Celebration Cruise Line
Celebration Cruise Line ShipsBahamas Celebration
- Great for first-time cruisers
- Ideal for quick weekend getaways to the Bahamas
- A party cruise at a reasonable price
- Offers a post-cruise resort stay option
OnboardThe atmosphere on Bahamas Celebration, the sole ship in Celebration Cruise Line's fleet, is all about partying. The 1,250-passenger vessel sails every other night from the port of Palm Beach, Florida, to Freeport in the Bahamas, where it remains for a full day before returning. Another draw is the company's unique cruise-and-stay option that allows customers to disembark and stay at a partner hotel on Grand Bahama Island for two to six days, essentially making the ship a large passenger ferry.
That isn't surprising, given its history; the ship began as a converted car ferry. That means cabins are generally quite small, with roughly 50 being of the upper-lower berth variety. Moreover, there are no true balconies. (There are, however, four suites with enclosed balcony configurations.) That's because the open deck space is somewhat limited, also attributable to the fact that the ship was originally built for icy climes.
The main attractions of the two-night cruise are price and convenience: starting rates are often lower than those found on mainstream cruise lines. The quick turnaround time means little commitment, so it's an ideal way to try cruising. The catch is that the extra packages the company emphasizes at every opportunity (alcohol, excursions, specialty shows) are difficult to resist and can quickly add up.
Several complimentary dining venues are available, with two dinner seatings (6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.). Specialty restaurants allow added options for an additional charge. The ship also features a pool area, kids clubs and waterslide, teen nightclub, spa and fitness center, casino, several bars and lounges, and 630-seat theater.
About Celebration Cruise LineCelebration Cruise Line fills the void left by Imperial Majesty Cruise Line, a similarly budget-minded offering that ceased operations in March 2009. After a year sailing from Port Everglades, the company relocated its ship north to its current home in Palm Beach.
Celebration Cruise Line FleetThe 1,250-passenger, 16,631-ton Bahamas Celebration is the only ship in Celebration Cruise Line's fleet. First built in 1981 as Prinsesse Ragnhild, a ferry in Norway, the vessel was acquired by Celebration Cruise line in 2007. It saw major renovations -- to the tune of $55 million -- to public rooms and cabins before debuting in 2009.
In 2013, even more changes took place, including the introduction of two additional specialty restaurants, a number of design and cosmetic enhancements, and upgrades in the suite staterooms. There's plenty of evidence to reveal the ship's age, and although the public rooms and restaurants sparkle from these improvements, it's still by no means a luxury vessel.
Fellow PassengersOnboard, passengers include many first-time cruisers, couples, international travelers, college students and Florida residents on weekend getaways. The average age varies from early 20s to late 60s, with most averaging around 40 to 50 years. Although there are some families with children, the cruise isn't geared toward them.
Celebration Cruise Line Member Reviews
I cannot express how wonderful this cruise experience was. I was expecting something akin to a ferry, but was wonderfully surprised to find a 5 ... Read more
I received this mini getaway as a birthday gift and was really excited. I started reading some of the reviews and got worried but still looked ... Read more
If you are looking for the most horrible experience in your life, then take it! however, if what you are expecting is to enjoy your vacation, then ... Read more
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The ship left punctually, no problems with the luggage and very friendly and helpful room service. ... Read more
My husband and I (senior citizens, VIP Members) excitedly boarded Bahamas Celebration in anticipation of yet another relaxing, care-free 2 day ... Read more
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