Bahamas Celebration Cruise Review by Ptalon: If you play their game, you will lose.
If you play their game, you will lose.
I doubt positive reviews are authentic. We didn't do timeshare options, but this experience is more memorable if you were roped into their time share "opportunity". We talked to unfortunate victims who endured time share ordeal. They hold you hostage for up to 5 hours. They threaten to keep your deposit if you don't wait for it...they control your transportation...in the mean time, it is a 5 hour high pressure sales pitch.
Thirsty? On the ship, there are three free drinks, sometimes two in addition to water, but only at one location. One is unsweetened tea, the other tastes like some kind of cleaning fluid. During meals there is also lemonade, water it down to half strength. Expect to spend $3 for all other drinks, including water.
Beds? You might be more comfortable in a deck chair outside (also uncomfortable). Thermostats do not work. We went during a cold weather spell. Room was even colder than outside. In the beds you will roll uncomfortably until the sheets More come off.
Power? We bought a converter (not an adapter) to convert ships 220 volts to our 110v devices, some worked. Curling Iron melted.
Photos? Want a photo to remember your ordeal? 1st is $30, 2nd is $25, 3rd is $20, 4 for $65...but...5th is free!
Free food? In fairness, Breakfasts were good. Dinners? Pasta, Pizza, Bland, gets old fast. Deserts? Looks interesting, but if you want anything with sugar in it, you will have to purchase that separately for prices that will make you grumpy.
Bathrooms are a good size if you are the size of a chimpanzee. But if you smell like a chimp, that's ok, because so does everybody else. Showering is nearly impossible due to small size of showers. If you do manage to fit into the shower, make sure you can escape quickly. Water temps change without warning. The sucking sound is the drain. Water pressure? It took some time to get wet all over.
Bahamas is probably really nice. But ship controls "Excursions" you will only go places where cruise co. gets your money, or at least kickbacks. We paid $200 for a 5 hour jeep ride to two coastal points of "interest". We spent 20 mins at each. One has white sand. Only other points of interest were a lot of abandoned, but partially finished cinder block residences. Jeep trip price included lunch. Hot dogs, Hamburgers. I swear, there was no detectable flavor.
Disembark time: 2.5 hours. Altho, everybody butts in line. Lines are not well organized or enforced. Closest I have ever been to a real riot. Comment of cruise ship director about butting in line: "I'm not paid enough to do anything about it." It made me wonder. If staff is obviously underpaid...how do they get the extra money they need? There were a lot of pawn shops near the port. Less
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