Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers respite to Irma refugees on ship


Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line at the Port of Palm Beach is offering a staycation — for $39 per night per person on its cruise ship — to local residents impacted by Hurricane Irma, cruise officials said Wednesday.

The port was cleared Wednesday by the U.S. Coast Guard for the cruise line’s MV Grand Celebration to return. The cruise line is expected to resume normal cruise operations with the 2-night Bahamas cruise on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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Thursday and Friday, the cruise line is opening its doors to those individuals and families who have experienced hardship as a result of Hurricane Irma, including damage to their homes and a loss of power. The ship will offer cabin accommodations, meals and on-board services.

The ship will remain docked at the port at 1 E. 11th Street, Riviera Beach, until Saturday.

“As we all work through issues related to the storm, we wanted to offer our ship to local residents for some relief in this time of need now that we’re able to return to port,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of the cruise line. “We very much feel part of the community and want to lend a hand.”

The cruise line will charge a fee of $39 a person per night for on-board accommodations and all meals. First responders are being offered free hot meals at no cost. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the overnight stay program should call 800-611-4242 to reserve a cabin or stop by the cruise terminal check-in desks in the Port of Palm Beach.



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