There’s a place in the world that captures the hearts of many, and that place is the mesmerizing country of the Bahamas. With its pristine white sandy beaches, warm and inviting atmosphere, rich cultural heritage, and delectable cuisine, the Bahamas truly exudes excellence in every aspect. Whether you arrive by plane, cruise ship, or boat, stepping foot in the Bahamas instantly makes you feel at home. It’s not just about being a tourist; it’s about finding a sense of belonging.
On May 26th, the Bahamas once again dazzled us all with the completion of phase one of the new downtown cruise port located on Prince George Wharf, the primary cruise gateway of New Providence. This remarkable $300 million project, executed by ENKA in collaboration with Nassau Cruise Port (NCP) and Global Ports Holding (GPH), has given rise to a transformative development in the heart of the Bahamas.
The grand inauguration of the Nassau Cruise Port showcased its capacity to accommodate up to six cruise ships per day, including three Icon-class ships, thereby opening doors to expanded tourism in the region. The event brought together Bahamian socialites, international celebrities, and dignitaries for an unforgettable celebration, marking the official launch of the Nassau Cruise Port and setting the stage for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee of Bahamian Independence.
The evening kicked off with VIP guests making their way down the red carpet, radiant smiles adorning their faces. Champagne flowed as they were serenaded by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Band. Dean Harry Bain, representing Nassau, commenced the festivities with an opening prayer, followed by the introduction of the Master of Ceremonies, Phillip Simon, and a warm welcome from Nassau Cruise Port CEO Mike Maura Jr.
The Chairman and CEO of Global Port Holdings, along with senior VIPS from each cruise line, took to the stage to address the audience. The Minister of Transport and Housing, JoBeth Coleby-Davis, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment & Aviation, I. Chester Cooper, delivered insightful remarks. Finally, the keynote address was delivered by none other than the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, The Hon. Philip Davis.
Following the formal ribbon-cutting, the Music Makers Junkanoo Group led everyone in a joyful dance towards the port’s cutting-edge amphitheatre as part of a traditional Junkanoo Rushout. Along the way, guests were captivated by fashion, art, and historical exhibitions that will greet future cruise passengers upon their arrival.
As everyone gathered at the center stage, a breathtaking spectacle unfolded in the night sky—a custom drone show that left onlookers in awe. With the music pulsating through the air, the dance floor quickly filled with renowned personalities such as Tyson Beckford, Keytt & Alex Lundqvist, Dorinda Medley, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez and many others.
From lively conga lines to toasting glasses and showcasing dance moves, the atmosphere brimmed with electric energy. It served as a testament to the exciting future that awaits Nassau, a city with a rich history spanning over 300 years. The vibrant heritage of the Bahamas is ready to be experienced by all who visit, encouraging them to embrace it as their own and call it home, just as we do.