US-based Carnival Cruise Line has signed a deal with the Government of Bahamas to develop a new cruise port facility on the Grand Bahama Island.
The proposed purpose-built port will be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line, and is set to feature a one-mile stretch of beach, food, beverage and shopping outlets, in addition to various water-based amenities and other recreational facilities.
The planned site is expected to accommodate up to one million guests annually, subject to a detailed public discussion process and environmental studies. A pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest cruise ships simultaneously will also be added at the facility.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in year-round cruising to the Bahamas, and this new development will not only provide a truly extraordinary and one-of-a-kind destination experience for our guests, but it will further solidify our partnership with the people of the Bahamas.
“In 2017, along with Carnival’s sister lines, Carnival Corporation will bring close to three million guests to the Bahamas via calls to Nassau, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, the latter two of which were developed and are operated by Carnival Corporation brands Holland America Line and Princess Cruises.
“Collectively, we represent the single largest cruise company investor in the Bahamas.”
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The port project is expected to provide a significant economic boost for the Bahamas upon completion.
It will also offer various employment and economic opportunities throughout the project's development, construction and operation phases.