The Florida-based cruise line is taking supplies, first responders and Bahamian evacuees in Florida to Grand Bahama Island on Thursday.
The cruise line told CNN that the Grand Celebration ship will also be offering the chance for Bahamians to evacuate to Florida free of charge, given they have the proper documentation.
“Apart from the Bahamas we have no other home, so it was like the destruction was in our backyard,” CEO Oneil Khosa told CNN. “We felt like we had to do this for the people of the Bahamas and the island of Grand Bahama, especially given our history with the island.”
Bahamas Paradise said that the humanitarian cruise will be the first ship allowed to dock at Freeport and will be delivering emergency personnel to Grand Bahama Island, including electricians and firemen, in addition to supplies.
“We have a lot of people on the ship today who will have a major positive impact on the recovery of the island,” Khosa said.
The Grand Celebration was used for a similar relief effort for Hurricane Irma and acted as a base for St. Thomas.
Other cruise lines are also helping out
Both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian will also donate at least $1 million each to the relief efforts in the islands, according to their press releases.
“We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said.
CNN’s AJ Willingham contributed to this report.