Margaritaville at Sea

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Review of Margaritaville at Sea

Margaritaville at Sea is a new travel brand and cruise line (2023-founded/2024-inaugurated) that specializes in voyages from Florida USA to The Bahamas the whole year round. The company operates via a long-term partnership with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line (shipowner) which two ships are chartered and branded as "Margaritaville at Sea".

Margaritaville at Sea logo (Margaritaville Cruise Line Bahamas) CruiseMapper

The Margaritaville Cruise Line is separately owned and not a subsidiary of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (1985-founded, USA-based hospitality company that manages and franchises a restaurant chain, retail stores, and hotels).

Margaritaville At Sea

In early-December 2021 was announced that Margaritaville Resorts & Hotels (Florida-based hospitality group) signed a partnership deal with the shipowner Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd to start a new cruise brand (Margaritaville at Sea) to be inaugurated with Grand Classica in 2022. The ship (renamed "Margaritaville Paradise") was scheduled to start service for "Margaritaville at Sea" with the Maiden Voyage on April 30, 2022, following an extensive wetdock refit at Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport).

  • The Margaritaville cruise line is expected to add more ships to its future fleet, with Margaritaville Paradise being the first one.
  • The deal was signed by John Cohlan (Margaritaville's CEO) and Oneil Khosa (Bahamas Paradise's CEO, who will also serve as Margaritaville Cruise Line's CEO).
  • Margaritaville Paradise continues the regular 2-night cruise schedule from Palm Beach to Freeport. The shipowner remains the same (Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd).
  • After supply chain disruptions affected the ship's wetdocking, Margaritaville at Sea brand's inauguration was postponed by two weeks (from April 30th to May 13th, 2022).

On October 16, 2023, Carnival Corporation (as shipowner) officially confirmed the sale of the 23-year-old Costa Atlantica (through its subsidiary Adora Cruises Ltd) valued at USD 64,6 million (~EUR 61M). The new shipowner (yet to be revealed) will charter the vessel to Margaritaville at Sea/Bahamas Paradise which will operate it under the new name "Margaritaville at Sea Islander" (Margaritaville Islander).

On December 4, 2023, the company confirmed that Costa Atlantica officially joined the fleet (under the name "Margaritaville At Sea Islander") and is scheduled to start Caribbean voyages leaving roundtrip from Tampa Florida on June 14, 2024 (Maiden Voyage).

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ( is a travel brand owned by the Bahamas-based company "Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd", that changed ownership on December 22, 2016. Among the new company's owners is Kevin Sheehan - former CEO and President of NCLH ("Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings"), who resigned NCL in January 2015.

The company is the successor of the Imperial Majesty Cruise Line (1999-founded/2009-defunct). Imperial Majesty Cruise Line was a budget travel company and specialized in mini-cruises (2-3-day roundtrips from Port Everglades) to Nassau. The company owned one ship (Regal Empress, IMO 5262835, 1953-built/2009-scrapped) and officially ceased operation on March 9, 2009. In the same week, its shipping business/schedule was replaced by Celebration Cruise Line (Bahamas Paradise).

The company's current CCO (since 2021) is Francis Riley (former employee of Thomas Cook UK, British Airways' Avios Group Ltd, NCL-Norwegian, Tourico Holidays, EMEA Recruitment, Traveltek). In 2019, Riley joined Bahamas Paradise as Senior VP of Sales. The company's CEO (and co-owner) is Oneil Khosa (former Royal Caribbean employee/first officer, founder of "Blue World Voyages"/India, investment banker).

In August 2016, Kevin Sheehan became CEO and President of the Las Vegas-based Scientific Games Corporation (a leading developer of technology products and services for the worldwide gaming and lottery industries). The cruise company's other owner (with 50% stake) is Oneil Khosa (India-based "Blue Ocean Cruises" company's CEO and Managing Director). Until 2014, Blue Ocean operated short breaks (1-, 2- and 4-night itineraries) leaving from Mumbai-Bombay and Mormugao-Goa.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line logo - CruiseMapper

In mid-November 2020 was unofficially announced that the ship Grand Celebration had been sold for scrap metal (for an undisclosed sale price). The vessel left Freeport Bahamas on November 15th, allegedly heading to India's Alang Shipbreaking Yard (world's largest), with estimated arrival on January 3rd, 2021. On January 2nd, the 34-year-old liner arrived and anchored off Alang, and on January 14th was beached for scrapping.

As the only cruise shipping company operating roundtrips out of Palm Beach Florida, Bahamas Paradise provides its customers with expedited boarding (30-min embarkation/disembarkation) and valet parking (at the cruise terminal).

