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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
8 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I read through a lot of reviews before deciding to go on this cruise with my 2 kids (ages 10 & 15). I tried to prepare for any potential issues brought up by other reviewers. It turns out I didn’t need to! This cruise was great! I ... Read More
I read through a lot of reviews before deciding to go on this cruise with my 2 kids (ages 10 & 15). I tried to prepare for any potential issues brought up by other reviewers. It turns out I didn’t need to! This cruise was great! I will preface my review by saying I have sailed in Carnival 5 times before. I needed something that would fit my budget and time schedule and this 2 night cruise on the Classica was perfect! Embarkation was a breeze. We were greeted warmly and everything went smoothly during the process. A delicious lunch buffet was waiting for us when we got on board. The selections at this and all meals were great. Our room was a spacious inside cabin for three. If I had to say one thing bad it would be the shower size could have been a bit larger. There were plenty of on board activities to occupy our time with. We dined in the Tellow Elder for dinner and breakfast and the food and service was wonderful! We caught both big singing and dancing productions and LOVED them. We also caught some of the other entertainment around the ship and they were all great! I loved this cruise and look forward to doing another one! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Great weekend cruise! Embarkation and disembarkation were super easy! Ship is old but was very clean and kept up nicely. Our oceanview cabin was clean and spacious. Storage was plentiful and the bathroom was comfortable. Shower was ... Read More
Great weekend cruise! Embarkation and disembarkation were super easy! Ship is old but was very clean and kept up nicely. Our oceanview cabin was clean and spacious. Storage was plentiful and the bathroom was comfortable. Shower was great! There were 2 pools and 4 hot tubs. Our cruise was at capacity but you could still get a lounge chair. Many bars with great service and tasty drinks. All of the bartenders and servers we met went over and above to make us feel welcome. Food was adequate. Menu was more limited than on longer cruises but was good. Same with the buffet, good but not as many choices. The Entertainment was outstanding if you are into shows. The theater was very nice with comfortable seating and spacious aisles. It was easy to see from nearly any seat. The first night show was a variety show that included a comedian (great), an illusionist (very good, too) and song and dance acts. The second night was a variety of eras and genres of music and dancing. This was probably more appealing to a little older audience (40+). We were in port at Freeport, Bahamas from 8am to 5pm on day 2. There are many things to do uf you go ashore but they akso have many activities going on on the ship, if you dont want to get off. You cannot beat this cruise for value. If you've never cruised or just want a 2 night getaway, this is a wonderful choice. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Mid March 2018 All aspects of this cruise adequate to wonderful. We arrived at the Port early and were dropped off by Uber, so that part was super easy. Because we didn’t use the Valet service, I can’t comment on that part. ... Read More
Mid March 2018 All aspects of this cruise adequate to wonderful. We arrived at the Port early and were dropped off by Uber, so that part was super easy. Because we didn’t use the Valet service, I can’t comment on that part. The attendants taking our luggage were quick & efficient, watch closely to be sure all of your tags have your exact cabin # . The process to receive your cabin key and be given your “onboard materials” is a bit choppy, I’m not sure how that could be improved but it involves quite a bit of standing and waiting. Once on the ship, everyone is allowed to go immediately to the Main Buffet. Personally I found the choices ok to very good, it was easy to make a nice salad, meat choices were delicious and the cooked veggies were all quite tasty. The included beverages were better on Bahamas Paradise than on other ships. We could choose from: 1. Sweetened Açai Iced Tea 2. Unsweetened Iced Tea 3. Lemonade 4. Tea , Coffee, Decaf Yes, I understand that most cruises offer the above beverages without an extra charge, however on this ship the Serving area was more accesible, better organized, kept very neat and of a high quality when compared to Royal Caribbean & Carnival. It wasn’t presented as an afterthought or done in such a way that one felt forced to purchase a soft drink package. I had an empty reusable water bottle, it was useful