maine ? Nova Scotia cruise ferry service.
The brand new Nova Star has a capacity of 1,215 passengers and 336 vehicles. With a wealth of amenities and entertainment options onboard (luxury cabins, fine dining, casino, showroom, duty free shopping, conference center, spa & fitness, art gallery), Nova Star is the ideal vessel to meet the needs of a large number of passengers during the ten?hour crossing between Yarmouth and Portland, by providing a comfortable, highly appealing travel experience for all ages and types of travelers. Century will fully equip and operate the casino with 70 state of the art slot machines, live and electronic table games, slot accounting and surveillance systems and furniture, fixtures, and fittings. The initial term of the casino concession agreement will run until October 2020.
Meanwhile, Century Casinos also signed a contract extension with Regent Seven Seas Cruises that clears the way for the introduction of fleet?wide jackpot system on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises vessels. The amended agreement extends Century Casino gaming operations on board the Mariner, Navigator and Voyager through December 31, 2016.
As part of the new arrangement, Century Casinos introduce a fleet?wide progressive jackpot on board of all eight vessels of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises throughout 2014. Progressive slot machines on each vessel will be linked via secure Internet connection with the jackpot controller, allowing passengers on all eight vessels to play for the same progressive jackpot. The company believes this is the first such fleet?wide progressive jackpot in the upper premium cruise industry and it will add excitement and fun to the overall casino experience.