Tourism & Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line is building the Bahamas’ biggest cruise port in Freeport

Cruise ship passengers shop at the straw market and stop into Senor Frog's, with the Carnival Fascination in the background, at the cruise ship dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Cruise ship passengers shop at the straw market and stop into Senor Frog's, with the Carnival Fascination in the background, at the cruise ship dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Miami Herald

Carnival Cruise Line signed a multimillion-dollar deal Tuesday to build a new cruise port in Freeport in the Bahamas.

The still-unnamed port will be the largest purpose-built cruise facility in the Bahamas, the Doral-based cruise line said Tuesday. Features for the new port will include a one-mile stretch of beach with water-based and recreational activities and food, beverage and shopping outlets.

The pier at the new port, located on the eastern part of Grand Bahama island, will have space for two of Carnival’s largest ships at one time, the cruise line said, and host more than 1 million guests annually. Freeport, the second largest city in the Bahamas, is in the northernmost area about 110 miles northeast of Miami.

Several ships from parent company Carnival Corp. already call in Freeport at Lucayan Harbour in west Grand Bahama, and also sail to the Bahamian capital of Nassau and to private islands the cruise company developed at Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. The company took nearly 3 million guests to the Bahamas in 2017.

“The government of the Bahamas has had a long and close association with Carnival which has been of great economic benefit to both parties,” Bahamas Prime Minister Perry G. Christie said in a statement. “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.”

The new port is contingent upon a public discussion process, environmental studies and permitting, Carnival said in a release.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

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