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Port Canaveral casino cruise line will build second ship

Port Canaveral-based Victory Casino Cruises announced the company is preparing to launch a second ship in Jacksonville, with the goal of opening by June.

The company said it has more than 1,000 customers daily on its ship, the Victory I, but it noticed many customers were coming from northern Florida or Georgia. Port Canaveral is about 55 miles east of downtown Orlando. The company has marketed to Central Florida passengers.

It offers two, five-hour cruises each day. Weekday cruises target retirees, while younger crowds are sought for the weekends. The ship is described as having four decks of Vegas-style gambling, including 600 slot machines and 29 table games.

A cruise ticket is $10, and an advance meal ticket is $5 extra.

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