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32 Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Family Cruise Reviews

My Husband and I badly needed a little getaway that could fit into just 3 days off work, and the regular departure dates on this line made it happen. Having read some pretty awful reviews I had prepared myself to take the good with the ... Read More
My Husband and I badly needed a little getaway that could fit into just 3 days off work, and the regular departure dates on this line made it happen. Having read some pretty awful reviews I had prepared myself to take the good with the bad. That said, I'm very happy to report we experienced far more of the good than the bad! First thing to report back is that we were originally booked on an earlier sailing date but due to a death in the family had to push the cruise back a couple of weeks. The fact that this line offers daily departures for the 2 night itinerary between its 2 ships made it easy to find another date. Although we had insurance on the trip, we decided the $50 re-booking fee from the cruise line was way more convenient than dealing with an insurance claim and waiting for a refund before being able to travel. (Like I said we really needed this getaway) The person on the phone was very helpful and did this quickly. Although we were told that we would not receive the promotion of 10 free drinks and $50obc on the new sailing date, when we received the new confirmation the promotion still showed and in fact was provided on board, so not sure what that was about. Embarkation was a breeze, from the valet parking, to the opportunity to make dining reservations, it was simple and easy. We sailed midweek so the ship wasn't full, and we did arrive early on in the embarkation process which may have helped. They offer desks in the waiting area where you could buy beverage packages, make reservations at the paid upgrade restaurants, buy shore excursions, and sign up for the wine tasting event (which we really enjoyed) Some reviews refer to this as "nickel and dimeing" but personally I found it a good use of our time while we waited to board the ship. The ship itself is very well maintained and clean. Given it's age there are some interesting quirks in regards to the layout and some features, but I felt the cruise line did a good job of maintaining her. The only thing I didn't like about the appearance were these really strange garish blue and orange signs that were placed over some of the old signage to update for the new venue names and offerings. I get that they acquired the ship and that it's a budget cruise but it really was a shame as the ship is otherwise quite Glitzy and classy. On day one we attended a wine tasting that was $12 and we really enjoyed this. We tried lots of wines that were also available for purchase (obviously) but we also met some great people who we ended up spending a lot of time with. We probably wouldn't have had the time to connect with people otherwise, it being such a short cruise. Our room was ready right on time and our luggage was delivered late afternoon in time to change before dinner. The room itself was standard for an inside room on an older ship. The bathroom was small, and the TV wobbled a lot. But the bed was comfortable, the room was clean, and the steward was attentive. And let's face it, for 2 days, we weren't really there to be in the room. The service on-board was great. Every bar we went to had a friendly bar server, and the lounges and restaurants had attentive waiters. We were offered souvenir cups with discounted refills several times, or the drink coupons, but not hounded like some people said. A polite "no thank you" is all it took to move on. Drink Coupons we found to be a good deal, about $75 got you 10 drinks. Cocktails, wine, and mixed drinks were probably best value. If you only drink beer you probably don't need them. I was happy to see that we paid a gratuity relative to the value of each drink when we ordered. I care about servers and know that this is how they make a living, so that protected them from being "stiffed" by stingy passengers! The food on board was standard for cruise ships. I wouldn't offer them a Michelin star any time soon but it was mostly good. That said, the buffet was less than great, but with so many options from the grill, to the main dining room, that didn't effect us. PRO TIP 1: Listen when the servers suggest a dish, that means its good and fresh. On the first night we didn't follow the recommendation and our dish was not as good as our table mate's. PRO TIP 2: If you are dissatisfied with your dish at any of the meals, simply ask to have something else, the servers were so accommodating, and in the event above we switched to the recommended dish and it was wonderful. The on board entertainment was fun and high energy and we enjoyed every single one. The lounge artists were wonderful, and so professional. The theater group were awesome and both shows were very enjoyable. We did pay to see the late night comedian and we are glad we did. Seriously good entertainment! We did not do any shore excursion as we had been to Grand Bahama Island before and were really just looking to relax on the ship, however we did go for a walk around the port area. We sailed before Hurricane Dorian devastated the island, and when we go back we will make sure to go off the ship and spend some money top help them recover. We also donated to the Relief Cruise fund and the Grand Celebration has already sailed on two missions with supplies and volunteers. It is great to see the cruise line is dedicated to helping the island recover! Overall, I would say to approach the cruise with an open mind. Don't expect miracles and you will be pleasantly surprised. We placed a deposit down while on board for another cruise and hope to sail in February. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Took this cruise as part of a cheap package that included hotels stays from a travel agent that also included a timeshare tour for a low price. The only parking at this port is valet parking for $19 per day. It was handled well, but that ... Read More
Took this cruise as part of a cheap package that included hotels stays from a travel agent that also included a timeshare tour for a low price. The only parking at this port is valet parking for $19 per day. It was handled well, but that is your only choice as no other parking appeared to be in the area. We arrived at the port around 1 PM and embarkation was pretty fast as it seemed that most people arrived at the 12 hour when the ship started boarding. We had an accessible cabin 6116 because I had to take a mobility scooter. The cabin layout was different. It was a wide door that opened out in to the main hallway where normal cabins opened inwards to the cabins. The room was narrow with a path leading to the toilet and shower in the back of the cabin which turned out to be wider than the cabin area itself. The bathroom area had ample room for the facilities and provided plenty of room to turn the scooter around and use the path to the cabin door without having to back up out of the cabin. The cabin area had a desk and closet to one side of the path and the two beds against the wall on the other side of the path. All acceptable cabins will be interior and this cabin (6116) only had one 220V European plug which kind of makes it hard to charge a mobility scooter ion the cabin and no other plugs in the interior cabin. However after inquiring with guest services to have something work for me, they did provide an adapter and power supply that was 115V to charge the scooter and provided a USB plug for charging electronics. From what I understand all cabins only have one plug and the regular rooms have 115V outlets but I did not see that first hand for myself. It is an older ship and it was pretty well maintained with cleaning and painting. The ship was easy to navigate between areas and there were 8 working elevators. The elevator limit was rated for twelve people, but I doubt that you can get more than six or seven people in them at one time comfortably. The ship was decorated for Christmas. The band during this cruise was very good and the main theater had a very good show during both of