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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Old, Smokey, nothing to do but sit. This is by far the worst ship I’ve ever been on. DONT GO. I’ve been on many cruises. Horrible experience. You will get nickel and dime to death. The ship is very very very dirty and old. Chairs ... Read More
Old, Smokey, nothing to do but sit. This is by far the worst ship I’ve ever been on. DONT GO. I’ve been on many cruises. Horrible experience. You will get nickel and dime to death. The ship is very very very dirty and old. Chairs are plastic and uncomfortable and the tables are wobbly. The passengers are below working class. Lots of tattoos and smokers. This ship actually has an unpleasant order. Extremely boring. Cannot understand the PA system. This I was a trip from hell. Get ready to spend more money than they advertise. There are better ways to spend your money and have more fun. The only good thing about this ship is when we got off. The prices of the drinks were outrageous unless you think $15 fior a bottle of beer acceptable. You can purchase coupons that reduceses the beer price to $10 a bottle - what a great deal. They also want you to pay extra money to cook your own food at your table. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
A group of friends and I (all ages 25-32) did this trip as a birthday celebration. First off, for only $199 per couple- it’s a truly great getaway. If you’re looking for a top of the line cruise experience you won’t enjoy this but ... Read More
A group of friends and I (all ages 25-32) did this trip as a birthday celebration. First off, for only $199 per couple- it’s a truly great getaway. If you’re looking for a top of the line cruise experience you won’t enjoy this but then you’ll also pay upwards of $3,000. The excursions were great options but we did a local cab fare to Taino beach which was fun and a great relaxing experience. It was just $6 for beach access and there was a great bar and food stand. The van was $14 roundtrip per person. There were plenty of activities on board all day and we were concerned the drinks would be watery but they weren’t at all. The food was great- I didn’t have one meal I didn’t like. I sprang for the extra charge of 27.50 for filet and lobster tail which was well worth it. The nightlife was fun, the casino was great and every single employee was just the nicest. It was a great time and even better for the price! Perfect 2 day trip to relax and leave the world for a while Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We sailed on this ship when it started about 15 years ago when the ship was called the Bahamas Celebration and it was terrible. A local family purchased it and now it is very nice. In many cases better than carnival. The ship is in ... Read More
We sailed on this ship when it started about 15 years ago when the ship was called the Bahamas Celebration and it was terrible. A local family purchased it and now it is very nice. In many cases better than carnival. The ship is in excellent repair for as old as it is. Most all the personnel are wonderful, the drinks are NOT water down at all. Excellent drinks. There 10 coupon drink offer is only $82.00 with gratuity, $8.20 a drink is a super price for excellent mixed drinks, What is nice about it. If you purchase a drink package on other ships, you MUST purchase one for everyone in your cabin. That is because they are unlimited. With this one you can offer the coupon to anyone for a drink. A couple that are moderate drinkers, it is a great deal. The soda package for only $24.00 with gratuity is UNLIMITED soda. That also is a great price considering a single can is $3.54 each with gratuity included. Not offered a great selection but the normal sodas. Both days the buffet lunches were excellent, yes excellent. Far better than on many of the big Cruise lines. Dinner buffet was not so good at all. Ether night. We did the dining room on the last cruise and it was as expected. Far better than the buffet but not as good as the big cruise lines. Unless you love Mexican food than stay away from the 11PM-1AM snacks. ALL MEXICAN both nights. Very disappointing for sure. No variety at all. Also disappointing is the soft sever machines are closed down after lunch. It would be nice if they closed them down at 1AM . Getting off the ship at the end was a very long wait. Not all booths were taken by customs. They split up those that had pass ports and those that did not. About 10% of the guests had pass ports. That line was very short, but still slow. Very slow, many got irritated at they staff and they had no control. People need patients some times. Now for the negative. We had cruised on both of there ships before, both are very nice but we prefer the Grand Celebration and this time was shocking for sure. Over 80% of the 1600 guests were of Spanish origin. So they catered to them 100% of the time. Not happy