After suspending visits to Bahamian ports of call due to Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Corporation yesterday announced the resumption of sailings to the country and its commitment to supporting the economy by making over 250 visits through the end of 2019.
Carnival said the storm had a minor impact on its private island destinations, which are open and ready to welcome guests.
Carnival Corporation has three brands which call on The Bahamas: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.
Carnival Cruise Line has 41 planned calls to Nassau and its private islands starting this month.
“The brand will make an estimated 204 calls through the remainder of the year, visiting Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays on eight of its ships,” the corporation revealed in a statement.
“Princess Cruises has 19 sailings scheduled to The Bahamas through the end of 2019, including visits to its award-winning private island destination, Princess Cays. The brand will return to the region with Crown Princess’ arrival on October 9, followed by sailings on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and the new Sky Princess, launching in October, which will begin calling on Princess Cays in December.”
Carnival Corporation’s Chief Communications Officer Roger Frizzell said The Bahamas is an all-time favorite port of call for its guests and it is important to spread the word that much of the country had no or little impact from the storm.
“Cruise tourism is a vital economic driver for the Bahamian people, so we are excited to let travelers 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,” he said in the statement.
Carnival has already donated an estimated 335 tons of food and relief supplies to Freeport in the wake of Dorian’s rage on the island of Grand Bahama.
It also pledged to move forward with its plan to develop a port at Sharp Rock in Freeport.
Separately, Carnival Corporation announced that its philanthropic arm Carnival Foundation, its nine global cruise line brands and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have pledged to donate $2 million in funding and in-kind support for relief efforts in The Bahamas.