Nassau is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, attracting 3.7 million passengers per year with its unique combination of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is in close proximity to the United States, served by the largest cruise port in the world, Miami, within easy cruising distance.
Nassau Cruise Port (NCP), Nassau’s cruise gateway, will be transformed into one of the great waterfronts of the world. The project involves the redevelopment of the port and local town of Nassau. NCP will work to enhance the passenger experience and provide additional business opportunities for the local population. The project will also see the building of a new terminal building; the creation of an event and entertainment area; investments in retail facilities; and the design and construction of new food and beverage facilities. It will integrate the port into Bay Street and downtown Nassau, with the expectation that it will act as a catalyst for the wider development of the downtown area. The construction phase is expected to start in Q4 2019 and is anticipated to be completed within 24 months.
Following the transformation of Nassau Cruise Port, the new waterfront is envisioned to be an attraction in its own right. The port will become a modern, safe world-class destination with large open spaces, as well as sufficient shaded areas to enable visitor comfort while being attentive to special needs, elderly passengers and children. The project will feature improved transportation connections, traffic flow and signage, and will include an intermodal area for bus stops, taxis and parking. The new retail area will offer a great shopping experience to cruise passengers with the ability to experience Bahamian culture by providing retail space for local artisans. Underpinning the whole development will be key environmental stewardship considerations.
NCP began operations in October 2019 as part of a consortium comprising Global Ports Holding Plc, the Bahamas Investment Fund ("BIF") and the Yes Foundation.