Carnival Pride is scheduled to dock in Freeport on October 11, and Carnival Freedom will follow on October 15. More than 100,000 visitors will visit the island between now and the end f the year as Carnival are expecting to make 39 calls into Freeport.
“Carnival Cruise Line is proud to be such a big year-round supporter for cruise tourism to Freeport so we are very excited to provide our guests the opportunity to again visit this popular destination,” said Terry Thornton, Carnival senior vice-president nautical and port operations.
“Cruise ship visits are 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.”
Senator James Kwasi Malik Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, said: “The rebuilding of Grand Bahama has begun. We welcome the return of Carnival Cruise Line back to Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian. Carnival is an incredible partner for the Bahamas and Grand Bahama.
“ Carnival Ecstasy arrived in Freeport on Monday where she will undergo an extensive 12 day dry dock period at the Grand Bahama shipyard; this will be the first time the ship yard has been utilised since Hurricane Dorian. Carnivals relief efforts include a $2 million pledge from Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, and relief shipments were delivered by Carnival Cruise Line ships via a partnership with Tropical Shipping.
Carnival employees and guests have also pulled together in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and have donated over $500,000 through online giving platforms and collections onboard.