New Disney Cruise Line Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas to open summer 2024

Mar 09, 2023 in "Disney Wish"

Posted: Thursday March 9, 2023 11:36am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Cruise Line has today announced that its new island destination at Lighthouse Point, located on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, will welcome guests in summer 2024.

Disney says that it has worked close collaboration with local artists and advisors, to be a "unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation." It is also designed to provide a hassle-free experience for families, including complimentary beach essentials (towels, chairs and umbrellas and lunch) and convenient tram transportation.

Disney is also considering the environmental impact of Lighthouse Point. At least 90 percent of the destination's electricity needs will be met by an onsite solar array, the pier was designed to avoid the need for dredging and elevated walkways will help limit impact on the landscape.

White sandy beaches and turquoise waters will greet guests at the expansive family beach on the east side of the island, which will be centrally located near market-style dining, recreation and other amenities.

A Bahamian art and culture pavilion featuring special programs and local artists will provide visitors to Lighthouse Point opportunities to learn and celebrate the traditions and natural beauty of The Bahamas.

A brightly-colored, interactive family water play area will include two slides, water drums, fountains and more, along with a dedicated space for toddlers.

North of the family area will be an adult-exclusive beach — complete with a dedicated dining area for convenient access to food and drinks throughout the day, plus six private cabanas available by reservation.

Children ages 3 to 12 will splash and play at a themed kids’ club under the care of Disney Cruise Line counselors. It will include a splash pad inspired by favorite undersea creatures from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Little Mermaid,” plenty of shade and a dedicated dining area.

Set away from the activity of the main family area, a peaceful beach along the southwestern shore will be lined with 20 premium family cabanas available to rent, including four double cabanas that accommodate larger groups and offer massage services.

Additional recreational activities will be available for kids and kids-at-heart, including a covered gaming pavilion; a volleyball court and gaga ball pit; watercraft and bicycle rentals; nature trails for hiking and biking; and more. And a collection of new Port Adventures developed in partnership with local tour operators will take guests beyond Lighthouse Point to explore the rich culture and breathtaking beauty of Eleuthera.

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TiggerishSep 19, 2023

But that wouldn't "align" with Castaway Cay. 😉 "align" is my new least favorite corporate-speak buzzword.

DCLcruiserSep 19, 2023

Wouldn’t “Cape Lookout” make more sense?

jmeSep 15, 2023

Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point is now the official name for this new destination.

Chip ChippersonMar 25, 2023

They haven't announced any booking details yet other than the dates, June 14-19. I would think that they wouldn't care about direct vs. resale for a cruise (except maybe Riviera resale?), but that's just a guess on my part.

JoeMar 25, 2023

Two questions about this sailing. 1--can a DVC member who bought direct use cash for the cruise or must a portion of the cruise be paid with points? 2--can a DVC member who bought direct use points from a resale contract? There was a similar DVC exclusive cruise on the Wish last year but I don't remember the booking details.

ToTBellHopMar 24, 2023

I thought it was gorgeous at Christmas. All of the gold decor was different from what is offered elsewhere and truly regal. The gingerbread “house” was oddly phoned in. Not sure what happened there.

mlayton144Mar 24, 2023

One more - I hate the wish atrium mainly from an aesthetic point of view - too princess like and the multi story curtains are tacky for an otherwise beautiful space - this is all easily changed

mlayton144Mar 24, 2023

I don’t see any reason why spaces couldn’t be reconfigured, even dramatically , once the wish feedback was received. Take down a wall here and there , move a hallway , repurpose different spaces , the treasure isn’t that far along so there is opportunity there. The promenade deck may be an exception

Andrew CMar 24, 2023

Eh, a few changes can go a long way to enhancing the experience. Good. Also, how you going to ask for this and then ask for increasing the adult space at the same time? :hilarious: And they were able to expand the usable adjust space between the Dream and Fantasy (originally, until the Dream got some updates).

HauntedPirateMar 24, 2023

Will the layout change? Not likely. Will the adult area be significantly up-sized? Not likely. Will there be more regular retail and fewer bars? Not likely. Will things feel less narrow? Not likely. IMHO, there are design-level flaws on these new ships and there's no way the Treasure fixes all the wrongs I and others have with the Wish.

Andrew CMar 24, 2023

There were differences between the Fantasy and Dream so I expect a number of things. For example, I imagine at least one restaurant experience will be different. And probably some sort of adjustment to the pool options. And the flex space unlikely to include the incredibles thing but rather something different.

HauntedPirateMar 24, 2023

May have to look into completing our DCL ship sailings with one on the Magic. But sadly there is zero desire to sail on the Treasure unless it’s significantly different than the Wish. Which I expect it will not be.

Andrew CMar 24, 2023

Or...they just want to keep the Fantasy on its solid and relatively consistent 7-night rotation between the eastern and western caribbean itineraries. Everything has to fit...

SplashZanderMar 24, 2023

What’s the current Lighthouse Point itinerary? Preview Magic sailing to Lighthouse, two Fantasy sailings to Lighthouse, and twenty-one more sailings on the Magic. It seems like they’re using the Magic initially to test Lighthouse, then they’re doing a stress test on the Fantasy, more Magic tests, then another stress test on the Fantasy a month later. They’re giving themselves a whole month between Fantasy sailings to adjust to the bigger crowds. They also haven’t released the subsequent months (which will surely include more bigger ships). Castaway has been able to handle 6-ships a week without problem, currently, they’re going to be running this with around 2 sailings a week. Between those sailings they will make adjustments, train the staff better, etc. Using the Fantasy twice to see how the bigger ships treat the island doesn’t discount that the island will be in test and adjust mode with the magic.