for bringing iced tea back to my cabin easily.....wash it out and use for refills. Mine had a shoulder strap and secure top. We purchased the one hour unlimited wine party tasting, it was $12 and lots of fun to sample wine that one wouldn’t ordinarily obtain. I’d read on other reviews that the Cruise ship employees really push the ( $70.00) ten drink package, however once we purchased the “wine tasting cocktail party” , we were left alone. The luggage arrived to the cabin in a timely manner, the cabin was spacious, beautiful & clean. The mini fridge, balcony , terry cloth robes, closets, toiletries etc were all adequate. Both tub and shower were in fine working condition. . . although not simple to figure out. Fresh fruit, Free room service food choices, hot coffee etc were a pleasant surprise, I did tip the wait staff extra. The one problem area were the European electrical plugs, even though we knew ahead to bring adapters and extension cords , they still seemed inconveniently placed and there were not enough of them. My advice would be to bring two longer extension cords and 5/6 European adapters. Comedians, music and Entertainmnt were all ok. The swimming pools were adequate and it was easy to leave the ship in the Bahamas and return to it. Cab rides were about $10 round trip, hot and not really comfy. That part is in need of improvement. Going thru customs using our passports was quick without any issues or endlessly waiting in slowly moving long lines. Considering how many very negative reviews I’d read about this mini cruise, overall I was pleased and did not have or see those awful things published by so many others. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My experience of the Bahama Paradise Cruise Line ship “Grand Celebration” sailing 3/13/18. Sitting in a garage with my best friend and girlfriend 5 days before spring break thinking about what we are going to do. My best friend says ... Read More
My experience of the Bahama Paradise Cruise Line ship “Grand Celebration” sailing 3/13/18. Sitting in a garage with my best friend and girlfriend 5 days before spring break thinking about what we are going to do. My best friend says “let go on a cruise”. We did a little research and found the Bahama Paradise Line. I didn't believe that you can go on being only 18 and drinking at 18, so I decided to call. That's when I met Branden. He answered every single question of mine, including pricing, what we need, and all the extra (normal) fees associated with cruising. I asked for his extension (343) so I could contact him later to book. Branden called me the next day just checking in to see how we were looking. I want to make it clear that I did not feel pressured at all into booking the cruise. I felt like I was one of his family members and he just wanted to see if he could make anything easier. A few calls were exchanged, and I let him know we are just getting the money situation figured out and I will call him back. A day went by when I later called him, “Hey Kevin how are you” was the first thing he said. To which I replied “Im great, and hope you are ready to take some credit card numbers”. Booking was extremely easy and I highly praise Branden for how easy it went. Getting on the ship was extremely easy and everyone was very welcoming. The ship was vibrant and clean and made me feel comfortable. The ship departed on time and everything couldn't be more perfect. Of course when we were in international waters it was time to hit the bar. I feel that all the food onboard was well prepared, and everything was absolutely amazing. Although a little seasick the first day and night on the ship was fantastic. The Bahamas was very fun as well although we did not do a shore excursion as we just wanted to relax on the beach. That night on the ship was even better than the first!!! The comedy club was absolutely amazing, and 100% worth the $12 per ticket. I can't put into words how amazing this trip was and how great everyone was. Hashi my room staff men even took the time to learn my name and upheld the most professionalism. I want to thank everyone on that ship for making my vacation fantastic. The wait staff at dinner was amazing and all the bartenders especially the one at the Oasis deck were absolutely amazing. And a huge thank you to Brandon for making this all possible! Honestly, reading google reviews and watching youtube videos about this ship I was a little skeptical and I started to judge it before I even got on board. I had head horror stories and to watch out for cheap cruises. But this cruise was amazing. I have been on a Royal Caribbean ship 3 times and Carnaval 4 times. The service on the Grand Celebration definitely competes with those lines. The google reviews do this cruise line no justice. I am a seasoned traveler, and extremely experienced with timeshare and vacations as executives of two of the largest hotel chains are in my immediate family. This cruise was absolutely amazing for the price. People say you get what you pay for… However on this ship, I feel that I recieved way more than what my $276 should have gotten me. Summer for me is in 4 months, and I am already planning my next trip. It won't be on Carnival, it won't be on Royal. Because I felt like I was part of a family on Bahama Paradise, I want to sail again with my family. I have been recommending this cruise to everyone I talk to since i've been back. And I will absolutely continue to. So thank you Bahama Paradise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
