Answering the Call: The Relief of the U.S. Virgin Islands

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The cruise ship MV Grand Celebration has been contracted by FEMA to sail to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide housing for National Guard troops that are assisting with relief efforts after Hurricane Irma. The ship is based at the Port of Palm Beach and is owned by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. 

Photo by Chris Salata/Capehart
Copyright 2017


On September 6, 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands were devastated by the double impact from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The extensive and catastrophic damage to the islands left many locals displaced, due to food shortage, severe flooding, roof damage, and electricity outages.

Our ship, the MV Grand Celebration, was charted by FEMA on September 23rd.  As a call of duty, we put our normal business operations on recess to help the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild.  The ship is currently serving as housing for the National Guard and first responders as they help locals rebuild.  Since the ship has been chartered, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has aided in the much-needed relief for people affected in the tropical islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas.

The ship will remain charted throughout the fall and will resume normal cruise operations to Grand Bahama Island beginning on December 23, 2017.  During the three (3) month hiatus, our reservations team has been working diligently to help our guest book cruise vacations for sail dates on and beyond December 23rd. We look forward to seeing all of our guests once the mission in complete.