71 Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica Cruise Reviews

I chose the cruise for the Panama Canal Crossing and Costa Rica destination. The cruise was good and service was excellent. However there was false advertising: 1) The ad says India food available. When we boarded we were told that ... Read More
I chose the cruise for the Panama Canal Crossing and Costa Rica destination. The cruise was good and service was excellent. However there was false advertising: 1) The ad says India food available. When we boarded we were told that India food is available only for dinner and not for breakfast and lunch. In the dinners also India food was missing for 3 out of 9 dinners. We were to request repeatedly to get Indian food. The picture attached shows a full platter of Indian food, while in reality there was only one curry and rice. The Indian food tasted like out of can. Greatly disappointed. 2) The ad says Rocky and Rollers Band (refer to the picture attached). The band was changed to some other cheaper band and saxophone and no communication. This was clear false advertising and disappointing. 3) The deck 9 & 10 were leaking water. The ship needs a make over. 4) For the Grand Cayman 7 mile beach excursion, no snorkels were provided and we were to rent the equipment on the beach. 50% of the excursion fees was refunded after several complaints. 5) Cabin needs makeover. Refer to Cabin review. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I chose the cruise because it was inexpensive. After reading the reviews I was scared because of all the negative reviews this cruise had. So I purchased the concierge package for my husband and I. I must say it's worth every ... Read More
I chose the cruise because it was inexpensive. After reading the reviews I was scared because of all the negative reviews this cruise had. So I purchased the concierge package for my husband and I. I must say it's worth every penny. We were escorted in and out of the ship, special dinner package, a massage, wine tasting (wow really good), and a few other perks. We received the royal treatment from everyone. The restaurants of choice were spectacular. Food was amazing, service was more than expected. I booked a scuba trip for my husband and i and unfortunatly there was a 4 people min. so the trip was cancelled. The excursion manager (very professional) came out and explained why it was cancelled ad funds were going to be returned back to the account. We got our money back three days later. The pool entertainment was lots of fun. The crew really knows how to get the crowd involved. I have no complaints but very good memories of this trip. I highly recommend this cruise with the concierge package. You will be treate like royalty. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I chose this ship because it was near my relatives place and because it was only a 3-day cruise. I upgraded to a suite because it was inexpensive, and I had never had a suite. It was FANTASTIC, but don’t expect lots of “bling”. ... Read More
I chose this ship because it was near my relatives place and because it was only a 3-day cruise. I upgraded to a suite because it was inexpensive, and I had never had a suite. It was FANTASTIC, but don’t expect lots of “bling”. It’s an older ship with character (like me lol). DATE: July 14-16, 2019 US: We were 2 ladies: 67 & 73 FOOD: The Buffett is average, dinners were great. ENTERTAINMENT: Surprisingly good SIZE: It’s a smaller ship, only 1100 passengers, meaning not so many lines for everything; easier to get around in a smaller ship; easier to meet people. STAFF: nice and accommodating CABINS: we had a suite on deck 10 with a balcony, which was 1 of 19. Total cabins were 658. The bathroom was huge with 2 sinks. The living room is separate from the bedroom with pocket doors; and a huge wooden balcony - no plexiglass. Gorgeous sunsets. My only complaint was the noise on deck 11 above us, but would put up with that for how big the cabin AND how close to everything we were. Didn’t have to run marathons to get around the ship. EXCURSION: We “swam with the pigs” on Crystal Beach!!!!! The highlight of the cruise. It was magical. For $65, you got a lounger and umbrella on the beach, towels, we had a picnic bench with umbrella we shared. The place has a large hut that has food, drinks, and bathrooms. I found out later, you could have purchased a waterproof camera on board. It took about an hour from the port with a bus driver that was also a tour guide and left us stop & take a picture of The Blue Hole on the way to the pigs. You swim about 45 minutes after you hear the instructions. SO SO CUTE PIGS. PROS: so many and next time I will purchase the cruise & stay package where you get to stay a few night in Freeport. CONS: Just that little noise from deck 11 TIP: It was the CALMEST CRUISE I HAVE EVER BEEN ON!!! it’s only 58 miles from West Palm to Freeport so they go slow, and on the way back, they actually stop for 4 hours (I guess to let another ship in, not sure) (I know there are some negative reviews, but don’t expect the Ritz, just be flexible, have fun and make memories.) Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Well this was my first cruise ever and it was a blast. After doing some research and reading about cruises of all types I went into this with a completely open mind. I did not have anything to compare it to but I do understand the basics ... Read More
