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 […]

Crystal Cruises introduces Bahamas resident special

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The world-renowned Crystal Cruises has successfully completed its inaugural homeporting voyage in The Bahamas. The luxurious all-inclusive floating hotel sailed through sapphire waters to Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island, giving tourists and residents a unique, all-Bahamian experience. Now, starting this July, the cruise is implementing a Bahamas resident special for […]

GB LOOKING UP?: PM touts $350M investment in shipyard and other projects but unionist not impressed

PM says projects in the pipeline for GB signs of “progress, hope and confidence” Russell: Shipyard investment “nothing new”, just insurance funds NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines have agreed to a combined investment of approximately $350 million in the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed yesterday, […]

Nassau Cruise Port sails to success with Adventure of the Seas homeporting launch

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau Cruise Port made history on Saturday, June 12, 2021, as The Bahamas welcomed guests boarding Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. Passengers were greeted in grand Bahamian style by vibrant Junkanoo performers and free dancers and treated to complimentary cans of Kalik beer. Swashbuckling pirates from the infamous tour vessel Blackbeard’s […]

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line welcomes Grand Classica back into Port of Palm Beach in anticipation of July resumption of cruising

Cruise line CEO: We have missed Grand Bahama, our home away from home “It’s time to get crew members, cruise line support staff and parking attendants back to work” FLORIDA, USA — Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line yesterday marked the long-awaited return of Grand Classica to its homeport, the Port of Palm Beach. The ship has […]

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line receives green light from CDC to conduct simulated sailing, testing COVID-19 protocols

Test cruise to take place June 25-27 onboard Grand Classica Closed group to sail round-trip from Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced yesterday it has received a green light from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a simulated sailing. Following all […]

BOOMING: Crystal Cruises extends Bahamas voyages amid record demand

Environmentalist claims pushback among some sectors of society, however NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Crystal Cruises has extended its new Luxury Bahamas Escapes cruise in The Bahamas, adding six seven-night voyages to its offering. According to the cruise line, the voyages add to its Crystal Serenity’s recently announced all-Bahamas itineraries, which opened for reservations with record demand, representing the […]

NUMBERS MATTER: One stopover visitor spends as much as 28 cruise visitors, cites IDB report

“Homeporting of cruise lines could help significantly in increasing the amount that cruise visitors spend in the country” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Homeporting of cruise lines in The Bahamas could significantly increase cruise passenger spend, according to an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report that noted it takes 28 cruise visitors to equal the spend of one […]

BHTA president calls homeporting a “win-win”’; warns ‘we get one bite at this apple’

Royal Caribbean exec: Homeporting will help reinvigorate Bahamian economy NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Calling homeporting a “win-win” for the country, president of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association Robert “Sandy” Sands this week lauded the potential of Royal Caribbean’s plans to homeport in Nassau this summer. Sands declared it would boost airlift, help fill hotel rooms […]