Monday, August 4, 2014

Carnival plans to build cruise port in Ile de la Tortue, Haiti

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.

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