Well this was my first cruise ever and it was a blast. After doing some research and reading about cruises of all types I went into this with a completely open mind. I did not have anything to compare it to but I do understand the basics of traveling anywhere. Getting onto the boat was no issue at all, just a few minutes and we were in our cabin. Once on the boat it was VERY clean and easy to get around. Our room was clean with fresh linens and fresh towels. The halls, foyers, elevators everything was very clean. The staff was AMAZING! Super friendly, smiling and helpful. At NO time during our cruise was the staff ever grouchy or rude. The wait staff was attentive and timely and made you feel like you were on a 5 star gold liner flagship. The entertainment was vegas cheesy but a lot of fun! The drinks were solid, with several bars throughout the ship and all of the bartenders were fast friendly (and generous!) The drinks were cold, tasty but not watered down. The food was restaurant quality ( Chilies or Applebees) nothing "gourmet" but nothing bad. The restaurants were nice, quite and again clean. We stayed with the choices that came with our tickets and did not try any of the upgrade restaurants. The other travelers were working folks like us and we had not problems with anyone. Lots of families, lots of children, grand parents, young couples, retirees-a mixed bag of people. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and many commented that this was a repeat trip for them. All in all I would say for a quick affordable getaway weekend this is a perfect trip. We spent a couple of days sipping drinks on pool deck with a day on a tropical beach in between. It was Independence Day and the ship anchored about a mile off of Palm Beach that evening so we could see the fireworks all up and down the Florida-it was really cool. This was a great little cruise, we got to enjoy a couple of days on the water, some fun entertainment, we ate, drank, slept , visited and are looking forward to this trip again. If your on a budget but want a nice weekend getaway this is the perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We took this cruise for mr daughter-in-laws 21st birthday. Valet parking was $40 for the trip. We got to the port around 2pm there were no lines to get through security and onto the ship. There are stations set up before you embark to set ... Read More
We took this cruise for mr daughter-in-laws 21st birthday. Valet parking was $40 for the trip. We got to the port around 2pm there were no lines to get through security and onto the ship. There are stations set up before you embark to set up your dining preferences and purchase drink packages. Ten drink coupons are $75. Ten coke coupons were $21 and unlimited non-alcohol drinks is $32. The room was larger than the newer ships we’ve been on with a huge porthole to look out of. The food in the dining room was better than any of the 3 Carnival cruises we have been on. You can upgrade to steak or seafood for a price but we didn’t find a need for that. The Classica has a Dolly Parton impersonator that looks like her, talks like her, and sings like her. This is her 20 years ago, excellent show. The main show was just as good. The pure talent of the singers and dancers more than makes up for the low cost production and the acrobatics were amazing. Don’t expect a lot of fancy lights and props but you will be entertained. Especially the two lead singers, they are world class talents. I would love to see them do a Micheal Jackson set. The only bad time was long lines going through customs but that’s on all cruises. Having a passport definitely helps though. Also, the bartenders were great, there are no weak drinks here and the DJ in the nightclub was very good as well, although being older we didn’t hang with the youngster too long. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We just came back from a four day cruise to the Grand Bahamas. It was our first cruise and we could not have asked for more. The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. The ship itself was a fun experience with adventures on each ... Read More
We just came back from a four day cruise to the Grand Bahamas. It was our first cruise and we could not have asked for more. The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. The ship itself was a fun experience with adventures on each deck. It was a truly eclectic crowd and very friendly. Everyone will fit in here. What was unexpected was the high quality of the entertainment. We stayed on the island and were pleasantly surprised by its cleanliness and clean beaches. Totally safe and uncrowded. The camera does not lie and we have many photos of the wonderful experiences. To see the sunrise at 6 am from the cruise ship over the calm blue and turquoise waters was unforgettable. After all it is ultimately about the experience of getting close to Nature. The price is so low that I know we will be back whenever we want a quick escape. After all the Bahama Mama is calling. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Took this on a lark since I had an unexpected 3 day weekend. The key to this experience is to set expectations accordingly. This is from start to finish, and by the line’s own admission, a party cruise. For folks like me who just want a ... Read More
Took this on a lark since I had an unexpected 3 day weekend. The key to this experience is to set expectations accordingly. This is from start to finish, and by the line’s own admission, a party cruise. For folks like me who just want a ship, clean room, view of the ocean, place to read and sunbathe, and a helpful crew it’s perfect. For folks who expect an experience comparable to any of the big 3, you’ll be disappointed. Boarding: efficient for US passport holders. I appreciated the ability to book shore excursions and make dinner reservations while waiting, I’m surprised more companies don’t do this. Ship: a classic, in a good way. A former costa ship (with lots of relics from its past) that has been reasonably refurbished. In a lot of ways it was actually a pleasant change from some of the more pretentious newer ships I’ve been on. I’m low maintenance though and it checked all my boxes - a well-equipped fitness center, plenty of lounge chairs, and enough quiet spots to read a book. Cabin: clean, basic, showing it’s age but given the turnover they go