Carnival and Royal Caribbean to make joint investment worth $350 million

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas- Hubert Minnis, in a Budget debate session on 21 June 2021, informed that the Carnival and Royal Caribbean would make a joined investment worth $350 million in Grand Bahama Shipyard; the project would commence in October 2021.

Bahamas: The Prime Minister of the Bahamas– Hubert Minnis, in a Budget debate session on 21 June 2021, informed that the Carnival and Royal Caribbean would make a joined investment worth $350 million in Grand Bahama Shipyard; the project would commence in October 2021.

He further noted that a new digital Vaccination Pass and Vaccination Checker would allow the users to show their vaccination status via their smartphone.

The prime minister provided an update on the curfew that is 

New Providence daily curfew would be from 11 pm – 5 am, Grand Bahama curfew, midnight -5am, Cat Island, North Andros and Central Andros curfew from 10 pm-5 am while there is no curfew for Berry Islands and South Andros.

For Grand Bahama, Andros and Cat Island, an RT-PCR testing requirement for domestic travelling have been removed. The travel health visa $10 fee would be discontinued for the vaccinated Bahamians and citizens who are returning from abroad on 1 July 2021.

Despite these PM Minnis informed that – 

  • Memorial services are now allowed in a church or other indoor buildings (following the health protocols & no vaccination is required) in New Providence, funeral and memorial. 
  • Wedding parties are allowed in New Providence and Grand Bahama (only if the people attending the functions are fully vaccinated). 
  • Private gatherings and other social events are allowed by the Government (only if all attendees are vaccinated), and the hosts are responsible for checking the vaccination status of attendees. 
  • The number of people allowed to gather in groups in parks and beaches is now at 15 in New Providence, Grand Bahama, mainland Abaco, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, and Great and Little Exuma.
  • Performance groups and artists are allowed to perform at approved activities if all performers are vaccinated.

The Prime Minister, following the statement, informed that the Government is aiming to fully revive in the upcoming few months if the conditions are fitted and advised by health officials. He said that so far, $274 Million has been spent to take care of the citizens in these tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic.