Carnival breaks ground on new Grand Bahama Island cruise port

From left, Minister for Grand Bahama Ginger Moxey, Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister I. Chester Cooper, Carnival Corporation Senior Vice President, Port and Destination Development Giora Israel, Carnival Corporation Chief Operations Officer Josh Weinstein, Grand Bahama Port Authority Acting Chairman Sarah St. George, used ceremonial shovels to officially mark the beginning of construction. (Photo via Lisa Davis, BIS)

Carnival Cruise Line, in cooperation with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Government of The Bahamas, held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new cruise port destination on Grand Bahama Island on May 12. 

“With the start of this Carnival project, Grand Bahama is now on the better side of reaching its true economic potential,” said Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas. “This investment will provide much needed jobs but will also signal new hope for the island’s recovery.”

The new Carnival Grand Bahama cruise port, expected to open in late 2024, is being developed on the south side of the island and will offer many features and amenities, along with business opportunities for the residents of Grand Bahama.

“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, meaningfully engage with local communities, and further expand our experience offerings for our guests who will have a breath-taking new port of call to enjoy,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.  “Our sincere thanks to the government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority for their continued support as we begin construction.  Our guests already love The Bahamas, and we are certain this new project will give them even more reason to want to visit.”

     The new cruise port pier will be able to accommodate up to two Excel-class ships simultaneously, such as the 5,282-passenger Mardi Gras. Guests will be able to explore Grand Bahama by sea, via a dedicated shore excursion dock, or by land, via the dedicated 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 Carnival groundbreaking is very significant to the residents of Grand Bahama. This development signals opportunities for creatives, vendors, and small and medium sized businesses, and represents our commitment to collaboration with local and international partners for the betterment of our island,” said Ginger M. Moxey, Minister for Grand Bahama.