FREE PASS: Some cruise passengers not required to obtain health travel visa

Tourism officials say govt confident in its decision due to vaccination/testing requirements NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar announced on Saturday that the government has “loosened its restrictions” for some cruise ship passengers by not requiring a health travel visa to enter the country. His comments came as Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity luxury […]

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 […]

MAXIMIZE IT: Cruise Committee formed to ensure Bahamians reap economic benefits from cruise visitors

“With over five million cruise visitors, we have a captive audience to showcase all that is Bahamian to them” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA), along with the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), has facilitated the formation of the new Bahamas Cruise Committee. The Cruise Committee will work with the cruise lines […]

“WE’RE HEARING GREAT NEWS”: Tourism stakeholders laud possible July restart for US cruises

D’Aguilar notes Downtown Nassau a “ghost town”; tourism industry “anxious” for cruises to return Maura: Our bread and butter are transit passengers but homeport passengers the icing on the cake NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau Cruise Port’s top executive hailed as “great news” reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could allow […]