Despite a devastating blow by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is urging travellers to keep their vacation plans to the islands.
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After making landfall as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Dorian hit over Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco, pummeling the island with wind speeds reaching more than 250 kilometres per hour, and storm surges between 12 and 18 feet above normal tide levels.
The islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama were hit the hardest. However, the majority of the Bahamas' 700 islands and cays have been unaffected, including popular vacation spots Nassau, Paradise Island, The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.
"Our most important support will be in ensuring that our tourism industry, which has had a very robust run, continues to operate at a very high level so that we can recover and rebuild," said Paul Strachan, senior director for Canada, Bahamas Tourist Office, via a statement.
Airports, hotels, and attractions across the above mentioned islands are all open, and ready to welcome guests, while cruise schedules are returning to normal service. A status listing can be found on www.bahamas.com/storms, however this is not a comprehensive list. Travellers should continue to check back with their travel advisors in case any plans change.
Carnival Cruise Line returns
Carnival Cruise Line has planned 41 calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays for the remainder of September as those destinations eagerly await cruise guests.
Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have pledged $2 million in funding and in-kind support for hurricane relief efforts in The Bahamas. Relief shipments on cargo vessels started arriving last week, and Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty will also drop off supplies to Freeport on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has also set up a fundraiser for those who wish to donate to a relief fund for those affected by the hurricane.
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