Hurricane Dorian brought heartbreaking destruction to the Bahamas in late August and many travelers have wondered how they can help support recovery efforts. Tourism is a huge driver of the Bahamian economy and officials there say one of the best things you can do to help is to travel there. And, what better way to go than on a cruise ship?
Grand Bahama Island and its neighboring islands to the north experienced the worst of the record-breaking hurricane, but the vast majority of the Bahamas had no meaningful damage. For example, the port of Nassau on New Providence Island and its neighbor Paradise Island reopened quickly after the storm.
Now, all of the Bahamian cruise ports affected by the storm – including Freeport on Grand Bahama Island – have reopened and are eager to welcome you. Major cruise lines have resumed their regular schedule of Bahamas cruises, too. Because almost half the Bahamian workforce is employed by the tourism sector, your cruise vacation will help shore up the economy of the islands.
Several private islands owned by cruise lines are located in the Bahamas and they are also back in operation, including Disney’s Castaway Cay, Holland America’s Half Moon Cay and Princess Cruise Line’s Princess Cays. Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay – needed some structural repairs but were able to reopen in September.
Nearly all of the popular, premium and luxury cruise lines sail to the Bahamas from a variety of East Coast homeports. You can sail from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Charleston, Baltimore, New York City or Cape Liberty in New Jersey. And, you can choose from a wonderful variety of cruise lengths and itineraries. Enjoy a quick, two-day getaway from Miami to Nassau and back; take four or five days for a leisurely sail to more than one island; or take a longer voyage that may also visit the U.S. or British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or other Eastern Caribbean islands.
It’s good to know that many cruise lines contributed millions of dollars to humanitarian aid after Hurricane Dorian. Some used their ships to deliver food, water, generators, cleaning materials and other relief supplies. Now, the ships are back to serving their main purpose: providing memorable cruises to the beautiful Bahamas. To choose one, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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