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My Bride had a three day weekend so we tried out the Bahamas Paradise Cruise line that runs between Palm Beach and Freeport, Grand Bahamas every other day. We knew it was a no frills cruise going in and were pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. We just wanted a way to make a quick snorkel trip to the Bahamas and this worked out great. As soon as we pulled into the port we were greeted by the valet parking crew. The parking is valet only and it costs $18 a night. You then get a luggage tag and carry your own luggage through security and then drop it off to be brought to your cabin. After check in ( it took about 10 minutes) you run the sales gauntlet. Pictures, drink coupons, internet, or full bottles of booze. We opted to purchase a drink coupon book that is good for 10 drinks. It coast $65 plus 18% gratuities. Once on board we went to our cabin (E123) on the 7th deck. We had an ocean view cabin and were pleasantly surprised by its size. The bathroom was a good size for a cruise ship also. As far as amenities it had a hair dryer, one 115volt outlet (bring a three way if you need more) and a 19" tube type TV. It wasn't anything fancy but did the job well for a two night cruise. As far as the food goes it was fair to good. We had dinner in the MDR both nights and the BBQ lunch when we returned from our outing. I tried to eat breakfast in the buffet and it was terrible.(I found out later that they cook food to order out by the pool) They have a specialty restaurant but we did not try it. During the evenings after dinner we enjoyed the Piano / Martini Bar. They did have a show each night in the theater but we did not attend because they did not start until 9:45 and we are early risers so it didn't work for us. They also have an adult comedy show on the second night for a fee which also starts pretty late. The ship itself is an old retired Carnival Cruise Line ship and I think when they sold the ship all of the party games came with it. They were constantly on the loud speaker announcing some type of game or some deal of a life time sale. I just wish they would announce when you could disembark in port. We had to guess each time. Now you have to keep in mind that this ship was built in the 1980's and it is nothing fancy but works well for the 70 mile trip to Freeport. As for the service we never once saw a cabin steward but our room was always clean and we had ice in our bucket. The bartenders were always ready to serve up a drink and the waiters in the MDR were good as well. Before we left I did some research on some snorkel spots and found a place called Paradise Cove, Grand Bahamas. All the reviews came back as a great spot with a great staff. We called them up while on the ship and told them we would be there in the morning and they had a driver waiting for us at the ship. After about a 20 minute drive we pulled down a narrow dirt road that ended at one of the most beautiful beaches you could want. We arrived about 9:30 AM and had the whole place to ourselves. The owner, Barry, gave us a quick safety briefing and a couple of lounge chairs and off we went. We had a great day and a great weekend! If you want a great snorkel experience I highly recommend Paradise Cove at Deadmans Reef. www.deadmansreef.com Bottom line; If you want a high end cruise this in not it. If you can look past it's age it is a good time for a couple of days. Cheers!

Good for a quick trip. Better than expected.

Grand Celebration Cruise Review by Space Coast Cruisers

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Bahamas
My Bride had a three day weekend so we tried out the Bahamas Paradise Cruise line that runs between Palm Beach and Freeport, Grand Bahamas every other day. We knew it was a no frills cruise going in and were pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. We just wanted a way to make a quick snorkel trip to the Bahamas and this worked out great. As soon as we pulled into the port we were greeted by the valet parking crew. The parking is valet only and it costs $18 a night. You then get a luggage tag and carry your own luggage through security and then drop it off to be brought to your cabin.

After check in ( it took about 10 minutes) you run the sales gauntlet. Pictures, drink coupons, internet, or full bottles of booze. We opted to purchase a drink coupon book that is good for 10 drinks. It coast $65 plus 18% gratuities. Once on board we went to our cabin (E123) on the 7th deck. We had an ocean view cabin and were pleasantly surprised by its size. The bathroom was a good size for a cruise ship also. As far as amenities it had a hair dryer, one 115volt outlet (bring a three way if you need more) and a 19" tube type TV. It wasn't anything fancy but did the job well for a two night cruise.

As far as the food goes it was fair to good. We had dinner in the MDR both nights and the BBQ lunch when we returned from our outing. I tried to eat breakfast in the buffet and it was terrible.(I found out later that they cook food to order out by the pool) They have a specialty restaurant but we did not try it.

During the evenings after dinner we enjoyed the Piano / Martini Bar. They did have a show each night in the theater but we did not attend because they did not start until 9:45 and we are early risers so it didn't work for us. They also have an adult comedy show on the second night for a fee which also starts pretty late. The ship itself is an old retired Carnival Cruise Line ship and I think when they sold the ship all of the party games came with it. They were constantly on the loud speaker announcing some type of game or some deal of a life time sale. I just wish they would announce when you could disembark in port. We had to guess each time. Now you have to keep in mind that this ship was built in the 1980's and it is nothing fancy but works well for the 70 mile trip to Freeport.

As for the service we never once saw a cabin steward but our room was always clean and we had ice in our bucket. The bartenders were always ready to serve up a drink and the waiters in the MDR were good as well.

Before we left I did some research on some snorkel spots and found a place called Paradise Cove, Grand Bahamas. All the reviews came back as a great spot with a great staff. We called them up while on the ship and told them we would be there in the morning and they had a driver waiting for us at the ship. After about a 20 minute drive we pulled down a narrow dirt road that ended at one of the most beautiful beaches you could want. We arrived about 9:30 AM and had the whole place to ourselves. The owner, Barry, gave us a quick safety briefing and a couple of lounge chairs and off we went. We had a great day and a great weekend! If you want a great snorkel experience I highly recommend Paradise Cove at Deadmans Reef. www.deadmansreef.com

Bottom line; If you want a high end cruise this in not it. If you can look past it's age it is a good time for a couple of days.

Cheers!
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Cabin Review

Cabin E123
Large window-small TV-nice size bathroom-cleaned twice a day

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    I called the night before we arrived from the ship and they had a driver waiting when we arrived in port. This was the best snorkel trip I have ever been on by far. They have areas for all skill levels and all of them have plenty to see. My wife and I explored all three areas and saw loads of tropical fish, sea turtles, sting rays, corals and a lot more! We brought our own gear and you get a discount for that too. If you want a great place to snorkel in Freeport look no more! this is the place!
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