Nassau Reimagined: New Bahamas Cruise Port Set to Open on May 26, 2023
Following a four-year transformation project to revitalize and expand the cruise port on Prince George Wharf, the teams behind the Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) and Global Ports Holding (GPH) announce the phase one completion of the country’s new downtown cruise port.
The $300 million project, constructed by ENKA, will officially open to the public on May 26, 2023. With the addition of a new berth, and the refurbishment and repair of all piers, Nassau Cruise Port will be able to accommodate six cruise ships, per day, including three Icon-class ships, providing expanded tourism to the region. Through careful curation of onsite tenants and offerings, the new port will be a center for cultural expression and entertainment, celebrating the vibrant heritage and history of the 300-year-old city of Nassau.
The Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) opening marks a milestone moment for The Bahamas, as the expansion and revitalization of the port facilitates an increased capacity from 20,000 passengers per day to over 30,000 passengers per day – resulting in an anticipated four million cruise visitors by the end of 2023. As part of the first phase of redevelopment, travelers will be welcomed by a modern arrivals plaza, a Junkanoo museum featuring immersive experiences, authentic Bahamian retail and food and beverage outlets, an organized ground transportation area, a world-class amphitheater, event and entertainment experiences, state-of-the-art security technology, an art gallery and new green spaces.
With honed focus on the promotion of Bahamian culture, and unique, locally produced products, tenants, within the Marketplace and Port Plaza are slated to offer a wide variety of experiences and goods that pay homage to the traditions of The Bahamas. The new port will be a landmark destination in the heart of downtown Nassau for cruise passengers, stopover guests and Bahamians.
“After three years of planning, and three years of development and construction, we are so thrilled to be able to unveil the new Nassau Cruise Port to cruise passengers, tourists and the Bahamian community,” said Mike Maura Jr., CEO and Director, Nassau Cruise Port Ltd.
“Nassau Cruise Port will proudly showcase the best of The Bahamas over its 11 acres of reimagined waterfront development, creating a new downtown Nassau destination. We want each and every visitor to have a remarkable, memorable experience in Nassau, and we are excited to proudly display Bahamian goods, culture and warm hospitality to our guests. Cruise tourism is a critical part of the Bahamian economy, and the cruise industry is equally dependent on The Bahamas. The Government of The Bahamas was cognizant of the material growth occurring in vessel size and quantity and the advantage that could be gained by undertaking a redevelopment and expansion of its cruise port infrastructure. As we unveil the new Nassau Cruise Port, the steady counsel of the Government of The Bahamas has ensured the project’s success. Additionally, the valuable support and input from the cruise industry, Bahamian and international capital markets, and the fundamental leadership and commitment of the GPH and NCP teams have ensured this project is a best in class. This is indeed a very proud moment.”
Adds Mehmet Kutman, Chairman & CEO of Global Ports Holding Plc: “We are so proud of what we have accomplished at Nassau Cruise Port. This revitalization journey means so much more than just the construction of new buildings and beautiful design aesthetics, but also the promotion of Bahamian heritage and culture and countless new opportunities for the people of The Bahamas. GPH operates 27 ports in 14 countries, and Nassau is the busiest transit port in the world. Through our partnership with The Government of The Bahamas and key stakeholders, the GPH and Nassau Cruise Port teams are creating a world-class destination and enhancing the passenger experience for millions of visitors each year. The improvements made at NCP will showcase a Nassau that’s reimagined and ensures that Nassau will be the leading cruise port in The Caribbean”.
By the completion of upcoming enhancements forecasted for 2024, travelers can expect to see the addition of a signature restaurant, along with further family-friendly attractions.