Carnival cruise line has announced a new cruise port will be developed in the Bahamas to accommodate one million cruise passengers a year.

The new port in East Bahama is expected to be the largest purposely built port in the Bahamas – featuring a shopping centre, a one-mile stretch of beach, along with a handful of recreational amenities and facilities.

Exciting news

The multimillion-pound project is also expected to provide a significant economic benefit for the Bahamas, including many employment and economic opportunities throughout the development, construction and ongoing operation, Carnival has said.

There has been no set date for the project to start or be completed, although final stages of the plans have now been submitted for review by the Bahamas government.

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.”

Bahamas prime minister Perry Christie said: “This new cruise port initiative in East Grand Bahama will deliver a cruise port in the traditional sense, but more than that, its shore project will create a new ‘destination’ with a distinctive flavour and characteristics that offer the broadest Bahamian entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, representing another phase in the development of Grand Bahama as a viable tourist centre.”

Exciting times! One thing’s for sure – this is going to be a cruising destination like no other. Keep and eye out for further updates to discover when you can expect to sail off to this exclusive location!

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