Cruise Hive received the following statement from Carnival Cruise Line which states it will take some time to repair the damage at Freeport.
We are continuing to work closely with our Freeport partners at the port, government and shore side services concerning the recovery efforts from the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Grand Bahama was significant and it will take some time to complete the necessary repairs to the local infrastructure.
Until Freeport is ready for us to resume our calls, we are making some short term changes to various ship itineraries. We will return to Freeport as soon as possible not only to resume our regularly scheduled itineraries but also because we know how important our calls will be in helping the people of Grand Bahama to support their tourism recovery efforts.
Due to the powerful Hurricane Matthew which caused havoc throughout the Bahamas just days ago, Freeport is closed to cruise ships.
Freeport is a well-known cruise port located on Grand Bahama island in the northwest Bahamas. According to a video posted by Carnival Cruise Line ambassador John Heald the port has significant damage. As a result, ship itineraries which include calls to Freeport are affected.
Carnival is to inform guests booked on sailings including Freeport of any changes. Ships which are scheduled to call at the port in the coming days include Carnival Pride on Oct 14, Carnival Elation on Oct 14 and Norwegian Sky on Oct 16. There are even more ships from Carnival and NCL also scheduled for next week.
Grand Bahama island was hit severely by Hurricane Matthew which was a category 4 at its strongest. The Hurricane affected many cruise ships sailing in the region and several cruise lines were forced to alter ship itineraries. Hurricane Matthew moved northwest over the Bahamas and also hit the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
We have contacted Carnival and NCL regarding Freeport and will update this post once we get a response.