Representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have this week honoured Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line for its quick and innovative action following Hurricane Dorian, which caused a devastating impact to the Bahamas last year.
CBP Director of Field Operations Diane Sabatino presented Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, with a certificate recognising the cruise line’s efforts, during a ceremony at the Port of Palm Beach.
Commenting, Mr Sabatino, said: “Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s innovative actions to quickly deliver relief to Grand Bahama Island residents is truly commendable and working alongside their team during the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is an experience we’ll never forget.”
“We hope that this certificate serves as a token of our gratitude for their efforts.”
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line acted swiftly following Hurricane Dorian, being first to dock in Freeport with more than 700,000 pounds of humanitarian aid and hosting two near-immediate humanitarian sailings to Grand Bahama, where the cruise line was first to evacuate more than 1,000 documented Bahamian residents to safety in South Florida.
In an effort designed to further boost the Bahamas’ economy, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line also added Nassau as a second destination option for guests following the storm – introducing its unique Cruise & Stay Program there and giving travelers two ways to getaway. Cruisers can now extend their stay on Nassau at one of several partner resorts, including Atlantis, Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, and SLS Baha Mar while experiencing personal encounters with marine life, private cabanas, premier nightlife, and luxury dining options.