MS Margaritaville Paradise (fka Grand Classica) departs on maiden voyage

   May 13, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

MS Margaritaville Paradise (fka Grand Classica) is ready for her maiden voyage.

The Margaritaville at Sea (Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) cruise ship's onboard christening ceremony was held on Thursday, May 12. The festivities were followed by a special sail-away party on the pool deck.

The vessel arrived at the Port of West Palm Beach (Florida) for the first time on Tuesday, following major renovations on Grand Bahama Island (Freeport) and the rebrand of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

Margaritaville Paradise will offer a 2-night/3-day voyage to Grand Bahama Island. She embodies the Jimmy Buffet brand Margaritaville.

The vessel includes 658 staterooms, 8 dining venues, 5 bars and lounges, and 10 passenger decks.

The first cruise with passengers is on Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m.

Margaritaville Paradise cruise ship

In December 2021 it was announced that Margaritaville Resorts & Hotels (Florida-based hospitality group) had signed a partnership deal with Bahamas Paradise to start the new cruise brand "Margaritaville at Sea". The new travel brand was scheduled for inauguration on May 13, 2022. 

  • The Margaritaville cruise line is expected to add more ships to its future fleet, with Margaritaville Paradise being the first one.
  • The long-term ship charter 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 will continue her regular 2-night cruise schedule from Palm Beach to Freeport. The shipowner remains the same (Paradise Cruise Line Operator Ltd).