Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced it will resume commercial operations with two-night round-trip sailings from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island beginning Friday, September 27.
With its return to Freeport, the company becomes the first cruise line to bring leisure travelers back to Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the island on Sept. 1.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was the first cruise line to dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian when it was transporting critical humanitarian aid and hundreds of volunteers.
The company also announced that it is adding sailings to a second destination, Nassau, onboard Grand Classica, beginning Oct. 12.
“After ongoing discussions with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, we are thrilled to have been given official approval to resume leisure cruises to Grand Bahama Island, as well as to introduce Nassau as a second destination for our guests,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
“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 Island, we also know that returning to a traditional sailing schedule will make an incredibly positive impact. After hosting two successful humanitarian sailings, we are excited to bring our guests back to the Bahamas.”
Revitalizing Tourism to Grand Bahama Island
In an effort to spur tourism to the stricken island, the Grand Celebration cruise fares start at just $109 per person, and 50% off the second guest for all sailings this fall.
Once in Freeport, travelers can enjoy a Beach Getaway excursion, experiencing the south side of the island. Or, travelers can join the island’s rebuilding effort and participate in a volunteer excursion, which Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is currently planning with local organizations.
Volunteer excursions are expected to include light manual labor. The Volunteer excursions will need to be requested and booked in advance.
In addition, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced that Bahamians currently in the United States and looking to return to the Bahamas may book a one-way sailing to Freeport aboard Grand Celebration at just $105 per person, beginning with the September 27 departure.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will continue to deliver donated supplies from its warehouse to Freeport during future commercial sailings.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line operates two ships, Grand Celebration, and Grand Classica – which recently earned Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Entertainment. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is majority-owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan.