Last August, Cruise Fever reported about Carnival Cruise Line sending a proposal to the Bahamian government to build a private cruise port on Grand Bahama Island.
Now, Seatrade Cruise News is reporting that Carnival is now one step closer to building the port after a new memorandum of understanding has “cleared the way for completion of negotiations with Carnival Cruise Line for the creation of a major cruise port with compelling attractions in East Grand Bahama”, said Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie.
Not everyone is on board with Carnival looking to building a cruise port in the Bahamas, many locals in Freeport are afraid that cruise ships will bypass the current port for the new private port. Freeport remains one of the least popular cruise ports in all of the Bahamas and Caribbean.
When will this private port experience open if the Bahamian government accepts Carnival’s proposal? No timetable has been given at this time and both sides have many obstacles to clear before any deal is finalized. However if approved, it will likely be welcome news to cruisers who either stay on the ship in Freeport, or who bypass cruise itineraries that stop there.
Carnival Cruise Line remains one of the few cruise lines that does not have their own private port in the Bahamas. While parent company Carnival Corporation owns Half Moon Cay and Carnival ships often stop there, the island is branded as Holland America Line.