Firm Expands N.Y. Gaming-Cruise Schedule

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NEW YORK -- Responding to demand, Manhattan Cruises expanded from two daily gaming cruises to four a day from its dock in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

The company, which launched twice-daily gaming trips June 18, began operating a third departure Mondays to Sundays and a fourth cruise Fridays and Saturdays. "We have had excellent, enthusiastic crowds aboard the Max I," said Manhattan Cruises president Michael Brown.

The Max I is a 200-passenger, 230-foot vessel that can travel at speeds of up to 14 knots and reach international waters in 30 minutes. Cruises leave from the ship's dock at 3202 Emmons Ave. at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., returning approximately four hours later.

The Max I has two casinos with a combined total of 7,000 square feet of gaming space featuring 24 games tables and 207 standard and progressive slot machines. Two restaurants -- the Tropic Zone and the Junkanoo Grill and Clam Bar -- seat up to 140 people. A sports bar seats 140. Amenities include two sundecks and a gift shop.

Admission is $20 per person. Food and beverage service is a la carte. Parking is available near the ship's dock, and bus service is provided from three locations: Centre Street near Canal Street in Manhattan, Eighth Avenue near 56th Street in Brooklyn and Roosevelt Avenue near Prince Street in Queens.

Manhattan Cruises began its daytime gaming operation about six weeks after suspending overnight gambling trips aboard the 1,000-passenger Superstar Capricorn due to high operating costs.

Manhattan Cruises. Phone: (888) 611-CRUISE

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