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Gambling cruise ship gets closer to St. Petersburg

Times Staff Writer
Published February 4, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG - The city is one step closer to hosting a gambling cruise ship.

The Ocean Jewel of St. Petersburg, the 450-foot vessel owned by Titan Cruise Lines, is now docked at the Port of Jacksonville for final renovations.

Employees at the Jacksonville Port Authority said the ship arrived Jan. 27 from the United Arab Emirates, where it had been docked since May. Twice-daily cruises were to begin in March, but Titan's owners said new security regulations caused a delay.

Cruises now are scheduled to start by June.

The Polish-built ship, which has served as a car ferry and a floating eye hospital, will receive a new coat of exterior paint and interior renovations while in Jacksonville, according to a news release distributed Tuesday by Titan.

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