While the major cruise lines have all announced that they will return to service in August or later, many smaller cruise lines are planning to return to cruising sooner. Some regional cruise companies, especially in the South, are planning to return as soon as June. And at least one international cruise company is planning to return in late July.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced that it is planning to return to service on July 25, one day after a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) no-sail order is set to expire. CruiseRadio.net reports that the company has announced that it will implement enhanced safety protocols to help ensure the health and security of the company's passengers.
Bahamas Paradise currently has two ships in its fleet, the Grand Celebration, and the Grand Classica. The former is set to return on July 25 while the latter is set to return to service on October 3.
The company's CEO, Oneil Khosa, acknowledged a sentiment that many people are likely feeling after months of quarantine. “As things begin to return to normal after months of quarantine, we can all use a quick getaway,” he said.
But the return will not produce a cruise experience equivalent to the experience the company offered before the pandemic. "[P]assengers can expect enhanced sanitization procedures from embarkation to disembarkation so that they can enjoy a relaxing, stress-free getaway,” Khosa said.
Both of the Bahamas Paradise ships sail out of the Port of Palm Beach and sail on two-night itineraries to the Bahamas.