Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is opening its ship for temporary accommodations at the Port of Palm Beach, while also offering free hot meals to first responders following Hurricane Irma.
“As we all work through issues related to the storm, we wanted to offer our ship to local residents to provide some relief in this time of need now that we’re able to return to port,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of the cruise line. “We very much feel part of the community and want to lend a hand.”
“Due to the number of dire situations people are dealing with in our local communities, Bahamas Paradise has decided to keep the ship docked through Saturday morning in the Port of Palm Beach,” the company said.
For Thursday and Friday, the cruise line is opening its doors to those individuals and families who have experienced hardship as a result of the hurricane, including damage to their homes and a loss of power.
The ship will offer cabin accommodations, meals and onboard services.
The cruise line will charge a modest all-in fee of $39 a person per night for onboard accommodations and meals.
First responders are being offered free hot meals at no cost.
Anyone interested in taking advantage of the overnight stay program should call 800-611-4242 to reserve a cabin or stop by the cruise terminal check-in desks in the Port of Palm Beach.
The cruise line is expected to resume normal cruise operations with the 2-night Bahamas cruise on Saturday, September 16.