It’s almost time to say “Bon Voyage” and get the sun-kissed skin on the beaches with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. But, before you get all ready to sail cross-check these for a good start:
U.S Citizens: Must bring a Government issued photo ID and proof of citizenship (original U.S birth certificate or naturalization certificate) or a valid passport for re-entry to the United States. A passport is required if staying overnight in the Bahamas. Children, ages 15 and under only require a birth certificate. Teens between the ages of 16 to 17 require their birth certificate and school ID/non-driver’s license. Adults above the age of 18 must present a driver or non-driver ID with their birth certificate.
Non-U.S. Citizens: A valid Passport, Multiple Entry Visa or Resident Alien Card is required for re-entry to the United States. If you are unsure about owning the proper travel documents, please contact your country's consulate. The cruise line is not responsible if you don’t have the proper documentation.
When minors (17 and under) are not traveling with either of their parents, you must bring an original notarized signed letter from the absent parent/legal guardian authorizing the minor to travel. The minor consent form can be found here. Download Form
Pregnant guests who enter the 24th week of pregnancy before or at any time during the cruise will not be allowed to sail. Pregnant guests, who will not enter the 24th week before or at any time during the cruise, must bring a letter from their attending physician certifying that their gestational status is in accordance with this policy and that the expecting mother is fit to sail.
Alcohol, soda, and bottled water are not permitted prior to embarkation and is subject to confiscation if found. Alcohol and soda packages are available for purchase, as well as bottled water.
You will be able to stay connected throughout the ship and our designed for comfort internet cafe. There is a $15 per day charge or $25 per 2 night cruise for Wi-Fi access, which is subject to change. Visit Customer Service on deck 5 once on-board for more information.
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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.