FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, Tuesday November 15, 2016 – Grand Bahama last week welcomed Carnival Valor, the first cruise ship to sail into the Freeport Harbour since Hurricane Matthew on October 7, with 3,281 passengers on board.
Hurricane Matthew passed over Grand Bahama at a Category 4. Residents and businesses, one month later, are still working diligently to return to normal.
But Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama, Betty Bethel, said Valor coming into Grand Bahama shows Carnival’s commitment to Grand Bahama — to have come back so quickly following the storm.
This, she added, could have only happened with the hard work of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Emera, Sanitation Services and all of the other companies that worked diligently to bring the island back as quickly as they could.
“With the various partnerships,” she continued, “we are once again able to return commerce to the island. The cruise ship business is essential to the mix of revenue generation daily. Not just to the Port but to all the various vendors, the transportation, the tours and attractions, the authentic artisans.”
To welcome the cruise line back to the island, the Ministry of Tourism gave them a grand welcome with a taste of Goombay Punch, Junkanoo, and a band that performed throughout the day.