with that, but understandable. Almost every announcement was in English and Spanish including the bingo. Again, certainly understandable. All guests were super nice people that we were able to talk to. New Years Eve was no exception. We decided to do New Years Eve in the sports bar. Did not know it should have been called the Spanish Bar. All the DJ played was Spanish music all in Spanish. When I asked him if he could mix it up a bit. I was taken back by his answer to me. He replied sarcastically, . If we do not like it, we could just leave and go somewhere else. Everywhere else was jammed packed and most of the music there was live but Spanish, however you could hear different songs every other song or so. That was nice. But no room. So we sat outside of the bar and enjoyed ourselves anyhow. The sports bar had very few people in it. I wonder why? The DJ was the ONLY arrogant employee we had encountered. ALL the others were super nice and made up for him. There is always one, isn't there? So all in all if you do not mind rubbing elbows with mostly Spanish travelers this cruise, but this ship in particular is excellent for an inexpensive get away. I do recommend it. One last think. My wife left her nice favorite sweeter on the bed when we left. i call as soon as we arrived home. Still no reply from the cruise line about the sweeter. i am sure they had it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Cheap and very good cruise, the buffet is very varied and in general cleanliness I give a 10. good attention to the customers. Comfortable beds and quite fun. recommended. I want to go back next year. My wife and I were an ocenview room. ... Read More
Cheap and very good cruise, the buffet is very varied and in general cleanliness I give a 10. good attention to the customers. Comfortable beds and quite fun. recommended. I want to go back next year. My wife and I were an ocenview room. the theater show was phenomenal, tremendous dancers. Live music for all tastes willing to please you. I really want to go back next year. I took the excursion to Grand Lucaya. its a Beautiful place. Exceptional The saxophone show in the encore salon. the Game for couples stole laughter from everyone present. If you love to play, the casino is very well suited. Yellow Elder restaurant has excellent entrees included in the price and likewise additional dishes at a moderate price. the cleanliness is spectacular. the staff is concerned about constantly keeping everything clean and very organized. The area for jogging is excellent. I recommend this cruise 100%! ! ! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Decided to take a 2 days cruise to Bahamas while visiting Florida. It was a very enjoyable time. We don’t know why we haven’t done this sooner but will definitely return. Embarking and disembarking was organized and quite simple . ... Read More
Decided to take a 2 days cruise to Bahamas while visiting Florida. It was a very enjoyable time. We don’t know why we haven’t done this sooner but will definitely return. Embarking and disembarking was organized and quite simple . The staff was very friendly and accommodating in every section of the ship. Passengers were all there to have a relaxing good time and they did. The food was very good and the dining staff was happy to serve us and made sure we were satisfied Transportation to the beach was good and allowed us to spend as much time as we needed on the beach running every hour to and from our ship I gave our cabin a 4 rating rather than a five only because there was a sewage smell at times but nothing that disrupted our trip The staterooms and the ship itself was very clean. We have no reservations in sailing with them and will Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Cruised on the Grand Classica 9/10/2018 to 9/12/2018 WoW! That basically sums it up. My wife and I have completed 70+ cruises. Every cruise line on the South East coast of Florida except Disney. 5 years ago we tried the Bahama Celebration ... Read More
Cruised on the Grand Classica 9/10/2018 to 9/12/2018 WoW! That basically sums it up. My wife and I have completed 70+ cruises. Every cruise line on the South East coast of Florida except Disney. 