through (new passengers every 2 nights) unsurprising. Attendant was, well, attentive - regularly checked to make sure I had enough towels, etc. Dining: basic but sufficient. Again, for what it is they try hard. Food quality was what you’d expect at this price point (I’d say comparable to an Applebee’s). Which isn’t to say it’s bad, just not at the same level as the majors. One highlight - Indian food in the main dining room was quite good, as it tends to be on many ships (given the proliferation of workers from South Asia in the marine hospitality industry). Additionally, was able to sample drinks from several bars onboard; contrary to other reports of weak cocktails I found them to be stronger than average. YMMV. Port: Freeport isn’t anything to write home about, as anyone who has been there will attest. Took the shared taxi ($5 each way) to Taino beach, had lunch at the Stoned Crab (recommend) and a couple drinks (also recommend). Their loungers and umbrellas were included with lunch, space is great, and service lovely. Avoid the chaotic Pirates Cove next door. Crew: unfailingly pleasant, and trying the best with what they’ve got. Many have worked on other ships before and it shows. Fellow Passengers: most are locals and, as one would expect on a party cruise, here to drink, tan, and unwind. If Carnival attracts the Walmart crowd, this is the Dollar General crowd. Manners, speaking volumes, and attire follow accordingly. The old adage applies: you get what you pay for. Given the frequent ridiculously low fares on Bahamas Paradise it is fair to say this winds up being a good deal for folks who want a quick getaway and love to be on a ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I chose this cruise because I was looking for an inexpensive cruise option for first time cruise passengers as an Early Mother's Day gift for my mother and myself. Found the deal on Groupon for $249 for 2 with an "all inclusive ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was looking for an inexpensive cruise option for first time cruise passengers as an Early Mother's Day gift for my mother and myself. Found the deal on Groupon for $249 for 2 with an "all inclusive stay aboard with an oceanview cabin room". After I did more research and found out about the governmental taxes and the gratuities and did my calculations which made it a little over $400, I was still on board. Made the purchase, contacted groupon to figure out how to redeem and book the cruise. After doing that, I was ready to go and very excited. Fast forward to our cruise date: my mother doesn't fly on planes but we don't live too far away to drive so I didn't mind driving the 13 hours to arrive at the port. We get there, its beautiful and were ready to board and maybe get back off until we actually set sail and look around palm beach right? No. We get waived into overnight parking and immediately get herded in like cattle. Rushed to the point that both of us were irritated and shouting "we've never done this before!" We were bewildered and just following the herding procedure they forced upon us. After getting inside and getting ready to go thru the metal detector and bag xray area, a ship employee in plain clothes who was apparently running late screams at me and my mother to put our bags on the conveyor belt and by this point my excitement was gone and I had had enough. After a stern look to the employee I apologized and asked if she wanted to go ahead. She said no smiled uncomfortably and asked us to put our bags on the conveyor belt again. We slammed our things thru and passed security and got upstairs to check in and receive our boarding pass card things. The attendant at the counter upstairs was a delight and very friendly and she eased our minds. We thought maybe we were just on edge from traveling and started to dismiss the rudeness from downstairs. After we received our room keys we went to board the ship and got harrassed at the hallway before the door about excursions, add on packages for alcohol, dining packages, photo packages, spa packages all very much priced out of our budget with an additional 18% gratuity. Oh and not to mention it says ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE that we HAVE to have a card on file for them to charge if we want something while on the ship that automatically puts a $100 hold on...oh and this card? This is the one that the initial $13.95 per person/per night gratuities are taken from. Not when you pay for the cruise, which makes absolutely no sense. I don't have a credit card. My mother had to put her credit card on file or we were not going to be allowed to board the ship. Once we board the ship we are told that the state rooms will NOT BE READY until 2pm and it was just now 11:30am. All I wanted to do was eat something and take a nap and allow myself to regroup and enjoy this experience which sucked so far. Were asked to go to the top deck where we are allowed to smoke cigarettes and purchase alcohol or we can go to the buffet area and get something to eat while we wait on our room. We go to the buffet which was ok, not the best but I have certainly seen worse at restaurants on land so I wasn't too disappointed. There were a lot of options available for picky eaters like myself. We sat down to eat and are asked in the 45 minute time frame that we are in the buffet area a total of 13 times all by different server/attendant people if we wanted to buy a $17 plastic cup that came with 2 alcoholic drinks of our choice. We declined so much that it was almost as if we were swatting them away like mosquitoes. They told us at 1pm that our rooms were ready so we made our way upstairs and only 1 of our 3 bags was in our room. The other 2 bags had mine and my mother's prescriptions as well as other important personal items and toiletries as well as most of our clothing and other items in them. We waited for about 30 minutes for the