Cruise NewsBahamas Celebration Remains Out of Service, Cruise Line Eyes New Cruise Ship

Bahamas Celebration Remains Out of Service, Cruise Line Eyes New Cruise Ship

The Bahamas Celebration hit an unknown object on Halloween night and forced the passengers onboard to be evacuated after the cruise ship lost power soon after leaving port in Freeport, Bahamas.

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Every cruise since that night has been cancelled as the ship has remained in drydock for repairs.  Celebration Cruise Line is now reported to be acquiring a new vessel although there has been no official word from the cruise line.

The Bahamas Celebration is a 1,000 passenger cruise ship that sailed overnight cruises from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. The ship is currently the only vessel in Celebration Cruise Line’s fleet.  The loss of tourism dollars has negatively affected many on the island and the resorts that benefited from the ship.

The cruise line offers two types of cruises, two and four/six night trips.  The four/six night trips include an overnight on the ship, two/four nights at a resort on Grand Bahama Island, and one overnight on the return trip. The two night cruises were more of a traditional cruise with a day stop in Grand Bahama Island.

The packages included the resorts of Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort, Memories All-Inclusive Resort, Pelican Bay, Viva Wyndham All-Inclusive Resort, and Island Seas Beach Condominium Suites.

According to the Tribune 242, the new cruise ship will be a much better ship that the Celebration.  The cruise line’s website and Facebook page are advertising vacation options “Beginning November 13”, although the cruise line is currently not running any cruises due to a lack of a cruise ship.

The company did post a response on their Facebook page (December 3) letting people know that they will send out an email about future cruises when they have more information.

Cruise Fever has reached out to Celebration Cruise Line and will update this article when we hear back from the cruise line.

Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel

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Cruise NewsBahamas Celebration Remains Out of Service, Cruise Line Eyes New Cruise Ship


  1. We were not notified that the cruise was canceled. We were going to the Bahamas for our anniversary. When I called for the confirmation packet I was told that the ship was in drydock. I was promised the same time in a hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We decided to go to Fort Lauderdale and make the best of it. Upon arriving, we had no reservations – nothing but a rude person on the phone who assured me we were not lied too, but from the goodness of his heart would authorize for us to stay one night. We wound up paying for the rest. I would not recommend this cruise line to anyone for any reason.

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