The Gauselmann Group has opened Casino Merkur Mare on TUI Cruises vessel, Mein Schiff 2, further expanding its presence in the cruise ship sector.
The Eastern Westphalian Gauselmann Group is expanding its involvement in the cruise ship sector with the opening of a Casino Merkur Mare casino on the new TUI Cruises liner, Mein Schiff 2.
Gauselmann has operated a Casino Merkur Mare on Mein Schiff 1 since last year. In addition, the company also runs casinos on four cruise ships belonging to the Pullmantur Cruceros shipping line.
“With Casino Merkur Mare, the Gauselmann Group has opened up a new business segment in which we are drawing on our know-how and years of experience in the operation of arcades and casinos,” said Dieter Kuhlmann, member of the Gauselmann Group Management Board with responsibility for Gaming Operations. “We are thus bringing the success of the laughing Merkur sun from the land to the high seas.”
The Casino Merkur Mare on Mein Schiff 2 covers an area of 120sqm and as on Mein Schiff 1 has been designed in the style of a boutique casino.
The portfolio of games on board includes a number of Gauselmann slots, along with electronic roulette and coin pushers.
In the non-smoking areas, blackjack tables allow live play, and there is also a blackjack live table in the casino. Outside the casino, a separate area features amusement machines for teenagers, while cash terminals from the Gauselmann subsidiary GeWeTe are used for cash-handing.
A number of the employees in the casino previously worked for Gauselmann subsidiaries Merkur Casino and Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt.
“Although they are already familiar with the high corporate standards, they still have to be integrated into the workflows of the ships casino. That’s why they take part in comprehensive training courses in advances,” explained Kathy Schröder, head of Casino Operations at Casino Merkur Mare.
TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and the global cruise company
Royal Caribbean Cruises. The Hamburg-based company has been offering cruises for the German- speaking market since May 2009.