'The past year has been an incredible challenge, not just for the cruise industry, but for the many destinations that rely on cruising as their primary source of economic development and sustainability,' Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa said.
'Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has always had a special bond with our "home-away-from-home" Grand Bahama Island, and we remain committed to helping our friends and neighbors there in every way we can. This was seen in the 2019 aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, and can be seen through other various initiatives we have launched to support GBI over the years.'
The delay in returning to service presented an opportunity to further the line's mission of giving back, Khosa continued. A large quantity of supplies, including frozen meats, canned goods and other nonperishables, will be offloaded from Grand Classica. These items will be donated to those in need.
Khosa credited the help of James Sarles from the Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama Island, who the line worked with during its humanitarian sailings in 2019, when more than 275,000 pounds of food and other supplies to the Bahamas.
'We are grateful for the tremendous support of the Bahamian government, who we have worked closely with throughout the years, to make this happen,' Khosa added.