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Enjoy an Unforgettable Vacation with a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas in 2023

Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to celebrate a special occasion or just get away from it all? A Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas in 2023 is the perfect way to do just that. With its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture, the Bahamas is an ideal destination for a memorable vacation. Here’s why you should book your Carnival Cruise today.

Experience Unparalleled Luxury on Board

A Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas in 2023 offers unparalleled luxury and comfort. From spacious staterooms with private balconies to world-class dining experiences, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the amenities of a five-star hotel while sailing the Caribbean Sea. On board, you’ll also find plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including live music, shows, and more.

Explore Unique Destinations

On your Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas in 2023, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the Caribbean. From Nassau and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island to Exuma and Eleuthera on Little Bahama Island, there are plenty of places for you to explore and experience during your voyage. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach day or an adventure-filled excursion, there’s something for everyone on this cruise.

Enjoy Exceptional Service

When it comes to customer service, Carnival Cruises is second-to-none. From friendly staff members who are always willing to help with any questions or concerns you may have, to attentive waiters who will make sure your dining experience is top-notch, you can rest assured that your vacation will be nothing short of exceptional.

A Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas in 2023 is sure to be an unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish for years to come. With its luxurious amenities, unique destinations, and exceptional service, this cruise is sure to provide memories that will last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book your Carnival Cruise today.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (bahamasparadisecruise.com) is a brand owned by the Bahamas-based company "Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd", that changed ownership on December 22, 2016. Among the new company's owners is Kevin Sheehan - former CEO and President of NCLH ("Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings"), who resigned NCL in January 2015. The company's current CCO (since 2021) is Francis Riley (former employee of Thomas Cook UK, British Airways' Avios Group Ltd, NCL-Norwegian , Tourico Holidays, EMEA Recruitment, Traveltek). In 2019, Riley joined Bahamas Paradise as Senior VP of Sales. The company's CEO (and co-owner) is Oneil Khosa (former Royal Caribbean employee/first officer, founder of "Blue World Voyages"/India, investment banker).

In August 2016, Kevin Sheehan became CEO and President of the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games Corporation (a leading developer of technology products and services for the worldwide gaming and lottery industries). The cruise company's other owner (with 50% stake) is Oneil Khosa (India-based "Blue Ocean Cruises" company's CEO and Managing Director). Until 2014, Blue Ocean operated short breaks (1-, 2- and 4-night itineraries) leaving from Mumbai-Bombay and Mormugao-Goa .

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In mid-November 2020 was unofficially announced that the ship Grand Celebration had been sold for scrap metal (for an undisclosed sale price). The vessel left Freeport Bahamas on November 15th, allegedly heading to India's Alang Shipbreaking Yard (world's largest), with estimated arrival on January 3rd, 2021. On January 2nd, the 34-year-old liner arrived and anchored off Alang, and on January 14th was beached for scrapping.

As the only cruise shipping company operating roundtrips out of Palm Beach Florida , Bahamas Paradise provides its customers with expedited boarding (30-min embarkation/disembarkation) and valet parking (at the cruise terminal).

  • Cruise passengers are also offered Bahamas "cruise and hotel" packages in Bahamian hotels. These deals offer 2-, 4-, and 6-night Bahamas hotel stays to be combined (booked together) with Palm Beach roundtrip voyages.
  • MS Grand Celebration ship is a former Carnival Cruise Lines vessel and operated under charter (leased), while the fleet-mate MS Grand Classica (former Costa neoClassica is fully-owned. Classica was purchased in December 2017 and entered service in April 2018.
  • In 2017, the company had booked around 250,000 passengers, around half of whom were from South Florida.
  • MS Grand Classica was opened for booking in February 2018. The company's promos were "Buy One - Get One Free". These free cruise deals were limited to 1 week only, and bookable on both liners.
  • "Sail Away Your Way" promo deals offered free cruising for kids 12-year-old and under (when traveling with 2 full-paying guests) and free entertainment for adults. The promo offer was valid for cruises through February 12, 2019, if these deals were booked by December 12, 2018. USD 25 pp bonuses were additionally offered as either casino credit, spa credit, photo credit or onboard credit (to be used for drinks, dining or shore excursions).

The regularly scheduled Florida-Bahamas short-breaks are very popular among both American and Bahamian citizens as they provide a cheap shopping travel alternative. Bahamas Paradise estimated that these tourists spend ~USD 4,5 million annually.

