Are you a cruising connoisseur? Have you cruised around the world before, or are you looking for a new and exciting place to travel by sea? Then you’ll be excited to hear a number of new cruise ports are being proposed and built in some impressive destinations around the globe. Check out some of the world’s newest ports and those currently in development, and add your favourites to your cruising bucket list.
The Caribbean and Bahamian Islands
Tropical island lovers will be thrilled to hear that several new and proposed ports are here to fulfill your Caribbean cruising desires. For starters, a groundbreaking new port has opened in Harvest Caye, Belize. The private 75-acre eco-friendly anchorage was purpose-built by Norwegian Cruise Lines, featuring four bars, luxurious beachfront villas, pools, exclusive shore excursions and even a zipline. With crystal-clear water, rows of palm trees, tonnes of white sand and heat, heat, heat, this trend-setting destination is set to impress even the most seasoned cruisers.
MSC Cruises is also developing an Ocean Cay port in the Bahamas, which will double as a marine reserve. The large private island, famous for its fine aragonite sand, will feature six beaches, a spa and wellness sanctuary, inland lagoon, zipline and event pavilion. It’s set to open in October 2018, and the MSC Seaside will make for its shores weekly from Florida.
Carnival is also looking to construct a new port at Tortuga, Haiti, a destination brimming with titillating pirate history, as well as a private harbour on Grand Bahama Island.
Honduras, Central America is a unique and varied cruise destination. Currently, ships sail into the ports of Roatan and Trugillo, however, the Honduras Tourist Board wants to develop their cruising industry even further with a new berth at Amapala on the Isla del Tigre, an island off the Pacific side of Honduras. Blessed with a deep ocean channel, Amapala offers an ideal route for larger ships. You can look forward to exploring beaches like Playa El Burro and Playa Grande, the historic, bright yellow Catholic town church, and a hike up La Cima peak for panoramic views.
Dreaming of setting sail on a sunny Cyprus cruise? You’re not alone, and luckily, an upgraded cruise terminal will mean it’s easier than ever to get to. The 7,000 square metre terminal opening at Limassol will soon cater to some of cruising’s largest ships. Prepare to explore the city’s historic district, centred around an impressive medieval castle, and discover hidden gems amongst the winding cobbled lanes. Take a stroll to the old fishing harbour, traditional markets and of course, some beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
There’s more to New Zealand than Auckland and Wellington! Unfortunately, since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, most New Zealand cruise itineraries have been skipping past Lyttleton in favour of Akaroa. This is set to change, with the welcome announcement that a $56 million cruise ship berth will open in Lyttelton in spring 2019. The new berth will accommodate some of the world’s largest cruise ships, such as the Oasis of the Seas, which can cater to almost 8000 passengers and crew.
Once completed, not only will New Zealand cruise passengers be able to fully experience Christchurch, they’ll also be able to travel to harder-to-reach spots like Arthur’s Pass and the Waipara, where sensational scenery and delicious food and wine await.
So, there you have it, some of cruising’s hottest up-and-coming destinations around the world. You can discover New Zealand’s awe-inspiring South Island, feel the heat in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Central America, and savour the laid-back Mediterranean vibe of Cyprus. Where will you go first? Tell us in the comments!