Last fall Vision Airlines offered the V.I.P. treatment for media personalities, tastemakers and travel agents to participate in its inaugural flight from Baltimore’s BWI Airport to Grand Bahama Island. I never fly out of BWI Airport, but when offered a free getaway for some fun in the sun, I made an exception!
Vision Airlines partnered with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, and the Grand Lucayan Beach and Golf Resort to provide their guests with two days of blissful paradise!
Our Boeing 737 landed and we were welcomed into the Grand Bahama International Airport with a water arch salute from the airport fire department. The rolled carpet was rolled out, literally, and a receiving line of Bahamanian dignitaries who each thanked us all for our visiting Grand Bahama Island. As we shook hands and posed for photos, a local Junkanoo band played traditional sounds and danced about.
The host hotel for the excursion was the Grand Lucayan Beach and Golf Resort, a peaceful and clean waterside resort with a friendly staff.
Shortly after we arrived we toured the property, before boarding a boat to a nearby location buffet of local cuisine awaited us. Another Junkanoo band – this one made up of teenagers – awaited us at the pier.
That evening, the resort had put on a bash to be remembered. They transformed one of the courtyards on property into an outdoor ballroom, with all white décor, a performance stage and all kinds of fine food! Local performers entertained us and a house band had folks up off their feet! It was a party in paradise!
The next morning I went to the neighboring facility that was home to the dolphin excursion! That’s right, I swam with a dolphin and even have the photo to prove. Was quite an amazing experience!
Upon returning to the resort I discovered there was a water outage – not ideal after swimming with sea animals – but thank God for the little bit of water reserve my sink had. Those old school wash ups you learned as a child come in handy for something!
Before I knew it, I was back at the airport and boarding my Vision Airlines flight back to Baltimore. Two days in paradise was just what I needed.
Apparently the $99 Bahamas packages that Vision Airlines was offering from markets like Baltimore, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina;Louisville, Kentucky and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania didn’t last long. The airline has since ended the service to Grand Bahama Island and now only flies limited routes within the United States. It was good while it lasted!
The Bahamas now has entered a new promotion with Bahamas Air out of those same markets and offer affordable travel packages as well.
For more information on Grand Bahama Island, go to their official website: http://www.grandbahamavacations.com/