Port West Palm Beach (Florida) cruise port

From both ships, Port Palm Beach projected between USD 54-63 million in net income over a period of 10 years (2018-2028), depending on the handled passengers' number. The liners' combined passenger capacity is nearly 1,3 million per year. The company's monthly dockage fees (for both ships) are USD 50,000.

In early-February 2019, the company started offering (upon request) 6 new themed-food menus (2x Chinese, 2x Indian, 2x Vegan cuisine specialties) available for groups fleetwide and year-round. The new Chinese menus include Sichuan Eggplant, Hunan Style Crispy Whole Red Snapper, Crispy Tangerine Beef. Vegan dishes include Coconut Soup, Crispy Hearts of Palm Cakes, Caramelized Parsnip, Zucchini Lasagna, Potato-Mushroom Burgers. Indian dishes include Tandoori Chicken, Pan-seared Prawns, Paneer Tikki Masala, Kheer and Warm Gajar Halwa (pudding). The new menus are also available for individual request (must be made in advance upon booking or onboard / at ship's Reception).

Margaritaville At Sea

In early-December 2021 was announced that Margaritaville Resorts & Hotels (Florida-based hospitality group) signed a partnership deal with the shipowner Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd to start a new cruise brand (Margaritaville at Sea) to be inaugurated with Grand Classica in 2022. The ship (renamed "Margaritaville Paradise") was scheduled to start service for "Margaritaville at Sea" with the Maiden Voyage on April 30, 2022, following an extensive wetdock refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport).

  • The Margaritaville cruise line is expected to add more ships to its future fleet, with Margaritaville Paradise being the first one.
  • The deal was signed by John Cohlan (Margaritaville's CEO) and Oneil Khosa (Bahamas Paradise's CEO, who will also serve as Margaritaville Cruise Line's CEO).
  • Margaritaville Paradise continues the regular 2-night cruise schedule from Palm Beach to Freeport. The shipowner remains the same (Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd).
  • After supply chain disruptions affected the ship's wetdocking, Margaritaville at Sea brand's inauguration was postponed by two weeks (from April 30th to May 13th, 2022).

On October 16, 2023, Carnival Corporation (as shipowner) officially confirmed the sale of the 23-year-old Costa Atlantica (through its subsidiary Adora Cruises Ltd ) valued at USD 64,6 million (~EUR 61M). The new shipowner (yet to be revealed) will charter the vessel to Margaritaville at Sea/Bahamas Paradise which will operate it under the new name "Margaritaville at Sea Islander" (Margaritaville Islander).

Margaritaville-Bahamas Paradise cruise deals

Margaritaville's cruise deals are inclusive of onboard accommodations, roundtrip shipping, all onboard meals (excluding specialty dining), select beverages, onboard entertainment (excluding the ship's adults-only comedy show in the evening), 3 kids programs (supervised fun activities for children).

  • Cruise booking customers must be 18 or older. "Cruise and Resort Stay" booking customers must be 21 or older. Minor passengers (under 18 yo) must be in a cabin with an accompanying adult (parent or legal guardian).
  • Not included in the cruise tickets/fares are transfers (to and from the liner), valet parking (at Port Palm Beach), shore excursions, bar drinks, soft drinks, specialty dining options, onboard Casino gaming, adults-only comedy show (at the Theater in the evening), phone calls, photos, onboard shopping.
  • Additional to the cruise fares are also Government taxes (USD 67,52 pp), tipping/gratuities (USD 12,95 pp per night), plus USD 1 pp charged as "Palm Beach Cruise Terminal Infrastructure Fee".
  • Onboard gratuities are charged to the passenger's onboard account (card) at USD 12,95 pp per night. This charge covers all onboard food and cabin services provided by stewards, waiters, busboys, and Maitre d'. An 18% service charge is added to all onboard bar beverages, the company's drink packages, specialty dining, and Spa-Beauty Salon tabs.
  • For using cell phones shipboard, passengers must first activate the roaming service of their cellular provider. The network activates when the liner is at sea, and out of reach from land. When the service becomes available, cellular phones display either MCP or 901 12. Onboard cell phone service is charged via the passenger's cellular provider.
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line currently offers 2 Internet packages (Wi-Fi access) priced USD 15 per device, per day, and USD 25 per device for the full cruise).

Each cruise passenger can bring (complimentary) 2 pieces of luggage, but not exceeding 50 pounds (22,7 kg) per piece. Overweight luggage is charged USD 25 per bag (automatically charged to onboard accounts). All luggage must be stored in the stateroom.

