Bahamas Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis signed a contract for the introduction of the second ship to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The MV Grand Classica, will commence cruises to Grand Bahama in April 2018. It was also announced that the MV Grand Celebration will resume cruises to Freeport, Bahamas beginning December 23, 2017.
Grand Celebration had been contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Hurricane Maria relief support at St.Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands. (see video below)
The prime minister and Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, operators of MV Grand Celebration and MV Grand Classica, have agreed to a three-year contract for terms and conditions associated with mv Grand Classica. During the signing held in the Manor House at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Saturday, November 25, the prime minister stated that the contract signing is an indication of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s confidence and commitment to Grand Bahama.
Prime Minister Minnis revealed the contract calls for three conditions.
the use of Bahamian businesses and products by Celebration
the employment of Bahamians on the Celebration
the funding by Celebration for the training of Bahamians to be employed on the vessels
Mr Khosa said the MV Grand Celebration would resume service to the island on December 24, with the second ship, the 700-room MV Grand Classica beginning operations in mid-April 2018. Grand Classica will be the former Costa Cruises cruise ship neoClassica.
The port commission voted 5-0 to approve the line’s plan, which will result in daily cruises to Grand Bahama starting in April 2018. The line currently sails to Grand Bahama every other day.
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