5 years ago we tried the Bahama Celebration and it was terrible to say the least. It changed ownership and the Grand Celebration went to the Bahamas to be a hotel for the hurricane victims. Then it went to the yards for a makeover. What a change. This cruise was on the Grand Classica and WoW again. Two totally different decors. Grand Celebration is lively with lots of marble shiny floors and a lot of brass. Beautiful! These ships are very old and have been upgraded to beauty. The Grand Classica has the old ship charm of a lot of wood. Beautiful wood varnished railings vs brass and the floors entering the buffet are varnished wood. So clean and shiny. Wood used beautifully everywhere. Yes there are marble floors also, but to a minimum. Even our bathroom had a Teak looking flooring. So nice. Not plastic. As for the bath room. Much more roomier that normal cruise lines. What was excellent was the pocket door for the bath room. So going in and out you have no worry about hitting someone with a normal swinging door. The sink counter top is marble and very large. As is the sink and the nice faucet. Hot water almost instantly. It is not a squeeze cramped space at all. Our room was an ocean view with a very nice large round porthole window. The bed and linen was very nice. The towels are extra thick. Nice gold yellow color. If you look out the window on other ships you will see a lot of rust. Not on this ship. Yes there are sections that need a bit of work. But considering the age of this ship. It almost looks brand new. Looking on the out side. The ship is so shiny white and I saw no rust as on many other ships. Every day everywhere there are crew members cleaning everything. Non stop. At the buffet there was a person posted outside of the bathroom. Constantly making sure it was spotless and it was. All the public bathrooms were very, very nice. Colors were excellent and new looking. Now the food. Very good buffet and grill. Burgers are super big. Several selections of sausage not only hot dogs. What is nice about the buffet are the small narrow containers for the food. Not much in them but many next to one another and the food stays hot. Because they are small. Fresh replacements happen a lot faster than on other ships. Breakfast is standard and very good. Complementary dining is very good. My wife had the salmon, so big she could not eat everything. She loved everything. The second night I ordered the NY 12 oz. strip steak. It arrived fast and perfect. I really think it was 14 oz. it was so big. Delicious and very tender. $18.00 + 18% but well worth it. As for the crew. Unbelievable on both ships. So wonderful, helpful and smiling. Could not have been more pleasant. Many other cruise lines need a crew like they have. That is what makes the cruise wonderful. The two shows were good but the magician was fantastic. So many things to do while at sea. Not much on the ship to do in port. Relax, do the hot tub or pool, get some sun. Bingo was almost a wash out. Mon-Wed cruise only 250 guests. Casino, lots of new slot machines that are NOT on other ships. Nice to see different games. Two pools and hot tubs. Very nice and clean. Lounges everywhere. I mean everywhere. Before paying to see the comedian I strongly suggest you hear him at the two shows prior to purchasing tickets. Getting on and off the ship. Super fast and easy. One suggestion was a shuttle at the island dock to take you to the other side of the dock where all the action is. Otherwise you walk. It is a little distance, only thing if it starts raining. At one time they docked on the other side. The live music was excellent, singers were excellent and the drinks are super strong. Worth the price for sure. Those that will be cursing for the very first time. Read, read, read everything on their website so you are not blindsided on the extra charges. Most ALL cruise lines charge close to the same. One thing to remember. Your gratuity for each one in the cabin is NOT just for your room steward to turn down the bed. Remember, that is not all he does for you. The room is spotless for you. He makes up the room and makes sure you have clean towels for the next day. Turns down the bed that night and brings you all the papers you need for daily planning. It is for everyone that takes care of you on that ship. It is divided. Also in the buffet and dining rooms. If you request ice. He will make sure you have it full at all times. A small price to pay to be treated like royalty. I do recommend these two ships. A great price for a great experience and enjoyment. Usually you get what you pay for. In this case you get more than what you pay for. Most of the time they offer great deals. WE are only one hour from the port. So we will e doing more fill-ins with these two ships for sure. Happy cruising. Bon voyage. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
chose this cruise for price & quick getaway being local. Food was not bad for cruise food. While the buffett was closed due to the low passenger rate they wouldn't even give us the courtesy of a cookie. We basically had the ship ... Read More