Passengers with disabilities (requiring wheelchair use) must bring their own wheelchairs.

Since June 2018, Bahamas Paradise ship crew and staff enjoy free of charge Wi-Fi Internet in ports and at sea. High-speed connections (up to 1 gigabit per second) allow even live video streaming from any location throughout the ship, including all crew areas.

Also in June 2018, the company dropped its single supplements on all oceanview staterooms. The decision was based on Booking.com studies on solo travel showing over 40% baby boomers booking solo cruises in 2017, and 21% planning single cruise travel in 2018. No single supplement daily cruise rates start at USD 149 per person.

In September 2018, the company signed a partnership deal with Fit Bodies Inc, providing passengers aged 16 and older with free workout classes (Zumba, Yoga, and fitness) led by certified instructors. The new program was introduced on Grand Celebration (Sept 2018) and on Grand Classica (since January 2019).

Ultimate Paradise Pass

In March 2023, Margaritaville at Sea introduced the industry's first seasonal pass "Ultimate Paradise Pass". It allows pass holders to embark on an unlimited number of non-consecutive 2-night cruises to the Bahamas (Freeport) leaving roundtrip from Palm Beach Florida on Margaritaville Paradise.

The pass prices started at US$899 (per person based on double occupancy) exclusive of taxes/fees/port expenses, which are due at booking.

The "Ultimate Paradise Pass" cruises can only be reserved 24-72 hours in advance.

With only several limited blackout dates, passes expired on December 31st (2023).

In addition to the unlimited Florida-Bahamas roundtrip voyages, Ultimate Paradise Pass' onboard perks include welcome amenities, behind-the-scenes access, and exclusive sneak peeks of new activities (on select voyages). Pass holders can additionally book shore excursions, upgrades, and packages at a 10% discount.

Shore excursions and tour packages prices

The company offers a wide variety of beach activities, land tours/excursions and "cruise and resort" deals in The Bamahas.

  • Snorkel Adventure (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 59 (adult) min age 10yo.
  • Dolphin Close Encounter (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 125 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Parasailing (duration 10 min) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 89 (adult).
  • Swim with Dolphins (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 221 (adult), min-height restriction 55 inches. 140 cm.
  • Freeport City Tour (duration 1 hour) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 39 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (duration 1,5 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 59 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Jeep Adventure (duration 7 hours) is priced USD 95 (adult) and USD 75 (children ages 4-12), capacity 4 persons per Jeep.
  • Inland Blue Hole Snorkel Adventure (duration 5,5 hours) is USD 79 (adult) and USD 75 (children ages 10-12).
  • Bottom Reef Fishing Tour (duration 3 hours) is priced USD 94 (adult) and USD 73 (children ages 4-12), capacity 4 persons per Jeep.
  • Deep-Sea Fishing Tour (duration 3,5 hours) is priced USD 151 (adult) and USD 83 (spectator).
  • Luxury Day Sailing Tour (duration 2,5 hours) is priced USD 79 (adult).
  • Pelican Lake Kayaking Tour (duration 6 hours) is priced USD 79 (adult) and USD 77 (children ages 10-12).
  • Garden of the Groves / Freeport City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour (duration 4 hours) is priced USD 50 (adult) and USD 41 (children ages 4-12).
  • Best of Grand Bahama Island Tour (duration 4 hours) is priced USD 49 (adult) and USD 39 (children ages 4-12).
  • Viva Wyndham Resort (All-Inclusive) package is priced USD 79 (adult) and USD 65 (children ages 4-12).
  • Grand Lucayan Resort package is priced USD 42 (adult) and USD 35 (children ages 4-12). Lunch is not included.
  • Beach Getaway package is priced USD 37 (adult) and USD 30 (children ages 4-12). Open Bar and Lunch are not included but can be purchased separately at USD 69 (adult) and USD 59 (children ages 4-12).
  • For June 2018, the company offered a "kids sail free" promos for families with children up to 16 years of age. Kids cruise for free in staterooms with 2 paying parents. Onboard are available complimentary age-specific clubs for kids activities supervised by certified youth counselors. These exclusive lounges are for kids 3-6 yo and 7-12 yo and teens. Activities include gaming consoles, watching movies, mini rock climbing wall, jungle gyms, ball pit, outdoor pool with mini-slides, interactive games.

