Nassau trying to go up scale

Here is a video of suggested new port at Nassau.

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Do you guys think this will work or is it putting lipstick on a pig ? Removing the gates will that let the vacationers out of the port or let the criminal element have easy access into the port ? Nassau is know for drug issues will this bring that to the easy picking vacationers ?

Yup, I wrote this up on Monday! I think it will be really nice, and will get some people to get off the ship where they haven't in Nassau for years. But I don't know if it would keep them getting off the time after that. It's just a port area, after all. The real meat of a place is when you get beyond the fabricated fancy port.

My initial reaction was lipstick on a pig but after watching that video if they can pull this off it will be quite nice.The key is to making it affordable enough for the local merchants to want to buy into the idea. I fear though that the fees for shops or kiosks in the port may either be too high or will drive prices up too much for the local merchants. The concept is great. I wonder what the timelines would be like. I hope they can pull this off. Will be good for the islands I think.

The trouble I see with this is that with the privately owned ports becoming rampant throughout the Caribbean, there will be little difference between the ports.

While Nassau and Cozumel are completely different, the port areas will be the same. May as well just go to a resort for a weekSad

Any improvement would be a great upgrade but at what price? Will the prices rise too much? Are the improvements enough to entice cruisers to get off the ship?

There will always be enough new cruisers to get off the ship. even if they are being dumped into a 3rd world slum...I give you Santo Tomas...there at least it was entertaining watching a mini port do its container thing from my balcony. For about an hour..then I repaired to my fav bar onboard..which, just happened to have a view of...the same thing..But I digress....who is going to PAY for this? rich touristas? shop keepers?, the assembled citizenry of the island? wake me when the financing is in place. Enough baksheesh can get amazing things built...or never built...

Another article I read said 2 years for the time line it also said it hopes to change the ships coming in from the low end short cruises to longer 7 day cruises and to make Nassau a destination port where the ship will stay till midnight because there will be so much to do and see.

I think they are over doing it, I do not think "high end restaurants" in Nassau, I'd get back on the ship for dinner. If I get a meal in a port I like the small local places to eat the local food, Not a Senior Frog's

From the drawing of the lay out it looks like it can port 6 or 7 ships at a time. I think that would have the port to busy and crowded to enjoy. Even if it is the older smaller ships 6 ships at 2,000 guest each it is 12,000 guest flooding the port at one time. The Video states the out door concert venue will have room for 10,000 guest.

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