FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Port Lucaya Marketplace will be the highlight experience for hundreds of passengers along with crew members of the MSC Poesia, which is expected to grace the shores of the Port Lucaya Marketplace (PLM) this coming Saturday, 7th January. With only two days before the much anticipated vessel arrives, tenants and management of the Marketplace plan to leave a lasting impression on visiting passengers.
According to Ms. Karen Ferguson-Bain, Marketing & Entertainment Coordinator, the Marketplace is buzzing with anticipation for what Saturday's call will bring. She notes that, while a number of the stores located at the Marketplace are new, quite a number of the business owners and operators are not. She states, "Some of them would have experienced the Big Red Boat or the call of the Queen Mary 2 and the increased traffic of tourists as a result, so they're excited. Our tenants are preparing and looking forward to MSC's call. They're excited, we're excited and everyone is ready!"
With this call being the first of its kind since the historic Big Red Boat and more recently the Queen Mary 2, it is hoped that more vessel calls would be accommodated in the Port Lucaya area. President of Bourbon Street Limited, Mrs. Yvette McSweeney, shared that PLM, which is situated in the heart of the Port Lucaya strip, would be an ideal location as an alternative port of call for cruise vessels. "The Port Lucaya Marketplace has the amenities to comfortably accommodate cruise visitors on site or within a three minute walk. Nothing needs to be added, everything is here and operational. There is live music and entertainment, shopping, dining and the beach within walking distance. It doesn't get any better," McSweeney shared.
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