Bahamas resort and hotel deals

The company partners with some of The Bahamas' most popular resorts to fit any budget and vacation style.

In October 2019, the company announced its "Nassau Cruise and Stay" program. Besides Grand Bahama Island, now cruisers can extend Bahamian resort vacations with premium all-inclusive leisure properties like Melia Nassau Beach Resort, SLS Baha Mar Hotel, Comfort Suites Paradise Island. The cruise line offers a travel option from Florida to Nassau the 2-night cruise (Grand Classica) combined with "Nassau Cruise and Stay" (max 6-night hotel package extension).

Shipboard Casino gaming

The cruise ship's Casino lounge offers 13 table games, including Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold Em, Roulette, Craps. Free gambling lessons are available to players. Slot machine choices include Wheel of Fortune, Back to the Future, Jenga, Breeders Cup, Cash Spin, Quick Hits.

Passengers can sign up for FREE "Par-A-Dice Casino Players Card", which allows collecting and redeeming gaming points. Points can be used toward slots, as well as for onboard dining, shopping, spa treatments, also on shore excursions.

Drink Packages

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line currently offers as beverage packages the following deals:

  • "Unlimited Soda Package (cost USD 21 pp) includes souvenir cup.
  • "Alcoholic Drink Coupons" (10 coupons for USD 70), with retail value US$120.
  • "Non-Alcoholic Drink Coupons" 10 coupons for USD 30), with retail value US$50.

An additional 18% service charge is automatically added upon purchasing the beverage package.

By the company's alcohol policy, passengers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol on the ship upon embarkation. Such beverages will be confiscated. The ship's legal drinking age is 21 (in US waters) and 18 at sea and on Grand Bahama Island. Serving alcohol onboard requires valid photo IDs.

Wedding Packages

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line weddings are package deals requiring at least 8 booked staterooms (at double occupancy) accommodating 16 full-paying passengers. Fresh flowers and photo packages cost extra. For detailed information, and package prices follow the above link.

NEW "Cruise and Stay" packages

In September 2018, the company introduced 4- and 6-night cruise and resort packages allowing its customers to book one-way voyage from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama, stay on the island for 2 or 4 nights at one of its partner resorts, then cruise back to Palm Beach.

Resort options include several premium all-inclusive properties, like Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and Lighthouse Pointe (Grand Lucayan). The new packages are inclusive of food and beverages, 2-night oceanview cabin, and 2-night all-inclusive resort room. Optional are hotel-only packages at Pelican Bay Hotel or Marlin (Taino Beach Resort).

Prices of 4-night packages start from just USD 469 pp (fares based on double occupancy). Package prices also include bus transfers (ship-resort-ship).

The US to Bahamas cruise travel documents (Visas, Passports)

US Citizens must have a valid proof of citizenship. A passport is highly recommended, but not mandatory as US passengers can travel with original birth certificates. However, these certificates must be issued by a government agency (not a hospital) and with valid (government-issued) photo IDs in place of passports.

Passport cards and driver's licenses are also acceptable as documentation.

Children aged 15 and under need birth certificates. Children aged 16 and over need a government-issued photo ID (state ID or driver's license) and an original birth certificate (issued by a government agency).

Puerto Rican citizens must have US passports or government-issued photo IDs, along with original birth certificates. Birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010, are not accepted by US Customs and Border Protection.

US Citizens born outside the USA require valid US passports or original naturalization certificates, along with valid government-issued photo IDs.

US Permanent Residents require valid Green Cards, with valid government-issued photo IDs or valid passports from their country of citizenship.

Non-US Citizens or Residents require valid Passports, Multiple Entry Visas or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the USA. Passengers from other countries must have valid passports.

Port Palm Beach cruise terminal parking

Palm Beach port's cruise terminal is an exclusive facility for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships only. It offers valet parking priced lower in comparison to other Florida cruise ports. The company's parking attendants meet passengers upon arrival at the terminal.

Palm Beach Cruise Terminal

Parking prices are US$19 per vehicle per night.

Payments can be made in cash or via bank cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) and traveler's checks.

The cruise terminal's address is "Port of Palm Beach, 1 East 11th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404".

Driving directions to Palm Beach Cruise Terminal from north: from Interstate-95 South take Exit 76, Blue Heron Boulevard, proceed east to Highway 1 (Broadway), turn right onto Highway 1, proceed approx 1 mi / 1,5 km south, make a left on East 11th Street (at Skypass Bridge's north end).

