German gaming giant Gauselmann Group has partnered TUI Cruises, a joint venture between German travel operator TUI Group and US cruise line operator Royal Caribbean Cruises, to launch casinos on its ships.

The partnership will see Gauselmann operate a casino on a new liner to be launched by TUI Cruises under the Casino Merkur Mare brand.

A 120 square-metre casino is to be set up on the ship, with players offered slots and table games such as electronic roulette and blackjack. It will also offer driving simulators for younger guests.

A second casino will be set up on a second ship that is currently under construction, and due to set sail on its maiden voyage next year.

"The partnership with TUI Cruises marks another milestone in the history of the Gauselmann Group," said Gauselmann Group board member responsible for gaming operations Dieter Kuhlmann.

"In Germany, the gaming industry is subject to increasingly restrictive statutory regulations, with the consequence that the focus is shifting more and more towards international activities," he explained. "Casino Merkur Mare is another step in this direction."

The subsidiary already operates four casinos aboard ships owned by Spanish cruise line Pullmantur Cruceros, through an agreement signed in 2016.

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