The Bahamas ready to welcome cruise ship tourists back on July 1

   May 19, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The Bahamas announced it might be ready to welcome passengers back on July 1.

Like other tourism-dependent locations, the Bahamian islands have taken a huge economic hit in recent months due to the global pandemic. However, prime minister Hubert Minnis said that things could slowly be changing. He added that the resorts, airports and seaports were finalizing health and safety protocols that would be necessary for them to provide a re-opening.

He acknowledged the plan was to "try and re-open the country on or before July 1." However, he warned locals that they had to play their part and the opening would depend on their cooperation. Minnis added the July 1 date was not final and could be changed in case the situation warranted doing so.

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line has planned a limited number of voyages from several US homeports beginning August 1. CCL currently has two 4-night roundtrips from Port Canaveral FL to Nassau and Princess Cays on Carnival Elation ship.

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line has various Bahamas-bound roundtrips from Florida (Port Canaveral, Miami) and NYC New York available for booking in August 2020.

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