Big news for this little cruise line.
After a three-month charter to house FEMA workers in St. Thomas following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Grand Celebration returned to the Port of Palm Beach. Fully refreshed and refurbished, Grand Celebration will resume its two-day trips to Grand Bahama Island in time for December’s holidays.
During the spruce-up following its charter, Grand Celebration now has several new features and enhancements. There’s a new adults-only outdoor relaxation area, an expanded casino and a specialty coffee and juice bar.
Grand Celebration Enhancement Details
The 1,900 passenger Grand Celebration will set sail on December 23 with the following upgrades:
- Expanded, Enhanced Casino – For those seeking lady luck at sea, Grand Celebration’s Par-A-Dice Casino has doubled in size, offering more slot machines, video poker and enhanced table games. Nearly 70 of the most popular slot games have been added to the casino, bringing the total number of slots to 125, in addition to several new video poker machines. The casino’s table games area, which include Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Three Card Poker and the Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, have been divided into two comfortable areas and now also include raised maximum betting limits, the ability to make additional wages while playing blackjack, and the addition of electronic roulette machines for those who like to play without a crowd watching.
- New Adult-Only Area – The forward sun deck at the top of the ship has now become The Oasis – a complimentary adult-only area for those ages 18 and over that want to relax and unwind in serenity. The expansive area includes a bar, a large hot tub, all new sun loungers and several outdoor daybeds.
- Specialty Coffee Bar and Juice Bar – Baristas will prepare specialty coffees and offer delectable gelato and pastries at the new Grand Café on Deck 9. Menu items feature a variety of hot or iced specialty coffees, teas and other beverages, including smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. In the morning, guests can indulge in chocolate croissants, Viennese pastries, muffins and quiche. Throughout the day, the Grand Café will offer delectable sweet treats, including delicious homemade gelato, sorbet, cakes, tarts, cupcakes and chocolate truffles.
Cruises resume on December 23, 2017 from Port of Palm Beach located in West Palm Beach, Florida. A special Christmas cruise and a New Year’s Eve party cruise are planned.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Adds Second Ship
Starting in April, 2018, Grand Classica will join the fledgling fleet in Port of Palm Beach. With two ships doing two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island, there will be departures happening every day, alternating between the two ships.
Grand Classica will carry up to 1,680 guests and features 685 staterooms, a multitude of restaurants and bars, a theater, two pools, four hot tubs, wellness center and spa, outdoor jogging track and more.
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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will be the only Line to offer daily departures to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach. The company signed a three-year agreement with the Bahamas to bring both of its ships to Grand Bahama Island for two-night cruises, as well as its signature Cruise & Resort Stay packages.
What to do on Grand Bahama Island?
Just like every cruise line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers a full range of shore excursions available for purchase. There’s kayaking, parasailing, sailboating and more. The excursions are outdoors but not all options are high-energy. For those that want to have a relaxing beach day, the cruise line has arrangements with Grand Lucayan Resort to offer shore excursions for cruise guests who simply want to put their feet up and escape the rat race back home. Overnight packages are also available.
Additional details on the new ship, as well as on sale dates, will be announced in early 2018. Grand Classica is expected to begin sailings in mid-April 2018.
For more information visit BahamasParadiseCruise.com.