  • Cruise passengers are also offered Bahamas "cruise and hotel" packages in Bahamian hotels. These deals offer 2-, 4-, and 6-night Bahamas hotel stays to be combined (booked together) with Palm Beach roundtrip voyages.
  • MS Grand Celebration ship is a former Carnival Cruise Lines vessel and operated under charter (leased), while the fleet-mate MS Grand Classica (former Costa neoClassica is fully-owned. Classica was purchased in December 2017 and entered service in April 2018.
  • In 2017, the company had booked around 250,000 passengers, around half of whom were from South Florida.
  • MS Grand Classica was opened for booking in February 2018. The company's promos were "Buy One - Get One Free". These free cruise deals were limited to 1 week only, and bookable on both liners.
  • "Sail Away Your Way" promo deals offered free cruising for kids 12-year-old and under (when traveling with 2 full-paying guests) and free entertainment for adults. The promo offer was valid for cruises through February 12, 2019, if these deals were booked by December 12, 2018. USD 25 pp bonuses were additionally offered as either casino credit, spa credit, photo credit or onboard credit (to be used for drinks, dining or shore excursions).

The regularly scheduled Florida-Bahamas short-breaks are very popular among both American and Bahamian citizens as they provide a cheap shopping travel alternative. Bahamas Paradise estimated that these tourists spend ~USD 4,5 million annually.

Port West Palm Beach (Florida) cruise port

From both ships, Port Palm Beach projected between USD 54-63 million in net income over a period of 10 years (2018-2028), depending on the handled passengers' number. The liners' combined passenger capacity is nearly 1,3 million per year. The company's monthly dockage fees (for both ships) are USD 50,000.

In early-February 2019, the company started offering (upon request) 6 new themed-food menus (2x Chinese, 2x Indian, 2x Vegan cuisine specialties) available for groups fleetwide and year-round. The new Chinese menus include Sichuan Eggplant, Hunan Style Crispy Whole Red Snapper, Crispy Tangerine Beef. Vegan dishes include Coconut Soup, Crispy Hearts of Palm Cakes, Caramelized Parsnip, Zucchini Lasagna, Potato-Mushroom Burgers. Indian dishes include Tandoori Chicken, Pan-seared Prawns, Paneer Tikki Masala, Kheer and Warm Gajar Halwa (pudding). The new menus are also available for individual request (must be made in advance upon booking or onboard / at ship's Reception).

Margaritaville Bahamas cruise deals

Margaritaville's cruise deals are inclusive of onboard accommodations, roundtrip shipping, all onboard meals (excluding specialty dining), select beverages, onboard entertainment (excluding the ship's adults-only comedy show in the evening), 3 kids programs (supervised fun activities for children).

  • Cruise booking customers must be 18 or older. "Cruise and Resort Stay" booking customers must be 21 or older. Minor passengers (under 18 yo) must be in a cabin with an accompanying adult (parent or legal guardian).
  • Not included in the cruise tickets/fares are transfers (to and from the liner), valet parking (at Port Palm Beach), shore excursions, bar drinks, soft drinks, specialty dining options, onboard Casino gaming, adults-only comedy show (at the Theater in the evening), phone calls, photos, onboard shopping.
  • Additional to the cruise fares are also Government taxes (USD 67,52 pp), tipping/gratuities (USD 12,95 pp per night), plus USD 1 pp charged as "Palm Beach Cruise Terminal Infrastructure Fee".
  • Onboard gratuities are charged to the passenger's onboard account (card) at USD 12,95 pp per night. This charge covers all onboard food and cabin services provided by stewards, waiters, busboys, and Maitre d'. An 18% service charge is added to all onboard bar beverages, the company's drink packages, specialty dining, and Spa-Beauty Salon tabs.
  • To use cell phones shipboard, passengers must first activate the roaming service of their cellular provider. The network activates when the liner is at sea, and out of reach from land. When the service becomes available, cellular phones display either MCP or 901 12. Onboard cell phone service is charged via the passenger's cellular provider.
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line currently offers 2 Internet packages (Wi-Fi access) priced USD 15 per device, per day, and USD 25 per device for the full cruise).

Each cruise passenger can bring (complimentary) 2 pieces of luggage, but not exceeding 50 pounds (22,7 kg) per piece. Overweight luggage is charged USD 25 per bag (automatically charged to onboard accounts). All luggage must be stored in the stateroom.

Passengers with disabilities (requiring wheelchair use) must bring their own wheelchairs.

Since June 2018, Bahamas Paradise ship crew and staff enjoy free of charge Wi-Fi Internet in ports and at sea. High-speed connections (up to 1 gigabit per second) allow even live video streaming from any location throughout the ship, including all crew areas.

Also in June 2018, the company dropped its single supplements on all oceanview staterooms. The decision was based on studies on solo travel showing over 40% baby boomers booking solo cruises in 2017, and 21% planning single cruise travel in 2018. No single supplement daily cruise rates start at USD 149 per person.

In September 2018, the company signed a partnership deal with Fit Bodies Inc, providing passengers aged 16 and older with free workout classes (Zumba, Yoga, and fitness) led by certified instructors. The new program was introduced on Grand Celebration (Sept 2018) and on Grand Classica (since January 2019).

