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 […]

LET LOOSE: Fully vaccinated guests free to roam Baha Mar properties

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Fully vaccinated guests checking in to Baha Mar’s hotel brands will not be required to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test after check-in and can move freely throughout the resort destination immediately, it was recently announced. Unvaccinated guests will continue to undergo a complimentary rapid antigen testing upon their arrival, however. The […]

PAYDAY ON THE HORIZON: Bahamas could begin receiving overflight fees by mid-July, minister notes

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas could begin receiving overflight fees by mid-July, according to Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, D’Aguilar said: “We will be receiving our information from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). The FAA will gather that information during May, give it to us by 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 […]

LOOKING GOOD: Bahamas sees major uptick in flight bookings, according to US travel agency

Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico all seeing increase NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is seeing a significant uptick in flight bookings, according to a US online travel agency report on US traveler trends. According to the report by CheapOair, The Bahamas and Jamaica have seen the biggest increases in airline ticket bookings of […]

“Absolute explosion” of health visa applications; reports of returning Bahamians unable to receive health visas

Over 5,000 applicants per day Some travelers report being stranded in the US as they seek to return home today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said today that the government has had to adjust its manpower and approvals process to handle an “absolute explosion” in health visa applications, noting “we’re up to over […]

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 […]

THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Visitor arrival numbers trending upwards but still far from pre-pandemic levels

D’Aguilar: Travelers using fake vaccination cards are a concern NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that while tourism arrival numbers are trending in a positive direction, they are still 30 to 40 percent below pre-pandemic levels. D’Aguilar, who was addressing reporters ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, noted: “The good news is […]

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 […]