our nights. Both nights also included a family comedy section as well as the main show. We opted not to see the adult comedy show because it was a $9 charge. The main dining room was clean and the service was very good. The complimentary menu choices are a limited, but tasted good. You get an appetizer, main course and a desert. We had the braised beef rib the first night and the sirloin flat steak the second night. There is no assigned seating and when the door opened at 6PM everyone in line entered at the same time. The staff lead you through the dining room and you were seated as a family or party of how many and given the option of a table with others so you can make new acquaintances. The buffet area is smaller than most ships but had plenty of seating. The food areas appeared to be clean and the food was good. Hot food table, fruit and salad area, and a desert and beverage area. The only major complaint with the food and beverages was the water. It had a strange after taste as if they added something to it or the distillers need to be replaced. It was just not good tasting. The easiest way around it was to get the lemonade or ice tea and shove some food in your mouth after taking a gulp. The buffet was open for breakfast, lunch, diner, and a midnight snack. Typical breakfast was eggs, bacon, toast, corned beef hash, cereals and fruits. Lunch and diner included a carving station, meats, cheeses, sides, salad bar, and deserts. Midnight buffet was tacos and gyros. There was a poolside BBQ on Sunday before we left the Bahamas. The service was good and the staff were all friendly. The activities staff always seem to have something planned around the ship and they definitely try to be in character to make things fun with costumes and off the wall wearing of items such as a one peace pajama or some wild tug along toy and even a guy dressed as a panda with a tutu during the sail away party at the pool. They played a few cash game bingo sessions and even had poolside karaoke at night. And also had a beanbag toss competition for two top prizes to get $25 and $50 dollars removed from your on board account I had seen many reviews about extra fees of room cleaning or making you try and make an up scale purchase and I had my reservations about that as well. When we boarded the ship they had have areas to get you to upgrade meals and get bar drink packages, but we were able to go by those without a hassle. We did not see a room cleaning fee as others have posted, but the do have a set gratuity of $13.95 per person, per day. That is not much different than any other cruise line I have traveled with. We did have two other additional charges that I am not used to seeing from past cruise lines I have sailed with. The first being a cruise terminal fee of $1 per person, and the second being a Fuel Surcharge of $18 per person. Most cruise lines say the fuel surcharge is possible but this is the first time I have ever been accessed that fee which is a turnoff to me. It is not like there was any big fuel shortage at a massive price increase. During this sailing the price of fuels has even dropped compared to recent months. It's almost like saying that they don't think the fuel should be part of the operating cost and they just want to get more money from you. If I didn't have to pay that fuel charge without knowing it ahead of time I may have rated this cruise 5 stars. But it wasn't till we closed out our account that we were notified about it on the billing statement. Everything is per person instead of per cabin and for two people that's an extra $36 you didn't expect. We did not do any shore excursions The main section of the port was closed on Sunday being that no other ships were in port. We only went to the pier to pick up a few t-shirts from the limited local vendors that were open. Disembarking was just as easy as embarking on the cruise with the exception of the line for customs. That seemed to go a bit slow and the line tended to get long from it in the terminal. As far as leaving the ship it was pretty fast getting off the ship , just the terminal wait was lagging in movement. Once outside the terminal they had plenty of people getting the vehicles up to the curb for you to load up and leave the port. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
It was a long weekend and I was looking for deals for vacation, as I was looking for a budget trip but due too long weekend the prices were high everywhere and sometimes dates was not available, finally i came to the page of Bahamas ... Read More
It was a long weekend and I was looking for deals for vacation, as I was looking for a budget trip but due too long weekend the prices were high everywhere and sometimes dates was not available, finally i came to the page of Bahamas paradise, after going through the reviews I was really horrified with what people stating but still I took a chance to go, I reached port of palm beach carried our passport, the process to check in was simple and nice, we were offered cookies and drinks before we enter the actual ship. INSIDE SHIP:- bit scared by reviews I entered inside and everything was decent, decent enough to praise everything for a budget trip, rooms took some time to be ready, so meanwhile we took a look to other sections, the upper deck was nice, nicely organized everything was good. still I was looking for something worst would come up but fortunately no, everything from entry to deck, rooms were much bigger, nice staff, decent dinning with good food, even they had option for indian food. so in short i would say u name a place in the entire ship and that was all decent, nothing bad nothing worst. but yes if you are looking for v lavish and fancy vacations than you need to pay high. Dinning:- our service staff,Randy, v v decent, he even asked us after our food that if we want to taste something extra, so delighted with his service. Shore Excursions:- affordable and good. TOTAL VALUE FOR MONEY. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Time Availability, and Budget all factored into my choosing this cruise, since I was already in West Palm for other travel. I did not want to be gone long, and the ship is brand new and from Italy, so I wanted to check it out. The ship did ... Read More
Time Availability, and Budget all factored into my choosing this cruise, since I was already in West Palm for other travel. I did not want to be gone long, and the ship is brand new and from Italy, so I wanted to check it out. The ship did not disappoint. Unlike the mega cruisers offered, it had quaint charm and beautifully decorated throughout. You walk into the atrium with a Murano type glass sculpture and a up looking view 9 decks above. It was spotless. In fact, I travel globally often, and have not seen such attention to cleanliness detail from a staff like this ship's in a long time. The elevator buttons glisten, the floors are polished, the rails are varnished every day, and the carpets, upholstery, curtains, tables in public areas all were as clean as my own living room at all times. The Elder Yellow dining room was really nice. Food was average. Salmon first night was great, others had beef which was overcooked and tough. Service was fantastic, exceptional staff, every attention to detail one would expect, and beyond for the price of this cruise. Buffet: If you know Golden Corral restaurant, it is pretty much the same thing as far as quality and selection. No other way to describe it. Not bad, not good, just food. Soups were actually very good though. Seafood Gumbo and pepper pot very tasty. Breakfast had omelette station and what you would expect from Shoney's or Golden Corral. The area to eat at the buffet was nice both inside and out on the back deck of the ship. So food aside, the views were great, and service good as well. They have burgers, and hotdogs, fries, etc... outside as well. They were good. The ship is not overly large, a pleasant adult pool with two aft hot tubs overlooking the stern was really nice when leaving port. You can sight see and Jacuzzi simultaneously. Hot tubs were very clean and well maintained, as was pool areas. The second pool is the "activity area" pool and kids enjoyed it, my son won two contests and got virgin bahama mama's. So the