• Tom Drake

It is not Crystal to everyone in the Bahamas.

Harbour Island Operators are not happy having a cruise ship visit their upscale island.

Well, not everyone is excited about Crustal Cruises decision to operate in the Bahamas. Resort Owners on Harbour Island are taking a page from some residents of Bermuda and Grand Cayman in showing their unhappiness at having a cruise ship visit what they call “the jewel of the Bahamas.

Tom Sherman, owner and partner in the Coral Sands resort, told the Bahamas Tribune Business that making Harbour Island a weekly port of call for Crystal Cruise on its 16 seven-night voyages between July and October threatened to undermine the very essence of the island’s tourism model.

Mr Sherman said Harbour Island hoteliers were due to discuss their Crystal Cruises concern with Mr D’Aguilar and Ministry of Tourism officials during a conference call today.

The minister did not respond to Tribune Business messages seeking comment before press time last night. Jack Anderson, Crystal Cruises’ president and chief executive, said the Crystal Serenity will “offer a 100 percent Bahamian itinerary through to at least October” with the possibility that its exclusive stay in this nation could be extended further.

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