Officials at the Port of Palm Beach were informed Tuesday that operations of the Black Diamond casino ship were temporarily suspended until further notice, port spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste said.
The ship's operator, Jupiter-based Black Diamond Casino Cruises LLC, cited reorganization of the casino department as the main reason for the halt in service, Trieste said.
"We're shooting for a couple of weeks," Black Diamond Casino CEO Steven Craig said of a possible re-start date.
Craig added that the ship's staff would be temporarily laid off and a "good number" rehired once service starts up again.
The Black Diamond started same day cruise-to-nowhere casino cruises from the
While the reception from the public to the casino cruises has been good, the ship's schedule was hurt by insufficient advertising and "terrible" seas, which also halted service at times, causing it to "lose momentum."
With a new marketing director in place, the company is now working steadfastly with investors to relaunch the service.