Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced their plans to be sailing again in November 2020. The small company was founded in 2014 and has been travelling between Florida and the Bahamas with their two ships, Grand Celebration and Grand Classica. Like many other cruise lines, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cruise line to cancel their sailings throughout the summer. While their initial plan was to resume operations in October of this year, they have now settled upon November for one of their ships and a far later date for the other.
The first ship that will return to service out of Bahamas Paradise’s fleet is Grand Celebration. The ship, which has been, over the years, owned by each of Carnival, Ibero, and Costa, will have its first itinerary on November 4th, 2020. Like all Bahamas Paradise cruises, it will be a two-day excursion that departs from West Palm Beach and will then arrive in Grand Bahamian Island.
Bahamas Paradise’s other ship, Grand Classica, will be waiting far longer until it sails again. The current date that it is set to resume operations on is March 3rd, 2021. The cruise line didn’t offer any details as to why Classica was going to take so much longer. With that being said, there are a few reasons that would make sense. The most likely explanation is that the cruise line is going to wait to see what the demand is like before they deploy their full fleet. Testing out new protocols on just one ship rather than two simultaneously also makes sense. Speaking of which…
Like all other cruise lines that are restarting operations amidst the pandemic, Bahamas Paradise will be trying out some new health protocols. They have said that there will be reduction in max guest capacity. Stricter sanitization procedures are also planned, alongside social distancing measures. These match the moves that other cruise lines have been making in order to start again, so we should expect these procedures to become adopted throughout the industry. It doesn’t seem that their ships will require guests to wear masks. If you’re curious about specific details, you can read about them here.
Bookings are open already for these new cruises, with all dates being available here. It is possible that these itineraries could be cancelled, however, so just be aware of that. Luckily, Bahamas Paradise does offer a 125% Future Cruise Credit on all cancelled itineraries, which is always nice.