Carnival Corporation has today signed a long term agreement with the Bahamian Government to build two major port developments. Under the agreement, Carnival Corporation will develop a new cruise port destination primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama.
Together with the Grand Bahama deal, Carnival Corporation will also begin construction on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s award-winning Half Moon Cay port. The major work on the island will include the addition of a new cruise Pier.
The Grand Bahama project will represent an investment of over $100 million, and the development on Little San Salvador will be an estimated $80 million investment over time.
The agreement was signed today at the Prime Minister’s Office in Grand Bahama at a ceremony that included Dr. The Most Honorable Hubert A. Minnis, prime minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Also attending the signing were other Bahamian ministers along with representatives of Carnival Corporation’s port and destination team. The Bahamian Prime Minister Minnis was quoted as saying:
“We are very pleased to announce that Carnival Corporation’s projects in the Bahamas are full speed ahead”
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The projects are expected to play an important role in the country’s recovery from the recent impact of Hurricane Dorian. As part of the development, Carnival Corporation’s plans include construction parameters that are designed to meet or exceed guidelines for being able to mostly withstand the impact of a Category 5 hurricane.
The two developments will allow Grand Bahama and Little San Salvador to welcome guests from the cruise industry’s larger ships, such as Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, which will debut in August 2020 as North America’s first cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).