other bags to arrive and when they didn't, I stepped out and found and attendant who was bringing bags upstairs and I located our bags and brought them to our room. I changed clothes and fell asleep. When i woke up, there was a blaring intercom announcement with an extremely thick accent that we couldn't understand telling us to go to a room for a safety demonstration. It took about 45 minutes of more extremely thick accents and life vest demonstration before I could return to my room. I went back to my room and went back to nap. When I woke up it was raining and it never stopped. The entire time. Even when we arrived in the Bahamas, nothing. But. RAIN. All we were able to do was make 1 trip to the duty free shops and after going to a second souvenir type gift shop in the duty free area and the attendant argued about the price tag that was on the item and then refused us service. All we did was eat and sleep. The formal dining experience was lovely. Our waiters there were awesome. Food was wonderful. Live music was pretty good given that we didn't have many other choices for entertainment because it literally rained the entire time. Everything else was too expensive. The included amenities are fine if you're able to enjoy some time on the beach but I feel like if you get rained in, they should offer some other amenities that they normally charge for for free to build respect and confidence in the purchase. They didn't care about any of the passengers or whether or not they were enjoying themselves. We finally caved on the last day and bought a $17 cup each because there was literally nothing else to do so we figured let's drink right? No. The drinks were poorly mixed to where we couldn't even drink the whole drink each time we filled our cups. We had no idea where to find anything on the ship and what amenities were included with cruise fare. It was like a word search on the cruise itinerary to figure out what was included. This was so exhausting. I would've been more relaxed if I would've stayed home and my mother agreed. It was an old cruise ship and it was evident. The attendants were literally only worried about their 18% gratuity and treated us like cash cows. They nickel and dimed us to DEATH. Worst vacation experience ever I will never ever use this cruise line again. Even if it was free. I'd rather pay 4 grand to a reputable cruise line than use this trash again. It ruined my mother's day gift to my mother and made the experience horrible. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to have the experience of extending the ship experience to a resort while having more time to enjoy the island. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian. We were not expecting ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to have the experience of extending the ship experience to a resort while having more time to enjoy the island. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian. We were not expecting the same level of amenities, however some things should be standard. Like clean linen, ventilated rooms, accurate scheduling of activities and overall cheerful staff. 1. The bath towels were yellow with white bleach spots 2. I had to return face cloths twice because they had black marks on them 3. We requested blankets and were given two very worn/tattered/very linty blankets that were not fit for a homeless shelter. When I expressed the condition of the blankets was not acceptable, the nice room steward offered to cover them in a dingy duvet for us. This was the best that he could do. 4. The same ship comedian was back on board harassing the guest in every common area, pool deck, dining room, lounge, etc. to purchase tickets to his performance. 5. Lack of daily ship activity itineraries. Again, I had to retrieve one from the front desk and they only had a limited supply. Furthermore, the information listed on the itinerary was not accurate. For example, there was supposed to be a lounge singer in the Encore Lounge at 11 pm. The singer announced this time, and this is the time that was on the itinerary. Nonetheless, when we showed up, the performance was ending. Apparently they decided to move her time up and guest planning to attend were unaware of the change. 6. After disembarking the ship, I discovered while in the customs line that I had left my cell phone in the cabin room. The customs area informed me to stay in line yet the guest services staff told me that I had to personally get out of line and come and sign for my recovered cell phone. The customs area staff turned out to have the correct procedures. Even for the price point, the Grand Classica should be held to standards of providing clean linen, accurate information for guest, and a hassle-free environment. I feel this is a more than reasonable ask. Lucayan We were very disappointed that the resort, Lucayan was not as advertised. Although aesthetically pristine, the resort appeared deserted. We were told by staff that the island encountered Hurricane Matthew a few years back and the resort had not recovered. The damages sustained by the resort resulted in the Bahamian Government having to take on the resort allowing some of the citizens to remain employed. Three years later, this resort is still not fully operational and is currently remains under the Bahamian Governments receivership. 1. Much of the resort was not available to the guest. 2. We did not have access to more than half of the amenities that were advertised. 3. There was only one dinner venue available, there were not any shows/productions, there was limited bars, many of the facilities were abandoned and there were unauthorized areas. 4. Since there was nothing to do in the evenings, we sought out the marketplace. The marketplace was not adjacent and we had to walk across a large deserted parking lot which was not adequately lit. 5. A shuttle would have been a safer option. In conclusion, guest have a reasonable right to be informed of conditions that could impact their vacation experience. Since there were alternative resorts in partnership with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines Cruise & Stay, we find it neglectful that another recommendation was not offered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Old, Smokey, nothing to do but sit. This is by far the worst ship I’ve ever been on. DONT GO. I’ve been on many cruises. Horrible experience. You will get nickel and dime to death. The ship is very very very dirty and old. Chairs ... Read More