other amenities are as follows: My cruise had 600 booked guests aboard. It was half capacity, you can't fault the cruise line for non participation in the events they put together, so here it goes: Casino was clean, smokefree, and what you would expect, nice new slot machines. Front room from there had awesome Latin band perform all night, they rocked. Front of ship crows nest nightclub was well decorated, had a modern dance floor with lights, smoke, etc... and a banging system with DJ but nobody went! Dead empty, not the cruise lines fault. The main lounge was like being in Monte Carlo, well decorated, tasteful seating arrangement, very open, airy, and great public space. Saw Donna Summer singer, was good. Night band was not that great though. The big shows were fantastic! No lie, they were better than the mega cruisers shows I have seen. Each night, same performers, totally different show. My teens had a teen area that was well thought out and a big space with full time staff to supervise. X-box, dance floor, etc... all for them. Went to Lucaya Beach on excursion, was pleasantly surprised by humor filled tour guide with microphone on our double decker open air bus ride to the resort. Very organized, safe, and gorgeous beach. Would do it again. The port itself has no reason to disembark, unlike Key West where you disembark and go on foot, there is literally nothing at this port but industry. USA Customs was slow and terrible getting off the ship at the end of the cruise. Waited an hour with only 50 people ahead of me. This has nothing to do with cruise line. Here is the thing, I feel bad for the bad reviews, everyone complaining seems to lack simple reading comprehension skills. How did you not know about drink vouchers, included vs non included amenities etc... BEFORE purchasing and boarding? I set expectations on what I paid for and knew other fees would follow, as is customary to cruisers, like gratuity, tax, etc... Being shocked about cruise economics is a newbie problem. The staff truly cares, Alex the cruise director is straightforward and humble of his beautiful ship. He asks everyone to fill out comment cards so "they can get better" and I do believe they want to, there is a sincerity in every cruise staffer I engaged with, my fellow cruisers were a true representation of South Florida with about 50 - 60 percent Black and Latino and about 70 percent under 50 if those things matter to you. Everyone got along, no issues whatsoever or bad vibes from everyone enjoying there getaway. Everyone greeted each other on the jogging track with friendly hellos as I passed by. Give this cruise a try and keep expectations reasonable and you will definitely enjoy yourself. I am not an unsophisticated traveler, been all over the planet, and my family came away from this experience smiling and enjoying the memories. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This is a nice cruise, my first..I did not stay on the island, wish I had..the biggest flaw is the debate of needing to go to welcome center in ft lauderdale..I was told that I didnt need to because I didn't purchase the package to ... Read More
This is a nice cruise, my first..I did not stay on the island, wish I had..the biggest flaw is the debate of needing to go to welcome center in ft lauderdale..I was told that I didnt need to because I didn't purchase the package to stay on the island..then I was I did..was very confused..I made the decision to fly into west palm beach, and not to go to ft lauderdale...I talked to Joanne at the welcome center and told I was not going to ft lauderdale..she told me I could get my boarding passes on the ship by attending a meeting about a travel club..which I did..BUT:..I didnt get a boarding pass, never saw one, and when I checked in, they didnt ask for one..they want id and credit card..so the mystery is solved..its a gimmick to make u think you have to go to ft lauderdale, and its a time share sales pitch!...The ship was nice, entertainment not bad, the food I was disappointed in..seemed to be cafeteria style food..the grill closed on me while standing in line..after not eating all day when I was on the island..I enjoyed the Hollywood brats band at the casino..very good!..The highlight of my trip was the excursion, the dolphin encounter..it was awesome..its pricey at &125 each..but for me it was worth it..( it rained on us the whole trip, so unable to swim on ship) Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I know a lot of people say this cruise is a scam, but I don't think it is the actual cruise line that scams people, I think it is the private contractor's that book these cruises. We impulsively bought a "great deal" ... Read More
I know a lot of people say this cruise is a scam, but I don't think it is the actual cruise line that scams people, I think it is the private contractor's that book these cruises. We impulsively bought a "great deal" from Holiday Cruise Line that turned out to be working on behalf of a time share company (RCI/Wydham). We ended up spending significantly more money on this "great deal" and it was a nightmare to book. Luckily, aside from the hotel that they booked us at in Orlando (Park Inn by Radisson - don't ever stay here) most of the trip was a lot of fun. Aside from the extra fees that we paid to take this cruise ($82.59 for a beverage package - 10 drink tickets, $116.82 for 3 people to eat at the specialty restaurant - Admiralty Club and $115.80 for gratuity and taxes/port fees), we really had a great time. The entertainment was great and we had a lot of fun playing Name That Tune with the piano player at the martini bar. We also enjoyed playing board games which they had a nice variety to choose from in the lounge next to the martini bar. The main pool was being painted while we were there, so that was kind of a bummer. It was not easy to find a lounge chair either since it was Spring Break and the ship was full of people. The food was decent and they have top shelf liquors to choose from which was nice. I also managed to find a good glass of wine. One thing I want to mention is that dinner we had in the main dining room that you do not have to pay extra for was actually better than the meal we had at the specialty restaurant. Don't waste your money. One more thing - the Belgian waffles at the Buffet were probably the best Belgian waffles I have ever had. Seriously good! We really enjoyed the evening entertainment and I was very impressed with the theatre! It was super nice! They do a really nice job of taking care of this ship. It is very clean and the furniture is in good shape. We had no issues with customer service. Boarding the ship in Port of Palm was fairly painless, it didn't take too long. Boarding the ship in the Bahamas was a little concerning - they could not find our reservation! The reservation attendant had to go on to the ship and it took a half hour or so before he returned and told us he got it straightened out. Luckily it all worked out, except that our room was in the front of the ship on the way back and the vibration from the engine woke us up very early. Definitely will make sure we don't get a room in the front of a ship again! Getting off the ship once we returned to Port of Palm was kind of crazy. We ended up waiting until about 11:00 am until almost everyone was off the ship before we attempted to leave. Once we got off the ship we had to wait for a Valet to retrieve our car which took some time. We had to pay $19.00/day to Valet Park at Port of Palm - Valet parking is not an option, it is a requirement. I would recommend making sure if you are flying out the same day you return to book an afternoon flight and plan on relaxing on the ship until the very last minute. Trying to beat the crowds off of that ship and standing in line for a long time is not a fun way to end your vacation... Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Embarkation was extremely smooth... we arrived at 1:00 in order to let the initial throng of people get through. It was a completely full this this weekend and yet once we arrived, it took 5 minutes for the Valet Parking to get our car and ... Read More
