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Carnival reflags more ships to Bahamas, Mardi Gras welcomes prime minister

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Carnival Corp. Chairman Micky Arison, left, with Bahamas Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis at Cucina del Capitano aboard Mardi Gras
Carnival Cruise Line hosted Bahamas Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis during Mardi Gras' call at Nassau today and announced it has reflagged two more ships to the Bahamas.

Davis was sworn in as prime minister Sept. 17. 

He, members of his cabinet and local officials visited Carnival's newest ship, which arrived carrying 4,300 passengers, and met with Carnival Corp. & plc Chairman Micky Arison and Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.

Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit have been reflagged to the Bahamas, bringing the total number of vessels registered in the country to six, including Mardi Gras.

'We are thrilled to be visiting Nassau with our flagship Mardi Gras and welcoming Prime Minister Davis and his leadership team aboard,' Duffy said. She added Carnival has a longstanding relationship with the Bahamas and looks forward to working closely with the prime minister and his cabinet as more of its ships resume service. 

Valued relationships 

'We value our business relationships across the Bahamas whether our investments in destinations and facilities such as the Grand Bahama Shipyard, the local tourism and excursion partners that employ many Bahamian citizens or the Bahamas Maritime Administration that shares our commitment to safety and environmental protection,' said Domenico Rognoni, SVP compliance for Carnival. 'We’re proud and honored to continue to expand the number of ships we have registered here. The Bahamas’ insight, cooperation and professionalism in all aspects of our business play a key role in our maritime operations.'

Carnival Legend is scheduled to replace Carnival Pride in Baltimore, resuming year-round operations Nov. 14, while Carnival Spirit, based in Australia, is on a pause in guest operations through February.

Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Sunshine are the other ships registered in the Bahamas.

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