In the absence of the Grand Celebration's ferry services from West Palm Beach to Freeport, until the end of the year, the Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwasi Thompson announced that FRS Caribbean will fill in for the vessel until its return. In a press statement yesterday afternoon, Thompson noted that FRS Caribbean is scheduled to begin service October 23. Following is the statement in its entirety.
"The Office of the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama is pleased to announce plans for a temporary service for the period October 23 through to the end of December 2017, which will be provided by FRS Caribbean. FRS Caribbean presently provides ferry service from Miami to Bimini. The vessel will provide temporary service between Miami and Freeport for the residents and visitors alike particularly stop over visitors The Government of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism has reached an understanding that this temporary ferry service will be provided by FRS, while the Grand Celebration is on assignment assisting the US Government with hurricane relief. In addition, the Government of The Bahamas will be providing the necessary marketing support to ensure Grand Bahama can maximize this opportunity and encourage as many stopover visitors as possible to come to Grand Bahama.
Additionally, discussions are ongoing between FRS and the Government of The Bahamas towards the full time establishment of ferry services between the Port of Miami and the Freeport Harbor.
The Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, wishes to convey appreciation to all tourism industry stakeholders for assisting the community of Grand Bahama as we continue to promote Grand Bahama as a place to vacation, relax, and do business."