Old, Smokey, nothing to do but sit. This is by far the worst ship I’ve ever been on. DONT GO. I’ve been on many cruises. Horrible experience. You will get nickel and dime to death. The ship is very very very dirty and old. Chairs are plastic and uncomfortable and the tables are wobbly. The passengers are below working class. Lots of tattoos and smokers. This ship actually has an unpleasant order. Extremely boring. Cannot understand the PA system. This I was a trip from hell. Get ready to spend more money than they advertise. There are better ways to spend your money and have more fun. The only good thing about this ship is when we got off. The prices of the drinks were outrageous unless you think $15 fior a bottle of beer acceptable. You can purchase coupons that reduceses the beer price to $10 a bottle - what a great deal. They also want you to pay extra money to cook your own food at your table. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Group outing my first time on a cruise and it was the worst experience. They bust u across the head with the prices for everything. Cabin was clean they didn't have enough towels no rags no toilet paper lil channels on tv, TV very ... Read More
Group outing my first time on a cruise and it was the worst experience. They bust u across the head with the prices for everything. Cabin was clean they didn't have enough towels no rags no toilet paper lil channels on tv, TV very small in cabin. Bad odor in hallways. Food was horrible that came with the purchase of the cruise. Not enough activities very quiet and laid bt nt enough partying. Not much for kids to do in game room which I had to pay for as well. Teen club had to pay for. I paid more money on the ship then the whole cruise. Pretty much had to pay for everything you wanted to do outside of your cabin. Employees were not friendly nor attractive with the guest nor informative. They wanted you to pay for wifi which sucked. Came with a big group and getting off the ship to go to the beach was horrible they wanted to charge us 7 dollars to the beach and 7 dollars beach to the ship each person. So never really experienced the Bahamas what a waste of money. I will never get back on this cruise line nor recommend anyone else to get on this cruise and waste their money. My first cruise and I hated it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Obviously we choose this cruise for the convenience. We planned last minute and this cruise had availability We are VERY seasoned cruise travelers and would NEVER suggest anyone waste their money. Take you time and travel with a reputable ... Read More
Obviously we choose this cruise for the convenience. We planned last minute and this cruise had availability We are VERY seasoned cruise travelers and would NEVER suggest anyone waste their money. Take you time and travel with a reputable cruise line. The people were rude, the additional amenities were not added to the cabin and we would not have known unless we stood in yet another line to be told it wasn't included and they would have to email the main office for corrections (seriously)! We were overcharged on the bill at disembarkation but I was so frustrated and just wanted off the ship. If I had stayed to complain we would have been there an additional 3 hours. In short what was supposed be a quick $400 trip for two ended up costing over $1,000. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY THIS CRUISE SUCKS! There are so many other cruise lines that appreciate the passengers and will treat you kindly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We just wanted 3 days away with no phones ringing. I really was thinking this was going to be the worst cruise ever after having been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Wow! What a shocker. There were maybe 300 people on board. Never more ... Read More
We just wanted 3 days away with no phones ringing. I really was thinking this was going to be the worst cruise ever after having been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Wow! What a shocker. There were maybe 300 people on board. Never more than 10 people nearby except at meals. We had the sports bar, library, hot tub, and most of the decks to ourselves. The interior cabin was a good size, the food was fine, a little too fancy and the buffet is small and not open for dinner which was different. The port was a breeze, but the valet parking is $20 a night, no other option. We didn't go to any shows, we were asleep early but at 5 am there was no one outside on the deck with us. And clean, wow, amazing. Polishing the handrails, picking up cups, attentive staff and they interacted well with each other and looked happy to be there. An enormous change from a 2000-4000 passenger capacity. And the option to get off and stay for a few days is fantastic. We went Wed-Fri and got back to an email for an upgraded room (an ocean view) for $129 with 5 free drinks, onboard credit and decided to book again. They have 2 ships. We were on the Classica and now want to try the Celebration, an old retired Carnival ship. The best relaxation I could ask for. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We took this cruise because of the special two-night deal. Outstanding experience. The musical shows were dynamite. The beds very comfortable. Staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent. Well-organized, well run. Ship and all amenities ... Read More
