Seniors need to prioritize spending, but some pleasures can be almost affordable. One such pleasure is cruising to the Bahamas. Bahamas Celebration is called by some a "ferry" and by others a disappointment. The difference is found in expectations. For an affordable mini-cruise experience from Palm Beach to Freeport, Bahamas, Celebration delivers.
Parked next to the Oasis of the Seas when Bahamas Celebration cruised to Nassau, it looked like a dinghy. If a person seeks the Oasis of the Seas experience of a floating city with a touch of Disneyland, Las Vegas and Shopping Centers, Bahamas Celebration is none of that.
Bahamas Celebration provides an intimate experience on a ship with no more than 1200 passengers at maximum and plenty of staff to meet every need. The food is delicious and available around the clock. The entertainment is reminiscent of The Love Boat and the entertainers mingle among the passengers.
The lack of lines and crowds is a comfort. The diversity of passengers adds to the dining enjoyment if a table is shared. Mostly, the trip is casual, with exceptions. The passengers represent a cross-section of humanity from many states, countries and economic strata.
Cabins are not luxurious, and the least expensive are downright small. A comedian joked that the showers were efficient, "just soap the walls and spin." They are similar to a cabin on a sailboat, austere with all that's necessary. Critically important, is the fact that they are spotless. Cleanliness is a priority for the the ship. It shows. A friendly cabin attendant keeps it polished with clean, fluffy towels and the cute towel arrangements for which cruising is famous.
Freeport, though less glamorous than Nassau, offers exquisite beaches where a day pass provides hotel amenities. The ocean is clear and beautiful. The shopping is adequate and the pressure to buy is less intrusive than in Nassau. It's a great cruise for solo travelers, safe and inexpensive even paying a solo supplement.
Cruise with Bahamas Celebration for that quick getaway to an ocean paradise where great food, cleanliness, intimate entertainment venues and an exceptional International staff are sufficient. Keep in mind its limitations and enjoy its benefits. The tiniest cabin is very affordable even with a port hole to watch the ocean pass and enjoy the view of departure and arrival. Seniors, military and other special groups receive discounts. Groupon and Travelzoo offer affordable packages.
Escape from the familiar and experience a taste of cruising to the Bahamas without the pressures or expense of a grand escape. Sometimes, a taste is just enough.
The website at www.celebrationcl.com provides the details for discounts. A two-day getaway may cost under $200 per person, including taxes, gratuities, and parking.
That's $100/day for food, lodging, transportation, entertainment, and a Bahamas experience. A reminder here: any ship's advertised "Cruise price" does not include the international fees and fuel charges (may add up to $100 or more), gratuities (automatic on bill, about $12/day), and parking ( around $15 per day). Any shore excursions are extra.