Disney cruise ships are getting 2nd island destination

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PORT CANAVERAL, FL – JANUARY 19: In this handout photo provided by Disney, fireworks explode over the new “Disney Dream” during the christening ceremony for the new cruise ship on January 19, 2011 at Port Canaveral, Florida. The Dream is the newest Disney Cruise Line ship and will have its maiden voyage January 26. The […]

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Disney cruise ships are getting a second island destination.

Disney has purchased property on the island of Eleuthera and the Bahamian government has entered into an agreement with Disney to develop the property.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced the purchase last weekend in a statement.

The statement said Disney’s development of the 700-acre (280-hectare) property will amount to an investment of between $250 million and $400 million.

The statement also says Disney will donate 190 acres of the land including the southernmost tip of the island to the government for a national park. The donated land has a value of $6.29 million.

Disney already has a private island, Castaway Cay, but its cruise line is expanding from four ships to five vessels by 2023.

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