Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line plans to resume operations that could make it the first ocean-going cruise line to resume service after the global suspension of cruise operations in March.
The operator of short cruises between the Port of Palm Beach, Florida and Grand Bahama Island plans to resume cruises on July 25, just one day after the expected lifting of the Centres for Disease Controls’ current no sail order.
Bahamas Paradise’s first cruise ship, the Grand Celebration will resume the line's two-night cruises with many new restrictions designs to address travellers’ concerns and the anticipated CDC regulations to ensure the health and safety of the passengers and crew.
The ship will be capacity controlled reducing total capacity by 40 percent - to around 900 passengers maximum.
The news of the planned resumption of services came as the Bahamas government announced plans to resume commercial travel in and out of The Bahamas by July 1. The nation’s tourism minister, however, has warned that despite the advantages the Bahamas has to offer being near to the US and its relatively low levels of the virus on the islands, that they are expecting a slow build up for tourism.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line also expects a scaled resumption. Its second ship, the Grand Classica, is scheduled to resume sailing on Oct. 3. The cruise line also plans to resume its sail and stay program with the resorts on Grand Bahama Island, before then offering only round-trip cruises to the US.