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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line reviews
Drift away from continental blues for just a couple hundred bucks.
Sail from West Palm Beach to the Bahamas on refurbished ships with this niche, budget cruise line. Food and basic entertainment is included in your fare. Sure, accommodations are bare-bones — but pools, hot tubs, casinos and more await.
The overwhelming consensus? You get what you pay for.
At the end of the day, it’s good value for a quick two-night escape.
Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).
If you’re aching for a break from daily life and are craving a brief respite beneath palm trees, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line can get you there safe and sound — even if the experience is a little rough around the edges.
However, if you’d rather have a more classic cruise experience, keep shopping. It’s possible to find great deals on tropical escapes with more traditional cruise lines.
Read a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line review
Case study: Kate's experience
The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is a great inexpensive option for a quick getaway from Florida. It leaves from West Palm Beach and travels overnight to Grand Bahama Island. After a full day on the island, you get back on the ship to travel overnight back to Florida. You can spend the day in Grand Bahama just lounging on the beach, taking a tour to see the swimming pigs, diving, snorkeling or shopping at the Lucaya Marketplace where all the handmade shops and local restaurants are.
The ship is a little dated, but everything is very clean, the beds are comfortable, the staff are always wonderful and the show and entertainment are surprisingly good! The buffet food is fantastic, and the other restaurants on the ship are also good (most of the food is included in the cost of the cruise — some items on the menu have extra costs.) I would recommend doing both the buffet and an a la carte restaurant if you get the chance.
The atmosphere on the cruise is very casual because a lot of the people cruising do this often — either as a means of transportation or as a quick vacation. You won’t see a lot of fancy dresses, though most people are dressed nicely.
If getting into the pool on the ship is important to you, call ahead to find out the best time of year to cruise. The pool is often closed if it isn’t warm — probably because most of the passengers are from Florida and the Bahamas, meaning they have no interest in getting in the water unless it’s super hot!
About Kate’s cruise
Ship sailed: Grand Celebration
Date of cruise: September and December 2019 — two cruises
Length of cruise: 2 nights
Departure port: West Palm Beach
Destination visited: Grand Bahama
Where do Bahamas Paradise cruises depart from?
All of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s itineraries begin at Port of Palm Beach — just north of downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Fortunately, the area has less traffic than most US cruise ports, so it’s generally easy to get in and out.
The official address is 1 E 11th Street, Riviera Beach.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line — destinations
Instead of dabbling in more complex itineraries, this cruise company sticks to what it knows: The Bahamas. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line sails to Nassau and Grand Bahama Island.
It’s notable that after the devastating 2019 Hurricane Dorian, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was the first cruise line to dock at Grand Bahamas Island afterwards, bringing hundreds of volunteers and critical aid along with it.
Why you should — or shouldn’t — cruise with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise cruises are inexpensive compared to the competition, and offer good value overall. But if you’re used to over-the-top sailings with Carnival or Royal Caribbean, consider lowering your expectations before boarding.
It’s like staying at a budget motel vs a luxury Hilton — you’ll get everything necessary to have a safe and pleasant stay, without extra niceties like indulgent staff or brand name toiletries.
Still, even though alcoholic drinks aren’t technically included, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines often includes a set amount of free drinks or other freebies with your fare. And kids under the age of 12 usually sail for free, while accompanying two adults.
Here’s what to consider before booking a trip with Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line:
Three complimentary restaurants on each ship
24/7 room service for late-night treats ($6 delivery fee may apply)
Adults-only deck and pool area
Hot tubs and Jacuzzi on deck
Duty-free liquor store
Plenty of organized onboard activities during the day
Frequent kids-sail-free discounts
Evening entertainment can be hit-or-miss — and some shows cost extra
Accommodations can feel claustrophobic
Cafeteria food isn’t always tasty
Customer service can be lacking
Gratuities aren’t included in the fare
Price can end up being more than initially advertised
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line prices — what’s the catch?
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line advertises fares as low as $99 per person for a two-night cruise. No doubt that’s a great deal. But before you get too excited, keep these caveats in mind:
Taxes, fees and port expenses range between $90 to $110 per person, and are added to your total at checkout.
Gratuities cost $13.95 per passenger, per day for interior and ocean staterooms and $15 per passenger, per day for suites.
Also keep in mind that you might feel nickel-and-dimed while on board, especially if you’re keen to indulge in alcoholic beverages or upgraded entertainment options at night. And no, you can’t bring your own booze. But super tight budget travelers can stick to water and non-specialty coffee and tea, which is free.
If you’d rather finance your tropical getaway, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers the option to pay via Uplift, a travel loan provider.
Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.
When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.
Frequently asked questions
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is independently owned and operated by the family of Kevin Sheehan, former CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships depart from the Port of Palm Beach, where a parking attendant will park your vehicle for you, valet-style. It costs $20 per night.
If you’d rather take the train, Brightline offers port of Palm Beach transportation packages starting at $20 round-trip which includes a complimentary pre-departure mimosa and Lyft rides to and from the station. You can find the Brightline deal available on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s website.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ships dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama and Nassau.
Latest Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line deals
Bahamas Paradise 2-night cruise deal for two: $69 per person
All meals onboard (alcoholic beverages and specialty restaurants not included). Theater shows, live music, pool-deck parties, day in The Bahamas. Spa & beauty salon and full casino available. 2 nights of accommodations.
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