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Pm Signs Contract For Second Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Ship

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Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis signed a contract for the introduction of the second ship to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the mv Grand Classica, which will commence cruises to Grand Bahama in April 2018. It was also announced that the mv Grand Celebration will resume cruises to Freeport from December 23.

Dr Minnis had indicated the return of the cruise ship is “very vital” to Grand Bahama. The prime minister and Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, operators of mv Grand Celebration and mv Grand Classica, has agreed to a three-year contract for terms and conditions associated with mv Grand Classica. During the signing held in the Manor House at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Saturday, November 25, the prime minister stated that the contract signing is an indication of BPCL’s confidence and commitment to Grand Bahama. “They are obviously showing great support in Grand Bahama, and in the economy going to the extent of launching another vessel in April – that shows great confidence in our Bahamas,” he said.

In reaching an agreement with Celebration, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson revealed the contract calls for three conditions. He said these include the use of Bahamian businesses and products by Celebration; the employment of Bahamians on the Celebration, and the second cruise ship to commence service in April; and the funding by Celebration for the training of Bahamians to be employed on the vessels. He urged Bahamians to ready themselves for job opportunities which will come as a result of the signing.

Mr Khosa said the mv Grand Celebration would resume service to the island on December 24, with the second ship, the 700-room Grand Classica beginning operations in mid-April 2018. He said BPCL is pleased to be returning to Grand Bahama. He noted the company has been operating in the Bahamas for the past 12 years – six to seven years in New Providence, and the last five years in Grand Bahama. Mr Khosa said the cruise had brought over one million visitors to Grand Bahama. “We believe we have been a significant provider of tourism in Grand Bahama, and now we will have one ship in Grand Bahama every day,” he said. He also noted the Celebration had accommodated 20,000 Bahamians through subsidized fares on its ship last year.

Dr Minnis thanked Mr Khosa and Bahamas Paradise Cruise for their continued commitment to Grand Bahama. “They have demonstrated themselves to be great and excellent corporate partners, and I am certain they will remain partners with Grand Bahamians involving them in their Celebration entity,” he said. Dr Minnis said he would be back in Grand Bahama soon to witness the signing of other big contracts and commitments. He is confident that “Grand Bahama will rise again”.

Dr Minnis said: “It is essential for us to focus all our energies on Grand Bahama to ensure the success of Grand Bahama because the success of Grand Bahama means the success of the entire Bahamas,” he said. “What we see today is something good for Grand Bahama and something great for The Bahamas.”

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proudloudandfnm 1 year, 11 months ago

You guys better get the hotels opened in the next month or so. Or I guarantee you Celebration will find another port. In a month or so.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 11 months ago

When will the government close down these private cruise islands and make it mandatory that any cruise line that wants to sail to The Bahamas MUST make at least three stops to three different islands ........... Three for One cruising with no extra fees ........ Come on Minnis!!!!!!!

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John2 1 year, 11 months ago

Allowing cruise lines to buy and operate from their own private islands is like starting a isolated beach party to get away from the natives, harassment, crime, filth in nassau, and drug peddlers. Now that the cruise ship operators have tasted that party.... aint no stopping that now.....if they try to stop it in the Bahamas, they will go some other place !

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TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Comrades! Such all inclusive private islands catering tourists are a return to plantation days when they exclude all others other than the tourists along with Expat workers and token number native domestics. Freeports be weary of Minnis's and KP's promises - when they have done reneged on every single promise made to Inagua following the hurricane. They tell pretty economic stories but that's all they are...story tellers.

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The_Oracle 1 year, 11 months ago

Tal the whole country is a plantation in mindset. Until the general population wake up and realize that only Bahamians can hold them down nothing will change for the better. Change for the worse has been constant for 50 years.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 11 months ago

Amen!!!!!!! ......... But rich Bahamians are given little incentives to INVEST their money into the frontier economy ......... Imagine if just 100 Bahamian millionaires invest 250K into a CEZ niche industry on any Out Island of their choice????? ................... Who will go there??????????

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TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Comrade The-Oracle, a silent revolution is a brewing when your own government refuses defend public’s right to access any and every beach anywhere the Bahamaland - then why be surprised when they gift private islands be turned into plantations. The only thing missing are the native slave auction houses..... or just maybe the red shirts cabinet done has plans reopen the old Pompey Slavery Auction House? Any ideas which among the red crown cabinet minister - would makes for the best Head Auctioneer? {The best example we have is you just couldn't tell this story satisfactorily, if there were no historic reference make to Pompey on 'BAY STREET'}.

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Bonefishpete 1 year, 11 months ago

Yep TAL don't let them Foreigners keep you down. Better yet just post signs at all Ports
"Foreigners Prohibited". As one Bahamian Editor said: "Bahamians need to treat Tourists with gratitude not servitude", or else get the your Bahamas out of the tourist trade.

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