Cruise Ship arrives at Boston to House Emergency Repair Workers
The Grand Celebration, one of two vessels in Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines' fleet, has canceled two months' of sailings in order to deploy to Massachussetts for an emergency relief effort. She has been chartered by utility firm Columbia Gas to provide housing for the hundreds of repair workers who are helping to restore service in the wake of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, which killed one and injured dozens in several towns north of Boston.
Cruise ship broke from its moorings
On Jan 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. as a Northeast "bomb cyclone" passed west of the Bahamas, the "Grand Celebration" broke from her moorings at the port of Freeport by high winds and was pushed up against a wharf. The starboard side stern caused some damage to the quay. She has since been moved back to a safe berth by harbour tugs at 3 p.m. Passengers were beginning to return to the vessel at the time of the incident, and reboarding was delayed while tugs brought the ship back to the pier. The strong winds also brought down the huge canopy tent at the terminal to protect passengers from the rain. Passengers waited in long lines outside the terminal waiting to board the ship. The ship’s hull may have sustained slight damage during the incident. On Jan 4, the "Grand Celebration" was already again under way off West Palm Beach, bound for the Bahamas. Reports with photos and video: https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/cruise-ship-strikes-pier-in-freeport http://www.tribune242.com/news/2018/jan/04/grand-celebration-port-drama/
Ohio sisters seeking answers in sister’s cruise ship death
Ronda Boomershine and Tracy Wright flew from Troy, Ohio to seek answers in person to the mystery of their oldest sister’s death while on a Palm Beach cruise to the Bahamas. Robin Fair, 53, died a day after her birthday, alone in a hospital in Freeport. Her sisters said no one in the family knew Fair was dead until Fair’s boyfriend and traveling companion returned to Ohio and told them. The family had to transport Fair’s body back to Ohio for her funeral, but said they still had questions. The sisters said Fair boarded the Paradise Cruise line ship Grand Celebration March 4 for a three day birthday cruise. But by March 6, she was dead, and the sisters said no one has been able to tell them exactly what happened. “There's an open investigation, is what they're saying. So we decided to come to Florida and come face to face with them to get answers to our questions,” said Wright. The sisters said it’s been difficult to figure out from phone calls to Florida and the Bahamas where Fair was when she collapsed, what happened to her, and whether she was still alive when she was taken to the Freeport hospital. http://www.wpbf.com/article/woman-dies-during-cruise-from-port-of-palm-beach-to-freeport/9268792Upload News