Driving directions to Palm Beach Cruise Terminal from south: from Interstate-95 North take Exit 74, 45th Street, proceed east to Highway 1 (Broadway), turn left onto Highway 1, proceed approx 1 mi / 1,5 km north over Skypass Bridge to East 11th Street (at the bridge's north end) and turn right.

Bahamas Paradise cruise ship menus (food and beverages) prices

Latitude Bar is a la carte-priced specialty coffee bar (counter-style cafe/patisserie) with opening hours 6:30 am to 12noon (Cruise Day 1) and 6:30 am to 1 am (Cruise Day 2). Along with gourmet coffees, the bar's menu also offers smoothies, hot chocolate, snacks, and other popular treats. Specialty coffees are served with complimentary, fresh-made pastries and gelato ice-creams.

Stellar Prime Restaurant (MAIN DINING ROOM) menu

"Stellar Prime" restaurant is the ship's Main Dining Room (complimentary), also serving steakhouse and seafood specialties. Here are waiter-served freshly-prepared entrees and chef-crafted main dishes, including Slow Roasted Prime Rib and Honey Glazed Salmon. Stellar Prime also serves buffet breakfast (with a breakfast bar). Different menus are offered for each day of the voyage.

  • Fixed / Assigned dining (dinner hours) - early seating (6:15 pm) or late seating (8:30 pm)
  • Your Choice Dining is until 9 pm. Online-made reservations must be confirmed on board.
  • Reservations are required for dinner, but not for breakfast.
  • Dining is complimentary (ticket price inclusive).

Ocean View Buffet Restaurant

"Ocean View Buffet" is the ship's complimentary casual dining restaurant/cafeteria with panoramic window seating and centrally-located buffet station. The buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Late-night buffet options include Mediterranean mezze (on Night 1) and Mexican dishes (on Night 2), as well as made-to-order pizzas. Besides classic breakfast foods can be ordered made-to-order omelets. Food selections include salad bar, pasta, carving stations.

Plunge Grill (pool bar)

Plunge Grill is a complimentary alfresco dining venue (outdoor food and drinks bar) located poolside midship on Lido Deck. The food menu includes hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, sausages and other grilled favorites. Late breakfast buffet (10-11 am) and an omelet station for breakfast are also offered. The Plunge Grill serves lunch menu items all afternoon. The Plunge Bar serves beer and refreshment drinks.

Admiralty Club Restaurant (STEAKHOUSE and SEAFOOD) menu

Admiralty Club (formerly "Admiral's Steak and Seafood") is a specialty restaurant (at a surcharge) also serving Champagne Breakfast.

Admiral's Restaurant "CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST" menu

Note: Admiralty Club Restaurant is open for Breakfast between 7 - 9:30 am.

The Bull (burger bar) food and drinks menu prices

In the evenings, Plunge Grill transforms into "Rock Grill" - interactive cooking, alfresco dining experience with full bar service available for dinner on Lido Deck. Passengers can cook their meats tableside on lava rock natural gas mobile grills. They can also order "The Bull" specialty burgers (chef-created pairings) and a variety of drinks.

Handcrafted Premium Burgers (10 oz) are with Angus Beef, Turkey, Tuna, Salmon or Veggie (meatless). All burgers are served with coleslaw and special-recipe house dressings. An 18% service charge is automatically applied to each order.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Spa menu prices

The ship's Spa & Salon complex provides professional services by well-trained staff skilled in the latest massage techniques and spa treatments.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, Bahamas Paradise suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations (both vessels) by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures between March 15, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

Grand Classica ship was planned to restart mini-cruises to Grand Bahama Island (Freeport) on December 18, 2020. Grand Celebration ship was scheduled to restart voyages to Bahamas (Nassau) on March 3, 2021. However, these plans were canceled and both vessels remained out of service, and later Grand Celebration was scrapped .

Bahamas Paradise ships were intended to operate at 60% max passenger capacity , by closing two cabin decks on each liner. All affected bookings received a full (100%) monetary refund, including on prepurchased through the cruise company packages and services. A 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) was given with rebooking.

The company resumed the USA-Bahamas service on July 8, 2021, with Grand Classica.

Itinerary of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

In May 2018, Grand Classica (fka Costa neoClassica/now Margaritaville Paradise) joined MS Grand Celebration as the second ship in the fleet of the Florida-based company "Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line". At the end of August 2017, Port Palm Beach District Commission signed a 10-year agreement for the former Costa cruise ship, to service the Florida-Bahamas route West Palm Beach - Freeport .