Embarkation was extremely smooth... we arrived at 1:00 in order to let the initial throng of people get through. It was a completely full this this weekend and yet once we arrived, it took 5 minutes for the Valet Parking to get our car and a total of less then 30 minutes from Arrival to drink in hand. I'll take that. During check in, you'll get your picture taken, then offered a chance to buy upgraded dinners, shore excursions, drink tickets, bottle service and just about everything in-between. Cabins are supposed to be ready by 3:00, they were ready at 2:00. We were located on the 4th Deck, just forward of MidShips. We had a king bed along with a pull down off the wall bed for our 13 year old daughter. Our bed was actually pretty comfortable, the room was of good size for a cruise ship and even the bathroom worked fine. It had the most closet space I have seen in a while with more then enough hangers. All we needed was a couple extra pillows and those were delivered in only 15 minutes after our request. Dining, we upgraded on the first night to the Admiralty Restaurant. This is a 5 course dinner in a nice well set-up dining room. The service here was elegant and fairly attentive. It took longer then I would have liked for a wine refill, however the food was presented very well and the taste was above expectations. The service personnel could not have been nicer. On a note, you can book dinner here as part of your included cruise cost, however it is a different menu and YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION. We also booked both mornings of a champagne breakfast that includes Mimosa, bloody mary's and such and a made to order fine breakfast. This was one of our mistakes. Not that it was generous in it's offerings, it's just that we don't drink in the morning and we don't eat nearly enough to make this work it. There are plenty of offerings on the buffet or cooked to order by the pool to make this unnecessary. Based on the number of people who booked this breakfast, I'd say there are a lot smarter people on board then me. Drinks... a book of drink tickets was $70 plus service charge; 18%. We received 1 book free as a promotion, then bought one more along with the Soda Refill package for our daughter at $21 plus service charge. You'll be given more then multiple opportunities to buy these tickets. We only used 10 the both days combined, so again a bad purchase on our end. There are drink specials with half price drinks at sailaway and bucket beer promotions as well. Unless you plan on having enough to drink that you'll enter a hot legs contest, slow down on buying these. Entertainment was good.. Nothing great except the comedian on board, but it was still nice. Again, keep in mind this isn't Broadway, celebrity or even carnival.. it's a 2 night cruise to the Bahamas. It puts things into perspective and you'll enjoy the trip much more. Service Charges.. yes, they have service charges as does every other cruise ship your on. No matter what you buy in the way of food or beverage, you'll pay an extra 18% in service charges. Even that bottle of water in your room, $4.50 and 18%. Now that your fully aware, get over it and don't complain about it. That same bottle of water would cost you twice that price at a sporting event. Kids Area.... My one big complaint. The teen area is supposed to be for teens only. Everyone was walking through there and even little kids playing there as well. Because of that, few teens actually stayed near the place. That's to bad as we had hoped out daughter could meet people on board. That didn't happen and with the supervision promised, someone should have keep those who were not supposed to be there from being there. Disembarkation was amazing.. Again, with passports in hand, we were off the boat and in our car in less then 30 minutes I'm glad we took this cruise. We spent way more then expected, but it was enjoyable and our daughters first chance to snorkel. We had a great time and would recommend to others with clear expectations. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband, two sons, ages 19 and 25, and I cruised Jan 12 out of West Palm Beach. We had a great time and really enjoyed comparing one of Carnival's oldest ships, now rebranded, with its newest ship, the Vista, which we sailed in ... Read More
My husband, two sons, ages 19 and 25, and I cruised Jan 12 out of West Palm Beach. We had a great time and really enjoyed comparing one of Carnival's oldest ships, now rebranded, with its newest ship, the Vista, which we sailed in November. Embarkation was so easy. We pulled up to the curb at the easily accessible and attractive glass port building and got out luggage out. The valet took our car and we chose to tag two bigger bags so we wouldn't have to take them to the lunch buffet. We were sent in and had no wait time to say we preferred the earlier dinner hour of six pm. Huge chocolate chip cookies and water were available and though I grabbed one for each son, they weren't needed as there was no waiting, just a quick walk onto the ship where an employee was greeting everyone and directing us straight up to the buffet. Bahamas Paradise is 100 feet shorter than the Carnival Sensation, but it doesn't feel like a small ship as there are still 10 decks and the cabin are on very long halls. The buffet does, however, feel a lot smaller. They don't offer a big variety, but we think the food is better than on the Carnival or Royal buffet. DH said less variety, but we don't care about a huge variety of not great food. Lunch was fried chicken, soup, large salad bar, fresh fruit and cheeses and desserts. Hamburgers and hot dogs are available pool side. Waiters are plentiful as is seating. We enjoyed sitting in the shade but there was plenty of room in the dining room and plenty of loungers. We were eating at 1 and arrived at 12:15. As soon as we started eating, the captain announced rooms were ready. We thought the rooms are the same size as we have had on our other cruises and as nicely appointed, better in some cases as we had ice buckets and tongs and ice without requesting. The beds are super comfortable, like the Carnival beds and as nicely made up. The towels are thicker than we've had in the past. We were in and out of Stellar Prime, the MDR, in an hour! We ordered right after being seated, our water glasses were refilled several times and the food was terrific. I pictures of the menus and I'll try to post them. On the Vista, we had to give up eating in the dining room. We begged for the dessert menus but our servers must have been too busy. We didn't like two hour dinners, no refills and asking over and over for the main and dessert menus. We've had better service on other Carnival ships in past years, though, and better service on Royal, too. The service on the Paradise was equal with the best service on the other lines. The shows were pretty good. The comedian was equally funny as the comedians on the other lines and the dancers were as good, but the singing was weaker, as was the choreography, but still decent shows. We had turn down service without requesting and several towel animals! On the RCI Explorer, we did not get nightly towel animals. The breakfast at the MDR was wonderful. Delicious omelets and eggs made to order and a buffet in the the room with waffles, french toast, grits, oatmeal, other cereals, fresh fruit, etc. Waiters circulated constantly with coffee and juice. On the RCI Vision, we had to eat breakfast at the buffet because the service was so slow and pitiful. The new ships are better and more expensively decorated, but the Paradise has some extremely nice features. It has some beautiful and fancy marble and tile floors, which the Vista lacked and the Helm on the Paradise is the prettiest room I've seen on any ship. It has an 8 feet in diameter glass mosaic inlaid light fixture of the Queen Mary and old ship paintings all around the tops of the walls. There are two massive bookcases with glass fronts and five or six polished game tables. We enjoyed playing cards in there and listening to the pianist next door. This ship also has a sweet shop with cakes and cookies and a counter of gelato. There is another counter of gelato in the buffet room. We are thrilled with the Pig and Anchor on the Carnival ships, but the lines were insane on the Vista and the bbq bar is only open a few hours of a cruise. On the Paradise, on the day we were in Freeport, a bbq buffet was set up pooside and it was open for hours. The hamburger and hot dogs were available in another area. We were very impressed with the bbq and the ship has a smokehouse. Astroturf covers one deck, which looks good and is nice for the many cornhole games set up. There is also a bandstand on this deck. The pools and hot tubs are not as attractive as they are on the other lines. This cruise isn't cheaper than more mainline cruises unless you get the Groupon, but with the Groupon, it is quite a deal We wish, however, the Paradise went to Nassau because passengers must take a taxi or an excursion to do anything in Freeport. We could not even walk to a beach. We enjoyed our time on the Paradise and wished we had had another night. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We had been on this ship last year and had no problems. This time our stateroom was aft. Right above the engine room. For 45 minutes after leaving port and before docking the noise and clatter was horrific. Items slid off the shelves, ... Read More
