By Anna Zetterberg
Assist. Managing Editor
For the first time in 14 years, the Port of Palm Beach opens its doors to international cruises.
Students looking for a vacation on a budget won’t have to look far anymore since the Bahamas Celebration, owned by Celebration Cruise Lines, will call the Port of Palm Beach home beginning March 15. It previously sailed out of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, the largest cruise terminal in the world.
The much smaller Port of Palm Beach has offered only gambling day cruises since 1996.
The Bahamas Celebration flaunts a two-story nightclub, casino, pool, tiki bar, full-spa, fitness facility and four different restaurants. It is equipped to carry up to 1,300 passengers. After passing a maneuverability test in late January, the largest passenger ship to sit in the port has been cleared to sail every other day to the Grand Bahamas.
“We’re very excited,” said Glenn Ryerson, vice president of marketing at Celebration Cruise Lines.
“We’ll be the only cruise ship out of the Port of Palm Beach,” Ryerson said. “Many area residents have taken the cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, and we know they’ll welcome the convenience.”
The ship offers two-night cruises to Grand Bahamas island and cruise/resort package deals from about $64 a day. A typical two-day cruise would leave in the evening, in the morning allow the guests to spend a full day on the island and return that evening.
Though they do not offer student discounts, “the fares are very affordable,” Ryerson said. “It’s a fun cruise for people of all ages, including college-age students. In fact, we just shot a reality TV show pilot on the ship last week with hundreds of 20 [year olds].”
For more information go to www.bahamascelebration.com or call (800) 314-7735 to book a cruise.