I want to saw, my hats is off to the employees at Grand Celebration Cruise Ship. Everyone was super nice and very helpful. The food was excellent and their was plenty of it, must have gained 10lbs or more. I have been on other cruises but ... Read More
I want to saw, my hats is off to the employees at Grand Celebration Cruise Ship. Everyone was super nice and very helpful. The food was excellent and their was plenty of it, must have gained 10lbs or more. I have been on other cruises but this one was the best by far. Our room was fresh and clean, their were plenty of activities that kept us busy, one big party. If anyone is planning a cruse the Grand Celebration won't disappoint. Thanks again for the great memories. The price was affordable and we booked the Bahamas stay for 5 days and 2 day Cruise through Royal Seas Cruise Line. Everything was included from 3 nights in Orlando and 5 days in Bahamas and then 3 night in Ft Lauderdale. What a wonderful time we had, well worth the money spent. Again if your looking for a cruise you simply cannot afford to pass up the Grand Celebration Cruise Line. This cruse is for everyone who wants to have a good time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I purchased my tickets on Groupon for a great price, $269 for a seaview cabin. From beginning to end EVERYTHING was on point. Sure you get hit with a few side charges (drinks and/or soda package, excursion fee, parking fee) but again, well ... Read More
I purchased my tickets on Groupon for a great price, $269 for a seaview cabin. From beginning to end EVERYTHING was on point. Sure you get hit with a few side charges (drinks and/or soda package, excursion fee, parking fee) but again, well worth it. The ship was clean, the food was good, the entertainment was great...hey, NO complaints here!! I'm going again, this time to Bimini (I guess they change their destination in the Fall) and I can't wait. Take a chance, I'm more than positive you will have a wonderful time! While I was onboard I checked out all the little "clubs" and casino. The Dancing Martian at the rear of the ship and under the stars was the best. The Voltage Club on the casino level is where I ended my nights after a late night snack...those pizzas hit the spot. Spent a few bucks in the casino and had a BLAST at the beach and uber nice shopping area behind the hotel on Freeport. Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my very first cruise and I didn't know what to expect ..boy was I pleasantly surprise..From beginning to end it was an excellent cruise "smooth sailing" I have so many Pics of the ship I will never forget how ... Read More
This was my very first cruise and I didn't know what to expect ..boy was I pleasantly surprise..From beginning to end it was an excellent cruise "smooth sailing" I have so many Pics of the ship I will never forget how happy I was.. For all the negative reviews we must not have been on the same ship.. This ship was so clean and every one bent over backwards to accommodate U.. My cabin was very clean and U have Ur own personal attendant that will assist U with your cabin needs.. The entertainment was on point. the dining was exquisite having an array of foods to choose from even those of us that are "Vegan"...Ports an shore excursions, was very organized and safe... I really enjoyed the entertainment we were entertained by Comedians Dancers that were very good and had several different styles of dancing. I really love the the Lady who did the acrobats I was thrilled, I never seen any one with that type of agility... We also was entertained by a magician he was funny and had a great act .I really like the interaction he had with the audience.. From the start to the end and I really didn't want it to end it was truly an amazing trip so once again if U looking for a short or a long cruise the Grand Celebration is the ship you want to take your first,second or third etc on...Can't wait for my next cruise but I'll never forget my first "Grand Celebration"... Read Less
57 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