We had been on this ship last year and had no problems. This time our stateroom was aft. Right above the engine room. For 45 minutes after leaving port and before docking the noise and clatter was horrific. Items slid off the shelves, the room shuttered, and it all sounded like there were loose items in the engine room bouncing around and hitting the walls. To all who sail on the Grand Celebration out of Palm Bay, Florida - do NOT accept an aft room. You will be charged the same amount as a forward room and you will think you are in a chamber of horrors. The room was clean and the housekeeping person was very nice. Many of the slot machines were out of order. The excursion was trip around the island and ended up at a beach where we had lunch. That was enjoyable. We did get 5 drink coupons - that was good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
You get what you pay for but overall a nice trip cabins are tight. Service is friendly. Lots of activities and excursions. The best thing about the cruise is the "Hollywood Bratz" band". They are awesome! If you go on ... Read More
You get what you pay for but overall a nice trip cabins are tight. Service is friendly. Lots of activities and excursions. The best thing about the cruise is the "Hollywood Bratz" band". They are awesome! If you go on this cruise they are a must! second time packing this cruise, first time did a stay at the Lucaya hotel which was great. This gave us a fun enjoyable time on the ship and a more relaxable time on the island. Smaller ship but overall a very nice trip. Went with my parents something they've never done and at here age needed to have a chaperone. There were shows and live music that they enjoyed and of course lots to eat. For the younger cruisers there were lots of fun activities just wish the pools were bigger. Only two pools and they can get kinda crowded. Top deck has a jacuzzi but also has room for a pool which they should add. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
After two days of driving with stops in Charlotte N.C to pick up grandchildren and Ormond Beach Florida, we arrived at the Port of Palm Beach Sunday around 11:00 am. We were instructed which line was for valet parking. Gave the keys to the ... Read More
After two days of driving with stops in Charlotte N.C to pick up grandchildren and Ormond Beach Florida, we arrived at the Port of Palm Beach Sunday around 11:00 am. We were instructed which line was for valet parking. Gave the keys to the valet and $36 for two days parking. The cruise was for me, two grandchildren, my friend Cherry, my friend Angie, her husband and grandson. This was my fifth cruise, two on Carnival, one Royal Caribbean and one on Norwegian. My grandchildren's fourth, Cherry's third and Angie, her husband, and grandson's first. Embarkation was Ok because you have to take your luggage inside the building to have it checked also, you had to take your carryon with you because the rooms were not ready until 2:00 pm. Disembarkation had very long lines if you didn't have a passport. Although my Cherry had a passport she had to stand in the non-passport line. Angie and her husband had passport cards but had to stand in line for over an hour because her grandson did not have one. We thought about getting a Groupon but since my friend didn't know much about it we booked directly with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. The cost was a little over two hundred for each of each. I was well aware of the extra fees, gratuities, and Port of Palm charge. We have rooms next door to each other, four in one room and three in the other R30 and R34. The rooms were nice size and serve the purpose of restful sleep. A few noisy neighbors but it calmed down later in the night. The food was excellent. We went to the buffet and main dining room. The menu offered the regular prime rib and salmon with a surcharge for lobster and a few other items. The bar-b-que while the ship was in Freeport Harbor was the best meal of all with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, with potato salad, slaw and other picnic foods. We were surprised to see how far Freeport had not recovered from the hurricane last year. We took the beach and shopping trip. We paid $20 per person to go to Tanio Beach. It cost $3 per person to get in which was fine because we had the use of the facilities, which were very clean. Lots of chairs, food and drinks for purchase and overall a beautiful beach. The shows were good except the comedian was not funny. My grandchildren loved karaoke on the main deck. There were two pools and a hot tub, all were small, but the children loved them. My friend's grandson went to the children's club and enjoyed it. I liked the fact you had to sign your children in and out. All and all it was a great getaway and I would do it again if I am in the area visiting. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We really, surprisingly, had a lot of fun and good experiences on this inexpensive cruise line. I believe it was very worthwhile for the price point. The food was good and the drink prices seemed reasonable. The cabins were more spacious ... Read More
We really, surprisingly, had a lot of fun and good experiences on this inexpensive cruise line. I believe it was very worthwhile for the price point. The food was good and the drink prices seemed reasonable. The cabins were more spacious than I'd hoped for - bathroom seemed big for a ship cabin. We had an exterior, window, cabin. The boarding and disembarking process was quick and painless. There's so much to do and see on the boat, you may not even get to everything. We did formal dining. We saw the main entertainment show, both nights, and were impressed (the table service was top notch). We enjoyed the entertaining in other lounges, gambled and laughed at the pool-side games/activities. The pool is small and hardly anyone seems to swim - but we did! I recommend this excursion for anyone on a budget or just wanting a quick getaway. Ahoy! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have only been on a Disney cruise before this one, so I had my expectations low after reading previous reviews, but since this cruise line was just bought by the Ex-CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, it has had a lot of work put in to make it ... Read More
