Disney Cruise Line previously announced a new project to add a second private island to their destinations. Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera will complement Castaway Cay, giving families the opportunity to enjoy the site’s beautiful beaches and explore nature, as well as enjoy the broader tourism offerings in Eleuthera.
Disney Cruise Line is hoping to begin work on this project this year. DCL’s vice-president of public affairs, Kim Prunty, told Bahamian media that Disney will deliver 120 construction jobs – some 80 percent of which will be Bahamian – for a cruise destination whose build-out will be complete by the first half of 2024.
Disney also released a 550-page Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) detailing the project’s economic impact. Once that is approved along with the Environmental Management Plan (EMP), Disney is hopeful work can start this year and be completed in 2024. “Assuming we’re able to receive government acceptance of the EIA and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) this year, and get through the consultation and permitting with the Ministry of Works, we’d like to begin work this year with completion in the first half of 2024,” said Prunty.
Prunty also shared that Disney plans on having a ship in port at Lighthouse Point three to five days a week. The number of guests on Disney Cruise Line ships will range from 11,400 to 26,600 per week, depending on the season. Guests visiting Lighthouse Point will be contained in designated areas within the project site and not allowed access to sensitive areas or allowed to roam freely from paths and guest areas.
Around 25 percent of the Lighthouse Point property, some 190 acres, is being donated to the Government and Bahamian people, meaning they will have more land than Disney will develop, with the majority left untouched.
We can’t wait to see what Lighthouse Point looks like when it’s finished!