OK so just got back from this cruise, at the airport right now actually and I must say this was a very fun cruise. Now a little background about me. I have cruise 26+ times ALL will carnival cruise lines do my expectations going into this ... Read More
OK so just got back from this cruise, at the airport right now actually and I must say this was a very fun cruise. Now a little background about me. I have cruise 26+ times ALL will carnival cruise lines do my expectations going into this was very very low. But to my surpise, the check in and demarkation wad the fast Ever 20 mins total from my cabin to in a cab. Food was cool.. with most items being tast, entertainment was awesome! My cabin was nice and cleaned often. I had an ocean view. The liquor process was pretty awesome, u can by a bottle that last u the whole cruise for about 96 bucks or drink tickets for 65 bucks. In all I will do this cruise again in a heart beat. The complainers on here, please go with the royal snob cruise line or be a Lil more open. Read Less
40 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
When booking this cruise, a friend and I decided on a whim to go for it. We found it on groupon for a very low price and had never been on a cruise before. We didn't even bother to check reviews until the next day. Our expectations ... Read More
When booking this cruise, a friend and I decided on a whim to go for it. We found it on groupon for a very low price and had never been on a cruise before. We didn't even bother to check reviews until the next day. Our expectations were lowered after reading reviews for hours. Fast forward a month and we arrived in West Palm at 11:00. A family member of mine dropped us off and right away we headed inside. The women checking us in was very helpful in all of our 'first timer' questions. We headed to the gate and got our picture taken and purchased the $63 ($76) drink package. I say ($76) because the 18% charge to EVERY purchase is very real. Each ticket covers a drink up to $10.25 and you get ten tickets. Do the math and you'd see that the drink package is very worth its price. Most of the drinks aren't that expensive, the most expensive glass of wine was $9.50, plus the 18% charge. My friend even got away with using a ticket to get a $10.75 martini. Any way, the check in process took only 5 minutes. The crew was a little late letting us on (only about 20 minutes, 12:20ish). We were within the first 20 people on the ship so we were able to get our hands on the food first. With the price we paid, the food was pretty good. I was unfortunately sick the whole weekend with a sore throat and cough so I didn't have much of an appetite. In the buffet, I just snacked on some sad, fruit and bread. Once we finished in there, we headed right outside to the pool and played some corn hole. I kept getting approached by employees to buy Bahama Mamas in these souvenir cups for $14. I kept declining because I'm only 20 and couldn't drink until we left the port. One employee ended up letting me purchase one and allowed me to put a margarita in my cup instead. My drink was VERY strong. Definitely worth it and saw a lot of people ended up purchasing the cups. Before we boarded the ship, we decided to make reservations at Stellar Prime. You could only chose between a 6:30 and 8:30 dinner time, we wen't with the 8:30. We started getting ready for dinner right after we left the port. After being in the room for 15 minutes, we could feel everything rock and started feeling extremely seasick. Our room was on the 6th deck in the very front of the boat. We heard EVERYTHING the boat did, which resulted in very early wake up calls both mornings.. The dinner was good.. Just good, not great. But again, what do you expect when you paid $112 a person? The buffet didn't really appeal to us and didn't really make sense. It had stuff like mexican rice, chicken, meatballs then cole slaw and burgers. It didn't flow. Freeport was just meh. It was overcast so we didn't really lay out on the free beach, plus it was really small. We wondered onto the resort beach and after what felt like a mile of walking, we sat down on some steps to look at our map. An employee came up to us and semi-nicely told us we had to leave because we didn't pay. That night, we went back to Stellar Prime and I really only enjoyed the Pot Stickers and the dessert because my throat hurt so bad. My friends and I went to see the Adult Scavenger Hunt. I ended up participating and had the best time! Out of all the little events they had going on, that one was my favorite. We also saw a show and spent time in the casino and dancing at the rave and the 70's/80's pop rewind. So overall, three first time cruisers between the ages of 19-20, we really enjoyed our time. The ship is clean, drinks were good, hot tub was hot and had really good BBQ on the second day. We made friends with a bunch of the staff and people of all ages! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
