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Casino cruise sails after police ground ship


The Escapade Casino Cruise sets sail after police put it on lockdown. Now some folks say it's becoming a gamble just to be able take to the cruise.

From the start folks say the Escapade Casino Cruise has been very unpredictable. It all began when it ran aground last month and then Friday police arrested the ship because they say they didn't pay their bills.

"You know there have been a lot of issues," said Robin Ruske.

Ruske and his wife almost made the trip from Bluffton on Friday to enjoy an evening of gambling in international waters but they soon realized the ship was once again grounded. This time, it wasn't the sand bar that kept it from moving, it was the police.

"I saw it on WTOC news at 4 p.m. It was the opening line so I was concerned it might not go out today," said Ruske.

Police say the Escapade was behind on their bills after the ship was refurbished at a company in North Charleston so a court order kept the ship docked.

Despite recent mishaps, it hasn't kept folks away.

"I think it will be ok today," said Caroline Saunders.

Folks were lining up on Saturday for an afternoon on a boat that some say is a gamble in and of itself.

"We get a little insecure about it. Is it going to go or not?" said Frank Pelican.

Tradewinds officials didn't go into much detail about why they didn't sail on Friday. They say it was all a misunderstanding. They did sail on Saturday and plan to sail through the weekend, including Labor Day.

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