Cruise ship owners are getting ready to begin their summer tours to the Bahamas, a world-renowned tourist destination that’s also home to the most destructive hurricane in U.S. history.
The cruise industry is looking to add a fourth stop in the Caribbean for its season of shows in the country, which hosts a record-breaking number of major shows this year, with many in attendance.
“I think this year we are going to have some great shows and some great entertainment,” said Jim Kratz, president and CEO of the cruise line Carnival Corporation of the Caribbean.
“We are going for the most exciting shows, and the most challenging shows.
We want to show the world how we can take our cruise ships to the next level.”
The Bahamas is one of the world’s most popular destinations for cruise ships, attracting more than 12 million visitors each year and generating more than $1 billion in revenue, according to the Caribbean Cruise Line Association.
It’s one of several Caribbean islands, along with Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Barts, and St. Lucia, that are considered critical tourism destinations.
But the Bahamas’ devastating storm, Hurricane Matthew, has left more than 200 people dead and more than 5,000 people missing.
Carnival Corporation of America (CCA), the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line Inc. and Carnival International Inc., said last month it expects to start operating a fourth cruise ship show in the Bahamas this summer.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring the world together and celebrate the Caribbean,” Kratzz said.
“That’s what we want to do.”
The first two Carnival shows will take place June 4 and June 12.
The third and fourth show will be June 14-18, and there’s no firm date yet for the fifth and final show, which is planned to be the largest of the season.
Celestial Cruise Lines Inc. plans to take the fifth show in Barbados on June 15 and the final show on June 18, Kratttz said.
Both of the other Carnival shows have not yet been announced.
“We have not finalized a date yet,” Kramz said of the show in St Bowers, adding that it will be an adventure and a show of endurance.
“It’s going to be one of those shows that will really leave you with a very strong impression.”
Kratz said he’s excited to see the city of St. Barts take the show as well, and that he hopes the city will join the Carnival Corporation and Carnival Cruise Lines in adding shows to the islands.
“St Barts has a very unique position in the region, and it’s also the location of the last stop for all the shows we’ve been planning,” Krapz said, adding the Caribbean is a very popular tourist destination for people from all over the world.
The St. Louis-based Carnival Corp. is one the largest cruise lines in the world and has a record of having a show in every country in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean in the past two years. “
The city of Barbados will be part of the Carnival shows as well.”
The St. Louis-based Carnival Corp. is one the largest cruise lines in the world and has a record of having a show in every country in the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean in the past two years.
Carnival Corp., which has more than 500 ships operating, also holds an annual show in Canada.
It has the most show slots in the United States.
Kratzz says the Caribbean shows are unique in that they can take place anywhere in the U.T. between the Caribbean Sea and Florida.
The Caribbean shows will be held in Barbadoes, St Kitts, Nevis and St Bains, which are popular vacation spots, Kramze said.
There will be a large number of ships at the Barbados show, but he said Carnival doesn’t know when the shows will start.
The St Kitt Island shows will not be held on the island, but the first two will be in St. Maarten, Krapzz said, because the St. Barthelemy Islands are the closest mainland port to the island.
Carnival will have a show at the St Maarten show, he added.
St. Martin will be the final Caribbean island to host the show, according the Caribbean cruise line, which has scheduled shows in St Martin, St Martin-French Guiana and St Martin.
“Our guests are going there with the best intentions, so we’re looking forward to showing them,” Krumz said about the St Bartheles show.
“They’ll be here with the passion and the passion that they have.”
Kramz added that Carnival plans to host two shows in each of the three islands in St Maessen and St Maastras.
The St Barthes show will begin in St Barthed and will be anchored off the island of St Martin in the French Guiana port city of Port-au-Prince, he said.
Kramze has already secured a deal with Carnival to start hosting the St Martin