Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has finally returned to Grand Bahama after almost a year and a half out of operation because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ship returned to the Port of Palm Beach yesterday for a quick turnaround back to The Bahamas, according to a WPTV.com article.
The article explained that the cruise line got a green light to sail from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday.
Oneil Khosa, chief executive officer of the cruise line, told the news station that the company’s first voyage was a success.
“It’s been a long time as you can imagine and we are very, very excited to be back on,” Khosa said.
“But we are also cautiously optimistic, because we can see there’s a lot of people who want to cruise with us. But at the same time, we must make sure that we keep it safe and clean.”
Bahamas Paradise suffered huge losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, having to sell one of its two ships to scrap in order for the company to stay afloat.
The cruise line hoped to begin sailing last month, but suffered a setback as it began plans for its test cruise.
Most of the major cruise lines have begun sailing from major Florida ports once again, with Royal Caribbean International and Crystal Cruises still home porting one ship each out of Nassau’s cruise port.
Cruise lines are expected to ramp up their sailings next month.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Royal Caribbean revealed recently that it would move its required PCR test from five days out from the day of cruise departure to three days, according to royalcaribbeanblog.com.
All cruise lines are continuing to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 aboard ships, as the CDC continues to keep the sector under a microscope.