Grand Classica Deploying to New Orleans to Support Ongoing Recovery; Ship Will House 1,500+ Front Line Workers During Power Restoration Effort
WHAT: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line today announced it has entered into a charter agreement with Louisiana power company Entergy Corporation. Through the agreement, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s flagship vessel Grand Classica will immediately deploy to New Orleans, where it will house 1,500+ workers as they restore power to the region following the impact of Hurricane Ida.
Hurricane relief efforts and on-the-ground support are not new to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The company deployed Grand Celebration to St. Thomas in 2017, following Hurricane Irma, in a charter by FEMA, housing the National Guard and first responders. In 2019 following Hurricane Dorian, the line conducted numerous humanitarian sailings to Grand Bahama Island, transporting first responders and critical resources including food and medical supplies. “As a family-owned and operated company, we are able to be nimble and pivot when needed, in order to help communities in crisis,” said Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line President Kevin Sheehan Jr. “Hurricane relief and humanitarian charters are something we’ve done several times in the past, and we are proud to be able to move quickly to action now in this way, helping facilitate relief for the thousands of people who remain without power across the region. I am sure our customers will continue to be as supportive of our actions as they have always been in the past, when these situations have required us to step up and step in.”
The cruise line is working to contact and re-book guests who were scheduled to sail prior to that date. Impacted guests with questions should call Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s customer service line at (800) 374 – 4363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cruise line will also be posting updates on its social media channels regarding future operations.
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