We took this cruise because of the special two-night deal. Outstanding experience. The musical shows were dynamite. The beds very comfortable. Staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent. Well-organized, well run. Ship and all amenities very clean and maintained well throughout the cruise. Lots of activities to pursue aboard ship. All events were held on time and stuck strictly to the time allotted. Ate at Yellow Elder. Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere. The only fly in the ointment was when we returned and were disembarking. We filled out the online passport papers, which gave us an edge on early debarking; however, as I was leaving, I was told to speak to the information desk. Long lines to wait for my turn, while my companions were ashore waiting for me. Finally, got to the counter only to be told that everything on my account was okay and I was free to leave. That was totally unnecessary. Other than that, thoroughly wonderful experience that we will do again in the future. Couldn't find any comment cards to fill out before we disembarked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
If you do not expect a luxurious ship, you should really enjoy this ship. At a great price you can really have a short, fun getaway! The ship has been renovated and it is beautiful. Our ocean view cabin had a very large window and the ... Read More
If you do not expect a luxurious ship, you should really enjoy this ship. At a great price you can really have a short, fun getaway! The ship has been renovated and it is beautiful. Our ocean view cabin had a very large window and the cabin was large. The food is average and the drinks are strong. Entertainment was good and the casino was a lot of fun. Service was excellent especially Augus and Nomer in the dining room. Great value for your money for a short getaway. The pool was very small and we did not use it. We went during the week and it was not crowded at all. Pauola, the casino manager, was extremely friendly as well as the Peruvian hostess. I loved the Bahama Mamas. A good tip is that we priced rum and rum cakes in Freeport and on the ship and surprisingly the ship has the best prices. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The only saving grace of this cruise was the entertainment. The live Latin band, and nigh time shows are amazing! Other than that: 1- The poor quality food is bland, unhealthy, and bad tasting. The quality of the drinking water is ... Read More
The only saving grace of this cruise was the entertainment. The live Latin band, and nigh time shows are amazing! Other than that: 1- The poor quality food is bland, unhealthy, and bad tasting. The quality of the drinking water is horrible ( it tasted like if it has been poorly stored - not fresh). These comments apply to breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 2- the are no adult planned activities during the day. 3- the ship itself is very old and it shows it. The pool is smaller than the pools in most Pam Beach residences 4- the drinks are overpriced and poorly prepared. 5- the pictures were poorly taken, and overpriced. 6- this was a new year's cruise. There were no fire works!!!!! A disappointing anticlimactic moment! 7- the ONE glass of champagne distributed on New Years eve was served on slim plastic cup. The "champagne" was bitter and cheap. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My wife and I choose this short cruise to Freeport, The Bahamas for this annual Christmas getaway. We were not looking for fancy or extravagant - just a quick getaway. It's a two night cruise. The ships are somewhat older, having ... Read More
My wife and I choose this short cruise to Freeport, The Bahamas for this annual Christmas getaway. We were not looking for fancy or extravagant - just a quick getaway. It's a two night cruise. The ships are somewhat older, having been purchased from another cruise line and then refurbished. You are not going to get the glitz of the more established cruise lines. BOARDING AND DISEMBARKATION: The only parking I saw approaching the terminal was valet parking at $19/day. Boarding went smoothly. The only interesting note was that we were told we could not take our weekender bags onboard with us - they had to be delivered as the crew did not want suitcases in the dining area which was open. Of course, we went to eat lunch and promptly saw people rolling their luggage through the dining area. Disembarking was more "interesting". As we had a suite, we were supposed to have a priority exiting the boat. When we arrived at the designated area, we found a large crowd formed into three lines with little direction from the crew. Once the signal to leave was given, it was every person for themself as all three lines attempted to converge into one line. So, I was happy I had not purchased the priority boarding/disembarkation package. ROOM: We had a suite. There are 10 suites on board - 5 to port and 5 to starboard. The room itself is decorated in dark wood paneling and is rather dark until you turn on the lights. The seating area is separate from the bedroom by virtue of two sliding doors. The bed and sofa were both comfortable but low to the ground. In addition to the sofa, there are a couple of hard wooden chairs. The TV only had about 7-8 channels. The balcony was reasonably sized and comfortable. The bathroom was nicely laid out. FOOD: The buffet food was neither great nor poor - its buffet food. The first night we ate in the steak house and the food was outstanding. Our waiter, Milan, was very attentive. The second night we ate in the main dining cabin and the food was very good there. ON BOARD SHOPPING: The duty free for cigarettes, cigars and liquor was well stocked. The jewelry and watch shop was less well stocked with a very