Ultimate Paradise Pass

In March 2023, Margaritaville at Sea introduced the industry's first seasonal pass "Ultimate Paradise Pass". It allows pass holders to embark on an unlimited number of non-consecutive 2-night cruises to the Bahamas (Freeport) leaving roundtrip from Palm Beach Florida on Margaritaville Paradise.

The pass prices started at US$899 (per person based on double occupancy) exclusive of taxes/fees/port expenses, which are due at booking.

The "Ultimate Paradise Pass" cruises can only be reserved 24-72 hours in advance.

With only several limited blackout dates, passes expired on December 31st (2023).

In addition to the unlimited Florida-Bahamas roundtrip voyages, Ultimate Paradise Pass' onboard perks include welcome amenities, behind-the-scenes access, and exclusive sneak peeks of new activities (on select voyages). Pass holders can additionally book shore excursions, upgrades, and packages at a 10% discount.

Shore excursions and tour packages prices

The company offers a wide variety of beach activities, land tours/excursions and "cruise and resort" deals in The Bamahas.

  • Snorkel Adventure (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 59 (adult) min age 10yo.
  • Dolphin Close Encounter (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 125 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Parasailing (duration 10 min) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 89 (adult).
  • Swim with Dolphins (duration 2 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 221 (adult), min-height restriction 55 inches. 140 cm.
  • Freeport City Tour (duration 1 hour) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 39 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (duration 1,5 hours) plus GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT package is priced USD 59 (adult), complimentary for kids under 4.
  • Jeep Adventure (duration 7 hours) is priced USD 95 (adult) and USD 75 (children ages 4-12), capacity 4 persons per Jeep.
  • Inland Blue Hole Snorkel Adventure (duration 5,5 hours) is USD 79 (adult) and USD 75 (children ages 10-12).
  • Bottom Reef Fishing Tour (duration 3 hours) is priced USD 94 (adult) and USD 73 (children ages 4-12), capacity 4 persons per Jeep.
  • Deep-Sea Fishing Tour (duration 3,5 hours) is priced USD 151 (adult) and USD 83 (spectator).
  • Luxury Day Sailing Tour (duration 2,5 hours) is priced USD 79 (adult).
  • Pelican Lake Kayaking Tour (duration 6 hours) is priced USD 79 (adult) and USD 77 (children ages 10-12).
  • Garden of the Groves / Freeport City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour (duration 4 hours) is priced USD 50 (adult) and USD 41 (children ages 4-12).
  • Best of Grand Bahama Island Tour (duration 4 hours) is priced USD 49 (adult) and USD 39 (children ages 4-12).
  • Viva Wyndham Resort (All-Inclusive) package is priced USD 79 (adult) and USD 65 (children ages 4-12).
  • Grand Lucayan Resort package is priced USD 42 (adult) and USD 35 (children ages 4-12). Lunch is not included.
  • Beach Getaway package is priced USD 37 (adult) and USD 30 (children ages 4-12). Open Bar and Lunch are not included but can be purchased separately at USD 69 (adult) and USD 59 (children ages 4-12).
  • For June 2018, the company offered a "kids sail free" promos for families with children up to 16 years of age. Kids cruise for free in staterooms with 2 paying parents. Onboard are available complimentary age-specific clubs for kids activities supervised by certified youth counselors. These exclusive lounges are for kids 3-6 yo and 7-12 yo and teens. Activities include gaming consoles, watching movies, mini rock climbing wall, jungle gyms, ball pit, outdoor pool with mini-slides, interactive games.

Bahamas resort and hotel deals

The company partners with some of The Bahamas' most popular resorts to fit any budget and vacation style.

ResortPrice-inclusive DiningPrice-inclusive EntertainmentSports
Wyndham Viva Fortuna (All-Inclusive Resort)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Unlimited Drinks, Cocktails, Wine
  • 24 Hour Snacks
  • Pool and Beach Games with Prizes
  • Theme Nights, Parties and Dinners
  • Caribbean Dance Classes
  • Dance Competition with Prizes
  • Live Nightly Entertainment
  • Kid's Club, Mini-Disco for Kids
  • Windsurfing, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking
  • Introductory Dive Lessons
  • Water Aerobics
  • Table Tennis, Tennis, Soccer, Aerobics, Bicycling, Archery
  • Beach and Pool Volleyball
  • Beach Bocce Ball
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan (All-Inclusive Resort)
  • All meals and beverages at Aroma Cafe, Lobby Bar, Waves Bar, Portobello's Restaurant, Pizzeria Capri
  • Beach Barbeque
  • Fish Fry and Bahamian Night Buffet
  • Supervised Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Reef Golf Course
  • Fitness Center (also classes)
  • Non-motorized water sports
Marlin at Taino Beach Resort (hotel only)
  • private beach
  • Taino by the Sea restaurant (extra charge breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • bingo
  • Bahamian night
  • lagoon-style swimming pool with waterslide, waterfalls, caves, lazy river, swim-up bar
  • pool games
  • beach volleyball
  • bonfire
Pelican Bay Resort (hotel only)
  • Sabor Restaurant (extra charge)
  • 3 swimming pools

