Carnival lands Nick Jonas for shipboard concert

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Pop singer Nick Jonas will perform two shows on Carnival ships.

Jonas will play the Carnival Liberty on Nov. 17 and the Carnival Victory on Nov. 18 while the ships are docked in Nassau, Bahamas.

A solo artist since 2010, Jonas was part of the Jonas Brothers off and on from 2007 to 2013.

Tickets are $75 for general admission.  VIP tickets are available for $250 and include seating in the first few rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.

Carnival finalizes Grand Bahama cruise destination

Carnival finalizes Grand Bahama cruise destination

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Carnival Cruise Line signed a final agreement to build a cruise destination on Grand Bahama Island that it said will eventually host 1 million cruise passengers a year.

The long-anticipated agreement with the government of the Bahamas will give Carnival a major new destination for a dozen or more Carnival ships that homeport in Florida and various cities on the East Coast of the U.S.

Carnival will finance and operate the as-yet-unnamed destination on a secluded beach area on the eastern end of the island. Grand Bahamas’ major city is Freeport.

Other Carnival Corp. brands such as Princess Cruises and Holland America Line have long had private islands in the Bahamas, as have competitors such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. MSC Cruises is building one near Bimini that is expected to open in 2018.

Carnival did not give a timetable for the completion of its project.

It said the new resort will be “the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever constructed in the Bahamas.” Features will include a 1-mile stretch of beach; food, beverage and shopping outlets; a wide array of water-based amenities; and other recreational facilities. The port will feature a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest ships simultaneously.

Carnival did not put a specific price tag on the development but said it would be a “multimillion-dollar project” that will provide significant economic and employment benefits for the Bahamas.

MSC has said it plans to spend about $200 million to develop its Bimini destination.

At a signing ceremony, Carnival Corp. president and CEO Arnold Donald said, “When Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival and the modern-day cruise industry, embarked on his first cruise, it was to the Bahamas. From that day until now, the Bahamas continues to be one of the most strategic and important destinations for our company.”

Some Bahamians have expressed concerns that the new destination is remote from Freeport and won’t provide many jobs or opportunities for vendors.

Bahamian prime minister Perry Christie said the Carnival shore attraction “will create a new destination with a distinctive flavor and characteristics that offer the broadest Bahamian entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, representing another phase in the development of Grand Bahama as a viable tourist center.”

The project is subject to a detailed public discussion process, environmental studies and permitting.

Carnival to Build Largest Cruise Port in the Bahamas

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Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government have agreed to move forward on construction of a new cruise port facility on Grand Bahama island.

The port, which will be funded and operated by the Miami-based cruise line, is on track to be the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever constructed in The Bahamas.

Highlights of the multi-million dollar project include a one-mile stretch of beach, multiple restaurants and shops, as well as a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest ships at the same time. The port will also boast water-based amenities and other recreational facilities.

It’s expected to eventually host as many as 1 million guests annually.

The facility still remains subject to a public discussion process, environmental studies and permitting.

“Carnival Cruise Line is the leader in year-round cruising to The Bahamas and this new development will not only provide a truly extraordinary and one-of-a-kind destination experience for our guests but it will further solidify our partnership with the people of The Bahamas,” said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy in a statement.

“In 2017, along with Carnival’s sister lines, Carnival Corporation will bring close to 3 million guests to The Bahamas,” added Duffy. “Collectively, we represent the single largest cruise company investor in The Bahamas.”

Speaking at Tuesday’s signing ceremony in Freeport, Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald said: “The Bahamas continues to be one of the most strategic and important destinations for our company.”

In his own statement, Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry G. Christie said the port “will create a new ‘destination’ with a distinctive flavor and characteristics” in addition to providing the region with many economic and employment opportunities.

Citing Freeport newspaper reports, the Orlando Sentinel reported the port will be located approximately 25 miles east of Freeport on East Grand Bahama. It will require up to two years and roughly $200 million to complete.

Carnival’s latest venture comes after a handful of cruise lines have developed their own private destinations in the Caribbean. One of the key benefits of branded ports is the ability for cruise lines to have more control over the guest experience.