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Another Cruise Line Adds Bahamas Sailing

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only line with a two-night cruise departing year-round from the Port of Palm Beach, announced today that Grand Celebration will set sail with several new enhancements on December 23. It will offer a new adults-only area, a revitalized casino, and a specialty coffee and juice bar. Holiday festivities will also happen just in time for Christmas, with an appearance by Santa and a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2018 in style.

Since September, the ship has been chartered by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency to house first responders and National Guard members who were helping the US Virgin Islands rebuild following hurricane damage.

The line also announced that their new 52,900 gross ton ship will be named Grand Classica and will also sail two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island. With this second ship, set to arrive in April, Bahamas Paradise will become the only line to offer daily departures to the Bahamas from Palm Beach.

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photo: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Grand Celebration Enhancements

  • Expanded Casino – Grand Celebration‘s casino has doubled in size, offering more slot machines, video poker, and table games. The ship will have a total number of 125 slots, and offer table games in two separate areas including Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Three Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.
  • Adults-Only Area – The forward sun deck at the top of the ship has become The Oasis, a complimentary area for those ages 18 and over. It includes a bar, large hot tub, sun loungers, and daybeds.
  • Specialty Coffee and Juice Bar – The new Grand Café on deck 9 will feature hot and iced specialty coffees, teas, smoothies, and freshly squeezed juices. In the morning, guests can enjoy chocolate croissants, Viennese pastries, muffins, and quiche. Throughout the day there will be homemade gelato, sorbet, cakes, tastes, cupcakes, and truffles to enjoy.

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In August, Bahamas Paradise announced that they’d signed a 10-year contract with the Port of Palm Beach and that they’d purchased a second ship that will also be based there. Grand Classica will carry up to 1,680 guests and offers a number of restaurants and bars, a theater, two pools, four hot tubs, a spa, outdoor jogging track, and more.

On November 25, the line inked a three-year agreement with the Bahamas to bring both ships to Grand Bahama Island, doubling the number of arrivals there beginning when Classica launches in April. Additional details on the new ship along with sail dates will be announced in early 2018.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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