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Enjoying Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line On Board The Grand Classica

Enjoying Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line On Board The Grand Classica


Not only am I so lucky to live in Florida where it’s sunny year round, but I am also close to some exciting destinations. I recently enjoyed a 2-night cruise to the Bahamas thanks to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line! We sailed on their stunning Grand Classica Ship from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. This is the absolute perfect choice for a fun and luxurious weekend getaway. I was impressed to discover that they set sail every single day of the week, therefore, anyone can find a day that suits their schedule!

Bahamas Paradise - Grand Classica
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line  – Grand Classica
Grand Classica Lobby Area - Bahamas Cruise Line
Grand Classica Lobby Area – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

My adventure began the moment I stepped foot onto the ship where I had the opportunity to meet Captain Meinhardt and other crew members on the Bridge. We were able to see the ship set sail and depart West Palm Beach and start making its way to Freeport, Bahamas! It was a very exciting experience and a great way to start the journey.

Leaving the Port in West Palm Beach
Leaving the Port in West Palm Beach
The Bridge - Grand Classica
The Bridge – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

Accommodations onboard the Grand Classica

We then excitedly checked into our spacious Grand Terrace Suite, one of ten luxury suites on board. This is the absolute best way to cruise in paradise. These suites are located on deck 10 (the top level), and provide the perfect private getaway. With a comfortable queen bed and pull out sofa, the Grand Terrace Suite can comfortably sleep 4 people.

Grand Terrace Suite - Grand Classica
Grand Terrace Suite – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica
Grand Terrace Suite Bedroom & Balcony - Grand Classica
Grand Terrace Suite Bedroom & Balcony – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

The closet space was incredibly generous, especially for a cruise ship. However, my favorite aspect of the room was definitely the scenic balcony where I enjoyed lounging in the mornings.

I also really loved how the bathroom not only had a shower but a large jetted tub as well.

Grand Terrace Suite Bathroom - Grand Classica
Grand Terrace Suite Bathroom – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

Dining onboard the Grand Classica

It’s worth pointing out that no matter what type of room you’re staying in, there is 24-hour complimentary room service offered to satisfy your cravings anytime during the day or night! Speaking of food, with over half a dozen eateries on board the Grand Classica, you are sure to find something to your liking.

Our first evening we had dinner with Captain Meinhardt and other crew members at the Admiral’s Steak & Seafood restaurant.  The baked goat cheese soufflé appetizer was delicious and I enjoyed a filet mignon for my main course. All their beef is 100% Natural Black Angus Beef from 150 year old Revier® Family Farm in Olivia, Minnesota.

Admiral Steak & Seafood Restaurant - Baked Goat Cheese Soufflé
Admiral Steak & Seafood Restaurant – Baked Goat Cheese Soufflé
Admiral Steak & Seafood Restaurant - Filet Mignon
Admiral Steak & Seafood Restaurant – Filet Mignon
Restaurants and Bars onboard Grand Classica
Restaurants and Bars onboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

A culinary highlight on our trip was at the Rock Grill on board. Dining here is a unique and interactive experience. Every table comes with a lava rock grill where we get to watch quality meats and fresh veggies cook before our very eyes! You can even participate and help with the cooking if that interests you. I ordered the surf and turf and enjoyed every bite of the juicy steak and flavorful lobster. Thanks to the amazing food paired with stunning ocean views, we absolutely loved dining at the Rock Grill.

Rock Grill Restaurant - Grand Classica
Rock Grill Restaurant – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica


I could easily spend all day relaxing on board the Grand Classica, but Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line also had exciting plans for us on shore once we arrived on Grand Bahama Island. We started off by touring The Perfume Factory in Freeport. We went behind the scenes and saw the inner workings of a working fragrance production operation. My favorite part was getting to mix my own special fragrance, bottle it, and take it home as a souvenir!  After our fascinating visit, we headed off to a delicious lunch nearby at Sabor Restaurant & Bar. I enjoyed the fantastically fresh Wahoo fish.

The Perfume Factory, Freeport Bahamas
The Perfume Factory, Freeport Bahamas

Our day rounded off nicely with a visit to Bahama Bay to take in the views of the beach. It was a perfectly sunny day with fluffy clouds and blue skies. I enjoyed walking up and down the pristine sandy beaches and feeling the warm ocean water wash over my feet.

Bahama Bay, Freeport
Bahama Bay, Freeport Bahamas

We also visited Garden of the Groves before heading back to the ship. Exploring this beautiful botanical garden was so much fun, and I particularly enjoyed walking the winding trails through lush vegetation and seeing cascading waterfalls!

Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahamas
Garden of the Groves, Grand Bahamas

Entertainment Onboard the Grand Classica

While back on board, we had the opportunity to see the Let’s Dance! Production Show performance by the talented Grand Classica Singers & Dancers! This high-energy show features stunning choreography with hits from around the world. We got to sick back after a fun day of exploration to enjoy the unparalleled vocals and moves of their performers.

Along with live theater, you can also laugh your heart out at a comedy show, channel your inner diva at karaoke, or slow dance to live jazz music. Sunrise to sunset, there is also something fun to do on board the Grand Classica!

Legends Grand Theater – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

We also treat ourself to some Vegas-style glitz and glamor by stopping at the Par-A-Dice casino after the evening show.  From thrilling table games to a variety of slot machines, it really has it all. The evening turned out to be a great one because I ended doubling my money on the roulette table!

Par-A-Dice Casino - Grand Classica
Par-A-Dice Casino – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

Indulgence Spa and Fitness Center on Grand Classica

After a night of entertainment and a day of exploring, the spa might be calling our name! Luckily, the Indulgence Spa on Grand Classica is the perfect place to enjoy healing and rejuvenation. Thanks to the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy and their essentials oils blend that they craft just for you, it is very easy to release your stress here. Their full-service spa and salon offers treatments of all kinds and caters to both mean and women.

I was impressed with their talented professionals after receiving a hot stone Swedish massage for an hour. They work hard to make sure your experience feels personal and are amazing at creating the ultimate relaxation space. My friend also enjoyed a deep tissue massage which she thoroughly enjoyed!

If the delicious and endless amounts of food feels like it’s catching up with you, then you’re also in luck thanks to their Fitness Center on board! With wide, open sea views from almost every angle, you can gaze out onto the turquoise waves while working out hard on their exercise equipment or with free weights.

Indulgence Spa and Fitness Center - Grand Classica
Indulgence Spa and Fitness Center – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Classica

Poolside Paradise Onboard

The top deck on the Grand Classica is the most scenic where you can lounge poolside in the sun by day or under the stars at night. There are two fabulous pools to choose from, the first being the main pool which is family-friendly. You can splash in the water, listen to live Caribbean music, all while ordering tropical drinks from the Plunge Bar. If you’re looking for a more quiet and serene atmosphere, the adults-only pool is the place to be. I really enjoyed having a choice between the two and visited both for some poolside fun and sun!

If you’re interested in a quick and easy getaway to the Bahamas, Paradise Cruise Line offers the absolute best experience on board luxury ships! With their attentive service, spacious accommodation, fine dining, and exciting excursions, you will enjoy every minute of your vacation.

Disclaimer:  I was a guest of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, but all opinions here are my own.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Becky @ Disney in your Day
    December 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    That suite looks gorgeous! That’s so great that you can just hop on a 2 day cruise, makes me wish i liked in Florida! We did a Bahamas cruise a few times and stopped in Freeport once, I really liked it. We did some great snorkeling there.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

      I’d love to go snorkeling next time 🙂

  2. Alan @
    December 12, 2018 at 7:08 am

    This looks like the ultimate in luxury. I would love to book a cruise on this ship!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 13, 2018 at 9:41 am

      It’s so luxurious, I loved every minute!

  3. Carol Colborn
    December 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

    This is a more luxurious Bahamas cruise than the one we took…with even better excursions!
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  4. Rachel
    December 12, 2018 at 8:03 am

    ahh this looks so wonderful!! I haven’t been to the bahamas in years and never been on a cruise! definitely need to add it to my list of things to do!

  5. Katherine
    December 12, 2018 at 11:17 am

    This sounds amazing! I’m just a few hours north of there and could totally use this as a fun weekend getaway. 🙂 I can’t get over how big the room and bathroom is on the ship!

  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    December 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I never consider going on a cruise until I see the experiences of others! This looks luxurious and fabulous!

  7. Erin | The Epicurean Traveler
    December 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    What a nice little getaway from Florida! The excursions, particularly the perfume-making experience, are not what I would have expected for a Bahama cruise. Overall, looks like good food, entertainment, and memories!
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  8. Shane Prather
    December 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Looks so luxurious from the food to the massages! I haven’t been on a cruise in ages but a good way to go!

  9. mags
    December 13, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I’ve seen Bahamas Paradise Cruises advertised around town in Orlando and I was honestly a little skeptical. I had no idea the ships were so nice! What a fun weekend!

  10. Alexis
    December 17, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Oh wow, this looks like so much fun! I don’t know if I could do a cruise but my husband and I want to try one just to say we’ve done it. After looking at your photos, it just made it a little easier to say yes.

    • Carmen Edelson
      January 12, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      I really think you’d have a great time, Alexis!

  11. John David
    August 16, 2020 at 7:50 am

    I will be taking my first cruise in a few weeks… is there any Tv’s . I’m interested in watching the iron bowl while on board???

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Yes there are TVs…enjoy!

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