The German multi-channel gaming giant Gauselmann Group has established a partnership with TUI Cruises that will see on-board casinos established under the Merkur Mare brand on two TUI liners.

The cruise ships in question are TUI’s Mein Schiff 1 liner, to be named in May, and the new Mein Schiff 2, which is currently under construction with a maiden voyage set for 2019.

“The partnership with TUI Cruises marks another milestone in the over 60-year history of the Gauselmann Group,” said Gauselmann board member 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.

“Casino Merkur Mare is another step in this direction,” said Kuhlmann. Gauselmann already operates casinos aboard four ships belonging to the Pullmantur Cruceros cruise line.

The Mein Schiff 1 casino comes in at a little over 120sq.m and is designed in the style of a boutique casino. The games on offer includes a range of Gauselmann slots, a 14-place table featuring electronic roulette and blackjack and a pusher with two places. There are also driving simulators for younger guests.

“The ships’ casino business is another opportunity for making the Merkur ‘sun’ even better known internationally and at the same time places the Gaming Operations business segment on a broader footing,” said Kuhlmann.

“We hope to continue to expand this line of business in the future”.