SMOOTH CRUISING: Tourism minister signals cruise tourism numbers near pre-pandemic levels

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Chester Cooper advised on Thursday that tourism from cruising has increased to pre-pandemic levels. Cooper made the comment on the sidelines of Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary celebration in Pompey Square, noting that the country has been seeing up to six cruise ships in the […]

Carnival Pride makes line’s first call to Freeport since resuming service

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s highly anticipated return to guest operations, Carnival Pride arrived in Freeport, Bahamas, yesterday. It was the first time a Carnival ship has returned with guests since March 2020. Carnival Pride’s seven-day Bahamas cruise departed from Baltimore on September 12, with additional stops in Nassau and […]

MORE SAILINGS AHEAD: Crystal Cruises to add more Bahamas voyages in fall and through winter

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas will add three new Crystal Cruises voyages starting this fall and into the peak winter season, with the cruise line announcing a new series of sailings aboard the Crystal Symphony. The first addition is a seven-night, Bound for Paradise voyage, which commences November 26 from New York City to Nassau, calling […]

“WE HAVE TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS”: Govt hopes to mitigate virus spread with new cruise regulations, says minister

“If you want to come to The Bahamas (by cruise), you have to be vaccinated” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is hoping to mitigate any potential spread of the COVID-19 virus from cruise passengers with its latest regulations calling for all passengers 12 and older to be fully vaccinated, according to Tourism and Aviation Minister […]

NO HARM DONE: Positive COVID cases on cruise ships unlikely to be “detrimental” to industry rebound, says port chief

“Our reality is that there will be people that test positive” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau Cruise Port Chief Executive Officer Mike Maura Jr said yesterday that occasional reports of COVID-19 cases onboard cruise ships would likely not be detrimental to the industry’s rebound. Speaking to Eyewitness News, Maura noted that with the industry having been […]

COVETED ISLES: Bahamas 5th on holiday bucket list for UK travelers, Royal Caribbean survey finds

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas ranks fifth on the holiday bucket list destination for UK travelers, according to a survey commissioned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Ben Bouldin, vice president, EMEA, Royal Caribbean International, stated: “Having had so much time without holidays, UK families have missed making memories with their loved ones. “Royal Caribbean cruises […]

FORMATION OF SUCCESS: Dredging underway at Nassau Cruise Port integral to cruise passenger increase

“We expect a strong increase in the number of ships that will visit us heading into August and throughout the rest of the year” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) has commenced dredging of several key areas of Nassau Harbour to accommodate Quantum-class vessels, which it says will significantly boost the economic impact […]

Bahamian Carla Jackson in lead spotlight as Crystal Serenity cruises to success

“From the minute our guests arrive in Nassau, we want [everything] to be seamless” Jackson in unique role as Bahamian woman at the helm of traditionally foreign-male-dominated industry NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Saturday marked the third successful departure of Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity from New Providence onto a multiple-Bahama-Islands sail. With hundreds of cruise passengers now […]