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Cruise Ship to House First Responders in St. Thomas Through December

Cruise Ship to House First Responders in St. Thomas Through December

Cruise News – Sept. 19, 2017

MV Grand Celebration, owned and operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the request of FEMA. The chartered ship will have responsibility for housing the National Guard first responders as they help to rebuild the lives of individuals and create some structure after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma.

The humanitarian mission is expected to start with the ship’s arrival in St. Thomas on Saturday, September 23, 2017, and last through the latter half of December. The cruise line will resume normal cruise operations beginning Saturday, December 23, 2017, with 2-night cruises between the Port of Palm Beach and Grand Bahama Island. The ship has 750 cabins and capacity of up to 1,900 passengers.

“We feel badly about this 90-day disruption, but believe the extensive needs of the St. Thomas people to be of greater importance at this time,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of the cruise line.

Individuals who booked directly with the cruise line for cruises through December 21 can contact Bahamas Paradise’s customer service department at (800) 374-4363 to review all the options that are available to guests. Direct cruise line customers can receive a full refund or reschedule their cruise with a $100 onboard credit. Other booked guests should contact their travel providers.


Photo: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line


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7 Comments

  1. this is the most special thing i have read for the past 2 weeks. thank you for this!! it is giving back to the ones that has been providing an experience to many . I would like to add my name on a list to go and work there if needed.

  2. Hallelujah! Greetings from St. Thomas, the US Virgin Islands and the whole of the Caribbean appreciates the help!

  3. I’m trying to get back to St Thomas with a load of medical supplies, clothes etc. My original plan fell through because of Hurricane Maria. Would you be willing to transport people back to the island en route to serve as housing for National Guard members?

  4. Would be great to take folks down who have been trying to get down there to help their families. They won’t need to be housed. They just need one way transportation down since the airports haven’t opened to inbound commercial traffic.

  5. This is a great idea and other cruise lines should follow suit! Way to go Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line! After all, the cruise lines make their money from touring the Caribbean islands and the sooner the islands are up and running smoothly for tourism, the better for all! It is a symbiotic relationship, so to speak. I think a cruise ship should also provide shelter for the families that are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses as well! In fact, the children of the islands could actually attend a temporary school on a cruise ship until their schools are rebuilt or no longer needed as shelters for all who had to evacuate. Parking a huge ocean liner off the coast of St John, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico as well, seems like the logical solution to solve a lot of issues for all concerned!

  6. The best idea yet. More cruise ships needed for the rest of the Caribbean islands that have been destroyed by the hurricanes.

  7. Wow, this is awesome! Thank you!!!
    Also like another post from someone about getting one-way passengers back to STT. Trying to get our daughter back from Florida.
    If possible, please let us know!
    Thank you again!
    Ray Szymanski – St. Thomas resident