Ocean Cay, MSC Cruises' Private Bahamian Island, Set to Open November 2019
MSC Cruises on Nov. 7 revealed it has entered the final phase of construction on Ocean Cay, its private island in the Bahamas, located 23 miles south of Bimini. After delays, the Caribbean marine reserve is now scheduled to open in November 2019. The former site of an industrial sand extraction plant, Ocean Cay will feature eight beaches, a shallow-water lagoon, excursions to neighboring cays, a wedding chapel, and a number of bars and restaurants that will serve authentic Bahamian flavors. MSC has voiced its commitment to strengthening the Bahamian community by sourcing local materials and using local vendors when possible, and employing up to 140 Bahamians for permanent positions on Ocean Cay.
The Bahamas' Largest Ever Cruise Port to be Developed on Grand Bahama Island
A new cruise port is set to be built on Grand Bahama Island, Carnival Cruise Line confirmed today after signing an agreement with the Bahamian Government. Planned to be the largest purpose-built cruise facility in The Bahamas, the as-yet-unnamed port is expected to feature a one-mile beach, water-based and other recreational amenities, and food, beverage and shopping outlets. The facility, funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line, will be able to simultaneously accommodate two large ships, hosting up to 1 million passengers annually. The line’s president Christine Duffy said the multimillion-dollar project would have significant economic benefit for the country of The Bahamas, including many employment opportunities. More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7788
Cruise Ship Refurbishments Are Keeping Grand Bahama Shipyard Busy This Year
With so many new cruise ships coming out at any given time, it may be easy to forget that the existing fleets are being refurbished along the way as well, and Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited is one of the busiest maritime facilities contracted for such purposes in the world. For 2016 alone, it has 20 cruise ship refurbishments scheduled at its three floating dry-docks, many of which have already been completed. Among the ships serviced this year are ones from Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Fathom, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and more. Remarkably, major overhauls are completed at the shipyard in weeks when a new ship takes years to be built originally. Notable ones already completed include the Azamara Journey (pictured in midground above), Fathom’s Adonia and the Liberty of the Seas from Royal Caribbean (pictured in foreground above). http://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/cruise-ship-refurbishments-are-keeping-grand-bahama-shipyard-busy-this-year.htmlUpload News
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