Thursday, August 1, 2019

Disney cruises put Bahamas to test: Environment or economy?

Natural tourist destinations have to balance profiting from the allure of their environments while keeping them pristine. The cruise ship industry makes the balancing act particularly challenging.

By Dominique Soguel

Lighthouse Point, the southernmost tip of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, is loved by the local community for its vivid blue waters, pink sandy beaches, rocky shorelines, sea turtles, and lemon sharks.

The area contains diverse terrestrial and marine ecologies, including more than 200 bird species and four endemic plant species. The near shore reefs are home to the endangered staghorn coral.

“You don’t see Lighthouse Point,” says Sam Duncombe, president of the environmental group reEarth, “you feel it.”  Read more >>