small selection of Invicta watches, a larger display of Seiko watches and a modest display of jewelry. The general store stocked items which you would typically find ashore during the excursions. ENTERTAINMENT: There was a tribute to Motown the first night which featured a talented group of entertainers singing and dancing various Motown hits. The second evening we attend a Tina Turner tribute showcasing a young lady who had a awesome voice and was good at getting the audience into her show. The adult comedy show ranged from corny to funny (I'm glad I had not paid extra to see this guy - I would have been annoyed). I should note that seating in all of the entertainment areas was very comfortable. All in all, if you are looking for a quick and inexpensive getaway to Freeport, this is an excellent value but you need to remember that this is not the Queen Mary. The food is good, the accommodations are comfortable and all of the crew members try very hard to make sure you have a pleasant experience. With that caveat, I could recommend this cruise line to friends. Having been to Freeport two years in a row, I doubt I would do this cruise again but note that this is more due to my familiarity with Freeport rather than dissatisfaction with this cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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
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
(A little about the reviewer: A long-time cruiser and cruise fan. Disney Platinum, Celebrity Elite, Royal Caribbean Diamond, MSC Black, many cruises on Carnival, Norwegian, also cruises on Holland American, Costa, Princess and several ... Read More
(A little about the reviewer: A long-time cruiser and cruise fan. Disney Platinum, Celebrity Elite, Royal Caribbean Diamond, MSC Black, many cruises on Carnival, Norwegian, also cruises on Holland American, Costa, Princess and several other cruise lines/ships.) Embarkation process was quick and easy. The Port of Palm Beach provides valet parking for all guest making parking a breeze. The luggage personal was friendly and helpful. Check-in was quick. The whole process from arriving to check-in was about 15-20 minutes. After check-in, there is an opportunity to make dinning reservations, book shore excursions, register children for the children’s programs, get spa information and make other arrangements. This setup is convenient. Cabin 7096 was in a good location and was a good size. It made for a good solo traveler cabin. It had lots of storage, both hanging space and drawer space. The bathroom was an average cruise ship size with storage under sink and plenty of counter space. There is one European style electrical outlet. (Be sure to bring your converter.) The steward was attentive and did a good job. Dinning was a pleasurable experience. The servers were attentive and made sure you had all you needed and wanted. The leadership team was always around to take care of the guest and their staff. The Yellow Elder is an attractive dining room and has nice views. Buffet food was good. The Oceanview Buffet is small in size but proportional to the size of the ship. The smaller buffet area means fewer choices but what was provided was good. An ice cream machine is located in the buffet area. Just aft of the Oceanview Buffet, The Rock Grill provides good omelets for breakfast and hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. for lunch. The buffet crew provides good service and good food. Entertainment on the Grand Classica was good and is on par with other major cruise lines. The production shows in the Legends Grand Theater were of high quality. The preforming groups in the Encore Lounge were enjoyable and relaxing to listen to. The Crow’s Nest Sports Bar & Grill has the best views on the Grand Classica. It also has electronic games (air hockey, darts, basketball, skeeball, car racing, a pool table) and about a dozen TV’s to watch games. Bar service crew was attentive and quick. Guest Services/Reception Desk was always helpful and courteous. Disembarkation was smooth and quick. Guest can get off the ship starting at about 7:30 or at their leisure up until about 9:00. Once outside the terminal, the valet brings your vehicle to the covered area quickly. Exiting the cruise port area is simple. Bottom line on the BPCL Grand Classica is a positive +++ recommendation. The Grand Classica is a classy classic ship. Just remember this is a $129.00pp cruise and not a $2000.00pp cruise. I plan on booking it again soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because it was short and the price was really good. There was a different main show each night, the first night was Soul well done and so enjoyable. Then my favorite was the Blitz,, (the 2nd night), it was absolutely ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was short and the price was really good. There was a different main show each night, the first night was Soul well done and so enjoyable. Then my favorite was the Blitz,, (the 2nd night), it was absolutely fantastic. All 4 of us loved every bit of it. In the lounge we saw Sax and songs which we enjoyed and the next day we saw Tina Turner Experience and loved it. The food at the restaurant was truly delicious, The waiter, Alexander was superb. The buffet had everything we could want to eat and unfortunately I made a pig of myself when we boarded and lunch was waiting for us. We never had to leave the ship cruise this time and had a wonderful time. The staff every seemed pleased to be there for us. They were friendly, helpful and did their best to please us. Before leaving the ship when we got back, we ate breakfast at the restaurant and was not disappointed in the least. When the coffe was low in my cup, they were there. We will be going again and again. Great job crew of the Grand Classica. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ship- the ship was what I expected: friendly people and great entertainment Cabin- the cabin was very spacious and had a great view of the ocean Dining- the food was decent and if you want to experience great food and formal setting ... Read More
