After everything that’s happened in 2020, many of us don’t just feel like we need a vacation. We feel like we need two.
A small cruise line is offering an unheard of deal that give you exactly that. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line isn’t a household name like larger rivals such as Carnival or Royal Caribbean, but it is offering a deal that those cruise lines can’t touch.
If you book select cruises in 2021, the line is offering a buy one, get one free deal. That’s right. Book one cruise and get another free.
The offer applies only to certain cruises, as you might expect. The first trip must sail between January 1 and April 30, 2021 aboard the line’s Grand Celebration ship.
Book this deal and you’ll get to book your free sailing anytime between August 16, 2021 and February 28, 2022.
“Now more than ever, we can all use a getaway, but we know that times are tough for so many, given all that has happened this year. With our new BOGO offer, we’re excited to give travelers the chance to book two vacations for the price of one,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Details about the free cruise are sparse, including if it’s completely free or if things like port fees, taxes and gratuities are extra. It’s also unclear if the free cruise is on either ship in the cruise line’s fleet or if the free cruise only applies to the Grand Celebration. We’ve reached out for details and are waiting to hear back.
The Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line may not be a household name, but it is among the most unique lines out there. The fleet sails from the Port of Palm Beach, offering cruises to the Bahamas aboard two ships — Grand Celebration and Grand Classica.
These trips aren’t your typical cruises. In fact, they are extremely short trips that are just two nights. For some, taking a two-night cruise seems crazy. After all, you are barely on the ship before it’s time to get off to go home. But for those that want an affordable and quick vacation, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is hard to beat.
Speaking of affordable, cruises from the line are among the cheapest you’ll find anywhere. Rates for the BOGO offer start as low as $109 per person, although taxes and port fees do bring the total up to about $400 for two people to sail.
Even so, that’s considerably cheaper than just about any other cruise you’ll find from a major line.
While we don’t have personal experience sailing the line, the ship offers much of what you’d expect on any major cruise line. In fact, the ships are older vessels formerly owned by other lines. The Grand Celebration, for example, was operated by Carnival until 2008.
On board, there is everything you’d expect from a cruise including food, bars, casino, pools, and entertainment. There is even a kid’s area if you’re sailing as a family.
Return to Sailing Date & Procedures
Remember that this deal applies to initial sailings between January 1 and April 30. Obviously no one is entirely certain that cruises will be sailing at that time. Between CDC orders, an industry-wide voluntary suspension, and local rules regarding cruise ships in the Bahamas, there are certainly several hurdles that need to be overcome before sailing again.
As of now the cruise line is slated to return to sailing with a single ship on November 4, 2020, but this date has been moved back several times before. Even so, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has seemingly stayed on top of the COVID outbreak.
“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have remained one of the few cruise lines that reported no cases of the virus onboard our ships,” the company said in a statement. “We have also followed all guidelines, including adhering to strict requirements for onboard crew members, and installed the highest safety protocols in the industry across our fleet.”
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was also among the first lines to announce drastic changes to health protocols in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
Among the changes that will be seen once the cruise line gets back to sailing:
- Capacity limits to reduce the number of passengers by 40%
- Altered embarkation procedures to increase distancing
- Ship fogging and disinfecting with elevators and handrails cleaned every two hours
- Fresh air from outside instead of re-circulated air conditioning
In fact, when the CDC extended its no-sail order back in July, it noted that Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was the only line that had a response plan meeting all of the CDC’s requirements.
There’s no arguing that a two-day cruise to the Bahamas may not be for everyone, but with a buy one, get one free offer — and prices starting at just $109 per person — it’s a hard deal to pass up.
You can see your sailing options at BahamasParadiseCruise.com.