Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line recently deployed the Grand Celebration on a post-Hurricane Dorian humanitarian sailing to Grand Bahama Island. At that time, it was the first cruise line to dock in Freeport, carrying 225,000 pounds of supplies and thousands of first responders and volunteers. The ship returned to Florida with 1,100 Bahamian residents who had the proper vetted documentation, bringing them safely to Palm Beach.
The cruise line has now announced the cancellation of September 13, 15, 17 and 19 sailings. On 13SEPT, Bahamas Relief Cruise – a non-profit group – will mobilize Grand Celebration for another humanitarian cruise. Additional humanitarian cruises may follow.
The cruise line will honour travel agent commissions, saying, “We remain open for new bookings and will protect travel agent commissions. We are committed to returning to Grand Bahama Island soon, working with our partners on the island to ensure a wonderful, memorable experience for our guests.”
“As we all know, tourism is the most important industry in the Bahamas and we understand the lifeline it brings to residents across the islands,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
“Grand Bahama is our home away from home. We are committed to providing aid to our brothers and sisters there and we look forward to returning to our traditional sailing schedule as soon as possible, as we know that will make the most positive impact on the island.”
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.