Should Barbados Allow Casino Gambling On Docked Cruise Ships?

Adrian Loveridge Considers A Radical Idea For Barbados

If the Bermuda Government overturns the current restrictions, then cruise lines would be able to open their casinos after 10pm, allowing hotel based visitors and presumably locals, access.

I am not sure whether this could be a possible compromise to a Barbados solution.

As oil prices have risen, many of the ships that currently berth in Bridgetown have tended to actually leave earlier to ensure less fuel is burnt by cruising at a slower speed.

However, if they could be persuaded to remain in port longer, then this could possibly entice a few more passengers off the ships to spend an evening in a revitalised Bridgetown or enjoy the current offerings in St. Lawrence Gap.

This maybe, might be a possible trade-off.

Should this idea have support, there would also have to be other considerations. As an hotelier, I already feel that cruise ships have several advantages over their land based colleagues…

… excerpt from a letter by Adrian Loveridge as published on Caribbean Net News (link here)


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14 responses to “Should Barbados Allow Casino Gambling On Docked Cruise Ships?

  1. Misc.Gambling Thots

    Barbados could easily allow this
    mainly because few cruise ships are still here after 7 p.m.!!

    Most are long gone by 5:30
    and a few pull out around 6:00 to 6:15.

    Only Braemar and one or two others
    -the VAST minority-
    stick around late enough
    or overnight,to leave the next day.

    Very few ships would be taking advantage of this.

    Besides, what’s the big deal?
    A fool and his money are soon parted.
    Local Lotta already does the same thing and yet there is no hypocritical hullabaloo about this.


    Port Security…already “tighter than a cow’s axx in Fly Season”..
    How’s that going to work?

    Tourists from hotels and Bajans being allowed into the Port, AT NIGHT, in order to gamble?
    Not for Paranoid Uncle Sam and Homeland Security to find out bout dat!
    Usama binLaden might pose as a Tourist instead of a Terrorist and sneak a bomb pun board!

  2. Paged

    Hi Adrian, are you saying that you would allow Cruise ships to operate casinos and not locals in the island????

    That would be madness. Even if they were funding the all the crop over / historical / museum etc events you would know that they are still making a hefty bit more than that amount. At least if Barbadians were operating Casinos here they would be some benefit to people who live here (jobs / ownership etc) than a cruise company based in Miami who docks in the port one day a week.

    Also, Barbados just can’t seem to break into the US market. While it is not because of casinos, the typical American traveller likes to know that where they are going they have everything to do, the more the better – thats how the American are. Even though individuals may not be big gamblers they like to know its there so they can “do a little ting”.

    That’s why on cruise ships with mainly British passengers they tend to take out gambling space and put in bars – cause the brits just don’t gamble but the American do.

    If they are going to let the cruise ships do it, they will have to let the hotels do it.

  3. tstt

    Land based gambling tends to hurt the poor in all societies. However, somehow, I seem inclined to go along with allowing gambling on cruise ships. Obviously restictions and rules of some sort will have to be put in place. Go for it if lots of revenue and little harm can come of it.

  4. Adrian Loveridge


    I am personallay against ANYONE running a land based Casino on Barbados.
    I am merely suggesting that we consider the ‘Bermuda solution’ as a compromise for a defined period and then actually see if there are any overall benefits.

    ‘We’ missed a golden opportunity in the Caribbean when European Vision was moored in Carlisle Bay for months. It was eventually sold for about US$250 million which means each cabin cost 50% less than the average land based hotel room.

    Just think if we put in half the money that has been squandered in GEMS into our own ship and had it initially operated for us with a Caribbean crew, sourcing regional produce and consumables

    Just think we might have even by now be benefiting from some of the vast profits Carnival Group and others are extracting from our doorstep.

  5. Centipede

    What is very interesting is that there are mini-casinos all over Barbados, and gambling is in your face all day and night (thanks to ‘lotto’ draws on TV,) and the naysayers regarding a casino in a hotel HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A CASINO…. yet they know they are ‘evil.’

  6. Knight of the Long Knives

    Yes to casinos all the way but no locals foreign passports and foreign currency required.

  7. Bimshaboy

    The only persons allowed to gamble on ships are the passengers, and this is done when the ships are in international waters, about three or more miles off shore. To allow this only gives the ships the permit to conduct business while docked in the ports. I’ll bet no residents of Barbados will be allowed to game on the ships.

  8. Beefcake

    If the gambling is opened to the ships while in coastal waters, it’ll open up similar opportunities to local businesses. Harbour Master might make some change, and it might be encouragement to raise the Bajan Queen.

  9. Casinos

    “Yes to casinos all the way
    but no locals
    foreign passports and foreign currency required.”



    Frankly, the poor are already being plundered!
    By LOTTO!!

    I saw an old grizzly guy standing nr. a Lotto machine…he had a fistful of useless tickets in his hand.
    What’s he trying to prove??

    Solution: Education..proper education
    about the evils of life
    (i.e. drugs,gambling and worst of all SEX!) -ooooooh!

  10. Bimshaboy

    The only decision to make that I see would be of benefit to Barbados is to open a casino in Barbados, not permit gambling on the ships when in port, but give tourists permission to gamble in Bajan casinos. The “house” always win and if there are a few who win money, they certainly can’t take all out of the island. TAX the winners!!

  11. what's with the secret name BFP know who your anyway


    Mr. Loveridge’s idea is great but hardly radical that has been around for a long time now – maybe 20-25 years now

  12. Rumplestilskin

    Articel states ”As an hotelier, I already feel that cruise ships have several advantages over their land based colleagues…”

    And as a hotelier, surely you recognise that cruise ships take land based business away?

    Why allow cruise ships to reap benefits from our tourists and locals alike? Seems the opposite of what we should want.

    The measure we need is to acknowledge the casinos that already exist on land and allow all major chains who come to Barbados the right to operate casinos.

    This will encourage major chains and at the same time push land based businesses, including ancillary services.


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  14. Tudor

    Barbados’ stand on casino gambling is hypocritical.
    We allow Lotto, Bingo, and worse of all one -arm bandits (so well named) all of which affect the people who can lease afford to gamble.

    If we allow these why not Casinos? it will bring prostitution, has anyone passed by Bush Hill after 9pm lately? has anyone visited “the gap” & seen all the young girls from Guyana plying their trade?

    I have visited casinos in other Caribbean Islands and they are well organized, no locals allowed ,one has to present a passport to enter. I believe that we are missing out on a golden opportunity, what wrong with encouraging visiters to leave their money here with us?

    The hypocrits in our churches shout & scream about the evils of casino gambling, but turn a blind eye to one armed bandits; gambling is gambling, if it is a one armed bandit, Lotto, or any other form of game of chance.