Bahamas Paradise Announces Nassau As New Destination, Returns To Grand Bahama
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will be the first cruise line to bring leisure travellers back to Grand Bahama following Hurricane Dorian when it resumes commercial operations to the island beginning 27SEP. The company also revealed the inauguration of a second destination, Nassau, with sailings onboardGrand Classica, the cruise line’s second ship, beginning 12OCT.
“Tourism is the most important industry in the Bahamas, and we all know the lifeline it brings to residents across the islands. While we remain focused on providing aid to our friends and family on Grand Bahama, we also know that returning to a traditional sailing schedule will make an incredibly positive impact on their economy," said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
"After hosting two successful humanitarian sailings, we are excited to invite travel advisors, and their clients, to sail with us back to the Bahamas.”
Back To Grand Bahama
Beginning 27SEP, travellers can set sail from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island aboardGrand Celebration.
Once in Freeport, travellers can enjoy a Beach Getaway excursion, experiencing the south side of the island, or join a volunteer excursion to partake in the island’s rebuilding effort.
Volunteer excursions are expected to include light manual labour, and as such, participants are required to wear athletic clothing and appropriate closed-toe footwear as a safety precaution. Volunteer excursions must be requested and booked in advance, through Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and its official partners only.
Diversifying With A Second Destination
Beginning 12OCT, guests will have the option to cruise to Nassau aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’sGrand Classica.
Nassau has long been a destination of great interest for the cruise line, and the decision to add it as a port of call was based on current demand and feedback from guests and the travel advisor community, said the company in a statement.
Cruise-only fares start at just US$159 per person for round-trip Nassau sailings and departures will be available to book starting 25SEP. Travellers can expect details on shore excursions soon.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the support and flexibility of our travel partners through Hurricane Dorian and pleased that now, we are able to bring them – and their clients – a unique new way to getaway to Nassau," said Francis Riley, senior vice president, sales and marketing, of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Cruise & Stay Program in Nassau
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Cruise & Stay Program will soon be added as an option for guests sailing to Nassau to complement its existing program on Grand Bahama Island.
Travellers booking this option can cruise to Nassau aboardGrand Classica, where they’ll enjoy either an all-inclusive vacation or hotel stay at one of the cruise line’s partner resorts.
“Our Cruise & Stay options for guests are currently being finalized, but based on feedback from our guests who have enjoyed this option in the past on Grand Bahama, we know the demand is there and this will start a new chapter for many destination hotels in Nassau, as well as the outlying islands,” said Khosa.
The Cruise & Stay Program includes round-trip cruises from Palm Beach to Nassau, round-trip resort transfers, unlimited food and drinks at the all-inclusive properties, water sports, and activities, and daily and nightly entertainment.
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.