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The Grand Bahamas Shipyard is one of the two, I believe, major repair yards for North American cruise ships.  A number of vessels from Carnival, Royal and Holland are scheduled for major repairs and upgrades there over the coming months.  I am wondering what the level of damage it sustained and what the industry response and impact the potential loss of this yard will have.


I recognize the above concerns are secondary to the immediate needs of residents and hope everyone cruiser, and cruise line, will find ways to donate to helping relief efforts.  



Edited by wolfmtn

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Carnival has pledged support specifically for the shipyard and its employees.

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Carnival Cruise Line is one of the leading operated in the Bahamas to ports such as Nassau and Freeport, with the latter being heavily impacted by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama Island. The cruise line has said cruise ships will return to the ports as soon as they are ready to receive guests and remains committed in the future Grand Bahama port development projectwhich will help rebuild the island.

Carnival is also looking at how it can help the important Grand BahamaShipyard and its employees which is just across the way from where cruiseships usually dock in Freeport. The shipyard is used a lot for Carnival ship dry docks.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:

“Our hearts go out to our Bahamian family at this difficult time. We have been in close communication with government officials throughout the weekend and stand ready to provide humanitarian and economic assistance.”

“Our focus will be on the priorities as established by government and emergency relief officials.”

Hurricane Dorian has been pounding the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas for around 30 hours after first hitting Abaco island to the east as a category 5 185 MPH Hurricane. That strength continued as it moved around 1 MPH across Grand Bahama.

The Hurricane which has now been downgraded and moving more north off the Florida east coast caused much of the island to be covered in water from the storm surge and heavy rainfall. The International Airport in Freeport was completed submerged and many locals had to get to their attics to stay clear of the rising waters. The U.S. Coast Guard has also been involved in rescue efforts.

As of writing this, there is no word on the damage done to the port area but no doubt there will be after seeing such devastation across the entire region.

We should hear more from the cruise line in the coming days of what the response will be. We could see Carnival cruise ships sailing to the impacted areas to provide urgent supplies and possibly even used for locals or aid workers to stay on just like in previous Hurricanes that have ht the Caribbean.

Cruise Hive will keep track of any new development on the pledge from Carnival and we’ll post updates.


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