In October 2019, the company announced its "Nassau Cruise and Stay" program. Besides Grand Bahama Island, now cruisers can extend Bahamian resort vacations with premium all-inclusive leisure properties like Melia Nassau Beach Resort, SLS Baha Mar Hotel, Comfort Suites Paradise Island. The cruise line offers a travel option from Florida to Nassau the 2-night cruise (Grand Classica) combined with "Nassau Cruise and Stay" (max 6-night hotel package extension).

Shipboard Casino gaming

The cruise ship's Casino lounge offers 13 table games, including Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold Em, Roulette, Craps. Free gambling lessons are available to players. Slot machine choices include Wheel of Fortune, Back to the Future, Jenga, Breeders Cup, Cash Spin, Quick Hits.

Passengers can sign up for FREE "Par-A-Dice Casino Players Card", which allows collecting and redeeming gaming points. Points can be used toward slots, as well as for onboard dining, shopping, spa treatments, also on shore excursions.

Drink Packages

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line currently offers as beverage packages the following deals:

  • "Unlimited Soda Package (cost USD 21 pp) includes souvenir cup.
  • "Alcoholic Drink Coupons" (10 coupons for USD 70), with retail value US$120.
  • "Non-Alcoholic Drink Coupons" 10 coupons for USD 30), with retail value US$50.

An additional 18% service charge is automatically added upon purchasing the beverage package.

By the company's alcohol policy, passengers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol on the ship upon embarkation. Such beverages will be confiscated. The ship's legal drinking age is 21 (in US waters) and 18 at sea and on Grand Bahama Island. Serving alcohol onboard requires valid photo IDs.

Wedding Packages

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line weddings are package deals requiring at least 8 booked staterooms (at double occupancy) accommodating 16 full-paying passengers. Fresh flowers and photo packages cost extra. For detailed information, and package prices follow the above link.

NEW "Cruise and Stay" packages

In September 2018, the company introduced 4- and 6-night cruise and resort packages allowing its customers to book one-way voyage from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama, stay on the island for 2 or 4 nights at one of its partner resorts, then cruise back to Palm Beach.

Resort options include several premium all-inclusive properties, like Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and Lighthouse Pointe (Grand Lucayan). The new packages are inclusive of food and beverages, 2-night oceanview cabin, and 2-night all-inclusive resort room. Optional are hotel-only packages at Pelican Bay Hotel or Marlin (Taino Beach Resort).

Prices of 4-night packages start from just USD 469 pp (fares based on double occupancy). Package prices also include bus transfers (ship-resort-ship).

The US to Bahamas cruise travel documents (Visas, Passports)

US Citizens must have a valid proof of citizenship. A passport is highly recommended, but not mandatory as US passengers can travel with original birth certificates. However, these certificates must be issued by a government agency (not a hospital) and with valid (government-issued) photo IDs in place of passports.

Passport cards and driver's licenses are also acceptable as documentation.

Children aged 15 and under need birth certificates. Children aged 16 and over need a government-issued photo ID (state ID or driver's license) and an original birth certificate (issued by a government agency).

Puerto Rican citizens must have US passports or government-issued photo IDs, along with original birth certificates. Birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010, are not accepted by US Customs and Border Protection.

US Citizens born outside the USA require valid US passports or original naturalization certificates, along with valid government-issued photo IDs.

US Permanent Residents require valid Green Cards, with valid government-issued photo IDs or valid passports from their country of citizenship.

Non-US Citizens or Residents require valid Passports, Multiple Entry Visas or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the USA. Passengers from other countries must have valid passports.

Port Palm Beach cruise terminal parking

Palm Beach port's cruise terminal is an exclusive facility for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships only. It offers valet parking priced lower in comparison to other Florida cruise ports. The company's parking attendants meet passengers upon arrival at the terminal.

Palm Beach Cruise Terminal

Parking prices are US$19 per vehicle per night.

Payments can be made in cash or via bank cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) and traveler's checks.

The cruise terminal's address is "Port of Palm Beach, 1 East 11th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404".

Driving directions to Palm Beach Cruise Terminal from north: from Interstate-95 South take Exit 76, Blue Heron Boulevard, proceed east to Highway 1 (Broadway), turn right onto Highway 1, proceed approx 1 mi / 1,5 km south, make a left on East 11th Street (at Skypass Bridge's north end).

Driving directions to Palm Beach Cruise Terminal from south: from Interstate-95 North take Exit 74, 45th Street, proceed east to Highway 1 (Broadway), turn left onto Highway 1, proceed approx 1 mi / 1,5 km north over Skypass Bridge to East 11th Street (at the bridge's north end) and turn right.