MS Grand Celebration cruise ship (Ibero Cruises)

Both ships have a regularly scheduled itinerary program of 3-day / 2-night Bahamas cruises to Freeport and back to Palm Beach FL.

Grand Classica cruise ship (Costa neoClassica)

In 2017, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line signed with The Bahamas a 3-year deal (until 2020) to bring both vessels (Celebration and Classica) to Grand Bahama Island on 2-night itineraries. With both ships, the company now has an annual passenger shipping capacity of 0,5+ million.

Grand Celebration itinerary program was based on 2-night / 3-day Bahamas cruises leaving from Palm Beach (Riviera Beach) Florida . The ship offered mini-cruises to Bahamas ( Freeport ) 3 or 4 times a week. Sadly, in January 2021 the vessel was beached and scrapped at Alang India .

Since Hurricane Matthew (September-October 2016) damaged Freeport, the Grand Celebration was diverted to Bimini Islands but resumed calling on Freeport on January 3, 2017.

Port Palm Beach receives around USD 4 million a year from the ship in port fees and cruise parking. Port commissioners signed the agreement with the new shipowner (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) on December 15, 2016. With LOA length 223 m (733 ft), MS Grand Celebration is the max size the Palm Beach port can handle. The fleet-mate MS Grand Classica's length is 220 m (722 ft).

2-night / 3-day Bahamas cruise itinerary

  • Day 1 (embarkation at Port Palm Beach Florida USA) - check-in at 11 a.m., ship boarding at 12-noon. Passengers must be on the ship by 4 pm. Departure is at 5:30 pm.
  • Day 2 (Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas) - arrival in Freeport is at 8 am. Departure from Freeport is at 5 pm. Passengers must be back on the ship by 4:30 pm.
  • Day 3 (disembarkation in Port Palm Beach) - arrival back to port is at 7 am. Disembarkation of passengers is between 8-10:30 am.

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About Bahamas Paradise Cruises

Step aboard a fabulous ship and get ready for a thrilling two-night getaway cruise that will rejuvenate you with a relaxing and fun experience. From the exciting entertainment to the variety of lounges and bars, you will always have something special to enjoy. Adding to the jovial atmosphere is the music playing at the delightful al fresco bars. Let the many invigorating treatments offered at the spa relax your mind, body and soul or get your hair styled at the salon.

Soak up the sun at the pool, where pool parties are also featured. Onboard activities also include a variety of games, such as trivia and bingo. Complimentary programs for kids and teens are age-specific and will keep them happy and busy in their own areas while the adults enjoy themselves.

Delicious culinary offerings at a variety of dining venues are sure to keep your taste buds satisfied, including a beautiful main restaurant serving all your favorites. Select from casual venues, including incredible buffets and a grill to enticing specialty restaurants. Convenient room-service is offered 24/7. Late-night buffets boast delicious food, which may include such favorites as Mediterranean mezze or mouthwatering Mexican.

Choose from a variety of accommodations, ranging from interior and ocean-view cabins to suites. They all provide a comfortable retreat for you to relax and make yourself at home.

Entertainment onboard makes the nights special with Bahamas Paradise Cruises. Dance under the stars, sit back and take in fabulous Vegas-style shows, late-night comedians and more. Join in at fun sing alongs at the piano bar and share conversation at the many lounges and bars. Roll the dice at the bustling casino, boasting your favorite games.

All this and much more are offered on your on your exciting Bahamas cruise getaway. Once you experience it, you will return time and again when you want to get away from it all.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Ship Profiles, Deck Plans and Public Areas

  • Grand Celebration
  • Grand Classica

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Cruise and Stay

CRUISE & STAY Make your exciting getaway two vacations in one and get the most of your time on fabulous Grand Bahama Island with a stay at a luxurious resort. In addition to all the fun onboard, discover the many wonders of Grand Bahama Island, including the unique culture, delicious culinary options, tour the city and go diving where spectacular sites include underwater caves. Extend your stay, and then board your ship again to return to the Port of Palm Beach.

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KIDS CLUB Family-friendly ships feature a Kids Club where they can have their own complimentary interactive programs. Supervised and fun, they are organized by age groups and offer non-stop entertainment so the kids will have fun while the adults get to relax. The youngest have access to a kids' pool, video games, toys and even a small theater. A jungle gym and gaming consoles will keep older children happy. Teens will have a full arcade room with board games and more.

