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Cruise port seeking to attract more yachts

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Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

Mike Maura Jr.

Nassau Cruise Port is seeking to attract more yachts, its Chief Executive Officer Mike Maura Jr. told Guardian Business yesterday.

According to Maura, NCP staff have been making the rounds to boat shows showing off what the cruise port has to offer the yachting community.

Maura said the port will have many amenities that will appeal especially to the crews of the mega yachts that will call on the cruise port.

“We want to have a safe experience for crews and with this investment that we’ve made in F&B (food and beverage) in and around the cruise port, along with our authentic Bahamian products and our amphitheater, we feel there will be in strong demand by the crews of these very expensive yachts, as they enjoy the experience and are only steps away from their yachts,” said Maura.

“We see an opportunity from a niche perspective. As these yachts are coming into The Bahamas… and generally speaking the yachts that we’re servicing have crew onboard, not necessarily the owner or the person chartering the vessel, but that’s okay, these big yachts need a place to sleep at night and so we’re happy to provide that opportunity.”

The port completed the marine works of its multimillion-dollar overhaul last year, allowing the facility to not only accommodate six cruise ships at a time, but to also house megayachts.

This week, several yachts were seen moored at the cruise port.

The yacht side of the cruise port’s businesses is expected to bring in much needed extra revenue.

“Our team would have attended the West Palm Beach boat show and we are attending various boat shows in South Florida and will continue to do so,” said Maura.