I have only been on a Disney cruise before this one, so I had my expectations low after reading previous reviews, but since this cruise line was just bought by the Ex-CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, it has had a lot of work put in to make it a much better experience for the value. The ship is an older ship, but it was extremely clean. The Grand Celebration (name of the ship) is also a small ship, but it was fine because the cruise is only 2 days long. The entertainment variety show was subpar and was the least liked thing on the cruise, but the restaurants and the onboard activities and music was great. A few other guests were telling us that this cruise was actually better than the Carnival cruise they were recently on. The rooms were extremely clean, and just average, not fancy or too bad. The bathrooms were really clean. We had the oceanview room. The staff is extremely nice. One time a guest walked up to a staff member in the buffet area at around 11 PM where they were only serving pizza, but were going to open up for snacks at 12 again. They asked if they could just randomly bring out pasta, and the staff went to the kitchen to actually ask and get the pasta for them! The shore excursion we did was the beach getaway with the open bar and the buffet. It was a beautiful beach, a bit busy with other cruise ship goers on the same beach as well, but the open bar was great. Overall, it was a great cruise for the price. It isn't a fully inclusive cruise, there are options for upgrading your dinner for the fancier restaurant which is worth it, but you can still have a good time without upgrading anything or buying any drinks. Honestly, alot of the bad, more recent reviews are coming from guests who are having wild expectations or honestly who have just bad attitudes about this trip. Both my Disney cruise and this cruise were positive experiences. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We enjoyed this 2 day getaway---nice ship, 2 pools, hot tubs..pool wasn't crowded since we went midweek although it was spring break--my son and I had the pool to ourselves for a bit,before everyone figured out it wasn't too cold ... Read More
We enjoyed this 2 day getaway---nice ship, 2 pools, hot tubs..pool wasn't crowded since we went midweek although it was spring break--my son and I had the pool to ourselves for a bit,before everyone figured out it wasn't too cold to enter!--food decent, nice buffet, burgers and hot dogs poolside and ice cream cone machine...although that should stay open late! loved the entertainment--very funny comedian, good magician and excellent arial artist---good band to dance to in the Encore lounge---lots of bars and lounges, arcade...we embarked early for the embarkation buffet lunch...cabin was fine with a large window, my son slept in an upper berth which was kind of annoying since you have to wait for the steward to raise and lower it---water pressure was fine in the shower. We took the jeep excursion which was good, although it is misleading...they put 4 to a jeep so you have to take turns if you want to drive the jeep---we got a good deal on this sail, so keep checking for good prices---also prices go down for cruise photos when the trip is over so buy your photos then! We were disappointed there wasn't a water slide, just a baby one for the little kiddies...This ship is the old Carnival Celebration ship, but it is much better than the ship they had before when we went a couple of years ago. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was the first cruise for my wife and I, as well as our kids (12 and 9). We were joined by my parents, who are experienced cruisers. Overall, a great introduction to cruising. Security, baggage check, and check in were smooth. A ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my wife and I, as well as our kids (12 and 9). We were joined by my parents, who are experienced cruisers. Overall, a great introduction to cruising. Security, baggage check, and check in were smooth. A little disappointed that there wasn't much more happening and more food (other than cookies and juice) while we waited to embark. We boarded immediately upon it being available in order to grab lunch. However, this made for a slow afternoon as there weren't many activities on the ship, and the pools were not attractive. (I don't remember seeing a single person in the main pool over the entire sailing.) Cabin was clean (we checked for bed bugs and came up empty). As we were four, it was disappointing that we had a 3-person cabin in to which they brought a roll-away cot. (Made for extremely tight quarters.) Other than that, no issues with the cabin. (Midway through the trip we experienced a problem with the toilet. Turns out other cabins had the same problem. By the time we next returned to the cabin, it had been resolved and was fine thereafter.) We only dined at the buffet. Food was good, and almost enough selection to cover everyone, including gluten-free options for my wife. Not having experience on other cruises I can't compare, but the food was better than I would have expected. We're not drinkers, but the one I had was fine. Evening entertainment was terrific (the main variety show) and we all enjoyed it. Went both nights. Other than a short time in the arcade and a heated game of bean bag toss (which was actually a lot of fun!), we didn't participate in further entertainment/activities aboard the ship. As per other reviews and the cruise website, the ship's currently sailing to Binini. (From what I understand, this is due to hurricane damage at Freeport.) It seemed the crew was concerned about getting everyone over via the tenders (we ended up dropping anchor at the south end of the island, doubling the tender's travel time); we ended up getting on the second tender which actually left exactly on our scheduled time. We spent the morning at one of the Hilton pools (don't know why we weren't directed to their large, activity-based pool) but it was fine. Had lunch at one of the restaurants on the resort property, and then headed to downtown Binini. Do not waste your time doing this. There is nothing there, and we spent our hour there only waiting for the tram to come to bring us back to the resort. Spent an hour or so at the Hilton's beach which was beautiful. Service was terrific - no concerns there. (My wife actually left a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table after dinner. Not a big deal, but annoying. It was actually picked up by one of the crew and who let enough others know that when we came back and inquired about it, we were able to find the crew member and retrieve it. Just very nice for a bottle of hand sanitizer!) Disembarkation was straightforward and quick. This was a terrific introduction to cruising. Wouldn't do this one again only because the ship's not big and/or the sailing long enough to have attractions for the kids during the day. But, I'd certainly recommend it to any first timers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This cruise was pleasant on an older smaller ship. We upgraded to a balcony room and it was super. The room was spacious, beautiful and comfortable. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and over abundant! We had ... Read More
This cruise was pleasant on an older smaller ship. We upgraded to a balcony room and it was super. The room was spacious, beautiful and comfortable. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and over abundant! We had a 7 yr old child who had a blast on board with the staff extremely helpful with her. The entertainment was surprisingly good. The morning we were to depart for shore in Bimini the Captain determined the sea was too rough to let us depart onto the small boats to go on the island. Everyone was bummed and many were down right riotress. Don't really know the whys for sure, but since we couldn't get off we decided to make the best of a undesireable situation. The weather was gorgeous and the food was plenty. Drinks were two for one. All in all we had a great time and would consider doing it again. Thankful we had a roomy beautiful balcony room since we had to stay aboard the ship the whole trip. Ernesto and Joy were wonderful as room service on V-4. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We purchased a cruise/land package through Groupon for our trip. The cruise was 1 night to the Bahamas, 2 nights on the island at a hotel and 1 more night on the ship returning to Florida. We had a very nice time on the ship. There were ... Read More
