Another Cruise Port Coming to Bahamas
Another cruise port is heading to the Bahamas. Last week, an agreement was signed with the Bahamas to develop the southern tip of Long Island, Bahamas into a cruise port.
Located 200 miles southeast of Nassau, the 500-acres Calypso Cove would be a mix of all the cruise line private islands blended together. It would consist of the beaches of Half Moon Cay, the lagoons of Ocean Cay, and the thrills of Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The facility would include a pier for two Oasis-class cruise ships, beaches, lagoons, entrainment, dining, and over-the-water cabanas.
The new development would be far enough south to not compete with Nassau and Freeport, but close enough to add variety to existing three-and-four night Bahamas cruises from Florida.
Construction could start by the end of next year for the $200 million dollar facility and open by 2025, pending financing and environmental impact studies over the next six months.
2022 is a Record Year For Cruise Ship Scrapping
A report filed by Cruise Industry News says that 2022 is a record year for cruise ship scrapping, with 15 already having been sent to die this year.
Looking back at 2021, 11 ships were sent to pasture, and 2020 saw nine ships head to the same fate. The average age of the ships scrapped this year is 38. Keep in mind this is worldwide cruise ships, not just North American brands.
Some memorable ships scrapped this year so far have been the former Carnival Fascination and Sensation, Song of Norway, Marella Dream, and the former Holland America Noordam.
Just last month, the former Celebrity Zenith was send to the yard in Alang, India. During the shutdown, most cruise ships were sold to Turkish scrapyards.
Carnival Ecstasy Heads Out on Final Revenue Voyage
On the subject of scrapping, Carnival Ecstasy will take its final bow this week. The ship leaves Mobile, Alabama this afternoon for its very last five-night revenue sailing before it sails away from North America for the last time.
During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, FEMA chartered Ecstasy to house relief workers and evacuees.
First debuting in 1991, it followed Carnival Fantasy, and has spent the last 31 years sailing with Carnival Cruise Line. This is the sixth Fantasy-class ship to be sold off following the shutdown. Others that are now gone are Carnival Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Sensation, and Fascination.
Carnival Paradise in Tampa and Elation in Jacksonville are the only two Fantasy-class ships remaining with Carnival Cruise Line.
Collectively, Carnival Corporation has gotten rid of 21 vessels, which was 20 percent of its pre-pandemic fleet.