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Grand Celebration Review

4.0 / 5.0
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385 reviews
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Beware of free cruise add on charges (fuel surcharge)

Review for Grand Celebration to the Bahamas
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Nov 2015

Having hung up on telemarketers "free cruise" offer in the past I actually took their survey and "won" this 2 nite Bahamas cruise. Expected to have to sit thru a presentation since we were directed to the welcome center (45 miles south of port) to pick up tickets. Pleasantly surprised when we were able to turn down vacation club presentation which would have given us preferred boarding. Since it was monday in early Nov we boarded ship with no waiting in line. Ship was only a third full (700 passengers). Having cruised on most of the major cruise lines our expectations were low for this ship. Happy to report we were pleasantly surprised with great entertainment, decent food, and excellent service. Ship is quite old and the exterior shows this but the interior was clean and fairly modern. Taking advantage of drink specials (2 for 1) kept cost down.

My main complaint was being charged a $36 fuel surcharge on our final bill. We were told on booking cruise that this charge only kicked in if fuel prices rose dramatically. Since oil prices have dripped to record lows this was unexpected. Was told by customer service that our tickets were supplied by a wholesaler and they had no control over this charge yet charge appeared on our bill. Other added charges were expected such as $58 p/person tax and $12/day tips. Don't expect much from Freeport, we have stopped there before and hadn't planned on getting off of ship. Ship docks at the commercial harbor with nothing for the vacationer within walking distance. On a previous visit we rented a car and toured the area. Enjoyed the small size of the ship making getting around a breeze.

Cabin Review

Cabin interior

inside cabin was much larger than expected. Have never booked an inside room but for 2 nites was fine. Room was modern and clean with a shower much larger than on newer ships.

Port Reviews


Ship docks at the commercial port. Nothing there for the vacationer without taking an excursion or taxi/bus. On a previous visit we rented a car from the airport and were picked up at ship.

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