Bahamas Paradise cruise ship menus (food and beverages) prices

Latitude Bar is a la carte-priced specialty coffee bar (counter-style cafe/patisserie) with opening hours 6:30 am to 12noon (Cruise Day 1) and 6:30 am to 1 am (Cruise Day 2). Along with gourmet coffees, the bar's menu also offers smoothies, hot chocolate, snacks, and other popular treats. Specialty coffees are served with complimentary, fresh-made pastries and gelato ice-creams.

Stellar Prime Restaurant (MAIN DINING ROOM) menu

"Stellar Prime" restaurant is the ship's Main Dining Room (complimentary), also serving steakhouse and seafood specialties. Here are waiter-served freshly-prepared entrees and chef-crafted main dishes, including Slow Roasted Prime Rib and Honey Glazed Salmon. Stellar Prime also serves buffet breakfast (with a breakfast bar). Different menus are offered for each day of the voyage.

  • Fixed / Assigned dining (dinner hours) - early seating (6:15 pm) or late seating (8:30 pm)
  • Your Choice Dining is until 9 pm. Online-made reservations must be confirmed on board.
  • Reservations are required for dinner, but not for breakfast.
  • Dining is complimentary (ticket price inclusive).
Food GroupsCruise Night 1 Dinner Menu ItemsCruise Night 2 Dinner Menu Items
  • Seafood Salad
  • 6 Cheese Sacchetti
  • HarvestCornChowderwithChorizo
  • Chipotle BBQ Smoked Onion Soup
  • Water Cress and Endive Salad
  • Steak House Salad
  • Dressings (Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette, French, Blue Cheese)
  • Prosciutto Daniele
  • Forest Mushroom - Brie Strudel
  • Bahamian ClamChowder
  • Butternut Squash
  • Baby Spinach Salad
  • Mixed Greens
  • Dressings (Italian Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Ranch)
Evening's Entrees
  • Black Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad
  • Smokey Honey Glazed Atlantic Salmon Filet
  • Cuban BBQ Glazed Chicken Breast
  • Mustard Rubbed Petit Beef Tender
  • Chicken Avocado Mango Salad
  • Cajun Broiled Fish Filet and Shrimps
  • Jamaican Jerk Marinated Pork Loin
  • Grilled Top Sirloin Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Vegetarian Entrees
  • Penne Rigate Basil-Pomodoro
  • AlooMutter, Jeera Rice with Raita
  • Baked Zucchini Boats with Ratatouille
  • Gorgonzola Pacchetti
  • Palak Paneer with Rajma Masala
  • Vegan Sweet and Sour Crispy it's not Chicken Stir Fry
Premium Steaks and Seafood (from Admiral's Restaurant / at extra charge)
  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail $6,25
  • Escargots Bourguignonne $6
  • Braveheart Black Angus Filet Mignon 9 oz $18
  • Braveheart Black Angus Beef NY Strip Steak 12 oz $18
  • CAB Black Angus 1855 Delmonico steak 12 oz $17,50
  • Steamed or Broiled Lobster Tail 10 oz $20
  • Braveheart Black Angus Filet Mignon 6 oz plus Main Lobster Tail 6 oz $27,50

Free choice of 2 sides and sauces:

  • Creamy Steak House Spinach
  • Young Harvest Vegetables
  • Truffle Steak Fries
  • Baked or Mashed Potatoes
  • Cognac Green Peppercorn Sauce
  • Bearnaise Sauce
  • Maitre D'Hotel Butter
  • (same as Night 1 menu)
Desserts ("Sweet Endings")
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Chocolate Crocante
  • White and Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Ice Creams and Sherbets
  • Sugar-free Panna Cotta, Strawberry Soup
  • Rum Baba (Fruit Salad)
  • Chocolate Layer Cake
  • Ice Creams and Sherbets
  • Sugar-free Ricotta Cheesecake
Sommelier Wine Pairing
  • Chardonnay Kendal Jackson Vintners Reserve (California USA) $47
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Oldenburg Stellenbosch (South Africa) $59
  • Chenin Blanc Oldenburg, Stellenbosch (South Africa) $48
  • Malbec, Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza (Argentina) $41

Ocean View Buffet Restaurant

"Ocean View Buffet" is the ship's complimentary casual dining restaurant/cafeteria with panoramic window seating and centrally-located buffet station. The buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Late-night buffet options include Mediterranean mezze (on Night 1) and Mexican dishes (on Night 2), as well as made-to-order pizzas. Besides classic breakfast foods can be ordered made-to-order omelets. Food selections include salad bar, pasta, carving stations.

