Disney Cruise Line wins preliminary approval for new private port (and other news)

While DCL Prep School doesn’t really dip too much into breaking news, two big pieces of  news out of the Bahamas in the past week which will have an impact on Disney Cruise Line guests. Also, with the popularity of ride sharing services ever growing, Disney also announced a new transportation option to Port Canaveral.

New Private Port in the Bahamas Passes Major Hurdle to Approval

The Bahamian National Economic Council approved Disney’s proposal to develop a private port on Lighthouse Point on South Eleuthera. The next step is for the entire parliament to vote on the plan.
 
Unlike Castaway Cay, which is a privately leased island, Lighthouse Point is on the southern portion of an island that has approximately 3,500 year-round inhabitants. The residents of the island are on record as being in favor of Disney Cruise Line developing a private port, but as with all things new and Disney, there are those who would like to see Disney Cruise Line abandon their port expansion plans.
For more information on this development, check out the Orlando Sentinel report:
And, as a bonus, the image gallery has some vintage photos and artist renderings of Castaway Cay.

Bahamian Department of Tourism to Discontinue Cruise Line Incentives

Also from the Bahamas, the Bahamian Minister of Tourism announced that the Bahamian Government will no longer incentivize cruise lines (to the tune of about $12 million per year) to visit the port of Nassau.
 
According to published reports, Bahamian officials feel too many cruise guests are remaining onboard ships while in port and are not spending their tourist dollars in local businesses.
 
The plans are to take the money that would have gone to the cruise lines and divert it to port improvements.
For more detail visit the SunSentinel


Minnie Van News

This bit of news also came out last week. Though not related directly to the Bahamas, guests sailing out of Port Canaveral now have a new ground transfer option in the form of Minnie Vans.
Take a look here for all the details.

Wrapping it up

What do you think about Disney’s plans to build a new private port in the Bahamas? Do you get off the ship in Nassau, or do you spend your day enjoying the amenities on the ship? And what do you think about Disney’s expanded transportation options to Port Canaveral?
Lots to discuss! Head to our Facebook Page or to Twitter to let us know what you think.