Premium cruise line Princess Cruises announced today that it would be adding sports betting at sea once sailing resumes.
Princess will launch its Ocean Sportsbook, a new, real-time sports betting option onboard its MedallionClass ships, offering guests the chance to place bets on major sports competitions such as basketball, baseball, professional and collegiate football, hockey and a wide range of other exciting domestic and international events.
“Ob Princess MedallionClass cruises our guests can stay connected with their friends and family around the world, and now with Ocean Sportsbook, they can also stay connected to their favorite teams and wager on a host of events whenever they sail with us,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president, said in a statement.
“Taking a cruise vacation no longer means being disconnected from a big game, an iconic event or friends and family,” he added.
Sports betting was considered illegal in the past until jurisdictions like Las Vegas introduced legal betting in their casinos. Nowadays, more and more states have passed legislations that allow legal sports betting with different companies through laptops and smartphones.
“A fully-connected guest experience now goes well beyond a superior Wi-Fi position, and Ocean Sportsbook reinforces the unparalleled position MedallionClass enjoys in the industry,” John Padgett, chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, said.
“Wagering is now seamlessly fused into the overall guest experience in both digital and physical interactions all powered by the OCEAN Guest Experience Platform,” he added.
However, there remains one restriction. Guests will not be allowed to bet on any game that involves the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Miami Heat. Micky Arison, the franchise’s owner, is also the chairman of Carnival Corp., the parent company of Princess Cruises.
All betting involving the Miami Heat would be regarded as a conflict of interest and will not appear on any betting boards.