Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Celebration completed its second humanitarian cruise to Grand Bahama Island.

The ship had departed Palm Beach, Fla., on Sept. 15 with 400 pallets of aid, three times the amount of the first sailing, seven days earlier.

The supplies included 30,000 pounds of water, 275,000 pounds of canned and dried food, 150,000 pounds of household supplies and 50,000 pounds of construction supplies, the line said. More than 300 volunteers were aboard to distribute the goods.

A separate cargo ship was filled with 13 pallets of materials to reconstruct the island's local children's home, a church, an animal shelter and several individual homes.

The return to Palm Beach included 150 Bahamians who were required to pay $49 per person and provide proof of an address in the U.S. where they planned to stay.

The cruise line is donating all of the fares collected back to the Bahamas relief effort.

Upon arrival in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the ship's crew and volunteers prepared more than 10,000 boxed lunches, which were delivered to local shelters, homes and neighborhoods. Pallets of water and 10 generators were delivered to Rand Memorial Hospital.

Volunteers also organized a community gathering for two nights at Independence Park in Freeport to give the people there a break; the volunteers distributed meals, showed a movie to kids and arranged other activities.

"We are grateful to our partners, Bahamas Relief Cruise and Mission Resolve, as well as the hundreds of volunteers who came with us," said Oneil Khosa, the line's CEO.

"Our second sailing was a tremendous success," he said. "We are proud to play such a vital role in the recovery, but we can't do it alone. We invite other industry leaders and local groups to step up and lend a hand in the challenging journey to recovery."

Future humanitarian cruises will be announced shortly. In the meantime, supplies can be dropped off at the cruise line's warehouse at 301 Broadway Ave., Bay No. 7, Riviera Beach, Fla.


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