CCL-Carnival Cruise Line, in cooperation with The Bahamas Government and Grand Bahama Port Authority, on May 12th held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new cruise port destination on Grand Bahama Island, near Freeport.
The new "Carnival Grand Bahama" cruise port destination is expected to open in late 2024. It is being developed on the island's south side and will continue to serve as the gateway to Grand Bahama while also offering passengers a uniquely Bahamian experience with exciting features, along with business opportunities for the Grand Bahama residents.
The cruise port development features a pier able to accommodate up to 2 Excel-class ships simultaneously welcoming passengers to the white-sand beach The Bahamas are popular for. Vacationers will be able to explore and enjoy Grand Bahama by sea, via a dedicated shore excursion dock/by land, via the dedicated ground transportation hub.
The port will also feature an area designated as a reserve and an interior pool, along with Bahamian-operated food, beverage, and retail options for guests.
Carnival Grand Bahama's cruise pier will have capacity to berth even CCL's larger liners - like the 5282-passenger Mardi Gras (2021-inaugurated as CCL’s largest and North America’s first LNG-powered cruise vessel/by LNG-Liquefied Natural Gas) and the sistership Carnival Celebration, which will commence sailing from PortMiami Florida later this year.
Additional details on the features, design, and the name of the new cruise port destination are to be revealed over the coming months as Carnival Cruise Line finalizes plans to maximize the fun for their passengers and the opportunities to partner with local businesses/stakeholders.