Haiti to get US$70 Million Carnival Cruise Port
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A major Florida-based cruise line has signed a letter of intent to develop a new port on an isolated Haitian barrier island that has long been a major launching spot for smugglers, authorities said Monday.
Carnival Corp., the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, said it signed a memorandum of understanding last week with the Haitian government for a cruise port on Ile de la Tortue off Haiti’s north coast.
In a statement emailed Monday, Carnival said the development would create a “tremendous economic impact” for Haitians while also carving out a new spot for ship itineraries in the Caribbean, the globe’s No. 1 cruise destination.
“The development will create an exciting opportunity for our guests to enjoy a new, secluded and stunning destination,” said David Candib, a vice president for Miami-based Carnival.
In a recent tweet, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said the initial investment on Ile de la Tortue will be $70 million.
Because of its remoteness, the mountainous island has long been a center for smugglers to organize dangerous sea journeys for poor migrants seeking a better life in the United States and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Ile de la Tortue, also known as Tortuga Island, is 11 miles (19 kilometers) across cobalt waters from hardscrabble Baie des Moustiques.