It has been four years but Phase 1 of the revitalization of Prince George Wharf in Nassau is complete and will host its official opening ceremony on May 26, 2023.
Over the last four years, Nassau Cruise Port has received a new berth, had its piers repaired and rejuvenated and can now accommodate six cruise ships daily. This includes three Icon or Oasis Class ships which currently are the largest cruise ships in the world.
With more and bigger cruise ships, come more passengers and this revitalization will allow for over 30,000 cruise passengers daily. This adds up to four million visitors by the end of 2023, making Nassau one of the busiest cruise ports this year.
Mike Maura Jr., CEO and Director of Nassau Cruise Port Ltd., said, “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.”
The Bahamian Government and Global Ports Holding have worked together on this revitalization. Global Ports Holding is the world’s largest cruise port operator with presence in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Mehmet Kutman, Chairman & CEO of Global Ports Holding Plc commented, “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.”
The new port is focused on celebrating the heritage and history of Nassau. Guests will be welcomed to Nassau by local vendors offering authentic Bahamian foods and beverages along with products that capture the tradition and culture of the area. Downtown Nassau includes a Junkanoo museum, entertainment venues, an art gallery and more.
Maura stated, “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.”
The completion of Phase 1, which focused on accommodating larger cruise ships and revitalizing what already existed, allowed the port to see record-breaking visitor numbers recently. Now, Phase 2 is ready to begin and visitors can look forward to the addition of a signature restaurant and more family-friendly attractions. Phase 2 is projected to be complete by 2024, and the port is expected to remain fully functional during the process.