Aboard the Bimini SuperFast Evening Cruise

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Photo by Kate Maier
The slot machines aboard the Bimini SuperFast.
South Florida is no stranger to casino cruises and party boats. They leave from Port Everglades and Bayside Marketplace, taking people to the open waters to party. In the case of casino cruises, boats actually head three miles out to international waters, where U.S. law no longer applies.

But with the Bimini SuperFast, Genting (yes, that Genting) has taken the party boat and injected it with enough steroids to make A-Rod happy.

See also: Genting's Miami-to-Bimini Cruise: A Review

Already operating day cruises that take tourists on the two-and-a-half-hour journey to Bimini, Genting launched its evening cruises shortly thereafter to capitalize on the fact that South Florida, and the people who visit, like to party.

But can partying on a cruise compete with a city that already offers plenty of vice?

Well, for one, the SuperFast offers Vegas-style gambling, which isn't even available at the parimutuels in the county. And the drinking age is 18 and older, meaning teenagers can imbibe legally on the boat. Throw in some of Miami's best DJs, like Irie and Laz, and top it off with the novelty of partying out in the Atlantic Ocean, and you might have something going.

Genting invited me to come aboard the Bimini SuperFast's evening cruise back in August, when the company's chairman, Kok Thay Lim, was celebrating his birthday. It was an odd journey with a few hiccups, but somehow Genting pulled it off. (Full disclosure: My entire journey, down to meal and drinks, was paid for by Genting.)

The Malaysian company may not have gotten the green light from lawmakers in Tallahassee to develop the former Miami Herald site into a gambler's paradise, but it's obvious that Genting isn't giving up on South Florida -- even if that means they have to lure them all the way out to Bimini.

Check out the video from my August voyage below, and read this week's Metro for the entire play-by-play aboard the Bimini SuperFast's evening cruise and what it could mean for Miami and Bimini's gambling future.

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lickwidspace
lickwidspace

We went... This cruise it a weak attempt at a party boat.  If this is what Genting "thinks" Miami wants and needs, we are better off without their casino.

Good idea, bad execution, and a mediocre experience at best...

HarryTheHandyman
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In before Genting sends their trolls over to praise how awesome this cruise is.  Check out their Yelp page.  They've been on the defensive flagging negative posts and have a few clearly fake reviews (that have also been flagged).

diazpaula39
diazpaula39

@HarryTheHandyman @HarryTheHandyman is an asshole who chimes in to rebuke any comments people make where they enjoy the cruise. The truth is Harry and his alter ego lickwidspace work for people who don't much like Genting coming to Miami. Disney and the Seminoles have poured much of their expendable cash into bad mouthing casino expansion in Florida because they fear the competition. They prop up Pollyanna organizations like "Dade Heritage Trust" and "No Casinos" to act as their foils. Gambling reform is coming to Florida and along with it will be thousands of new jobs and a boost to the economy. The naysayers have only managed to divert the funds that would have been spent here out to sea and abroad. Have a nice cruise!

diazpaula39
diazpaula39

@HarryTheHandyman is an asshole who chimes in to rebuke any comments people make where they enjoy the cruise. The truth is Harry works for people who don't much like Genting coming to Miami. Disney and the Seminoles have poured much of their expendable cash into bad mouthing casino expansion in Florida because they fear the competition. They prop up Pollyanna organizations like "Dade Heritage Trust" and "No Casinos" to act as their foils. Gambling reform is coming to Florida and along with it will be thousands of new jobs and a boost to the economy. The naysayers have only managed to divert the funds that would have been spent here out to sea and abroad. Have a nice cruise!

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

I don't care about gambling. My issue is with businesses self promoting themselves with fake reviews. But hey, you're the impartial party right? I guess your only posts here and in the other article about Genting aren't to defend your employer?

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