Carnival Cruise Line held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Grand Bahama Island cruise port yesterday (May 12), which will open in late 2024 on the south side of the island.
A group of representatives from the line, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Government of The Bahamas and the local community used ceremonial shovels to officially mark the beginning of construction.
The cruise port development includes a pier able to accommodate two Excel-class ships simultaneously. The 5,282-passenger Excel-class Mardi Gras debuted in 2021 as the line’s largest ship, and will be joined later this year by sister ship Carnival Celebration, which will begin sailing from Miami. Carnival Jubilee will join the fleet in November 2023.
Guests will be able to explore and enjoy the sea from a shore excursion dock, or by land, via the ground transportation hub. The cruise port itself will also feature an area designated as a nature reserve and an interior pool feature, along with many Bahamian-operated retail, food and beverage options.
The line has been sailing to The Bahamas throughout its 50 year history, and president Christine Duffy said the port would contribute to the local economy through job and business opportunities, encourage engagement with local communities, and expand Carnival’s guest offering. “Our guests already love The Bahamas, and we are certain this new project will give them even more reason to want to visit,” she added.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority acting chairman Sarah St. George added: “The new Carnival cruise port destination will have a monumental impact on our island’s economy, including a panoply of new business opportunities, a huge surge in tourist visitors, as well as increased activities for established businesses. It is transformational in the true sense of the word.”