When we booked our first cruise on board the Bahamas Celebration, we did so with some trepidation as we did not know what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. This is not a huge, new, elegant ship, however, it is one that is very easy to maneuver about, has many amenities, and is very comfortable.
Embarkation was easier than any other that I have experienced. I would estimate, the whole procedure took 20 minutes, then we were on board. We selected our dining time and restaurant, selected some wine, and signed up for morning transportation to the island.
Our cabin was very spacious appealing, comfortable, quiet and clean. There was a queen-size bed, 2 panoramic windows, a generous closet with extra storage space available outside of the bathroom.
The staff was cordial and considerate. The food was elegant, plentiful, and comparable (or better than) any cruise that I have taken.
We enjoyed the talented entertainment, dining in the Crystal Room, gambling in the casino, sampling the casual buffets, and relaxing in the various lounges. Although we did not visit the fitness center, there is a well-equipped one near the ship's gift shop.
The dress on board is everything from casual to formal. The dress code does not allow for swimwear outside of the pool area found on the top deck. Some passengers chose to dress formally for dinner while others selected "dressy casual".
The Island of Freeport is a beautiful and fun place to just relax for the day. Transportation to Lucaya is readily available and for a fair price. The island food is wonderful and the people are very friendly and welcoming. The market place provides a unique shopping experience. The beach is beyond beautiful and a great place to enjoy nature's beauty.(Note that many passengers chose to stay on board rather than visit the island. There are many planned activities on the ship for those wishing to participate, or, one can choose to read a book, get some sun, and just relax and do nothing.)
Debarkation was NOT the usual nightmare. We were given a debarkation time when we boarded. We waited for that time and simply got off the ship. Customs lines were short and we were on our way.
This cruise and cruise line is not to be compared to longer cruises aboard big, luxury ships. However, it provides a fabulously fun time for a short get away. We returned from our second Bahamas Celebration cruise in April and are looking forward to a third.