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On Land THE BAHAMAS’ CRUISE AND HOMEPORTING EXPERIENCE Cruising in The Bahamas is about to become even more attractive, as the nation’s largest multi-million-dollar state-ofthe-art Nassau Cruise Port is slated to open in summer 2022. With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas offers world-class fishing, diving, boating/yachting and thousands of miles of the world’s most spectacular waters and beaches, and a vibrant culture…all creating an unforgettable cruise and homeporting experience for passengers aboard popular cruise lines. Explore the island offerings at www.bahamas.com.

“We are delighted to be the first cruise ship to return to Jamaica and to offer guests an opportunity to experience all of the country’s beauty,” said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line. “On behalf of Carnival, I would like to personally thank the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and our partners for working with us to bring safe cruising back to Jamaica.”

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REACTIVATES CRUISE TOURISM With a face of satisfaction, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, affirmed that with the arrival of Carnival Horizon on July 6 of this year on the North Coast, the Dominican Republic is filled with hope, changing the faces of thousands of families and reactivating hundreds of small businesses that provide various jobs.

DOMINICA RESUMES CRUISE ACTIVITIES Dominica has successfully resumed cruise activities welcoming passengers back to its shores. Visitors are basking in the island’s unique rainforests and enjoying the island’s scenic tours. Dominica assures excursions within a safety bubble which includes transportation in clean, sanitized vehicles driven by trained and certified drivers and tour guides who maintain a friendly attitude while observing the health and safety protocols. Cruise into Dominica and be safe in nature!

ALEXANDER GUMBS NEW CEO OF PORT ST. MAARTEN GROUP Cruise and shipping industry veteran Alexander Gumbs is now the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port St. Maarten Group. Gumbs underwent an exhaustive complete screening process and background check and scored the highest in the recruitment process as an extremely qualified candidate for the CEO position and becoming the President of the management team of the group. Gumbs’ track record made him the ideal choice for the role in these challenging times to lead one of the country’s generators of the national economy responsible for up to one third of GDP. The 33-year-old homegrown executive professional’s last position before taking up the position of CEO was Director of Port Operations & Development at one of the largest global cruise corporations. Some of the key points that Gumbs will be addressing are the continued sustainable growth of cruise and cargo pillars; facilitating the yachting sector; data research and innovative development; corporate compliance principles; and executing the strategic objectives as outlined in the recently completed E & Y High Level Plan. One of the first orders of business will be a quick business scan and thereafter the implementation of a tactical action plan to solve any current outstanding matters. For more information about the destination, visit www.vacationstmaarten. com, www.facebook.com/portstmaarten or www.portstmaarten.com.

AN UPSCALE, ECO-FRIENDLY ANCHORAGE IN MARTINIQUE One of Martinique’s four anchorages, Le Marin, attracts luxury and boutique cruise ships and offers guests a more intimate experience away from the mega-ships – docking in this upscale Caribbean yachting destination feels a bit like arriving on the French Riviera. Once ashore, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the local tourist staff, who will point you toward the many activities and heritage sites the town has to offer. The marina is within walking distance and has 850 berths, 200 buoy moorings, and a large shopping area, and has earned the “Pavillon bleu” label in recognition of its eco-friendly initiatives. Learn more about Le Marin at www.martiniquecruise.com/le-marin. THIRD QUARTER 2021 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 21