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Rediscover paradise, with margaritaville at sea.

The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise is your new off-shore resort experience, sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. On this floating island vacation, you can unwind, enjoy the endless activities and entertainment, or just relax and soak up the sun. 

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Ready to reserve the ultimate cruise deal? Easy to book and easy to plan, Margaritaville at Sea invites you to climb aboard for nonstop fun, where it’s always 5 o’Clock at sea. Our cruise offers are an irresistible opportunity to get a great deal on your next Bahamas escape.

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Welcome to your private retreat at sea. Every stateroom is designed for tropical relaxation with casual-luxe decor inspired by the sun, sand, and ocean. Choose your perfect room and let the journey begin.

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Take your Margaritaville experience to the next level. Margaritaville at Sea will take you from relaxation to revelry with your choice of stops anywhere in between. Delectable food, St. Somewhere Spa & Salon, live music and shows–from sunrise to sunset and every moment in between, there’s always something exciting happening.

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Grand Bahama Island is a haven of gorgeous white sand beaches, surrounded by crystal clear waters that stretch for miles. Extend your vacation on land and stay at your choice of three gorgeous partner resorts on Grand Bahama Island.

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Discover The Only 2-Night Cruise To The Bahamas

Discover our, 2-night cruise, a quick & easy getaway to paradise.

Welcome to the only 2-night cruise sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sails every 2 days which means your cruise options are not limited! In just 2 nights and 3 days you can explore the ship and enjoy the endless opportunities of entertainment offered, book an adventurous ocean activity, eat 5-star meals, take a chance on the slots and so much more! We offer the perfect mini-vacation to Paradise you are sure to enjoy!


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Why stop at a cruise when you can extend your stay and enjoy a few nights on the island? Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the only cruise line that gives guests the opportunity to cruise and stay at a beachfront resort on Grand Bahama Island. Take advantage of the cruise and stay opportunity and immerse yourself in the Bahamian culture for a few extra days. Eat at authentic restaurants, shop at local boutiques, relax at the beach, get a tour of the island, swim with the dolphins or snorkel with the turtles, the fun truly never ends when you decide to cruise and stay.


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Margaritaville To Operate Cruise Brand; Does Deal with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

  • December 8, 2021
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Margaritaville Resorts & Hotels will operate a cruise brand in 2022, and announced a partnership with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

The Margaritaville Paradise, the former Grand Classica, will launch service on April 30 after what is expected to be an extensive refit at Grand Bahama.

The Florida-based hotel group has long been rumored to be looking at entering the cruise industry and now gets in with an existing marine and hotel operations base that can be mixed with its hotel and resorts brand and client database.

The vessel will sail under the Margaritaville at Sea brand, and the hotel group anticipates adding more ships, referring to the Margaritaville Paradise as its first vessel.

The company said the Margaritaville Paradise will continue operating two-night sailings from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

“To me, the only thing better than being on a beach by the ocean, is to be on the ocean. Now you can follow in our wake,” said singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett, in a prepared release. 

“Margaritaville at Sea will be a new, exciting, and fun way for guests to escape and vacation in Margaritaville,” said John Cohlan, CEO of Margaritaville. “From oceans to lakes, Margaritaville has an organic tie to the water and with Margaritaville at Sea, we’re able to put our iconic lifestyle, resort experiences, and elevated service directly on the sea. We look forward to seeing guests on, and in, Paradise.”

“We’re excited about this new partnership as we launch Margaritaville at Sea out of the Port of Palm Beach. We are incredibly proud of what we’ve built at Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and are appreciative of our loyal customers and trade partners who have stood by us through so much. We’re excited about this next phase of our evolution, rebranding as Margaritaville at Sea. The collaborative concept will add a different dimension to the cruising industry, appealing to a new audience of travelers,” added Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who will serve as CEO of Margaritaville at Sea.

“Margaritaville at Sea will provide guests with Margaritaville’s authentic culture, entertainment, and food en route to a beautiful destination in Grand Bahama Island. The experience will be complemented by an unmatched, personalized approach to guest service from start to finish via valet service and exclusive cruise terminals for smoother embarkation and disembarkation. It’s the perfect partnership in paradise,” Khosa said.

While multiple sources in the industry told Cruise Industry News  earlier this week that Margaritaville bought the cruise line, Bahamas Paradise denied this and in a statement said the ownership was “100% still the same.”

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