The cruise industry’s first full year of sailing since the pandemic is proving to be a big success for Nassau in the Bahamas. The port expects to reach an impressive 1,100 cruise ship visits this year.
It also comes as the port welcomed more than 20,000 cruise ship passengers in a single day for the first time since reopening in 2021.
1,100 cruise ship calls in 2022
Besides homeports such as Port Canaveral, Port Miami and Port Everglades, few ports can claim to have welcomed 1,100 cruise ships this year. The first full year of sailings since the restart of operations is indeed proving very successful for the cruise port of Nassau.
At the same time, the port welcomed more than 20,000 cruise passengers on the same day, on the first anniversary of the cruise’s return to the resort. Six cruise ships visited Nassau on June 12, 2022—Norwegian Sky, Carnival Conquest, Carnival MagicLiberty Carnival, freedom of the seas, and Independence of the seas.
Mike Maura, General Manager for the Poor said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better way to commemorate the restart of cruising than a six-ship day with over 20,000 passengers in port. We’ve had 553 calls so far this year, or 145 more calls than we received from June to December 2021.”
“This puts us on track to end the year with over 1,100 calls. As of last Sunday, over 1.8 million passengers have visited Nassau since June 2021 and the numbers continue to rise.
In 2019, the Nassau cruise port welcomed 3.6 million cruise passengers, a record that the port intends to break. However, as the ships are not sailing at their absolute maximum capacity, this will not happen this year. By 2023, Maura aims to welcome 3.8 million cruise passengers to Nassau.
Nassau Cruise Port continues to innovate
Make sure guests continue to be drawn to Nassau, the port committee and the local government are working to innovate and create a welcoming space for customers. This process began in 2019 and involved several steps to completely transform the area around the port.
The Nassau Cruise Port is being transformed into one of the world’s largest waterfronts through a $300 million redevelopment project. This includes repairing and expanding the Prince George Pier and adding a sixth berth that gives the port the capacity to accommodate three Oasis-class cruise ships simultaneously.
There will also be a new arrivals terminal, a museum and a Bahamian market: “We’ve come a long way since March 2020, and we have a lot to celebrate as we complete the reimagining of the waterfront and bring even more passengers to little Nassau. As those who live and work in the area can see, we are making excellent progress on the construction of the arrivals terminal and the Junkanoo Museum,” Moor continued.
Upon completion of the project, Nassau Cruise Port hopes to accommodate 33,000 cruise ship passengers each weekday. The vessel’s total capacity will simultaneously increase to at least eight ships a day.