Development on Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Point to Begin This Year
A few years ago, Disney Cruise Line announced that they would be building a new private island, Lighthouse Point, for their Guests. With everything going on surrounding the pandemic, development of the area came to a screeching halt and put the project behind around 1.5 years. But, per the Bahamian newspaper, The Tribune, development will start this year.
Disney Cruise Line has said that the development of Lighthouse Point, on the southern tip of Eleuthera, will bring 120 construction jobs to the area. They have committed that 80% of these jobs will be offered to local Bahamians.
Kim Prunty, Disney Cruise Line Vice President of Public Affairs, stated that Disney is “making every effort to maximize Bahamian participation in this project.” She went on to say that the goal is to create “150 well-paying operations jobs” that will offer a salary of something similar to what Cast Members at Castaway Cay receive – which is on average $600 to $700 a week.
In addition, Disney Cruise Line recently released their 500-page Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Assessment shows that once complete, Lighthouse Point’s economic impact on the area will “significantly exceed the concessions” granted by the Bahamian government.
If you are curious as to when Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Point will start welcoming Guests, it’s going to be a few more year. Prunty expects that to be in the early part of 2024.
“Assuming we’re able to receive government acceptance of the EIA and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) this year, and get through the consultation and permitting with the Ministry of Works, we’d like to begin work this year with completion in the first half of 2024,” Prunty said.
Once Lighthouse Point opens, there should be a Disney Cruise Line Ship in port at least three to five days a week with just once ship at at time for a total of 11,400 to 26,600 Guests per week.
Currently, all Disney Cruises are still suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, just this week, Disney said they hope to see cruises resume sailing at a limited capacity this Fall.
Are you excited to set sail to Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Point? Let us know in the comments below!
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