Carnival Announces Commitment to Turks and Caicos

January 10, 2004
The islands of the Turks & Caicos, just about the only "relatively" undiscovered-by-cruise-lines destination in the Caribbean/Bahamas, will get a big boost in 2005 as Carnival Corp. announces it will build a terminal there. Since the terminal is a Carnival Corp. project, all of the company's cruise lines will, potentially, be able to call there. The facility, which will be designed to handle day visitors rather than embarkation or disembarkation turnarounds, is slated for completion in November 2005. The agreement has been signed but is still subject to legislative approval, according to a Carnival spokesman.

The Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory, is located about 575 miles off the coast of Miami. It consists of 40 islands though only eight are inhabited. Its claims-to-fame for tourists are that it has the world's third largest reef system (and so is a fabulous destination for scuba diving and snorkeling) and is blessed with a wealth of white sand beaches. As such, this is a destination more for fans of eco-touring and beach- and water-oriented activities than it is for aficonados of glittering casinos and sophisticated shops.

While Providenciales (also known as Provo) is the main tourist center, the few cruise lines that currently include the Turks and Caicos on their itineraries, such as Radisson Seven Seas Voyager and Festival/First European, call instead at the island of Grand Turk, its historic capital. None of the Carnival Corp. lines, which range from Carnival Cruise Lines, Seabourn and P&O Princess to Holland America, Cunard and Costa, feature the Turks and Caicos on fleet schedules at the present time.