We are first time cruisers, and just got back from a 2 night Bahamas cruise on the Bahamas Celebration. We all had a great time and feel like we got a great bargain. We bought the cruise through groupon, and booked directly with the cruise line. Though there was some confusion (and stress) due to some conflicting information on both the groupon and the cruise line's website, the customer service people we spoke to were always helpful and friendly and got our cruise booked on the date we wanted, which was relatively short notice. And, for the record, this was not part of a time-share presentation deal.
Though the deal included an Ocean View Stateroom, we accepted a downgrade to an Interior Stateroom so we could get the departure date that we wanted. We figure, rightly so, that we wouldn't be spending much time in the room anyway. The room was a bit worn (the boat was last upgraded in 2009) but was clean and adequate for our small family of 3.
All the staff were very nice and polite. Our little girl loved the singer, Trisha Kelly, had her picture taken with her and got an autographed CD. She also enjoyed "Club Coconut", where we could leave her for some free babysitting. It didn't look like much t first, being simply one large room with some flat screens for movies/games and some tables. But they had plenty of activities planned and our daughter enjoyed it.
My wife and I enjoyed the two shows, and they were fairly kid-friendly so our daughter was able to watch them as well. The food was fantastic and plentiful.
They had several "excursions" you could purchase which included transportation to and from the ship, and sometimes lunch as well. We chose the laid back "beach day" at the Our Lucaya Resort. The resort was nice, the beach was beautiful and there were shops, restaurants, bars and a marina within walking distance. We brought our own snorkle gear for the beach and were able to see some tropical fish right there at the resort's beach.
The only thing that really killed us was the drinks. Bottles of wine started at around $25, and most other drinks were $6 each. I figure that's probably typical, but it sure did raise the price of the cruise. Getting on the ship was a breeze. So was getting off at the Bahamas. Disembarking at the end took about an hour for us to finally make it to our car, mostly due to customs.
Overall, we had a great time on our first cruise and would recommend this cruise to others, especially first-timers like us.