chose this cruise for price & quick getaway being local. Food was not bad for cruise food. While the buffett was closed due to the low passenger rate they wouldn't even give us the courtesy of a cookie. We basically had the ship to ourselves being only 200 passengers on this cruise. Room was very clean & ship was being cleaned every minute 24/7. We did get the massage specials since we chose to not debark in Bahamas. $68 special was well worth the experience. Only complaint was we were inconvenienced first night due to no air conditioning. While our steward called maintenance 3 times no one showed up. Going to the desk to change rooms we wasted more time for this missing the shows for first night. Belen at customer service was not the least bit interested to compensate us with an room upgrade (which would have been good business since there were only 200 passengers & 450 rooms) or at least a drink coupon for our trouble. This left a bad taste considering …… The shows were actually very good for a 2 night cruise & very sorry for the performers that there were so few people aboard to enjoy them. I would definitely take this cruise again due to being a local & looking for a get out of town to relax. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The boat was old. Crew spoke terrible English. We were charge $36 for fuel. Only decent dinner was $78 additional which included gratuity. Yet we were charged $56 for “gratuity and housekeeping.”The nightly buffet was the only ... Read More
The boat was old. Crew spoke terrible English. We were charge $36 for fuel. Only decent dinner was $78 additional which included gratuity. Yet we were charged $56 for “gratuity and housekeeping.”The nightly buffet was the only “included food and drink” and it was equivalent to a school cafeteria without milk boxes. We sailed to Freeport, Bahamas into a shipping yard, 12 miles away from any accessible beach, and we’re forced to buy an excursion or sit on the boat by ourselves all day. We paid $105 just to ride on a bus to the beach. A 200ft long beach at that. The beach was the most pleasant part of the trip. Back on the boat, anything with entertainment value was additional. All of the shows that are free on other ships were $9 a person. My girlfriend got seasick and noone knew what crackers were. I had to argue with a bartender just to get her some sprite. My “seaside kingsize cabin” I paid $70 to upgrade to consisted of a dirty window and 2 old uncomfortable twin mattresses pushed together with no fitted sheet. Spent $250 unexpectedly after boarding on fees and regular activity that are included without extra charge on Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruises IN 2 DAYS. For $300 more I could have booked my girlfriend and I a 7 day Eastern Carribean cruise with another company. Not to mention these other companies have newer boats, and sail to accessible beaches and ports . I will never sail with this company again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Chose the trip as a first cruise for my wife. 2 days on the water is a safe way to determine if a longer Alaska or Eupopean cruise would work. Everything from the booking process through the disembarkation was smooth. The ship is older and ... Read More
Chose the trip as a first cruise for my wife. 2 days on the water is a safe way to determine if a longer Alaska or Eupopean cruise would work. Everything from the booking process through the disembarkation was smooth. The ship is older and has been refitted so it looks and feels modern. The cabin was nice, I jab a lower deck outside cabin that had a HUGE round port hole window. Queen sized bed, side tables, and a small TV (for what?) were in the room. The fridge wasn’t up to par and the head of housekeeping offered us an ice chest but we settled on a constant supply of fresh ice and that worked well. We ate at the Admiralty on the first night, which was an upgraded dining option but checked out the Ocean Buffet which looked substantial on its own. Night 2 we ate at the Rock Grill, on our next trip I’ll try to finagle the Admiralty both nights. The shows are so-so BUT the Adult comedian on our trip (Lou Remy) had the audience rolling in the aisles. If you’ve been to Freeport and hit Port Lucaya then there’s no need to spend anything on the excursions. I’m already planning our next Grand Classica trip. . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I did this cruise with my wife as a short honeymoon. The price was very reasonable and I was really skeptical at first. I've done other cruises and I did not think you could get so much on an inexpensive trip. The ship was very clean ... Read More
I did this cruise with my wife as a short honeymoon. The price was very reasonable and I was really skeptical at first. I've done other cruises and I did not think you could get so much on an inexpensive trip. The ship was very clean the crew was very helpful. The food was okay the drinks were really good. The dining is more casual than on say a Royal Caribbean or Carnival in the dining area but I'm ok with that, no reason to bring a suit. We did an excursion to Wyndham Resort on Grand Bahama Island and loved it, awesome place! Don't know if it was the time of year or what but the ship was maybe at half capacity as passengers go. The ship layout is rather standard for older cruise ships kind of like a Fantasy or Sovereign of the Seas. This cruise is definitely worth every penny. Read Less
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