Carnival’s new $200 million cruise port in Freeport, Grand Bahama is expected to breathe new tourism life into the economy of the Bahamian nation’s second city. Government officials and cruise line executives recently gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony.
Construction on Carnival’s Grand Bahama Cruise Port is estimated to be completed November 2024. Once completed, the new cruise port will be able to accommodate the largest cruise ships in Carnival’s fleet.
“With the start of this Carnival project, Grand Bahama is now on the better side of reaching its true economic potential,” said Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis while speaking at the ceremony.
“This investment will provide much needed jobs but will also signal new hope for the island’s recovery,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, I Chester Cooper sees the project as a sign of more to come.
“We believe the excitement of what is happening on Grand Bahama will be contagious. The cruise port is an integral part of our plan to restore Grand Bahama to economic viability,” he said.
“Carnival will play a critical role in stimulating our economy and shining a light on Grand Bahama as a rejuvenated and premier destination in our country and the region,” Cooper added.
In March, Carnival marked 50 years of transporting guests to The Bahamas. This new venture, according to President of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy is yet another example of Carnival’s enduring partnership with the country.
“As we celebrate our 50-year partnership with The Bahamas, today’s groundbreaking on our incredible new Grand Bahama destination represents an opportunity to collaborate with the government and people of Grand Bahama – to contribute to the local economy through job and business opportunities, and further expand our experience offerings for our guests who will have a breathtaking new port of call to enjoy,” said Duffy.
Carnival Corporation now operates Princess Cays off Eleuthera Island and Half Moon Cay, in Little San Salvador.