Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced yesterday that it will not restart sailing its Grand Celebration cruise ship until November 4 and will not begin sailing the Grand Classica again until near the first quarter of 2021.
In a statement on the company’s website, the cruise line’s Chief Executive Officer Oneil Khosa said it was decided that based on communication with The Bahamas government and its own monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic, that it was best to push its restart from October to November.
“We have been planning our anticipated return to sea for October, however, as we continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and communicate with the Bahamian government on their plans to allow leisure guests to return, we have determined that a further extension is in the best interest of our guests and crew,” Khosa said.
“At this time, we plan to resume operations on November 4, 2020 onboard Grand Celebration and March 3, 2021 onboard Grand Classica. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have remained one of the few cruise lines that reported no cases of the virus onboard our ships.”
According to Khosa, the company has adhered to all of the best-established health and safety protocols introduced in the industry.
In June the company announced that it had received a “green” approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its COVID-19 response plan.
“This approval means the cruise line has complied with the CDC’s requirements under its No Sail Order and is providing a safe environment for crew members to work and disembark via non-commercial travel – allowing crew to now disembark via commercial travel,” a June statement from the company revealed.
Khosa said the company continues to work closely with the CDC and the World Health Organization in preparation for its return to Grand Bahama and Nassau.
“We appreciate the patience of our partners and crew and we look forward to welcoming guests back onboard soon,” Khosa said.
The cruise line sails only to The Bahamas and is the only cruise line that offers sail and stay packages in partnership with hotels for both Grand Bahama and Nassau.