Carnival Cruise Line reports that the Carnival Ecstasy arrived in Freeport on Monday, October 7, to undergo a dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. The vessel will be the first cruise ship to use the facility since Hurricane Dorian caused heavy damage to Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos.
During the dry dock the ship will spend nearly two weeks undergoing a series of renovations, which will add a Bonsai Sushi Express eatery, a new video arcade, a new Dreams Studio photo venue and upgrades to the ship’s retail shops. The vessel will also undergo routine maintenance, and it will receive replacement carpeting, tile work and furniture as needed.
Following the dry dock, the Carnival Ecstasy will resume its year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas from Jacksonville, FL, beginning October 17.
Grand Bahama Shipyard, owned in part by Carnival Corporation, officially resumed operations earlier this month welcoming back its first commercial vessel for repair work. In total, Grand Bahama Shipyard expects to service 15 dry-dockings throughout the remainder of the year, helping support recovery efforts through the ongoing work of its more than 600 employees and the additional economic activity generated for the surrounding area of Grand Bahama. These dry docks represent a significant step toward returning to normal operations, Carnival said.