Disney's Castaway Cay is getting a new neighbor. The government of the Bahamas has approved Disney's proposal to allow the Disney Cruise Line to develop another port of call in the islands.
The National Economic Council's approval gives Disney the okay to buy 746 privately-held acres at Lighthouse Point on the island of Eleuthera. Now Disney and the Bahamian government will begin formal negotiations on a letter on intent that will govern the terms of Disney's development of the site. Disney's initial plans call for developing about 20 percent of the site, while giving about 25 percent of it to the government for conservation. Disney is proposing an open trestle pier design to bring passengers from the ship to the beach, minimizing the effect on currents and the need for dredging. The final designs for the site and its accommodations for cruise passengers will be determined during the review and permitting process.
With three new ships under construction for Disney's fleet, the DCL needs additional ports of call to fill the itineraries for its new ships. Disney last month announced its early 2020 itineraries, including the addition of the Port of New Orleans for the first time and a return to the Hawaiian Islands.
The new DCL destination site lies about 80 miles southeast of the Bahamian capital of Nassau, which lies about 75 miles south of Disney's private island of Castaway Cay. No word yet on when cruise guests can expect to visit Lighthouse Point, or whatever new name Disney comes up with for the port.Tweet
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