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Resorts World Bimini reopening on July 1

Resorts World Bimini will open its doors on July 1, when guests will get a “sneak peak” of the resort’s new beach club that has been developed along with cruise ship company Virgin Voyages.

The resort announced on its website and social media pages the attendance of renowned disc jockey DJ Laz at the beach club during the United States’ independence holiday on July 4.

The government announced that The Bahamas could reopen its borders to tourists on July 1, as long as novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases do not begin to increase.

The resort’s President Missy Lawrence said in a March statement: “Please know that during these times, we remain committed to providing our future guests with a safe, friendly, welcoming environment that’s expected from Resorts World. We can’t wait until this is all behind us and we can welcome you back to our Bimini paradise. In the meantime, thank you for your loyalty and understanding.”

While Resorts World Bimini is looking forward to opening the beach club, Virgin Voyages, which has stated that the beach club will become the “Ibiza” of this part of the world, has had to postpone its inaugural sailing to Bimini because of COVID-19.

Virgin Voyages, like other cruise lines, has had to continually push its anticipated sailing date back. The company had only just received its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, when the COVID-19 crisis exploded in the Americas.

Virgin said in a release in March: “Virgin Voyages has made the decision to postpone our upcoming events in New York City and will sail back to New York at a later date for a proper launch celebration. We believe delaying the launch celebration is the right thing to do, given public sentiment and focus at this time. We have absolutely no health concerns or issues on board and there are no issues with our passengers or crew.

“With no other events scheduled in New York at this time, we will instead sail the ship to her new home in Miami. The 850 passengers currently on the ship are friends and family of our crew and were invited to join a complimentary test sailing with us. We are working with those who need assistance for travel home from Florida.”

The beach club at Resorts World is expected to be used exclusively by Virgin Voyages guests when the ship is in port, and by Resorts World on days when the ship is not in.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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