Posts Tagged ‘The Bahamas’

Bahamian Cruise Ship Workers Say They Are Being Pushed Out

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Workers in the cruise ship industry have raised concerns about what they believe are unfair hiring practices on privately-owned islands. (

Cruise Ship Collides With Pier in Nassau, Bahamas

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Disney Dream hit the dock after arriving in Nassau this morning (September 30). Photos were posted on social media and show a dent above the water line on the ship’s stern. It is still unknown at this time what caused the ship to hit the pier. One passenger onboard posted that it was foggy this morning in Nassau. (

Bahamas: Govt Targets $90m Cruise Passenger Spending Boost

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The Government is targeting a near-28 per cent increase in cruise passenger spending yields to generate an extra $90 million in annual tourism revenue, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday. (

Grand Bahama Shipyard: 23 Vessels Scheduled for 2017

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportThe Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is seeing business surge, with 23 vessels scheduled for routine drydocking work in 2017. “Generally, the scope of work includes significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities,” the yard said, in a prepared statement. (

Peek at the private island for cruisers that just got a major makeover

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Cruising’s original private island, Great Stirrup Cay, is emerging from a major makeover. As can be seen in the photo tour, the 268-acre beach getaway owned by Norwegian Cruise Line has been spruced up over the past year with new and revamped food and drink venues, rebuilt cabanas and expanded areas of powdery soft sand. (

Carnival Cruise Line To Develop New Bahamian Cruise Destination On Grand Bahama Island

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Officials from Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government signed an agreement today (May 2, 2017) during a special signing ceremony in Freeport, Grand Bahama, for the construction of a new cruise port facility to be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama Island.

New Cruise Port Announced For East Grand Bahama

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

A NEW cruise port in East Grand Bahama will be constructed on the north shore west of Stat Oil in an area that has been determined to suffer the least devastating environmental effects. Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed that the cruise port will take two years to build and will significantly benefit the island. (

Royal Caribbean Finalizes Agreement With The Bahamas To Grow Tourism To The Destination

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The world’s largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, has committed to a multi-year agreement with the island nation of The Bahamas that will help grow tourism to the destination, rapidly increase the cruise line’s employment of Bahamian nationals and invest in hospitality training to develop talent in the country. (more…)

MSC Breaks Ground on Ocean Cay

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

MSC Cruises broke ground earlier this week on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line’s new private island destination. Located south of Bimini in The Bahamas, the island is set to become a “natural paradise exclusive” to MSC Cruises guests as of November 2018. (

Princess Cays Added To Itineraries Of Six Carnival Cruise Line Ships

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The private Bahamian destination of Princess Cays has been added to the itineraries of six different Carnival Cruise Line ships beginning in May 2017. Carnival Cruise Line ships are expected to make 40 calls to Princess Cays in 2017 and 98 the following year. (more…)

Port of PB cruise business purchased by former Norwegian Cruise CEO

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The cruise firm that sails the Grand Celebration from the Port of Palm Beach to The Bahamas is under new ownership that includes the former president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Kevin Sheehan. (

Grand Bahama Shipyard Open for Business

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportGrand Bahama Shipyard has reported minor damage from Hurricane Matthew and confirmed they are open for business and ready to continue serving their customers while assisting and supporting the community recovery. (

Freeport Closed, Other Bahamas Ports and Private Islands Reopening After Hurricane Matthew

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

While most cruise lines are getting back to normal itineraries after Hurricane Matthew, the storm has affected some ports in the Bahamas, most notably shuttering Freeport on the archipelago’s Grand Bahama island. (

Grand Bahama Shipyard Announces Infrastructure Improvements

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportGrand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) announced that significant maintenance programs were competed on Floating Dry Dock #1 and Floating Dry Dock #2. Maintenance to Dry Dock #3 is due for completion by December 2016. (

Grand Bahama Shipyard Announces Investments, New Execs

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportGrand Bahama Shipyard, which sees most of the cruise drydock business in North America, has announced a number of investments and changes to its executive team. (

Disney backs off cruise port on pristine Bahamas island

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Facing fierce opposition from nearby residents, Disney has canceled plans to build a cruise ship port on an unspoiled Bahamian island. (

