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905 South American Way
Miami, Florida
Type: Day Cruise
Status: Closed
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Tropicana was built in 1966 at the Cockrell Boatyards in Hoboken, Belgium, and christened the Princess Paola in honor of the woman who would become that country's queen in 1993 & would see extensive duty as a ferry. A decade and a half later, a Greek shipping concern headed by international wheeler-dealer Takis Kiriakidis purchased the Paola for $28 million, plunked it into the port of Piraeus, renamed it the Sea Palace, and literally cut the ship in half to lengthen it 60 feet. The Guinness Mahon Bank of England, which financed the Kiriakidis deal, wound up with the boat. Guinness Mahon sold it to British investor Graham Kornish, who renamed it the Tropicana after the renowned casino in Havana. Eventually Kornish, too, would lose the boat back to Guinness Mahon. The bank then leased the vessel to day-cruise armada SeaEscape, who operated it out of ports in Texas and on both coasts of Florida. SeaEscape experienced some financial problems of its own, and in 1991 the boat went into dry dock. Fred Collin
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Chips (4) [QuickView]
CG036275 Obsolete
Denom: $1
Last Update: 2019-02-13
Color: White
Inserts: 4 sxs Gn
Mold 4Rectl (Denom)
Contributed by: Albert Scalzo
CG036276 Obsolete
Denom: $5
Last Update: 2019-02-13
Color: Red
Inserts: 4grn/Ylw/Grn
Mold Dome (Denom)
Contributed by: Albert Scalzo
Image
Needed
CG036277 Obsolete
Denom: $25
Last Update: 2019-09-16
Color: Green
Inserts: 4ylw/Blk/Ylw
Mold Unknown
Mftr BJ
Image
Needed
CG036278 Obsolete
Denom: $100
Last Update: 2019-09-16
Color: Black
Inserts: 4grn/Ylw/Grn
Mold Unknown
Mftr BJ
Slot Tokens (3) [QuickView]
CG036279 Obsolete
Denom: $1
Last Update: 2019-01-07
Color: Nickel
Mftr GDC
Contributed by: John K. Kallman
CG036329 Obsolete
Denom: $5
Last Update: 2019-01-07
Color: Nickel
Mftr GDC
Contributed by: John K. Kallman
CG147000 Show Casinos Obsolete
Denom: $5
Last Update: 2015-08-08
Color: Nickel
Mftr None
Contributed by: John K. Kallman

standard size $5 token, was used on Tropicana Cruises out of Florida per Mark Lighterman's book
Players Club (Slot) Cards (1) [QuickView]
CG054498
Last Update: 2011-11-21
Color: Green
Mftr PPC
Contributed by: John Massimiani

According to Mark Lightermen there are 3 of these cards in the hands of collectors.
Total Items (8)

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