Carnival Pride will be the first Carnival ship to return to Grand Bahama this Friday, 11 October, marking a resumption of port calls to the island by Carnival Cruise Line ships after Hurricane Dorian.
The ship departed Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday 6 October, for a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400 guests on board. It will dock in Freeport.
“The rebuilding of Grand Bahama has begun,” said Senator James Kwasi Malik Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama. “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.”
On Monday 7 October, Carnival Ecstasy arrived in Freeport to undergo an extensive 12-day dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, becoming the first cruise ship to utilise the facility since Hurricane Dorian.
“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 senior vice president 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 Elation will follow, arriving at Grand Bahama on Sunday 13 October. Carnival Freedom will call on the island on Tuesday 15 October.
Between now and the end of 2019, Carnival Cruise Line expects to host 39 calls in Freeport, bringing more than 100,000 visitors to the destination, bringing the annual total of visitors for 2019 to more than 400,000. Carnival Cruise Line guests visit Grand Bahama on 10 different ships sailing from nine US homeports.