Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy became the first ship to call at the private island destination of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas since the passage of Hurricane Dorian. The ship brought nearly 2,200 guests to the destination.
Carnival Ecstasy’s stop at Half Moon Cay was one of more than 200 Carnival Cruise Line call at destinations in the Bahamas, including Nassau and Princess Cays, between now and the end of the year, the cruise line said.
“Carnival Cruise Line has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Bahamas for decades and by resuming these calls we are showcasing to our guests the incredible beauty of this destination while at the same time supporting the local economy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a written statement.
Carnival is also continuing its support of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian with Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty delivering relief supplies to Freeport this week. Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have pledged $2 million in funding and in-kind support for relief efforts. Relief shipments on cargo vessels started arriving last week.
Carnival has also asked employees and guests to join the effort through online giving tools, as well as a donation program at its U.S. homeports, benefiting Direct Relief (www.directrelief.org/carnival) and World Central Kitchen (https://donate.wck.org/Carnival).