Plunge Grill (pool bar)

Plunge Grill is a complimentary alfresco dining venue (outdoor food and drinks bar) located poolside midship on Lido Deck. The food menu includes hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, sausages and other grilled favorites. Late breakfast buffet (10-11 am) and an omelet station for breakfast are also offered. The Plunge Grill serves lunch menu items all afternoon. The Plunge Bar serves beer and refreshment drinks.

Admiralty Club Restaurant (STEAKHOUSE and SEAFOOD) menu

Admiralty Club (formerly "Admiral's Steak and Seafood") is a specialty restaurant (at a surcharge) also serving Champagne Breakfast.

Food GroupsMenu Items
  • Chilled Seafood Tower
  • Ahi Tuna Sashimi
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
  • Braised Short Rib Ravioli
  • Seared Diver Scallops
  • Baked Goat Cheese Souffle
Soups and Salads
  • Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Steak House Iceberg Wedge
  • Classic Caesar Salad
  • White Asparagus Veloute
  • Maine Lobster Bisque
  • Dressings (Creamy Roquefort, Ranch, Balsamic)
Seafood Entrees and Chef's Specialties
  • Day Special
  • Lump Crab Meat Crusted Peruvian Sea Bass
  • Fresh Red Snapper Filet
  • Broiled Maine Lobster Tail (8-10 oz) extra charge $18
  • Veal Medallions
  • Duo of Maple Leaf Duck
  • Vegan Portabella Mushroom Napoleon
Steaks, Chops, and Cuts
  • Braveheart Black Angus Filet Mignon (6 oz or 9 oz)
  • Braveheart Black Angus New York Strip Steak (12 oz)
  • New Zealand Lamb Chops
  • CAB Angus Beef 1855 Bone-In Ribeye Steak* (16 oz)
  • CAB Angus Beef 1855 Delmonico Steak (12 oz)
  • CAB Angus Beef 1855 Porterhouse Steak (24-26 oz)
  • Creamy Steak House Spinach
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Sauteed Mushrooms and Shallots
  • Crispy Onion Rings
  • Young Harvest Vegetables
  • Truffle Steak Fries
  • Baked Potato and Sour Cream
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Cognac-Green Peppercorn
  • Bearnaise
  • Maitre D'hotel Butter
  • Mint Jelly
  • Lemon Tulip, Tropical Fruits
  • Ricotta Baileys Cheesecake
  • Gianduja Souffle
  • Pistachio Creme Brulee Bosque
  • Double Chocolate Raspberry Dome
  • Ice Creams
Sommelier Food and Wine Pairing
  • Domaine Carneros Brut, Taittinger, California
  • Anna de Codorniu Pinot Noir Brut Rose Cava, Catalonia, Spain
White Wines
  • Chateaus Les Tuilleries Sancerre, Michel Redde, Loire Valley, France
  • Hartford Court Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Red Wines
  • Gevrey-Chambertin - Maison Luis Jadot, Cote de Nuits Burgundy, France
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Oldenburg, CV Stellenbosch, South Africa

Admiral's Restaurant "CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST" menu

Note: Admiralty Club Restaurant is open for Breakfast between 7 - 9:30 am.

Food GroupsMenu Items
Fresh-Squeezed JuicesOrange, Pink Grapefruit, Carrot
JuicesTomato, V8, Cranberry, Apple, Prune
DrinksCoffee, Assorted Teas, Milk (regular-skim-chocolate), Hot Chocolate
Onboard Bakery / (fresh-baked food)Assorted Danishes, Croissants, Pain Au Chocolat, White or Wheat Toast, English Muffins, Bagels, Muffins, Banana-Nut Bread, Cinnamon Buns
Seasonal Fresh FruitsMelon and Papaya (with Mint and Honey Yogurt), Grapefruit Half, Orange Slices
Low-fat SmoothiesBanana Honey, Berry Blast
Light and Healthy FoodLowfat Greek Yogurt with Granola, Seasonal Fruits, Berries, Agave Syrup, Toasted Almonds, Cinnamon
Cereals and Lowfat YogurtsDaily Selection
Hot CerealsSteel Cut Oatmeal, Honeyed Pears, Glazed Pecans, Wheat Cream, New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp and Grits
Pantry FoodAssorted Cold Cuts and Cheeses, Genoa Salami, Smoked Turkey, Danish Ham, Gouda, and Swiss Cheeses, Smoked Salmon with Capers, Red Onions, Chopped Eggs
Fresh-Baked Griddle FoodButtermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, Maple Syrup, Blueberry-Pecan Pancakes, Vanilla Chantilly, Brioche French Toast (with Orange Marmalade), Orange Sauce, Vanilla Sugar
Cracked Egg2 Farm Eggs (made-to-order), Freshly Scrambled Eggs with Chives, Soft Boiled Eggs
Made-to-Order OmeletsWhole Eggs, Egg Whites or Egg Beaters, Toppings (Danish Ham, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Cheddar Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Scallions, Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Asparagus Tips, Fresh Spinach, Chopped Chives)
Eggs BenedictTraditional and Scottish
Breakfast SpecialtyHuevos Rancheros Skillet, Breakfast Skillet, Steak and Eggs (4 oz Sirloin Steak, 2 Eggs)
Breakfast SidesApple Wood Smoked Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Pork Sausage, Sausage Patties, Corned Beef Hash, Turkey Bacon, Country Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Tomato, Sauteed Mushrooms, Grits

