Grand Bahama flights could resume in mid-November

Carnival Freedom’s first port call to Free port, Grand Bahama

Hurricane Dorian came to a ruinous daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water. The storm was reduced to a class three early Tuesday with prime sustained winds of 120 mph. (Sept. 3) AP, AP

Two additional signs that the Bahamas’ business enterprise business is starting to reclaim after hurricane Dorian ravaged many of the Atlantic islands in early September: Carnival Cruise Line declared it will resume port calls to Grand Bahama Island weekday, and therefore the country’s business enterprise board says it expects flights between that island and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to resume in mid-November.

In a Wednesday announcement, the cruise line said that Carnival Pride, which departed Baltimore Sunday with nearly 2,400 passengers, will arrive in Freeport Friday for the first of 39 port calls scheduled through the remainder of 2019. Carnival Elation will visit Freeport on Oct. 13 and Carnival Freedom can follow 2 days later.

Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands took the worst hits from Dorian, whose winds ripped through the northern Bahamas at 185 mph, killing at least 56 individuals and leaving hundreds missing. One month later, infrastructure issues – including unreliable power grids, spotty cellphone reception, lack of clean drinking water and blocked roads – continue to impair relief efforts in some areas.

Bahamas struggles to right itself when category 5 Dorian brutalized islands

“Carnival Cruise Line is proud to be such an enormous year-round supporter for cruise business enterprise to Freeport; thus, we have a tendency to square measure terribly excited to provide our guests the opportunity to once more visit this popular destination,” declared Terry Thornton, the cruise line’s vice president for nautical and port operations.

“Cruise ship visits square measure 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.”

The cruise line says that by the end of 2019, 400,000 Carnival passengers will have visited Grand Bahama on 10 different ships sailing from homeports in the U.S.

“The rebuilding of Grand Bahama has begun,” said Sen. James Kwasi Malik Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama. “We welcome the return of Carnival Cruise Line back to Grand Bahama once hurricane Dorian. Carnival is an incredible partner for the Bahamas and Grand Bahama.”

Carnival was one of several cruise lines to pledge aid to the Bahamas in Dorian’s wake, donating $2 million to relief efforts and sending ships filled with supplies.

Hurricane Dorian: Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival, others pledge support to Bahamas.

The runway has been fully operational since Sept. 27 and that domestic flights have resumed, the tourism board noted it is currently operating in visual flight rules. 

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