(February 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m. EST) -- Grand Celebration finally set sail yesterday (February 3) from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama -- two days later than scheduled. The ship was cleared to leave by the US Coastguard after its PA system was fixed. A statement on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Facebook page read: "It's official, the MV Grand Celebration will set sail today at 6 pm! We thank everyone for all their understanding and patience."
(February 2, 2015, 7:00 a.m. EST) -- The inaugural sailing for the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has been canceled due to a fault with the ship's PA system.
The ship was unable to leave its port of Palm Beach due to not receiving US Coast Guard clearance, which saw almost a thousand passengers queuing for several hours expecting to board the ship. A spokesperson of Grand Celebration reported that the fault that was denying the ship clearance would not be fixed before its scheduled departure time.
In a statement on the line's Facebook page, a spokesperson wrote, "We regret to inform you that we have officially cancelled this sailing due to unforseen measures. We will be in constant communication with all the passengers. Please be patient with us and know we are doing our best to resolve all issues."
The ship, formally known as Carnival Celebration, was bought from Costa Cruises in late December.
Passengers have been told they are able to claim a refund or reschedule their cruise for a later date.
--By Jasmine Shaddock, Cruise Critic Contributor