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Why Go?
  • Offers short, budget Bahamas cruises
  • A great way for first-timers to try cruising
  • Several bars, a casino and a 630-seat main theater
  • Four restaurants, including a Brazilian option
  • More than half of all cabins have windows
  • Age-specific kids' clubs for young cruisers

Bahamas Celebration Overview

Celebration Cruise Line's 35,000-ton, 1,500-passenger Bahamas Celebration offers year-round, two-night budget cruises from Palm Beach, Florida to the Bahamas. The ship is aimed at first-time cruisers looking to test the waters with minimal commitment, as well as drive-to-port Floridians seeking a quick getaway.

While it's not quite a mega-ship, Bahamas Celebration rests very much in mainstream cruise ship territory in terms of onboard amenities. Here's what you'll find:

Dining. The ship has four restaurants. The Crystal Restaurant is the main dining venue. Trattoria Di Gerry serves pizza and pasta. Rio's is a combination buffet venue and Brazilian churascurro, where waiters bring around meats for the picking, and The Cove is the ship's for-fee specialty restaurant ($25 per person).

Cabins. As the ship is a converted cruise ferry, cabins are generally quite small, and about 50 feature upper and lower berths (i.e. bunk beds). Just over half of the staterooms feature some sort of window; there are no true balconies. There are, however, four suites with enclosed balcony configurations.

Kids' Facilities. For the youngest cruisers, the ship features age-specific kids' clubs (for ages 3 to 10, 11 to 14 and 14 to 17). Each offers age-appropriate activities: arts and crafts for the youngest and Internet consoles for teens, as well as video game systems like Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii. There's also a 180-foot-long waterslide, which is, of course, fair game for passengers of any age. Baby-sitting is not offered.

Entertainment. There are several bars (piano lounge, pub, venue for karaoke, disco), a casino and a 630-seat main theater that features nightly production shows. There are also two small swimming pools, one of which is designated for adults only.

Editor's Note: The drinking age is 21 in U.S. waters and 18 in international waters and on Grand Bahama Island.

Bahamas Celebration Member Reviews 241 Reviews
Not Rated
   Rider Beware.
April 2014

Our party of 8 was very displeased with our recent cruise to the Bahamas. Having cruised before on another ship, we were expecting a very positive experience. The ship is very old and should be retired. No luxury. Old and worn carpet. I will not ...continue

We went with a group of 16 and let me tell you we had a blast and will do it again!!!

Embarking a total breeze!!!! we got there around 11:45 - we were through the line in no time and on the ship! (Secret tip - don't check you ...continue

   An honest review of Celebration Cruise Line
March 2014

Despite all of the biased and unclear reviews of this cruise line, I hope this helps anyone interested in this particular cruise because in the end it was great!

First of all this was my first cruise line ever. I received a phone call ...continue

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Ship Stats
Launched: 1981/2009
Tonnage: 35,000
Passengers: 1,250
CDC Score: 96
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