3 Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Bahamas

I booked this cruise to try out solo cruising. I was pleased that they do appeal to solo travelers and do not charge a single supplement for oceanview staterooms. I was accidentally charged for double occupancy but this was quickly ... Read More
I booked this cruise to try out solo cruising. I was pleased that they do appeal to solo travelers and do not charge a single supplement for oceanview staterooms. I was accidentally charged for double occupancy but this was quickly resolved by their online customer service chat. Embarkation And Disembarkation: The embarkation was a breeze, I was met with very friendly staff that assisted and directed me through the embarkation processes. I do like the fact that they offer valet parking at rates lower than what it costs to park yourself compared to other ports such as the Port of Miami.There was an area where you can pre-book your dining, shore excursions, and spa before boarding. The staff was not that pushy. Disembarkation is simplified, either you can get off early or get off late. I would recommend getting or using your passport as I was able to breeze through the customs line with a passport while others with birth certificates needed to wait in line. Cabin: The cabin was clean and spacious. It had some wear and tear but nothing worse than what I have experienced on other vessels that operate for the bigger cruise lines. The biggest issues I had was with the firm bed, the cold air conditioning, and no phone directory on the phone. If you do have multiple things to charge, it would be wise to bring a power strip with you as there is only one outlet in the room. I read other reviews prior to going and brought my own power strip. The Ship: I found the Grand Classica ship to be in very good condition with some minor noticeable wear and tear. The public areas were kept clean and I noticed the staff and crew was very quick to remove any rubbish that was found on the floor. The ship could use better quality signage as the some of the directories that were plastered over the old ones were beginning to peel off. Service: I found the service to be excellent. All the staff and crew that I interacted with was helpful and addressed whatever questions or needs that I had. I did have an issue with being charged for a bottle of water that I did not consume from the room and being charged for a bottle of water and a carrying case when I only purchased the bottle. This was cleared up at the purser's desk prior to disembarkation. Dining: Breakfast: The selection and quality compared to the bigger cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian was about equal. I did not have to really wait in line for an omelet. I stuck to the outdoor grill area in the back as I enjoy eating breakfast in the quiet area with some fresh air. Lunch: I did not really try out the lunch buffet food as I was not in the mood for anything offered on day 1. Instead I opted for a burger and fries. Not bad. On day 2 I ate lunch on the island instead of on the ship. Dinner: On night 1 I tried out Admiral's Steak and Seafood. The $33 cover charge gives you 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 entree (some premium items cost additional), 2 sides, and 1 dessert. The food was very good and well worth the money. On night 2 I tried out the Yellow Elder dining room. I was surprised you only get 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. I sometimes like to order other items on the menu to try out. Nonetheless, the portions were proper and the food was very good. I left satisfied and not hungry. I was surprised to find out that the eating dinner in the buffet was not an option as I would have loved to try that out if it was offered too. Entertainment and Activities: I did not have much of an opportunity to try out many of the activities. I did see both shows which I thought were pretty good. The acrobatic pair featured in the shows was amazing. Freeport, Bahamas: I booked the Crystal Beach swimming with the pigs shore excursion. The beach the excursion goes to was a small and well kept hole-in-the-wall off the beaten path that was not loud and overcrowded. The food and drinks were a bit pricey and it took a while for my order to be made. The pigs were brought out halfway during the excursion and we got to spend some time with them. Final Thoughts: Comparing how this cruise line operates versus the big league they seem to strive to operate at the big league level. They do some of the things a bit differently with their booking (couldn't look up existing booking or make reservations online), embarkation (could reserve dining, shore excursions, and spa right before boarding), dining, and disembarkation. There was a little bit of a learning curve as I have been used to sailing on the big league lines and on the newer and larger ships. It was refreshing to finally sail after all these years on a smaller vessel and not have to do a ton of walking to get to the other parts of the ship. The cruise was not fully booked, so the ship was not crowded and it was nice to not have to always wait in long lines or wait for a deck chair or dining table. While I feel there is still some need for polishing and improving, I felt what I paid for was worth it and for the most part I did have a pleasant cruise. I might consider coming back on this cruise line at a later time. Given that they now operate two ships, I would also be interested if they also offered 3 and 4 day cruises going to either Nassau, Key West, Cozumel, Havana, or just an extra day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date December 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
Sail Date November 2018
Price This was a perfect getaway cruise. I originally saw it as a groupon offer but by the time I made up my mind... sold out!! anyway I went to the source and found that a solo traveler did not have to pay the total cost of the ... Read More
Price This was a perfect getaway cruise. I originally saw it as a groupon offer but by the time I made up my mind... sold out!! anyway I went to the source and found that a solo traveler did not have to pay the total cost of the room. Interesting . . . so I made that my choice. There was also a free $50 on board spending voucher that I received. Nice!! And yes I traveled alone. Alone but not lonely, It was a getaway trip after all. Embarkation The embarkation process was ok. Not a big hassle, I bought the drinks package. It did not make sense because you get a small glass at a time and the cost does not compute since there are drinks provided otherwise. Would not buy that again. I might as well buy just the one or two that I did end up drinking. The rooms are not ready until around 2-3 pm but you can choose to have the included lunch until the rooms open up. If you checked your bag, it will be delivered to your room after around 3pm. I would still pack a change of clothes or whatever I may need to use once I get in the room in my backpack next time. Staff/ Crew/ Service The staff/ crew were excellent in their customer service. Friendly smiling faces. I did not need much, but I was constantly being offered assistance. Food/ Dining I chose to take the offered dining choice included. Yellow Elder Dining Room. Very nice room. The bread was cold, they did warm it up for whoever chose that. The food was ok, not great, but I would not complain about it. The omlettes in the morning were the bomb tho. Entertainment Cannot speak on that. . . I did not partake. There was however always something to do. Most times for a price. I took walks around the ship, took in the views and that was fine for my getaway. Return Trip? Absolutely yes!! . I would absolutely go again. It is what it is and I enjoyed the experience. The cost was good, especially for a single traveler who wanted space. I thought an ocean view room for the price of one was great! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Grand Classica Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 3.3
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.1
Family 3.5 3.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.3
Enrichment 2.0 3.0
Service 4.5 3.7
Value For Money 4.5 3.5

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