Disney Cruise Line to Build Another Private Destination

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It's official, Disney is going to be building another private destination in the Bahamas - this time not an entire island but just the southern area of Eleuthera. Does anyone have speculations on how they might make this unique from Castaway Cay? I'm thinking the national park area will probably include some Disney-fied excursions. Has anyone here ever been to Castaway Cay/what did you think of it? It consistently wins 'best private island' awards in the industry so they definitely know how to do this sort of thing right!

Excited to see what unfolds over the next several years of development and design. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm a Disney fanatic. Wink

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Seems to be the trend for a lot of the cruise lines to do in the Bahamas.

That is interesting. I would assume that it will have different themes and or activities from the other island. This will work well for the 1 week combo packs Disney offers where clients can cruise for 3 or 4 days and spend 4 or 3 days in a Disney park. This can expand what they offer for the cruise portion while keeping control of everything and holding on to revenue.

Wow, that's a really good point that I hadn't thought of. And honestly, it's a win-win for most people because not only does it help Disney, but people love double dipping in Castaway Cay. This is the perfect way to do that sort of thing while making the two destinations different instead of the same place twice. This makes me wonder if they'd still stop in Nassau on the shorter cruises and only have double Disneying occasionally, or if this new destination will essentially replace Nassau as a second stop. Or it could just be that they want another private destination since Castaway Cay would be way too busy with their new ships coming out.

Looks like Disney is not the only cruise line planning expansion in the Bahamas

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2019/mar/11/royal-caribbean-targets-western-paradise-island/

Good questions. Having not been to Castaway I do not know what kind of capacity it has but if capacity is limited then yes I can see scheduling concerns.

Joe Rohde of Animal Kingdom and Aulani fame has already been down in the Bahamas gathering info and inspiration for Lighthouse Point! If he's working on it, there's no doubt it's going to be amazing. Animal Kingdom is my favorite park at Disney World and I think he's a genius and fantastic creator. https://cruiseline.com/advice/what-s-hot/news/disney-releases-details-new-ship-private-destination

This seems to be a trend with several lines. Carnival, RCL, Disney. Make the investment and you have control over the passengers on a "land based" port, except no port fees and associated other landing costs. I read RCL is planning to make 2 stops to their island on some cruises. Just an extension of the ship, but with sand.

Based on a business decision. Down side is you can get wiped out in a single significant storm and need to rebuild.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=iBOQLJkXfpI

video with a little more about the inspiration

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