Carnival Resuming Calls To Grand Bahama, Ecstasy Enters Drydock
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Carnival Cruise Line will resume regular calls to Grand Bahama beginning this Friday, 11OCT, with Carnival Pride docking in Freeport.
Carnival Elation will follow on Sunday, 13OCT and Carnival Freedom on Tuesday, 15OCT.
"Carnival Cruise Line is proud to be such a big year-round supporter for cruise tourism to Freeport so we are very excited to provide our guests the opportunity to again visit this popular destination," said Terry Thornton, Carnival's Sr. VP of Nautical and Port Operations.
"Cruise ship visits are important to the local economy and our shore excursion team has been working closely with local tour operators and has confirmed a variety of attractive onshore excursions for our guests."
Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Sunday for a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400 guests. All told between now and the end of the year, CCL expects to host 39 calls in Freeport, bringing more than 100,000 visitors to the destination and providing a significant impact to the local economy.
For the full year, over 400,000 guests will visit Grand Bahama on a Carnival cruise vacation aboard 10 different ships sailing from nine U.S. homeports.
"The rebuilding of Grand Bahama has begun. We welcome the return of Carnival Cruise Line back to Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian. Carnival is an incredible partner for the Bahamas and Grand Bahama," said Senator James Kwasi Malik Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama.
On Monday, Carnival Ecstasy arrived in Freeport to undergo an extensive 12-day dry dock at the Grand Bahama shipyard, becoming the first cruise ship to utilize the facility since Hurricane Dorian.
The company's relief efforts include a US$2 million pledge from Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, as well as relief shipments delivered by Carnival Cruise Line ships and via a partnership with Tropical Shipping. Carnival employees and guests have also donated well over US$500,000 through online giving tools and collections on embarkation day and onboard.
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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.