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Carnival Is First South Florida Cruise Company To Return To Grand Bahama After Dorian

Carnival Cruise Line will be the first to resume visits to the Freeport after Hurricane Dorian on Friday, Oct. 11, with its Carnival Pride ship from Baltimore.
Carnival Cruise Line will be the first to resume visits to the Freeport after Hurricane Dorian on Friday, Oct. 11, with its Carnival Pride ship from Baltimore.

One month and a half after Hurricane Dorian pummeled Grand Bahama, South Florida cruise companies are beginning to return to the island.

Carnival Cruise Line will be the first to resume visits to Freeport, the island’s capital, on Friday, Oct. 11, with its Carnival Pride ship from Baltimore. Carnival Elation, from Port Canaveral, and Carnival Freedom, from Galveston, Texas, will follow, docking in Freeport on Sunday and Tuesday.

The Category 5 hurricane, which hit in early September, was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas, destroying entire communities in Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands. Sixty-one people have died because of the hurricane, according to the government’s most recent count, and hundreds of people are still missing. Last week the Bahamas government announced it will start to deport undocumented Haitians who survived the storm.

At the same time, the country’s tourism industry is working to bring back the visitors on which it depends.

“The rebuilding of Grand Bahama has begun,” said Senator James Kwasi Malik Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, in a statement about Carnival’s return.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald. 

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