My wife and I recently returned from a 2-Day sailing on the Bahamas Celebration. We have cruised in the past and were looking for something quick and close for a getaway.
The Bahamas Celebration fit the bill perfectly. It was a short drive from home, and a 2-Day interary and was reasonably priced.
Booking a trip is with the cruise line directly. They were friendly and made the process easy. We booked one excursion when we booked the ticket so we didn't need to concern ourselves with it later.
Upon arriving at the Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal, we were greeted wtih inexpensive Valet Parking ($15/Day) and checked our car at the curb. For those traveling from other parts of the world, Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is a short distance away.
The Terminal is a marvel to see. Its roof shaped like a ships bow, the interior was open and full of light.
Check-in occured quickly. We found that before getting on the ship, we were greated by the Dining Room staff to book our dinner seating, the Somalie, a representative of the Spa, and excursions. All inside the terminal before getting on board. This is different then other cruise lines but eliminates the hassle once on-board.
The Celebration--originally built in 1981 and updated in 2009--holds up to 1000 guests. Interesting, in its first life it was a Car Carrier and Decks 1 and 2 were designed for cars and trucks to drive on and off.
We found the ship spotless, the staff pleasant and the ammenties more than one would expect on a small ship that has been in service as loong as this has.
We opted for a Suite at the front of the ship. L-Shaped, it had several tall windows facing forward that let in lots of sunlight, but could be darkened easily by closing the shades. The bed, at first we thought to be hard, ended up being quite comfortable for the journey.
The real surprise was the food. The ship has 4 restaurants inside and a cafateria-style food station on Deck 9 by the pool. One of the restaurants was an upscale concept for which there was a nominal charge. One was pizza and pasta. The other 2 dining rooms came as standard as part of the ticket and each had a different concept.
We have traveled on lines like Celebrity which prides itself on a unique and sumptuous menu. To say that we were blown away by the food would be an understatement. The menu choices and the service were wonderful. It was something we would have expected on a more expensive line.
This is a great cruise for someone who wants to see if they like the cruise experience.
We would travel on this ship again simply for the onboard experience.