Director General in the Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu present plague to Ship Master of the Quantum of the Seas Captain Srecko Felix Ban on the occassion of the ship's inaugural voyage to Nassau.
The world’s third largest ship –
Quantum of the Seas – made its inaugural voyage to the Port of Nassau on
Thanksgiving Day – bringing with it
thousands of passengers from the frigid east coast of the United States.
The cruise liner, which is part of
the Royal Caribbean International’s fleet, has the capacity to carry 4,905
passengers and is the first ever smart- cruise to dock at the Port of Nassau.
The massive ship includes a number of
amenities including luxury retail stores like Michael Kors, Cartier, Bvlgari
among others, 11 restaurants, a skydiving simulator, a north star tower, adult
and children swimming pools, a roller skating and bumper car ring, a casino, a
music hall for live entertainment, a flow rider surfing simulation and a
state-of-the-art fitness centre.
During a special inauguration ceremony,
Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu said The Bahamas has a long standing
relationship with Royal Caribbean, which has been coming to The Bahamas for
over 40 years.
“Royal Caribbean has been docking out
shores for 44 years, beginning in 1970 with the Song of Norway just six years
following the establishment of Tourism as the primary industry for economic
development within The Bahamas,” she said.
“As time progressed, The Bahamas
became the model and leader in the Western Hemisphere, and Royal Caribbean has
stayed with us throughout these years. Our Tourism sector has grown by leaps
and bounds and similarly, so have you – your first ship, the Song of Norway at
18,000 tons in 1970 and now the Quantum of the Seas weighing in at 169,000
tons, a mere increase of 151,000 tons.
“The expanse and the vested interest
Royal Caribbean has maintained in The Bahamas assures that RCCL has its place
in The Bahamas Tourism archives and we are happy that you are our friend and
partner,” Ms. Jibrilu added.
The director general also lauded the
engineering of the ship and its use of a digital platform that allows
passengers to create a schedule of activities even before leaving home with a
one-of-a-kind downloadable app.
Director General Joy Jibrilu, Ministry of Tourism officials and officials from Bahamas Customs and Immigration and the Port Authority tour the luxurious Quantum of the Seas.
“This is an
unmatched innovative concept. Your dedicated satellite with an impressive
bandwidth exceeding all other vessels combined, expresses a Quantum leap in
RCCL’s commitment to a customer base requiring access to technology,” Ms.
of the seas is said to avidly compete with any five-star luxury hotel brand.
This is further undergirded by the complement of enviable activities,
innumerable amenities, quality service and real-time access to all
telecommunications mediums occurring on land.”
passengers of the boat danced to the sounds of Junkanoo as they were welcomed
to The Bahamas.
said the Ministry of Tourism strives to create authentic Bahamian experiences
to add to the overall value of Quantum of the Seas and that of all our
“Our goal is
to ensure that passengers want to visit The Bahamas again, while showcasing the
myriad of diverse experiences in our region. You will hear more about our
initiatives at a later date.”
master Captain Srecko Ban said officials of the ship are very proud to bring
the unique to Nassau.
you for your great hospitality,” he said. “We will be coming to your fine port
throughout the winter until May. We look forward to a successful partnership in
the future,” he said.
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas will be making its way to Nassau.
Maritime Tourism Janet Johnson stressed that her department continues to work
feverishly to ensure that luxury cruise liners dock in Nassau.
“It is very,
very important to bring these kinds of ships to The Bahamas because they bring
the high-end customers, who have the wherewithal to be able to spend while they
are here in The Bahamas. They take tours, dine at our restaurants and sometimes
overnight if they wish to stay on and fly back and they shop in our stores,”
“We can have
lots and lots of ships, but it’s better to have the high-end net worth customer
that is able to leave disposable income here in The Bahamas.”