The Bull (burger bar) food and drinks menu prices

In the evenings, Plunge Grill transforms into "Rock Grill" - interactive cooking, alfresco dining experience with full bar service available for dinner on Lido Deck. Passengers can cook their meats tableside on lava rock natural gas mobile grills. They can also order "The Bull" specialty burgers (chef-created pairings) and a variety of drinks.

Handcrafted Premium Burgers (10 oz) are with Angus Beef, Turkey, Tuna, Salmon or Veggie (meatless). All burgers are served with coleslaw and special-recipe house dressings. An 18% service charge is automatically applied to each order.

Food and Drinks TypesMenu Items / IngredientsPrice
  • White Wines
  • Red Wines
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • $7 (glass)
  • $32 bottle
  1. O'Doul's (Non- Alcoholic)
  2. Dos Equis, Sands, Heineken, Corona
  3. Sands Regular, Light and Pink Grapefruit
  4. Guinness Stout, Peroni, Blue Moon, Sam Adams
  5. Miller Lite, Miller GD 16 oz, Bud Light 16 oz
  6. Coors Light 16 oz, Coors Banquet 16 oz
  7. Angry Orchard Cider
  8. Goose Island IPA, Sierra Nevada, Loose Cannon
  9. Pilsner Urquell
  10. Beer Bucket
  1. $5,75
  2. $6
  3. $6
  4. $6
  5. $6
  6. $6
  7. $6
  8. $7
  9. $7
  10. Buy 4 Get 1 Free
  • Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero
  • Sprite, Sprite Zero
  • Ginger Ale, Tonic Water
$2,50 each
Arizona Flavored Iced Teas
  • Lemon
  • Peach
  • Green Tea
$3,75 each
Energy Drinks
  • Red Bull (Standard, Sugar-Free, Flavored)
$4,75 each
Assorted Gatorade-$3,50
  • Sparkling Perrier 11 oz
  • Crystal Geyser Spring 1,5 L
  • $3,25
  • $4,25
Tropical Lemonade
  • Monin Flavored Lemonades
  • Strawberry Raspberry Mojito
  • South Seas Delight
$2 each
The All American Burger (10 oz)
  • Angus Beef smoked bacon
  • onions, cheddar cheese, hickory
  • iceberg lettuce, beefsteak tomato, red onions
  • served on a potato bun
The Cajun Burger (10 oz)
  • Angus Beef, andouille sausage
  • onions, peppers, sauteed onions
  • bourbon bbq sauce, sharp cheddar cheese
  • served on a brioche bun
A Day at the Spa Burger (8 oz)
  • Ground Tom Turkey
  • dijon mustard, honey
  • citrus juices, assorted baby lettuce
  • sliced avocado, bean sprouts
  • tarragon yogurt sauce
  • served on a sesame bun
The Veggie Burger
  • Handcrafted Tofu Burger
  • grilled vegetables, portabella mushrooms
  • avocado, aioli, tarragon yogurt sauce
  • served on a sesame bun
The Signature Black and Blue Bull Burger (10 oz)
  • Angus Beef
  • buttermilk blue cheese, herbs
  • red onions, red onion marmalade
  • served on a brioche bun
The Godfather Burger (10 oz)
  • Angus Beef
  • fresh mozzarella, portabella mushrooms
  • basil, arugula lettuce, bruschetta
  • served on a ciabatta roll
South of the Border Burger (10 oz)
  • Angus Beef
  • jalapeno jack cheese, guacamole, pickled jalapenos
  • ranchero salsa, chipotle ketchup
  • served on a sesame bun
The Pacific Burger (8 oz)
  • Chopped fresh salmon, scallions
  • sesame seed, fresh dill, Boston lettuce, beefsteak tomato, red onions
  • served on a potato bun
Fried Chicken Wing Basket Burger
  • Celery, Blue Cheese
  • Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce or Spicy Orange Sauce
Fried Shrimp Basket BurgerSriracha Mayo or Cocktail Sauce$10,95
The Yellow Fin Burger (8 oz)
  • Chopped AA-Grade Ahi Tuna, scallions
  • sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha sauce
  • red peppers, sliced cucumbers, sprouts
  • wasabi mayo
  • served on a sesame bun

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Spa menu prices

The ship's Spa & Salon complex provides professional services by well-trained staff skilled in the latest massage techniques and spa treatments.

