Nassau Cruise Port Ltd. is finalizing plans for the launch of its home port service as it prepares to make history as the starting point of the first ocean-going cruise to set sail in our region since March 2020.
Mike Maura Jr., CEO, confirms the team's enthusiasm for the launch, stating “We fully support the inventive Bahamas-Crystal Cruises partnership. We believe that the seven-night round-trip “Bahamas Escapes” cruises will be instrumental in inspiring greater confidence in the return to sailing in the western hemisphere and in travel to The Bahamas. "
"We are very excited to partner with Crystal Cruises to establish Nassau Cruise Port as a home port for ocean-going cruise vessels beginning July 3, 2021," he continued. "This relationship marks the beginning of service to hundreds of thousands of additional passengers per year for Nassau Cruise Port and will generate an extensive amount of economic activity for hotels, tour operators, taxis, and other tourism stakeholders as this area of our business grows. We look forward to collaborating with the Crystal Cruises team, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Nassau Airport Development Company, the hotel sector, and other local stakeholders to ensure that the facilitation of the home port experience here is second-to-none and that the customer experience for our passengers is seamless and enjoyable. "
With regard to future home port opportunities with other cruise lines, Mr. Maura, Jr. Nassau Cruise Port is positioned in a prime location to serve as a home base for cruise itineraries that will whisk guests away on thrilling adventures across the Caribbean. Ministry of Tourism and Aviation team.While simply viewing an ocean-going cruise ship at the port will generate a sense of excitement and relief for many in our community,
He also noted that "We have been preparing and enhancing our COVID-19 protocols in the anticipation of the restart of cruising for many months, having earned an accreditation as a World Travel and Tourism Council Safe Travels destination in August 2020 based on these measures. We look forward to implementing these protocols safely amid our construction efforts. We will continue to work in partnership with all local and international tourism and health & safety partners to ensure that all stakeholders remain safe as the resumption of sailing begins. "