A new cruise terminal is coming to Grand Bahama Island.

Carnival Cruise Line officials and Bahamian leaders broke ground last week on the new cruise port facility, slated to open in late 2024.

The new Carnival Grand Bahama cruise port will be located on the south side of the island, near the city of Freeport.

“This investment will provide much needed jobs but will also signal new hope for the island’s recovery,” said Philip Davis, prime minister of The Bahamas. “This investment will provide much needed jobs but will also signal new hope for the island’s recovery,” said Davis, alluding to the extensive damage caused to Grand Bahama Island by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

The cruise port will include a pier able to accommodate up to two Excel-class ships, such as the 5,282-passenger Mardi Gras, which debuted in 2021 as the line’s largest passenger vessel.

Visitors will have access to a white sand beach, and the port facility will also incorporate a nature reserve and a swimming pool. Other features will include a shore excursion dock, ground transportation hub, vendor market, and other retail, restaurants, and services.

This development signals opportunities for creatives, vendors, and small and medium sized businesses, and represents our commitment to collaboration with local and international partners for the betterment of our island,” said Ginger M. Moxey, minister for the island of Grand Bahama.

“The cruise port is an integral part of our plan to restore Grand Bahama to economic viability,” said deputy prime minister and minister for tourism, investment and aviation I. Chester Cooper. “Carnival will play a critical role in stimulating our economy and shining a light on Grand Bahama as a rejuvenated and premier destination in our country and the region.”

For more information, visit Carnival Cruise Line.