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Disney Cruise Line plans to develop its 2nd private destination in the Bahamas

Disney has won preliminary approval to develop a 700-acre site on the south end of the island of Eleuthera as a destination for its cruise passengers
October 28, 2018 03:45PM

Disney Cruise Line ship at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas

An arm of the Bahamian government approved a plan by Disney Cruise Line to develop a 700-acre destination for cruise passengers on the island of Eleuthera.

The Bahamas’ National Economic Council approved the plan by Disney Cruise to develop a privately owned 700-acre property on the south end of Eleuthera called Lighthouse Point Development.

The Lighthouse Point destination would resemble Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii, which serves as a showcase for Hawaiian history and culture.

Bahamian government officials will negotiate a development agreement with Disney, which would require approval from the Bahamian parliament.

Since 1998, Disney has operated private island, Castaway Cay, which it has leased from the Bahamas.

But Disney will expand its fleet to seven cruise ships from four by 2023, so it has been trying to establish a second private destination in the Bahamas.

Disney ships now dock three to five times a week at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. [Orlando Sentinel]Mike Seemuth