After the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, three cruise lines have now announced they are set to return.
Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America all return to this popular destination. Princess Cruises returns on 9th October and has 19 sailings scheduled until the end of the year including the newly launched Sky Princess in December.
Holland America will return a little later on 21st October, and has 46 cruises until the end of the year with seven of its ships.
Carnival Cruise Line will visit private island destinations, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, for the remainder of September. Nassau and the private islands were the least to be hit by Hurricane Dorian and Carnival Cruise Line is also continuing to deliver relief to the people of Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, who were severely hit and still recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
Tropical Shipping and The Bahamas National Emergency Agency has collected food and supplies, and is working with Carnival Cruise Lines to help deliver the donations. Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride made stops last week in Freeport to deliver relief supplies to assist residents, including dozens of pallets of water, generators, chain saws, prepared meals and medical supplies. An estimated 335 tons of food and relief supplies have been delivered to Freeport so far.
A spokesman said: “One of the all-time favourite destinations for our guests for many years are our ports of call in the Bahamas, and it is important to spread the word that much of the country had no or little impact and is open for business and eager to provide great vacation memories.
“Cruise tourism is a vital economic driver for the Bahamian people, so we are excited to let travellers know the Bahamas welcomes them with open arms.
“For those in the Bahamas who have been impacted, our hearts continue to be with them, and we will continue to do our part in providing relief aid and supporting our long-time partners and friends as they work to recover and begin the rebuilding process.”