Big Year for Grand Bahama Shipyard

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Grand Bahama Shipyard in FreeportGrand Bahama Shipyard reported a strong year of cruise ship business in a prepared statement. The Shipyard said the year opened “filled to capacity,” with work including the Celebrity Silhouette, Freedom of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas. (

MSC Cruises To Create Exclusive Bahamian Marine Reserve Island Experience For Caribbean Cruise Guests

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The visionary project was officially launched yesterday afternoon (16 December) in the Bahamian capital Nassau, where Prime Minister Perry Christie and MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago signed a 100-year lease agreement that will enable MSC Cruises to occupy and develop the island, to be called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Survey Finds The Bahamas Lags in Cruise Passenger Spending

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Cruise ships docked in Nassau, The Bahamas (Kevin Griffin, 2008)The Bahamas is one of the world’s busiest warm-weather cruise destinations. But the country’s success with shipboard arrivals does not extend to cruise passenger spending, according to a recently released study. (

‘Kiss Of Death’ Fear Over Grand Bahama Cruise Port

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Freeport’s cruise economy will suffer “the kiss of death” if the Government approves Carnival Cruise Lines’ proposed private port in eastern Grand Bahama, an outspoken QC warned yesterday. (

NFL Star Rob Gronkowski to Host Bahamas Party Cruise in 2016

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Even if the New England Patriots don’t repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2016, their star tight end Rob Gronkowski is planning to celebrate in the Caribbean next February. (

Bahamas police probe deaths of 2 employees of cruise lines

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Bahamian authorities are investigating the deaths of two crew members on separate cruise ships that were in the islands’ waters. (

FTC, states say Caribbean Cruise Line disguised billions of robo-salescalls as political surveys: Plain Dealing

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

A cruise company made billions of robocalls illegally disguised as political surveys to sell Bahamas cruises, a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission and Ohio attorney general’s office says.

After Delay, New Bahamas Cruise Ship Cleared to Sail

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s cruise ship departed on its inaugural voyage Feb. 3 after getting an OK from the U.S. Coast Guard. (

1st voyage for port’s newest cruise ship canceled as 100s wait in line

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Costa Celebration (Image courtesy of Costa Cruises)The anticipated return of an operating cruise ship line to the Port of Palm Beach came to an agonizing halt after an hours-long wait inside the terminal Sunday afternoon. (

Grand Celebration to sail Sunday from Port of Palm Beach

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Port of Palm Beach’s newest cruising option — the 1,900-passenger Grand Celebration — is set to cast off Sunday on its first cruise to Freeport, Bahamas, a spokesman for its operator confirmed Thursday. (

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to Start with Costa Celebration

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Costa Celebration (Image courtesy of Costa Cruises)Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will start operating two-night cruises aboard the new-to-them Costa Celebration in late February, according to reports. (

Resorts World Bimini Appoints Cris De Souza to VP of Sales and Marketing

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Resorts World Bimini has appointed cruise industry sales and marketing veteran Cris De Souza to the position of VP of sales and marketing. (

Resorts World Bimini Opens Port; Expands Service to Port Everglades

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Resorts World Bimini announced the first phase of the Port at Resorts World Bimini is complete and that passengers will begin disembarking directly onto the island beginning Sept. 18, 2014. (

Cruise Ship Makes Maiden Voyage To Freeport Harbour

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Grand Bahama saw a new cruise ship for the New Year on Tuesday when the Costa Luminosa made its maiden voyage to Freeport Harbour, with more than 2,000 passengers. (

Blount Small Ship Adventures Announces 2014 President’s Cruise

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Grande MarinerBlount Small Ship Adventures announced its 2014 President’s Cruise to the Bahamian Out Islands. A new itinerary for 2014, this sailing will depart from Nassau, Bahamas on Mar. 28, with President Nancy Blount onboard. (

Grand Bahama Enjoying Successful Year in Ship Repair

Monday, November 11th, 2013

As the 2013/2014 cruise season begins, Grand Bahama Shipyard has reported a banner 2013, with 61 vessels having made repairs at the shipyard from over 22 countries, including some 22 cruise ships. (