We purchased a cruise/land package through Groupon for our trip. The cruise was 1 night to the Bahamas, 2 nights on the island at a hotel and 1 more night on the ship returning to Florida. We had a very nice time on the ship. There were a couple things that were not right and I'll explain. The temperature on the ship, in any inside area, was freezing cold. I mean, it was about 62 degrees indoors and near 90 outside. You could not be comfortable no matter where you went. Even the staff was complaining about the cold. Many passengers didn't have jackets due to the heat at the time of year. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. They went out of their way to make us comfortable and show us a good time. The entertainment was great, the food was also very good with many choices. The hard part was the luggage issue. You were only on the ship one night so you couldn't unpack because you had to take all your belongings with you in the a.m. when you disembarked the ship in the Bahamas. The ship was very clean and in good repair. The stateroom was clean and comfortable except for the cold temperature. The hotel (Grand Lucayan was miserable. I do not recommend staying there if visiting the Bahamas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a great time, we weren't expecting a 5 star experience as in the bigger ships. The food was good, the entertainment was decent and the rooms were actually great. They were much bigger than in the cruise we've been on in ... Read More
We had a great time, we weren't expecting a 5 star experience as in the bigger ships. The food was good, the entertainment was decent and the rooms were actually great. They were much bigger than in the cruise we've been on in the past. It was a quick getaway and it truly exceeded our expectations. For the price we would Definitely recommend and we'll cruise with them again in the future. I can say that they were much more coordinated than in our experience. The boarding and un-boarding was quite simple. They provide parking for 18/ per day which I thought was pretty average. The alcohol packages aren't great, but not too terrible either. The only thing I would say they could improve on would be on their kids programs. Our son wasn't very thrilled about their programs, but I wasn't expecting Disney either. We went on a quick family vacation and our expectations were exceeded. If you're looking for a 5 start retreat pay for that. This isn't what you're going to experience here, but if you're looking for a quick fun getaway book your cruise and make the best of it. We DID! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Someone reviewed this cruise and called it the "Motel 6" of cruise lines. This is not only silly, but totally unfair. As I understand it, the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship is a decommissioned Carnival boat that was sold to ... Read More
Someone reviewed this cruise and called it the "Motel 6" of cruise lines. This is not only silly, but totally unfair. As I understand it, the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship is a decommissioned Carnival boat that was sold to Paradise Cruise Line to run shuttles from the Port of West Palm Beach to the Bahama's. Sure it's a little older boat and not as glitzy and blinged out as most of the more established and popular lines, but it does the job and does it well. I purchased tickets on Groupon for a 2 night,3 day cruise to Grand Bahama Island. This only cost me $269 FOR TWO PEOPLE! I later called their customer service (who were always very courteous and helpful) and added my daughter for an additional $139. Where else are you going to get that kind of value? We had a very clean and spacious ocean view room. The staff was very nice and attentive to our needs. The entertainment was very good, ship activities were fun and the food was good. I heard many complaints from passengers on-board regarding the food quality and selection, these are the people who were just expecting way too much value out of what they paid for. If you only cruised on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or some other extravagant cruise line before, sure you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a great value and a nice time, you'll be happy you made the decision to cruise with them. This was our second cruise with Grand Celebration and we're already planning a third..... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because it is convenient for us to leave from the port of Palm Beach and being only a 2 night cruise, it was easy to getaway. It was my husband's birthday & the cruise visited his home town, of Freeport , ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it is convenient for us to leave from the port of Palm Beach and being only a 2 night cruise, it was easy to getaway. It was my husband's birthday & the cruise visited his home town, of Freeport , Grand Bahama. The ship was very comfortable & clean. Our cabin, which had been upgraded to an outside room, was well appointed, even providing a blow-dryer for hair! We really prefer to do our own thing, especially since we have experience on the island, so we did not take any of the offered shore excursions. We found our way to some shops & cafes for some Bahamian dishes...conch fritters & peas & rice...plus banana daiquiris served in coconut shells. Then made out way to a beach near the ship & swam & did some beachcombing. We had perfect weather, never even a white-cap on the ocean. Absolutely the calmest seas of any cruise I have ever taken. The food on board was never ending. There was always something being served near the pool or just inside at a buffet. We dined in the Stellar Prime didning room both evenings and were very pleased that our request for a private table for 2 was honored both nights. Our waiters & wine stewardess were very friendly & gave us great service. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I purchase a package over the phone nearly a year ago. I had never been a cruise ship before. I had concerns of being sick from all the waves of the sea. And I have to say I didn't hardly feel a thing. I enjoyed a smooth ride to and ... Read More
I purchase a package over the phone nearly a year ago. I had never been a cruise ship before. I had concerns of being sick from all the waves of the sea. And I have to say I didn't hardly feel a thing. I enjoyed a smooth ride to and from the Bahamas. The food was great I enjoyed the buffet. Found myself busy with eating, exercising or attending the variety shows. The staff was professionals. The other guest were just right group of people. The ship was clean and comfortable. I didn't attend any of the exclusions of fine dinning but I did see those who did. They where dress to the nine. This was an excellent opportunity for anyone. If you just wanted to lay back and enjoy in your swim suit. Or, if you wanted a formal setting. Thank Grand Celebration for a great first time experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first cruise and my boyfriend's second. I think this is great for first timers or short cruise seekers. If you are used to high end luxurious cruises then this may not suit you. If you can make a good time out of anything ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my boyfriend's second. I think this is great for first timers or short cruise seekers. If you are used to high end luxurious cruises then this may not suit you. If you can make a good time out of anything like me, then you will enjoy yourself. So here we go... Embarkment: They only offer valet which costs about $36 for the 2 days, cash only. Check-in was smooth and boarding was even smoother. We got there a little after 12 and by the time we checked in at the desk we were able to walk right on the boat. They have a green screen just before going on so you can take a nice shot where they put the ship/water behind you. You have the option to check your bags in so they are taken to your room for you, but they only check in roll-on bags. Rooms aren't ready till 2pm so we had to carry duffel bags around till then. Room: M37, Desk 5. Room is nice and clean. Only 1 outlet that I was able to find. You can bring a power strip. My only complaint about the room was is was pretty hot. We asked for a fan the second night which really helped. Memories Photo Gallery: A few hours after you board they will have all of your embarkment photos I mentioned before displayed on the wall where you can choose to purchase them. They had a special that included 2 photos, a key chain, and a magnet for about $20. They also offered professional/romantic pictures that evening between 6-10pm. You don't have to pay if you don't want the pictures. We did the romantic pictures with the black background and the one