We read many reviews, heard many horrors. Turns out if you believe everything you hear then you're naive to reality. We boarded the ship with ease after leaving our car with Valet. Nice option to parking garage. Once on ship we found ... Read More
We read many reviews, heard many horrors. Turns out if you believe everything you hear then you're naive to reality. We boarded the ship with ease after leaving our car with Valet. Nice option to parking garage. Once on ship we found the party already started. Food at poolside was fantastic. Not made then placed in warmers, made to order Burgers, hot dogs and Brats. Sides were a perfect fit. Not stuffy food most other cruises offer, having to guess what you're eating. Our Suite was perfect, fruit basket presentation was exceptional. Very clean and large. Nuyasa and Fauzon from Indonesia made sure our time on ship was perfect. Can't tell them thank you enough. Stellar Prime was perfect, family style seating so you get to meet people on ship for dinner. You also get great service staff like Nenad and of course the Great Helder to make sure everything is perfect for dinner. The buffet was one of best we've ever experienced on a cruise. Food you actually know. Not fancy creations to impress. Just plain good. Fresh made pizza . Barbeque on deck with corn hole brings the picnic to the boat. The on ship entertainment needs some help, however it was still enjoyable. The comedian sucked. Wasn't worth the extra 23.00. After walking out of show we found entertainment in other parts of the ship. For a low cost cruise you can't beat the quality of service and amenities. Of course we've traveled on many ships and our expectations were short on this one. However on returning to port my wife and I decided we'd take this boat a couple times a year for a short affordable getaway. Don't believe everything you read experience it for yourself. Highly suggest renting car from Avis, they'll pick you up at port and you can navigate this island with ease on your own. Be adventurous Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
Grand Celebration: July 3rd, 2015 Intro: My wife and I booked this cruise about month ago and got one of the last rooms for the sailing. We had a free night at the PGA National Resort to use, so it helped make the three hour drive to ... Read More
Grand Celebration: July 3rd, 2015 Intro: My wife and I booked this cruise about month ago and got one of the last rooms for the sailing. We had a free night at the PGA National Resort to use, so it helped make the three hour drive to West Palm worth it. I've been on many cruises, mostly with Carnival and Royal Caribbean, with a few other lines mixed in over the years. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has been around for awhile now under different names. They used to operate the old Imperial Majesty, and after her retirement they bought the Bahamas Celebration. Bahamas Celebration was damaged last year and subsequently sold. They started sailing the Grand Celebration earlier this year. It seems that they change their company name each time they change ships. As a long time Carnival customer, I knew a bit about what to expect coming onto the GC. She's a former Carnival ship (then known as just “Celebration”) and was last sailing for them out of Jacksonville. After leaving the Carnival fleet she underwent some extensive renovations and updating for her stint with Ibero and then (very briefly) Costa. I never had a cruise on any of the old Holiday Class ships, so I was happy to find out that one was coming back home to Florida. I think the ship looks excellent overall. The cabins look better than some of the newer Fantasy and Destiny class (also Carnival) ships I've been on. The public areas are also very modern. The layout will feel very familiar to anyone who frequents Carnival. The ship even smells cleaner since they have a strict policy against any indoor smoking (even in the casino). It is only allowed on the port side of the exterior decks. Embarkation: We made it to the port without any problems. The mandatory valet parking slows down the process quite a bit. The line of cars stretched out to the main road shortly after we arrived. Luckily we got in just before the traffic jam and only waited a few minutes. Embarkation went quickly once we were in the terminal. They start their beverage and premium dining sales pitches immediately, and it continues throughout the cruise. You can simply bypass them and make regular dining reservations, which is what we did. The Ship: Guests enter the ship into the main lobby on Mercury Deck (old Main Deck), as was the case on the older Carnival Ships. Carnival oddly kept the deck name system on the newer Fantasy Class ships, even though their lobbies and main entrances are