Day 1 - Embark at the Port of Palm Beach
Check-in begins at 12:00 PM. Boarding begins at 1:00 PM
Passengers must be on board by 4:30 PM. Departure is at 6:00 PM
Day 2 - Grand Bahama Island
Arrival at destination 8:00 AM. Departure is at 6:00 PM
Passengers must be on board by 4:30 PM
Day 3 - Disembark at the Port of Palm Beach
Arrival at port 7:00 AM
Disembarkation between 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Transportation to and from the ship, valet parking at the port, shore excursions, bar beverages, soft drinks, specialty dining, casino, adult comedy show, phone calls, photographs, and any items you may choose to purchase not specifically stated.
Government taxes of $66.43 per person, gratuities of $12.95 per person per night, $1 per person Port of Palm Beach Cruise Terminal Infrastructure Fee.
For your convenience, gratuities are charged to your onboard account at $12.95 per person, per night. This covers all food and stateroom services provided to you by your Stateroom Steward, Waiter, Busboy and Maitre d’. Other staff members may be tipped as services are rendered.
Please note an 18% service charge will be included on all bar, drink packages, specialty dining, and Indulgence Spa & Salon tabs. This is standard in the cruise industry.
Cruise only: Guest completing the booking must be 18 or older at the time of sailing.
Cruise & Resort Stay: Guest completing the booking must be 21 or older at the time of sailing.
Guests under the age of 18 must be in a stateroom with an accompanying adult.
U.S. Citizens: All U.S. citizens must have valid proof of citizenship. While a passport is highly recommended, passengers can travel with an original birth certificate issued by a U.S. government agency (not form a hospital) and a valid government issued photo ID, in place of passport.
Passport cards and enhanced driver’s licenses are also acceptable forms of documentation.
Children ages 15 and under only require a birth certificate as noted above. Children ages 16 and over must carry a government-issued picture ID such as a state ID or provincial driver's license and an original birth certificate issued by a U.S. government agency.
Passengers from Puerto Rico must have a valid U.S. passport or a valid government-issued photo ID along with an original issued birth certificate. Birth certificate issued prior to July 1, 2010 are not accepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
U.S. Citizens born outside of the U.S.: Will require a valid U.S. passport for travel or an original naturalization certificate along with a valid government issued photo ID.
U.S. Permanent Residents: Will require a valid Permanent Resident card, also known as a Green Card, with a valid government-issued photo ID or a valid passport from their country of citizenship.
Please note some permanent residents (e.g. Haitian citizens) must carry a valid passport along with a valid Permanent Resident card. Please contact the Bahamian Consulate or U.S. immigration for more information.
Non-U.S. Citizens or Residents:
A valid Passport, Multiple Entry Visa, or Resident Alien Card is required for re-entry to the United States. Please contact U.S. Customs or the Bahamian Consulate for any additional required documentation. Guests from other countries must possess a valid passport and should check with their travel agent or appropriate consulate to determine other necessary travel documentation.
For more information on travel documentation, please visit the Before You Cruise link.
The dress code on board is generally casual. Dinner and evening attire is casual elegance, with proper attire required for select restaurants, including collared shirts, blouses, pants, dresses and skirts. Tank tops and swimsuits are not permitted in the dining areas.
You are going to want to capture the moment, don’t forget your cameras and chargers.
Please ensure all baggage and personal belongings are properly insured and labeled with the owner's name, address, and ship's name, stateroom number, and sailing date. Suitcases should be securely locked. We are not responsible for theft or loss.
We recommend that you personally carry all medications, jewelry, fragile items, valuables and important documents on and off the ship. Any luggage left at the pier will be forwarded at the guest's expense.
Please let us know at the time of booking if you require a wheelchair-accessible stateroom, accommodations related to medical condition, or have dietary needs. Confirmation of this information may be required in writing.
Guests requiring the use of a wheelchair on board will need to bring their own or make independent arrangements.
Guests may not bring alcohol on board during embarkation. Beverages found in a guest's possession will be confiscated. The legal drinking age on the ship is 21 in US waters and 18 at sea and on Grand Bahama Island. A valid photo ID is required. We have the right to refuse sale and/or service to anyone.
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(West Palm Beach, FL)—The MV Grand Celebration, owned and operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the request of FEMA. The chartered ship will have responsibility for housing the National Guard - first responders as they help to rebuild the lives of individuals and create some structure after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma.
The humanitarian mission is expected to start with the ship’s arrival in St. Thomas on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and last through the latter half of December. The cruise line will resume normal cruise operations beginning with the cruise on Saturday, December 23, 2017, with 2-night cruises between the Port of Palm Beach and Grand Bahama Island. The ship has 750 cabins and capacity up to 1,900 passengers.
“We will be reaching out to all of our guests and travel partners this week,” explained Oneil Khosa, CEO of the cruise line. “We feel badly about this 90 day disruption but believe the extensive needs of the St. Thomas people to be of greater importance at this time.”
The island of St. Thomas now must be on alert for the path of Maria, which is a category 5 Hurricane.
Individuals who booked directly with the cruise line for cruises through December 21 can contact Bahamas Paradise’s customer service department at 800-374-4363 to review all the options that are available to guests. Direct cruise line customers can receive a full refund or reschedule their cruise with a $100 onboard credit. Other booked guests should contact their travel providers.