Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is a cruise line that operates two-day voyages out of Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. The company was founded in late 2014, and began operating its first cruises in February 2015.
|Headquarters||Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States|
|Website||Bahamas Paradise Cruise|
The cruise line was formed after Celebration Cruise Line ceased operations following a grounding incident that left its only ship, the Bahamas Celebration damaged beyond repair. Former Celebration Cruise Line executives formed Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and purchased the Costa Celebration to take over the route formerly operated by the Bahamas Celebration. The cruise line's first cruise was scheduled to depart on February 1, 2015. Due to technical difficulties, the voyage was cancelled. Repairs were made and the ship set sail on February 3.
On September 19, 2017 FEMA chartered the ship for a 90-day period through December 2017 to house the National Guard in St. Thomas, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The ship returned to service on December 23, 2017.
It was announced in December 2017 that the cruise line purchased the Costa neoClassica. It entered service on 13 April 2018 as the Grand Classica.
|Grand Celebration||Holiday class||1987||2015-Present||47,262 GT||Bahamas||Previously was the Celebration for Carnival Cruise Lines, Grand Celebration for Ibero Cruises, and Costa Celebration for Costa Cruises. The ship was purchased on November 21, 2014, one day before she was to operate for Costa Cruises.|
|Grand Classica||Classica class||1991||2018 - present||52,926 GT||Portugal||Left the Costa Cruises fleet in March 2018. Originally Costa Classica.|
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