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MV Grand Celebration docks in grand style as service returns to Freeport

Thursday, 05 February 2015 07:33

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Wednesday marked a joyous occasion for thousands of avid
travelers that have for the greater part of three months been in sheer anticipation of the return of
one of Grand Bahama’s most enjoyable cruise services operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise

The MV Grand Celebration sailed into the Freeport Harbor at 7:45am, bringing with it some 1,083
passengers from the Port of Palm Beach. Executives from the Ministry of Tourism were joined by
representatives from Bahamas Customs and Immigration and the Royal Bahamas Police Force to
receive the visitors in grand style. Of the passengers onboard the vessel, 248 (stopover visitors) will
be spending a minimum of 24 hours enjoying all that the island has to offer. The 1800 passenger
capacity vessel brings with it a new experience for vacationers, including 5 swimming pools and
jacuzzis, 11 restaurants, bars and lounges, 751 cabins, a spa and wellness center.

Director of Operations in the Bahamas Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Terrance Roberts
recognized the economic impact of this new vessel and its increased capacity, stating that it is
“expected to deliver approximately 300,000 passengers annually to GBI in addition to an increase in
room nights through their exclusive “cruise and stay” packages of some 129,000 nights.  Not only
will there be an increase in business to Grand Bahama but there will be an immediate creation of
some 300 new jobs, some of which will include positions as crew members, on board entertainers
in addition to other entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamians.”

Betty Bethel, Director for the Grand Bahama Tourist Office in speaking to ongoing partnership
between the cruise line and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism acknowledged that "The Ministry of
Tourism's role must also be to ensure that the on island deliverables to these valued guests are of
superior standards and quality. We continue to promote and influence training programmes that
will address service standards across the board, as this is the critical area that can make Grand
Bahama Island stand out as a viable tourism destination. The new Grand Celebration, with its
increased capacity, will generate over $200,000 in room revenue every sailing. We appreciate this
partnership, as it has the ability to positively impact our economy every time it calls on our shore.
The Ministry of Tourism continues to appeal to Grand Bahamians to prepare for these opportunities
by improving and qualifying themselves".

The MV Grand Celebration will sail every other day from the Port of Palm Beach to the Freeport

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