Cruise Casinos

The Cruise Casino Regulations were introduced with the aim of regulating the operation of casinos on board cruise ships berthed in Malta or within Maltese territorial waters. The role of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) in this regard is to ensure that there is fair play in accordance with the principles embraced by the Authority. For this reason, any cruise line wishing to operate a cruise casino requires prior approval and must adhere to the conditions contained therein.

Only cruise ships for pleasure voyages, with a minimum capacity of 150 passengers and passenger living facilities, carrying out a minimum of three ports of call in three different states, fall within the remit of these regulations.

Cruise lines wishing to seek approval for cruise casinos to operate within Maltese territorial waters are to submit an application on the relevant form designated by the Authority and accompanied by the necessary documents.

Applications must be filed at least 60 days before the cruise ship is due to call in Malta and the approval is only issued once the relative fee is paid and the Authority ensures that all the requirements have been met.

A brochure about these regulations has also been issued for guidance purposes, and may be accessed here.