Spa TreatmentsMassagesDurationPrice
  1. Aromatherapy
  2. De-Stress
  3. Volcano Stone
  4. Balinese
  5. Deep Tissue
  6. Thai Massage
  7. Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi
  8. Body Scrub and Back Massage
  9. Spa Taster
  1. 50 min
  2. 50 min
  3. 50 min
  4. 50 min /75 min
  5. 50 min /75 min
  6. 50 min
  7. 50 min
  8. 50 min
  9. 25 min Back plus 25 min Mini-Facial
  1. $99
  2. $99
  3. $99 / $159
  4. $119 / $178
  5. $119 / $178
  6. $135
  7. $99
  8. $99
  9. $99
Body Wraps
  • Cellulite Wrap
  • Mud Wrap
  • Sun Soother Wrap
  • 50 min / 75 min
  • 50 min / 75 min
  • 50 min
  • $99 / $135
  • $99 / $120
  • $99
  1. Classic European (Deep Cleansing)
  2. Indulgence Signature
  3. Aqua Ultimate Hydration
  4. Breezes Oxygenating
  5. Alfa Lifting Age Defense
  • 50 min (each)
  1. $109
  2. $120
  3. $90
  4. $99
  5. $109

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, Bahamas Paradise suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations (both vessels) by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures between March 15, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

Grand Classica ship was planned to restart mini-cruises to Grand Bahama Island (Freeport) on December 18, 2020. Grand Celebration ship was scheduled to restart voyages to Bahamas (Nassau) on March 3, 2021. However, these plans were canceled and both vessels remained out of service, and later Grand Celebration was scrapped.

Bahamas Paradise ships were intended to operate at 60% max passenger capacity, by closing two cabin decks on each liner. All affected bookings received a full (100%) monetary refund, including on prepurchased through the cruise company packages and services. A 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) was given with rebooking.

The company resumed the USA-Bahamas service on July 8, 2021, with Grand Classica.

Itinerary of Margaritaville at Sea

In May 2018, Grand Classica (fka Costa neoClassica/now Margaritaville Paradise) joined MS Grand Celebration as the second ship in the fleet of the Florida-based company "Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line". At the end of August 2017, Port Palm Beach District Commission signed a 10-year agreement for the former Costa cruise ship, to service the Florida-Bahamas route West Palm Beach-Freeport.

Margaritaville Paradise has a regularly scheduled itinerary program of 3-day / 2-night Bahamas cruises to Freeport and back to Palm Beach FL.

On December 4, 2023, the company confirmed that the former Costa Atlantica (2000-built/23-year-old) officially joined the fleet (being chartered as "Margaritaville At Sea Islander"). Starting in June 2024 (inaugural cruise date June 14th), Margaritaville Islander is scheduled for Caribbean voyages leaving roundtrip from Tampa Florida. MAS Islander's itinerary program is based on year-round homeporting in Port Tampa Bay and 4-night and 5-night cruises visiting Key West (Florida) and Mexico's ports Cozumel and Progreso/Merida.

On April 26, 2024, Margaritaville at Sea opened for booking MAS Paradise ship's 4-night voyages visiting Key West (Florida) and Freeport (Grand Bahama). The schedule listed departure dates in September through December 2024. Fares started at US$169 per person with double occupancy. Leaving on Mondays and returning on Fridays, the company listed as available dates September 16-20, September 30-October 4, October 14-18, November 25-29, and December 9-13.

In 2017, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line signed with The Bahamas a 3-year deal (until 2020) to bring both vessels (Celebration and Classica) to Grand Bahama Island on 2-night itineraries. With both ships, the company now has an annual passenger shipping capacity of 0,5+ million.

Grand Celebration itinerary program was based on 2-night / 3-day Bahamas cruises leaving from Palm Beach (Riviera Beach) Florida. The ship offered mini-cruises to Bahamas (Freeport) 3 or 4 times a week. Sadly, in January 2021 the vessel was beached and scrapped at Alang India.

Since Hurricane Matthew (September-October 2016) damaged Freeport, the Grand Celebration was diverted to Bimini Islands but resumed calling on Freeport on January 3, 2017.

Port Palm Beach receives around USD 4 million a year from the ship in port fees and cruise parking. Port commissioners signed the agreement with the new shipowner (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) on December 15, 2016. With LOA length 223 m (733 ft), MS Grand Celebration is the max size the Palm Beach port can handle. The fleet-mate MS Grand Classica's length is 220 m (722 ft).

2-night / 3-day Bahamas cruise itinerary

  • Day 1 (embarkation at Port Palm Beach Florida USA) - check-in at 11 a.m., ship boarding at 12 noon. Passengers must be on the ship by 4 pm. Departure is at 5:30 pm.
  • Day 2 (Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas) - arrival in Freeport is at 8 am. Departure from Freeport is at 5 pm. Passengers must be back on the ship by 4:30 pm.
  • Day 3 (disembarkation in Port Palm Beach) - arrival back to port is at 7 am. Disembarkation of passengers is between 8-10:30 am.

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