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US Customs & Border Protection Honors Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Hurricane Dorian Humanitarian Efforts

US Customs & Border Protection Honors Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Hurricane Dorian Humanitarian Efforts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – January 24, 2020 – Representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently honored Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line for its quick and innovative action following Hurricane Dorian, which caused a devastating impact to the Bahamas last fall. CBP Director of Field Operations Diane Sabatino presented Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, with a certificate recognizing the cruise line’s efforts, during a ceremony at the Port of Palm Beach.


“Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s innovative actions to quickly deliver relief to Grand Bahama Island residents is truly commendable and working alongside their team during the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is an experience we’ll never forget,” said Sabatino. “We hope that this certificate serves as a token of our gratitude for their efforts.”


Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line acted swiftly following Hurricane Dorian, being first to dock in Freeport with more than 700,000 pounds of humanitarian aid and hosting two near-immediate humanitarian sailings to Grand Bahama, where the cruise line was first to evacuate more than 1,000 documented Bahamian residents to safety in South Florida. Nearly 600 qualified volunteers (pictured right), ship personnel, and local South Florida organizations, including Entrepreneurs’ Organization of South Florida, Mission Resolve, Bahamas Relief Cruise and The Everglades Trust, also went to work by preparing boxed lunches and delivering them to local shelters, distributing thousands of supplies, including water, food, personal hygiene products, medical equipment, generators, and dog food, and personally delivering 100 Bahamian bins that were donated from concerned family members in South Florida.


In an effort designed to further boost the Bahamas’ economy, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line also added Nassau as a second destination option for guests following the storm – introducing its unique Cruise & Stay Program there and giving travelers two ways to getaway. Cruisers can now extend their stay on Nassau at one of several partner resorts, including Atlantis, Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, and SLS Baha Mar while experiencing personal encounters with marine life, private cabanas, premier nightlife, and luxury dining options.


“We are grateful to the CBP for this amazing recognition of our efforts on Grand Bahama Island, our second home. Our onboard volunteers and ship personnel came together and showcased the true American spirit of friendship and selflessness, and we couldn’t have done it without their support,” said Khosa. “We look forward to continuing the work in 2020!”


For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line or to book a volunteer excursion, visit: or call 888-530-2775 (English) / 888-530-2776 (Español). Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.




Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the ultimate Bahamas getaway, is the only provider of two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island and Nassau, and the originator of the unique Cruise & Stay program, letting travelers extend their Bahamas adventure with a distinctive resort stay. Recently named Best Short Cruise by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2020 Editor-in-Chief Awards, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sets sail daily from West Palm Beach and operates two ships, Grand Celebration and Grand Classica – which recently earned Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Entertainment. The company is majority-owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan.