By Simon Lewis Bahamas Information Services

Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe officially welcomed the crew and passengers of the FRS Caribbean vessel, San Gwann to Freeport, Grand Bahama on Thursday.

The occasion was the start-up of a three-times-a-week service between Miami, Florida and Grand Bahama.

The 175-foot-long, 427-passenger vessel will make the journey to Freeport on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving the Port of Miami at 8.00 a.m., arriving at Freeport Harbour at 11.00 a.m.   They will make the return journey for Miami at 6.00 p.m.

During a plaque presentation on board the ship Thursday, Mrs. Edgecombe said the ship comes at a very appropriate time and has the capacity to bring some 60,000 passengers to Grand Bahama annually. Further, she said it was her desire to see the company increase its scheduled service to the island.

She pointed out that the Government of The Bahamas, headed by Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, has stated repeatedly that the rebound of Grand Bahama Island is of paramount importance and that a healthy and vibrant Grand Bahama economy is vital to the growth and development of the entire Bahamas.

She said that while the government continues the fight for new air traffic to the island, they are equally mindful of the importance of cruise passengers to the economy. 

“And so on behalf of the people of Grand Bahama Island and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas let me welcome FRS to our island and pledge our support to do whatever we can to make this venture a success.

“Quite frankly, while I am pleased to see you offering a three-times-a-week service here, I look forward to the day when that will be a daily service; and I firmly believe that day will come as the government of which I am proud to be a part moves to restore Grand Bahama to its glory days,” she stated.

She was also pleased to point out the opportunities being afforded Grand Bahama residents in their travels to Miami in a safe, high speed vessel.

WELCOME – Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini makes a plaque presentation to Mr. David Gudgel, CEO, FRS Caribbean on the start-up of their three times weekly services between Miami, Florida and Grand Bahama Island.  (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

Media Contact: Anita Johnson-Patty | General Manager Global Communications | Ministry of Tourism | 954-236-9292