in front of the green screen. The photographers are great, they do a TON of poses for you. They were ready a couple hours later and they came out SO GOOD! It ended up being like $45 for the 3 we bought plus a couple key chains. Highly recommend. Food & Drinks: They have the buffet, a sit down restaurant included in the price with a reservation, and another fancier sit down restaurant that's an extra $30 a person. We chose not to do either of the sit down places because we didn't want to subject ourselves to a time. The buffet was good. They had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As well as a late night pizza buffet and a late night taco and nacho buffet. They also have burger and hot dogs in the afternoon by the pool. The 2nd day while we are at Freeport they have a smokehouse BBQ around 2:30pm that was good. Water, lemonade, tea, and coffee are free. They offer a $21 package for unlimited soda. They offer 10 drink tickets for $65. This is a good deal if you aren't drinking beer. Beer is about $6 a bottle so you would end up losing money if that's all you're drinking. Any bar purchase they add 15% service charge, including the drink tickets. Entertainment: We decided not to go to the shows so I can't comment there. They have karaoke each night at 10pm by the pool. We love karaoke so we had a blast here. We went to the Voltage night club the first night around 12-1am. There weren't many people there and the DJ was terrible, but like I said before we make a good time out of anything so I danced my night away and had a great time. The pools are salt water so I couldn't stand to be in them too long without my skin feeling dry. They have some other activities through-out the day. Freeport: We didn't purchase excursions because the weather wasn't going to be nice. Right at the port, about a 15 minute walk there are a few shops and a Senor Frogs restaurant. So I would suggest that if you aren't doing excursions. From what I hear the shopping district isn't worth going to. Disembarkment: 2.5 hours without passports! Be prepared to wait. Spent about $400 while on the ship (2 people). Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We typically cruise from the Port of Miami or Port Everglades but Palm Beach offered a two day "quickie" cruise that we could take with other family members. We did this same cruise last year. We arrived at the port around 1 PM ... Read More
We typically cruise from the Port of Miami or Port Everglades but Palm Beach offered a two day "quickie" cruise that we could take with other family members. We did this same cruise last year. We arrived at the port around 1 PM and valet parking was pretty efficient. The checking of baggage is slow as you must handle your own bags from curbside to a crowded hallway where two people use a check list to take your luggage to the holding area for eventual delivery to your cabin. Lunch buffet is decent and the "on your time" dining in Stellar Prime provided good food though service was a little slow. The entertainment was good and the comedian Landry was a hoot. We booked the tour to Taino Beach this time (versus Lacaya Resort) and it was the best. There is the lazy river, infinity pool, gorgeous beach and a restaurant with beachside deck. It's a little hike from the ship to the beach then to the resort but well worth it. The ferry ride back was great as was a quick meal of fried lobster tail, fresh conch salad and fritters at Big Daddy Browns at the market place. The outside cabin was ample but be warned if you are at the back of the ship it is very noisy with creaking and banging noises. The common areas were cold but the cabins could have been a little cooler for comfort. Will definitely go again for a quick weekend relaxer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I went on this trip with a group of 14 friends. I enjoyed a lot the ship that to offer and for a first time cruise. I was able to enjoy things on my own time such as the spa which the Sana was wonderful and great for the price! I was a ... Read More
I went on this trip with a group of 14 friends. I enjoyed a lot the ship that to offer and for a first time cruise. I was able to enjoy things on my own time such as the spa which the Sana was wonderful and great for the price! I was a little shaky about the boat taking off so right about 6 p.m. when the ship left Palm Beach i went to the Spa to unwind a little. The drinks were great! All the bars were very knowledgeable of what they are doing. The shows, games and events that went on all through out the night kept a lot of us up and having fun till the early hours of the morning. The shore excursion was fun however I wish I had brought my own shopping bag with me to help carry my stuff that I bought. The straw market is great but if you are uncomfortable with being "Cat Called" of a sort don't go. They will do anything to get you to come into their shops to buy something. Also go a head an pick the option "WITH LUNCH" that's like $10 or so more because its worth it. Restaurants charge an arm and a leg for lunch around the shopping area. However if you didn't go out of the boat they played games all day and watched movies in the big lounge area. The food is so good, just go a head and have 2 breakfasts and dinners because you will want too! The gift shop has giveaways and I personally found a better deal on t-shirts on the boat than off. Advice: When you board from Palm Beach and you drink a lot of soda buy the cup that is $21 something before you get on the ship which is for unlimited soda the whole trip. Those things run you about $3 a can. Don't do that to yourself. Also grab as many cookies as you can because you will never see them again and they are so good! On the return they make you place your bags out the door at 2 a.m. or you have to carry them off the ship. A lot of people were in PJs getting off the ship. I have a large purse so I put mine in there. Also if you have a birth certificate and not a passport get ready to wait 3 hours to get out of customs and off the ship. It's an hour to get off the ship and 2 hours through customs. If you have your passport you go right to the front. There is no self parking just vallet which is $18 per day. All in all I really enjoyed the trip I would do it again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This cruise deal started with the groupon promotion. I was immediately suspect, but my wife had already made the purchase, so we decided to go for it. As avid cruisers, we have been on many cruises, this one being the shortest. We ... Read More
This cruise deal started with the groupon promotion. I was immediately suspect, but my wife had already made the purchase, so we decided to go for it. As avid cruisers, we have been on many cruises, this one being the shortest. We arrived at the port early, so that we might attend a sales seminar and get some free onboard credits. Valet parking is $18 a day, and we dropped off our bags, and checked in very quickly. After listening to the seminar which offers a travel deal website after a buy in costing thousands of dollars, we graciously said no , and then boarded the ship. The ship being a vintage 1990s vessel, was clean, updated, and easy to navigate. We had lunch at the buffet on the top deck, which was very good.. The inside cabin was clean, and what we would expect on a ship of this vintage . We were travelling with three so our cabin had a drop down bed . Sit down dinners at stellar prime were excellent , as were the sit down breakfasts . For snacking , pizza and ice cream were available , plus a bbq at the pool . Evening entertainment included magicians, comedians , dancers and cirque style entertainers . Good shows both nights including a late night adult comedy show $12 pp . Fun entertainment around the ship on both days too ! Our day in Freeport was great , as we arranged our own day at Paradise Cove for snorkelling . This is a good cruise for first timers , or those looking for a quick getaway . Don't expect all the extras of a big ship . Good Memories of our early cruising days on smaller ships .Would go again and maybe stay over for a couple of nights . Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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