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Bahama Drama: Cruise calls on the decline

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 4 - 2008

Cruising A report in today’s Bahama Journal cites the declining number of calls by cruise ships in 2007. According to the Bahamian Minister of Tourism Neko Grant, cruise ship calls have been cut by three to five percent while European calls have increased dramatically by 25 percent. Clearly cruise line fleet shifting has affected the Caribbean more than anticipated.

Grand Turk Cruise Terminal (photo courtesy of Grand Turk Cruise Center)When it comes to the Bahamas the declining number of ship calls simply comes down to lack of cruise passenger enthusiasm, particularly for Freeport on Grand Bahama. Any cruise passenger that has been to Freeport knows the port is severely lacking in facilities and activities and that has made a number of cruise lines shift to other ports in the Caribbean. Minister Grant admitted that there are problems with the Grand Bahama port and says the government intends to address the problems shortly.

ExpertCruiser certainly commends the Bahamian government for having the foresight to work on an obvious issue. Simply put, they must act in order to keep cruise tourism traffic at steady levels. With cruise lines investing in amazing modern facilities in places like Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos and Roatan, Honduras they cannot afford to let more cruise ships pass them by.

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