on Empress Deck. The Grand Celebration's decks have since been renamed, but still start with same first letters. Our cabin was R-17, which is forward on Regulus Deck. It had a single porthole view. It has been updated and looked modern. Certainly a huge improvement over the room we had on the old Bahamas Celebration. The door locks still use the old hole-punched "Ving Card" system. I haven't seen them in a very long time. Our room steward Donnie did an excellent job throughout the cruise keeping our room spotless. Lunch in the buffet was typical cruise fare, not amazing but not bad either. In addition to the salad and entrees there is also a hot bar on the side that usually has special dishes. At one point it was fresh pasta and carved roast beef. At night it becomes the pizzeria.The crew does an admirable job at keeping the chaos cleaned up. The pool areas are still mostly in their Carnival era configurations, with a new sunning area added to the top-forward deck. That area also has its own hot tub now, but no pool. I never saw many people up there, since its out of the normal guest flow. It's all a huge improvement over the old Bahamas Celebration. That ill-fated ship was a converted European car ferry. Her lido deck was very oddly laid out. The pools, hot tubs and dining areas were all added later. The Grand Celebration was created just for Caribbean cruises, so everything up top flows and works much better. A new bar area has been added above the aft pool called the Dancing Martian. They refer to it as a "beer garden". It has artificial grass, bean bag toss games, a band shell and daily drink specials. At night they have a DJ up there and dancing under the stars. The band shell has a new speaker and lighting system that works well during the dance parties. The promenade is the heart of every former and current Carnival ship, and Grand Celebration is no different. Her Promenade Deck (now called Paradise Deck) has most of the attractions of the ship. The ship's casino and nightclubs are on that deck. There is also a live music lounge called Encore next to the casino. The live singers and bands were excellent each night. The Latin music club in the Regal Room was frequently full with a packed dance floor. She's got an all new spa and gym area built at the aft end of the promenade deck. This area was a show lounge in her former life. The gym isn't huge, but it is well equipped with newer machines and weights. She's also got a Turkish bath and sauna area, but I believe it costs extra. The main theater at the front of the ship appears unmodified, although the furnishings looked to be new. The two main dining rooms are also on Aries Deck. The forward dining room is called The Admiralty Club. It costs extra, $20 per person plus a 15% gratuity. The aft dining room is called Stellar Prime and is included in the cruise fare. Just forward of The Admiralty Club is the Commodore Martini Bar. Along with specialty martinis, this lounge also has a live piano bar sing along in the evenings. The Helm library is right next to the martini bar. It's a very nice place to sit and relax. It's also where the internet cafe is located. The room has lots of cool ship memorabilia and models. Stuff I just eat up. Day 1: After the relatively brief embarkation, we dropped the bags in our cabin and explored the ship. The muster drill went as scheduled and sail away was right about on time. After watching sail away we got ready for the evening. First stop for the night was the show in the main theater. There really isn't a way to compare their current show with what they had on the old Bahamas Celebration. That ship didn't have a true theater, so the show was limited to what they could put on in a lounge. The shows are now much improved and on par with others in the short cruise market. Both the first and second night's show followed the same formula of dancers, a comedian (Brian Bradley who was very funny), an acrobatic act, a magician and a dance finale. I would have liked to attend Bradley’s adult comedy show on the second night, but they charge $11 per person for tickets. I’m not sure if that is their usual practice now, but I don’t recall paying anything for the comedy show on their old ship. After the show it was time for our late-seating dinner in the Stellar Prime dining room. The food was good and service was very fast. Kamel and his assistant Shuhada were very friendly and did a great job. I think this ship not having the disruptive "anytime dining" option helps keep service fast. It's been my experience that ships not originally designed for that system don't work very well when it's added later. Late in the evening we spent time in the various bars and lounges. They had country line dancing led by some of the dancers from the show in Encore. The Regal Room got packed once the live Latin band