Disney Cruise Line recently announced it’s plans to purchase and develop Lighthouse Point, a small private island in the Bahamas. If acquired, this would be a cruise stop similar to DCL’s current private island, Castaway Cay. Following the announcement, protests began among environmentalist groups and island residents on whether the island would suffer damage from the development. Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle has issued a statement addressing these concerns.
“Our development is designed to have as little impact as possible on the natural environment,” Vahle stated. He went on to say, “We want to work with The Bahamas to create an international destination that protects and sustains the natural beauty of this historic location; that creates quality jobs and opportunity for Bahamians; that celebrates the culture, and that strengthens the community in Eleuthera.”
He also addressed concerns surrounding the permanent jobs this development would create. “At our other Disney destination, Castaway Cay, the current average wage is more than 50 per cent higher than the Bahamian minimum wage and employees receive health benefits and work full-time schedules with the opportunity for overtime. With guests expected to be in port three to five days per week year-round and the need to complete a variety of projects on non-port days, these roles will prove much-needed employment stability. Beyond these employment opportunities, hundreds of indirect jobs will be created, along with positive economic impact through construction, port adventures hosted by Bahamians showcasing Eleuthera’s unique sites, opportunities for the sale of Bahamian goods, and relationships with Bahamian vendors and other partners.”
Lighthouse Point in South Eleuthera, Bahamas, could bring many new itineraries to Disney Cruise Line’s current line up. It could also point to proposed itineraries for DCL’s new ships, debuting in a couple of years. Join #DisneyParksLIVE on Thursday to discover more new itineraries for the magical cruise line that will be available in 2020!
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