Ship- the ship was what I expected: friendly people and great entertainment Cabin- the cabin was very spacious and had a great view of the ocean Dining- the food was decent and if you want to experience great food and formal setting you'd have to spend that cash$$$$ which well be worth your money Entertainment and Activites- now the entertainment was great and they made sure we had a great time and i advise every one to go to the late night comedy show because you are gaurantee to get your laugh in. Service- the service throughout the entire cruise was wonderful. no complaints Port and Shore Excursions- I did not take advantage of the shore excursions but once i got on the island i had a blast that i could never forget and the port was very eco friendly and they had all type of vendors you can choose from Read Less
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
Sail Date November 2018
We went in th grand classica, the moment that you get your cabin cards the are trying to sell you stuff and if you say no they get mad and push you to buy things. They wanted us to buy the dinner for $33 per person per night which we didnt ... Read More
We went in th grand classica, the moment that you get your cabin cards the are trying to sell you stuff and if you say no they get mad and push you to buy things. They wanted us to buy the dinner for $33 per person per night which we didnt buy because it was the same food that was included in the cruise fare, they want to sit you with someone else for dinner however if you ask to be sitted alone they accomodate you. The food was extremely bad like I’ve never tasted and seen such bad food in my life. The excursion of the jeep was amazing and very worth it and the deal of 10 drinks for 70+taxes was good. The drinks itself are not that good tasted kind of bad and more water and ice than alcohol. Also they did not have buffet 24 hours, the dinning included in the cruise fare the waitresses were not helpful at all and not interested in making the experience comfortable. The only thing I can say I feel it was worth paying and that I enjoyed to the fullest was the Jeep excursion it was amazing every bit of it. As per this cruis I will definitely NOT be coming back. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Took this cruise as a quick family getaway. We live locally yet we have never tried this ship. We are experienced cruisers having taken all the major cruise lines at some point. Check in (shoreside) was a little bit on the slow side ... Read More
Took this cruise as a quick family getaway. We live locally yet we have never tried this ship. We are experienced cruisers having taken all the major cruise lines at some point. Check in (shoreside) was a little bit on the slow side (they were having issues using their tablets to take pics of our passports) but once that was done we grabbed a boarding picture, confirmed our dining table and we were onboard! I recommend getting your drink package online when you book. This will save you time. Staff will try to hound you about buying a drink package once onboard but all I had to say was I already purchased one. Booked a Suite which was worth the extra money. The room was large, clean & cold a/c. The ship herself is old school and in a good way. Beautifully appointed, attentive staff, nothing looked worn or beat up. She felt like a mega private yacht than a budget cruise ship....my feelings anyway. Meals were excellent. Good variety in the Buffett. Food was flavorful & hot. Main dining room & staff took pride in their service. Dinners were excellent. For an extra charge I ordered a small Filet (steak) which as good as any major steakhouse (Capitol Grille, Mortons, etc). The pizza is really good even though charges apply. Our family likes to game and we found the Casino to be clean and staff pleasant. Both nights we would take over a Blackjack table prior to the show and then afterwards. And reasonable prices. They offer $5.00 & $10.00 minimum tables. Try finding that at Hard Rock.....yeah, good luck! The onboard entertainment was suprisingly very good. Both nights we enjoyed an excellent show. I think the only way that could have topped their performance is if they had a live orchestra but you'll be hard pressed to find one even on the major lines nowadays. I won't really comment on Freeport since my focus is the ship experience. The area is still pretty beat up from Hurricane Matthew back in 2016. Since we (wife & I) booked a Suite we were invited (they later allowed my entire family...13 persons total) to visit the Bridge while we were docked at Freeport. Then to top it off they allowed us to remain on the Bridge while we maneuvered out of our slip and proceed out the main channel. Captain Hansen was a riot doing pull ups on his chin up bar that is welded to the ceiling of the Starboard bridge wing!.....no joke! He was completely professional but also didn't take himself too seriously. He loves to entertain. He made sure we were involved and had a great experience. He even made my Aunt press the ship's horn ( 3 times for astern) when we backed out from the dock. It was an incredible. We all left the Bridge feeling like celebrities. If nothing more book a Suite for this experience alone! Especially if you're a ship buff like myself. Overall our experience was an excellent one! Our expectations were more than met. As a result we are looking forward to a return trip in January 2019. Kudos & accolades to the ship, her officers & crew for providing outstanding service. So, if you're even slightly interested in going then go! Read Less
Sail Date November 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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