Hubert Minnis
**FILE** Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis addresses the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 28, 2018. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis has described the announcement by Royal Caribbean International that it will begin a summer lineup of seven-night cruises aboard Adventure of the Seas this June using Nassau as its new homeport as “truly a new day for tourism” in the nation.

“Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of passengers will experience Nassau or Grand Bahama in ways they never had the opportunity to before,” Minnis said. “I am especially pleased that Royal Caribbean, with whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship for more than 50 years, selected The Bahamas as a home port when sailing resumes.”

Making the announcement in the press release on Friday, Royal Caribbean said, “Vacationers now have the chance to island-hop and relish the adventures they have missed, including the first series of two back-to-back days on Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s game-changing private island destination in The Bahamas, and quality time exploring Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico.”

Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar noted that Royal Caribbean “has long been a valued partner to The Bahamas, and we are thrilled to work with them on making Nassau their newest home port.”

“Cruising is a vital part of The Bahamas’ economy and having Royal Caribbean and their guests return to our shores will contribute greatly to restoring and reactivating tourism,” D’Aguilar said. “We have been preparing diligently for the last many months to ensure an experience that is equally safe and enjoyable. We are confident that cruise-goers will receive the warm, friendly hospitality The Bahamas is famous for. We cannot wait to remind guests that it is still Better in The Bahamas.”

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