Carnival has announced the company’s cruise brands are returning to The Bahamas and resuming regular guest sailings for the first time since Hurricane Dorian arrived earlier this month. Three Carnival Corporation brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line – are expected to make over 250 sailings to The Bahamas through the end of 2019, helping to support the country’s tourism industry and its vital economic impact on local businesses and people.
Carnival Cruise Line has returned with scheduled visits to most Bahamian ports of call, including 41 planned calls to Nassau and Carnival Corporation’s private island destinations, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, for the remainder of September, with the destinations open and ready to welcome guests. 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.
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.
Holland America Line is scheduled to return to The Bahamas beginning October 21 when ms Zuiderdam calls on Half Moon Cay, the brand’s private Bahamian island destination. Through the end of 2019, Holland America Line has 46 scheduled cruises to The Bahamas across seven of its ships.
Commenting on behalf of the Carnival brands, spokesman Roger Frizzell, said: “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.”