started playing. The only oddity was how empty the Voltage nightclub was. It's a really nice place. It's got a great sound system, new furniture and a ton of modern disco lighting. I later figured out once we went topside that the disco suffers from too many competing options. The Dancing Martian's outdoor club and karaoke next to main pool drew many would be patrons. Day 2: We had breakfast in the Stellar Prime dining room which was included in the fare. Food quality and service speed were again very good. We were lucky to have the same table and wait team from dinner. They also offer a premium breakfast in The Admiralty Club, but we never tried it. The buffet has breakfast each day for a casual experience. After breakfast we made a trip up to the gym for a workout. We had already decided to stay on board and skip Freeport. While the beaches there are nice, you have to take a taxi twenty minutes into town to get to them. The port only has a small shopping area with no beaches. Even that small shopping area is currently shut down though due to construction on the two main cruise ship docks. As the ship emptied out for day we headed up to the aft pool area. The aft pool has always been a favorite spot of mine on the Fantasy Class ships, and it was the same on the GC. It gets more breeze than the sheltered main pool and having its own bar, plus the nearby Dancing Martian, is convenient. The aft pool also had two hot tubs, whereas the main pool has none. In the afternoon they put on a Fourth of July barbecue by the aft pool and a craft beer fest as well. Beer pong and bean bag toss competitions were also held in the beer garden during our day in Freeport. The pool attendants were constantly coming around cleaning up empty drinks, plates and replenishing the towel supply. While I’m on the topic of drinks, the GC has some decent drink specials for a cruise ship. They have a buy five, get one free bucket of beers. They also have many BOGO and discount specials at various bars throughout the cruise. Guests can also buy booklets of discounted drink coupons. The only thing the cruise line needs to add is unlimited packages. The second evening went much the same as the first. I spent more time in the piano bar, the player did a good job keeping the audience participating. Broslyn the bartender was friendly and entertaining with his flair-tender skills. The second night's show was also good, maybe a bit better than the show on the first night. We had the same table and staff for dinner, but new table-mates. The Grand Celebration picks up and drops off passengers at Freeport, so you might see different faces on the second night on board if you don't do the resort package. The disco was dead again, so we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the Latin music in The Regal Room. The bartender in there, Dean, was a really nice guy. Later that night we stopped by the Dancing Martian, but it too wasn’t very active. On the way down to the room we walked through the buffet. They do a nice late night meal spread in there. I saw gyro pitas, pizza, buffalo wings, onion rings and more. They know how to feed late night boozers, Royal Caribbean could take a lesson from them. Debarkation: We learned the hard way that debarkation from the old Bahamas Celebration was a nightmare.The problem is mostly with the customs check. The GC, like the BC before her, doesn’t come back with the same passengers that she leaves with. She drops off and picks up guests at Freeport. On BC we waited until later in the morning to debark and the line for customs took over an hour to get through. We decided not to make the same mistake on Grand Celebration. On the last morning we got up early and got in line around 7:15 am. They had just started letting guests off, and we were off the ship in minutes. They have also set up a new line just for American citizens with passports. We got in that line and were through customs very quickly. The entire process took less than 15 minutes. Unfortunately, as with arrival, the valet parking held up departure while they brought the car around. Conclusion (or TL;DR version): For a two night cruise at generally low prices you really can't go wrong here. Food and service were great, in some ways better than what I’ve had on the big cruise lines. Their entertainment, especially the live music around the ship, is excellent. And of course the ship itself has been well taken care of. For the most part, she doesn’t look her nearly 30 years of age. Hopefully they get a past guest program in place at some point, because I’m looking forward to many more trips on GC! This review plus pictures can be found on the Cruise Critic message boards by following this link: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=47034904 Read Less
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